Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2000

Whitworth College Endowed English Reading will Feature Poet Jane Hirshfield

The Whitworth College Department of English will feature poet Jane Hirshfield as its 2000 Endowed English Reader. Hirshfield, the author of four collections of poetry - The Lives of the Heart, The October Palace, Of Gravity and Angels, and Alaya - has also written a book of essays on poetry, Nine Gates.

Hirshfield will read from her works Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center at Whitworth College. After the reading she will answer questions from the audience and sign her books, which will be available to purchase. The reading is free and open to the public.

Hirshfield is the editor and co-translator of two poetry anthologies, The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi and Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan and Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women.

The New York Times Book Review has called Hirshfield's poetry "radiant and passionate." Her work expresses the interconnection of human and natural worlds and addresses the life of the passions, the way the sacred reveals itself as the ground-note of everyday life, and the darkness, losses and fracturing that are also our shared fate.

Honors accorded Hirshfield include The Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Columbia University's Translation Center Award, the Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medal, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, and many other publications.

The Endowed English Readings was established to bring nationally recognized writers to the Whitworth College campus and the greater Spokane area. Visiting writers offer classroom visits, workshops, meetings with students and faculty, and literary readings during their time on campus and in the community.

An electronic scan of Jane Hirshfield's photo can be provided at your request. For more information, please call (509) 777-4212.


Doug Sugano, associate professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4212 or dsugano@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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