Jane Hirshfield/Photo by Nick Rosza
Renowned American poet Jane Hirshfield will read a selection of her poetry at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus. The event, sponsored by the GU English department, is free and open to the public.
“She is one of our country’s most distinguished poets, and the English department is pleased to have her as a guest to initiate our visiting writers series,” said Gonzaga English Assistant Professor Tod Marshall.
Hirshfield was born in New York City in 1953. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s first graduating class to include women, Hirshfield studied at the San Francisco Zen Center. Her poetry books include “After” (HarperCollins, 2006); “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).
She also authored “Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry” (1997) and edited and translated “The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan” (1990) with Mariko Aratani; and “Women in Praise of the Sacred: Forty-Three Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women” (1994).
Poet Rosanna Warren described Hirshfield’s work as follows:
“Hirshfield has elaborated a sensuously philosophical art that imposes a pause in our fast-forward habits of mind. Her poems appear simple, and are not. Her language, in its cleanliness and transparency, poses riddles of a quietly metaphysical nature.... Clause by clause, image by image, in language at once mysterious and commonplace, Hirshfield's poems clear a space for reflection and change. They invite ethical awareness, and establish a delicate balance.”
Hirshfield’s honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, Columbia University's Translation Center Award, the Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medal, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. In 2004, she received the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.
For more information, please contact Tod Marshall at (509) 323-6681 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Source: The Academy of American Poets Web site (www.poets.org)