Born: in New York City, New York, USA
Resides: Mill Valley, California, USA
E-mail: jhpac (at) pacbell (dot) net
Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Come, Thief (NY; Knopf, 2011). Her previous book, After (NY: HarperCollins), was named a best book of 2006 by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and England's Financial Times She has also written a now-classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (NY: HarperCollins, 1997), which includes a chapter on Japanese poetics, and is the editor and co-translator of three volumes collecting the work of women poets of the past, including The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Japanese Court [translated with Mariko Aratani] (NY: Scribners, 1988; expanded edition NY: Vintage
Classics, 1990). That book, which received Columbia University's Translation Center Award, has been credited with raising interest among American poets, and readers, in the 31-syllable waka, or tanka, form, predecessor to haiku.
Awards and Other Honors: Finalist, T.S. Eliot Prize (United Kingdom, 2006); Poetry Book Society Choice Selection (United Kingdom); Best Book of 2006 (After): The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Financial Times; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (2005); Academy of American Poets Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry (1985); Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Study Center (1995); Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in Poetry, for Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001); Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, for Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001); The Poetry Center Book Award, for The October Palace (1995); Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in Poetry, for The October Palace (1995); Commonwealth Club of California 1994 Poetry Medal (CA Book Award), for The October Palace; Commonwealth Club of California 1988 Poetry Medal (CA Book Award), for Of Gravity & Angels; Columbia University Translation Center Award, for The Ink Dark Moon (1987); Dewar's Young Artists Recognition Award in Poetry (1990); The Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Prize, for Alaya (1982); The Joseph Henry Jackson Award (The San Francisco Foundation, 1986); Best American Poetry (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007); Best American Spiritual Writing (2010); Best American Science and Nature Writing (2002); special mention, Pushcart Prize (1988, 2002, 2003); Marin Arts Council Creative Achievement Grant (1990); Yaddo Corporation Fellowships (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2002); MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1994, 2008); Poetry Society of America, Cecil Hemley Award (1988); Poetry Society of America, Gordon Barber Award (1987); Honorable Mention, Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for Literary Translation, for The Ink Dark Moon (1988); Poetry Competition Winner, The Nation (1973) [later became the Discovery Award].
Books Published: Poetry: Come, Thief (Knopf , US 2011) (Bloodaxe Books, UK 2012); After (HarperCollins, US 2006) (Bloodaxe Books, UK 2006); Each Happiness
Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2005); Uwaznosc
[selected poems translated by Magda Heydel (Znak,Poland 2002); Given
Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins 2001); The Lives of the Heart
(HarperCollins 1997); The October Palace (HarperCollins 1994); Of
Gravity & Angels (Wesleyan University Press 1988); Alaya (Quarterly
Review of Literature Poetry Series 1982). Essays: The Heart of Haiku (Amazon.com, Kindle Single: 2011); Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins 1997). Translations: The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu [translated and edited by Jane
Hirshfield, with Mariko Aratani] (Scribners, 1988 (o.p.); expanded
edition Vintage Classics, Random House, 1990); Mirabai: Ecstatic
Poems [English versions by Jane Hirshfield and Robert Bly] (Beacon
Press 2004). Anthology edited: Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (HarperCollins 1994).
Credits: Translations by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani.