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Interview with Jane Hirshfield by Neshama Franklin

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Published on Apr 23, 2014

Marin Poets Live! (http://www.marinlibrary.org/events-an...) is a public access television monthly show presented by Marin County Free Library (http://www.marinlibrary.org/) and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry.

In each interview, Neshama spends time eliciting background from each poet as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud.

This interview with Jane Hirshfield aired Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm.

The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules (http://cmcm.tv/community-schedule).

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Jane Hirshfield Biography
Jane Hirshfield, considered one of the foremost poets of her generation, is the author of seven books of poetry, including Come, Thief (Knopf, 2011) and After (HarperCollins, 2006), named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Financial Times (UK). She has written a now-classic collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins, 1997), and edited and co-translated four books collecting the work of world poets of the past. Her eighth book of poems and a new book of essays are forthcoming from Knopf in 2015.

Hirshfield's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Spiritual Writing, and seven editions of The Best American Poetry. Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry, Columbia University's Translation Center Award, finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

She has received Mill Valley's "Millie" Arts Award, served on the board of the Marin Arts Council, and was a founding board member of the Marin Poetry Center. Never a full time academic, she has taught at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars, the University of Virginia, et al, and in 2013 she was the Hellman Visiting Artist in UCSF's Neuroscience Department.

A frequent presenter at universities and literary festivals throughout the US as well as in China, the United Kingdom, Japan, Poland, the Middle East, Ireland, and Italy, in 2012 she was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Mill Valley, CA.

Awards
2012 - Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets
2012 - Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry
2006 - Milley Award in Literary Arts
2005 - National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
2004 - Academy of American Poets Fellowship
1997 - Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
1994 - Poetry Center Book Award
1988 - California Book Award
1985 - Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
Northern California Book Reviewers Award
Columbia University Translation Center Award
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship

Bibliography
2011 - Come, Thief
2011 - The Heart of Haiku
2006 - After
2005 - Each Happiness Ringed by Lions
2004 - Pebbles & Assays
2001 - Given Sugar, Given Salt
1997 - The Lives of the Heart
1997 - Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry
1994 - The October Palace
1988 - Of Gravity & Angels

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