Born in Chicago, Edward Hirsch spent many years at the University of Houston teaching in the Graduate Creative Writing Program. He is currently president of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York City. He has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and many other awards. He wrote How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), appropriate for beginners and experienced poets alike. His other book of commentary, The Demon and the Angel (2002), gives insight into scores of poets, writers, and artists of many genres.
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