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It isn't even National Poetry Month yet, and already we have several exciting poetry readings coming up in town. Poet, translator, and essayist Jane Hirshfield will read at UCSB's Campbell Hall on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:00pm. The event is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and the College of Creative Studies.
A current Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the College of Creative Studies, Hirshfield has written six collections of poetry, including After (named a best book of 2006 by The Washington Post); Given Sugar, Given Salt (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and The October Palace, as well as a classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, Come, Thief, was published in August 2011.
Former poet Kay Ryan has praised Jane Hirshfield as follows:
"She is that rare thing in contemporary American life, a true person of letters—an eloquent and exacting poet, first, but in addition the author of enduring essays and influential translations and anthologies. Now add to this a life on the hustings, bringing the good news about poetry to nearly every state of the union. Then further add her elegant ambassadorship for poetry in the greater world (think Japan, Poland, China) and you have something that satisfies the old sense of a person of letters—a writer who demonstrates in every possible way that this life matters."
The reading is free for UCSB students and people 18 and under. General Public tickets are $15.00. To purchase tickets, visit Arts & Lectures.
You can read a few poems by Hirshfield at Poets.org.