Deliberate and masterful in their craft, Jane Hirshfield‘s poems invite readers to contemplate the many facets of being. Of Hirshfield’s books, Laura Donnelly writes, “[T]hey waken us through their travels in the elemental; or rather, they waken us to the ways the elemental travels through us.” Hirshfield is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which is 2015’s The Beauty: Poems. She is also the author of two books of essays, and she’s served as the editor of four poetry anthologies. She has received countless awards for her poetry, among them fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement. Presented as part of the 2018-19 Putting Pen to Palm Leaf series, supported by the Buddhist Studies Program, Poetry Center, Ada Howe Kent Fund, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Department of English Language & Literature, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Department of Religion, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Five Colleges, Inc.