Fall Arts Celebration 2018 schedule will be live June 25, 2018. Please check back after that time for updated information. Feel free to browse our 2017 events or call (616) 331.2185 with questions.
An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber
Thursday, October 26, 7:30 PM
L.V. Eberhard Center, Second Floor
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Reading followed by book signing and reception
Jane Hirshfield has authored many collections of poetry and prose, including most recently, The Beauty (longlisted for the National Book Award); Come Thief; After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times); Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award); The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace.
In fall 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Dan Gerber is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and memory. His most recent book of poems was Sailing through Cassiopeia, and he celebrates the publication of Particles: New & Selected Poems this fall from Copper Canyon Press. His work has received ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, a Mark Twain award for distinguished contribution to Midwest literature, a Michigan Author Award plus a Michigan Notable Book Award. He is the co-founder, with the late Jim Harrison, of the literary magazine Sumac, and lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California.
Jane Hirshfield, Dan Gerber
Hirshfield photo courtesy of Curt Richter
2017: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber
2016: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Oliver de la Paz and Tracy K. Smith
2015: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Kwame Dawes
2014: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Mark Doty and Dorianne Laux
2013: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Li-Young Lee and Pattiann Rogers
2012: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Nikky Finney and B.H. Fairchild
2011: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Ted Kooser and Terrance Hayes