Poetry Workshop with Jane Hirshfield
Award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield published her first poem in 1973, shortly after graduating from Princeton as a member of the university’s first graduating class to include women, then put aside her writing for nearly eight years to study at the San Francisco Zen Center. Her books of poetry include Come, Thief (2011); After (2006), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize; Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lives of the Heart (1997); The October Palace (1994); Of Gravity & Angels (1988); and Alaya (1982).
Hirshfield has also translated the work of early women poets in collections such as The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan (1990) and Women in Praise of the Sacred: Forty-Three Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (1994).
Inspired by both Eastern and Western traditions, Hirshfield’s work encompasses a huge range of influences. Her poetry works with short forms, spare lines, and careful imagery of natural and domestic settings, frequently hinging on a turning point or moment of insight. Her ability to marry philosophical meditation with domestic observation has been widely remarked upon.
A Sierra Nevada College Poetry Center Opening Event.
The SNC Poetry Center promotes an appreciation of contemporary American poetry with one of the largest collections of contemporary American poetry in Nevada and a diverse program of public readings and workshops.
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