Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet whose numerous numerous awards and fellowships include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Among his books are For the Sleepwalkers, Wild Gratitude, The Night Parade, Earthly Measures, On Love, Lay Back the Darkness, Special Orders, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, and his most recent, Gabriel: A Poem. Hirsch is also the author of several works of prose and he has edited many anthologies as well as the series The Writer’s World. He has taught at Wayne State University and the University of Houston, and is now president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
In his own words: “Poetry takes us deeper into ourselves while opening us up to the larger world, which is inescapable…. Poetry deepens our personhood.”
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