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

"With a $20,000 prize, I never imagined POL being this much fun. The competitions were more about meeting and talking with the other competitors, having a great time and enjoying the poetry. I also never knew I could find so much in myself just from reciting poems."
Elliot Davidson
2015 PA POL Champion