Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield

About Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield is an Award-winning American poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, including New & Selected Poems forthcoming from Knopf in 2023; Ledger (2020); The Beauty (2015), longlisted for the National Book Award; Come, Thief (2011), a finalist for the PEN USA Poetry Award; and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Hirshfield is also the author of two collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (2015), and has edited and co-translated four books collecting the work of world poets from the past: The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan (1990); Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (1994); Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems (2004); and The Heart of Haiku (2011). Her poems are regularly published in various newspapers, magazines and journals such as The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times. Her conversion to Buddhism is the culmination of her deeply humanistic inspiration and her love of life. That said, she refuses the label of Zen poet/writer, she calls herself a humanist poet and writer.
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