OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Acclaimed American poet Jane Hirshfield to speak at OSU

03/16/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jane Hirshfield, a nationally renowned American poet known for her evocations of everyday illuminations, will read and discuss her work on Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library at Oregon State University.

The poetry reading, which will take place in the first floor rotunda, is co-sponsored by the OSU Visiting Writers Series and the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. The free public event will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.

Hirshfield’s honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Columbia University's Translation Center Award, the Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medal, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.

The New York Times has called her work “radiant and passionate.”

Her books of poetry include “Given Sugar, Given Salt,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as “After; The Lives of the Heart” and “The October Palace.” She has also edited and translated the collection “The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu.”

In advance of her Corvallis reading, Hirshfield will be writer-in-residence for the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, which is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Visiting Writers Series is supported by the OSU Department of English, the Valley Library, the Office of the Provost, and the OSU Bookstore.