A Conversation with Jane Hirshfield

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
March, 2015

Jane HirshfieldBeloved for her fiercely intelligent, tenderhearted work, award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield has two remarkable new books out from Knopf: Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World and The Beauty, a collection of new poems.  An ordained practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism, Hirshfield is the author of fifteen books, including Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the National Book Critics Award, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship among a host other honors.  Mark talked to her about writing as a spiritual practice and why art is necessary to human survival.


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Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post. A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally. He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends.