Poet Jane Hirshfield reads at UVA

The MFA Program at UVA always sponsors a number of great readings in the spring, and first up is a visit from poet Jane Hirshfield, who will read her work in the Harrison Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library on February 2, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Jane Hirshfield books of poetry include Come, Thief (2011), After (2006); Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), which was 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 is also the author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and has also 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).

About her work, the poet Rosanna Warren has said:

"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."

Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets. She is currently on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars.