Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7 p.m.
This acclaimed poet will be the latest in an illustrious tradition of writers and poets coming to St. Stephen's Church, a list that has included Mary Oliver, Kevin Powers, Anne Lamott, Temple Cone and others. Described by The New York Times as “radiant and passionate” and by other reviewers as “ethically aware,” “insightful and eloquent,” and as conveying “succinct wisdom,” Jane Hirshfield's subjects range from the metaphysical and passionate to the political, ecological, and scientific to subtle unfoldings of daily life and experience.
Her book of essays on the “mind of poetry” and her several collections presenting and co-translating the work of poets from the past have become classics in their fields. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, including the newly published The Beauty (Knopf, 2015); Come, Thief; After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times); Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), and many others.
Hirshfield's honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; and (both twice) The California Book Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. In 2012 she was received the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.
Mark your calendars for March 23, 2017, to hear the writer hailed by The American Poet as “one of our finest, most memorable contemporary poets.”