Discipline: Literature – poetry

Jane Hirshfield

Discipline: Literature – poetry
MacDowell Fellowships: 1994, 2008, 2012, 2018

Jane Hirshfield is the author of 14 books, including The Beauty (poems, Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award, and Ten Windows (essays; Knopf, 2015). She has also edited and co-translated four books bringing forward the work of world poets from the past, including The Ink Dark Moon (Vintage Classics, 1990) and Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (HarperCollins, 1994). Her first essay collection, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins, 1997) has become a classic in the field.

Hirshfield was elected in 2019 to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Other honors include The Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, The California Book Award, finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the NEA, and the Academy of American Poets. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The TLS, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Best Spiritual Writing, and ten volumes of The Best American Poetry. A four-time MacDowell Fellow, beginning in 1994, she was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2012-2018. In 2017, Hirshfield launched #PoetsForScience, a traveling interdisciplinary exhibit and conversation. During her most recent MacDowell residency, in 2018, she worked on new poems and the overall structure of a forthcoming book, Ledger, to be published by Knopf in early 2020.



Jane Hirshfield worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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