Reading by award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, December 1, 2016

Award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield will read from her poetry in an event on Thursday, December 1, 6:00pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Creative Arts Across Disciplines initiative and the English Department.

Hirshfield has published eight collections of poetry, including The BeautyAfter, and Given Sugar, Given Salt.  Her collections of essays on "the mind of poetry”— Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry--are classics in their field.  Her work has been called "passionate and radiant" by the New York Times Book Review, and described by the San Francisco Chronicle as evidencing "the grasp of a master" and "filled with somber, judiciously lit treasures."

Among Hirshfield’s many honors are 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 the Commonwealth Club of California's California Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Orion, eight volumes of The Best American Poetry (including the 25th anniversary Best of the Best American Poetry volume), and many other publications. In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement by the Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and also named the third recipient of the Donald Hall--Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

The Creative Arts Across Disciplines initiative at Vassar College is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD)
In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Vassar College a grant for this multi-year initiative to enhance integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.

CAAD utilizes artist residencies, thematic programming, faculty and curricular development initiatives and student creative projects to broaden collaboration across academic disciplines.

Each academic year, CAAD has focused on one of the five senses. The theme for the 2016-17 year is touch.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, November 17, 2016