BY ANTHONY COOK, Editor-in-Chief
An award-winning poet, translator, and essayist, Jane Hirshfield is the author of six collections of poetry, including After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times), Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), The Lives of the Heart, and The October Palace, as well as a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She also edited and co-translated The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi & Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, and Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems. Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; three Pushcart Prizes; and (both twice) the Commonwealth Club’s California Book Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, five editions of The Best American Poetry, and many other publications. Her work frequently appears on Garrison Keillor’s public radio Writer’s Almanac program and has also been featured in two Bill Moyers PBS programs. In fall 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. Hirshfield has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, Bennington College and elsewhere.
We here at Sycamore Review are absolutely thrilled to have the discerning taste of such a talented and well-respected writer!
The deadline for the contest is October 1, 2010. In addition to the honor of being selected by Ms. Hirshfield, the winner will receive $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review‘s Winter/Spring 2011 issue. All entries will be considered for regular publication. See the full contest guidelines for details.