Jane Hirshfield

b. 1953
Jane Hirshfield

Born in New York City, Jane Hirshfield was among the first women to graduate from Princeton University, followed by years of further education at the San Francisco Zen Center. Hirshfield’s verse—vibrant with life, nature, and metaphysics—is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and Japanese poetry.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion