Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poems, including Come, Thief; After, which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize; Given Salt, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and, most recently, The Beauty, a finalist for the National Book Award. She is also the author of Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Hirshfield is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. While never a full-time academic, she has taught at UC Berkeley, Bennington, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Some of my favorite people on earth are in this book,
Dear writers and grand spirits.