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 have always loved poetry, but through Poetry Out Loud I have learned a greater respect for all different types of poetry. This competition is so much more than memorizing and reciting a poem; I became very invested in each one of my poems."
Janessa Gould
2017 WI POL Champion