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.

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