Jane Hirshfield to speak, teach Workshop

Jane Hirshfield to speak, teach Workshop

photo by Nick Rosza

Jane Hirshfield has been added to the roster of speakers for the sold-out Key West Literary Seminar this January. She will also offer an advanced writers’ workshop, bringing the total number of workshops offered to seven.

Hirshfield’s most recent book of poetry, After, was named a "best book of 2006" by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets.

The workshop, January 11-14, 2010, will be limited to 12 students and will include writing experiments, close-reading responses to poems, and conversation on craft. The goal, according to Hirshfield, is "to bring an open, intimate, and tenacious looking to words, worlds, and the craft-informed relationship between them where poetry begins," and to become aware of "the nameable elements of craft that underlie poetry’s power to conjure, transform, delve, evoke, counter, move, unravel, expose, augment, and surprise."

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