Edward Hirsch

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Edward Hirsch is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including 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. Edward Hirsch’s first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers, received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude, won the National Book Critics Award. Since then, he has published six additional books of poems: The Night ParadeEarthly Measures, On LoveLay Back the DarknessSpecial Orders, and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems. Hirsch is also the author of five prose books, including A Poet’s Glossary, the result of decades of passionate study, Poet’s Choice, which consists of his popular columns from the Washington Post Book World, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, a national bestseller. He is the editor of Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems and co-editor of The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology. He also edits the series “The Writer’s World.” Hirsch taught for six years in the English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

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