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In 2003, EDWARD HIRSCH left his eighteen-year teaching Post at University of Houston and moved to New York City to become President of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. At time, his decision to accept such position surprised many of his colleagues and students, who knew him as generous, passionate, and natural teacher, and integral force in building UH Creative Writing Program into one of elite writing programs in country. But move also makes perfect sense, as Houston Chronicle recognize, announcing that HIRSCH had found bigger bully pulpit. HIRSCH, whose own lyric Poetry yokes together intrinsic intellect and profound emotional depth, has been unflagging advocate of Art. For more than twenty-five yearsin and newspaper columns, at conferences and festivals, in classrooms and auditoriums, at galas and fundraisershe, has proselytize, taught, and championed poets and poetry of every ethnic and aesthetic stripe. If you think that poetryAmerican Poetry and poetry from other countrieshas something to offer larger culture, he say, then poetry needs some people who are willing to speak on its behalf and to do work of not only devoting themselves to their own poems, but also taking up cause of Poetry's place in culture. Some people are called do that and others are not. I don't that there's hierarchy here. But I do think that American Poetry suffers if everyone away from these larger tasks. Fact That HIRSCH Has Turned To These Larger Tasks Speaks Volumes About Man And Poet: His Deep-seated Sense Of Civitas Within World Of Poetry, His Ebullient Spirit, And His Lifelong Love Affair With His Art. Born in 1950 in Chicago, HIRSCH's first initiation to Poetry came at age of eight. As story go, he was picking through box of musty books in basement of his home when he opened Anthology to anonymous Poem. What he readEmily Bronte's Spellbound, he would discover years arrest him. In his Book How to Read Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, he describes this first brush with ecstatic powers of Poetry: I suppose that in some sense I never really shut that worn Anthology of Poetry again because it had opened up unembarrassed space in me that would never be close. I had stumbled into sublime. I have been into Poetry of awe. Despite this early encounter with Poetry, HIRSCH describes himself as emotional and distracted child, obsessed with sports, who didn't naturally gravitate towards Reading, but had to be coaxed by his mother. She encouraged him with books about and something took hold. By seventh grade, he was deep in Crime and Punishment Wuthering Heights and never turned back. His grandfather, too, was important figure during his childhood, abiding presence of affection and tenderness, and early source of language and poetic possibility. I adore grandfather, HIRSCH say.

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Career

Edward Hirsch is president of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and celebrate poet and peerless of Poetry. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, Prix de Rome, and Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected Chancellor of Academy of American Poets. Edward Hirsch's first collection of Poems, For Sleepwalkers, received Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and Lavan Younger Poets Award from Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude, won National Book Critics Award. Since then, he has published six additional books of poems: Night Parade, Earthly Measures, on Love, Lay Back Darkness, Special Orders, and Fire: New and select Poems. Hirsch is also author of five prose books, including Poets Glossary, result of decades of passionate study, Poets Choice, which consists of his popular columns from Washington Post Book World, and How To Read Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, National bestseller. He is editor of Theodore Roethkes select Poems and co-editor of Making Sonnet: Norton Anthology. He also series Writers World. Hirsch taught for six years in English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen years in Creative Writing Program at University of Houston.

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Bio

Born January 20 1950, in Chicago, son of Kurt and Irma Hirsch; married Janet Landay, May 29 1977; children: Gabriel. Education: Grinnell College, BA, University of Pennsylvania, ph. D, 1979. Home Brooklyn, NY. Office John Simon Guggenheim Memorial 90 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016. Writer, Poet, and educator. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, assistant professor, 1979-82, associate professor of 1982-85; University of Houston, Houston, TX, associate professor, 1985-88, professor of English, 1988-c. 2002; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY, President, 2002. Member of education advisory committee of Guggenheim Foundation. Member of advisory board of American Poetry and Literary Project. Modern Language Association America, Poetry Society of America, Authors League of America, Authors Guild, PEN, Phi Beta Kappa. Watson fellow, 1972-73; Academy of American Poets awards, 1975-77; Amy Lowell traveling fellow, 1978-79; Ingram Merrill Award, Ingram Merrill Foundation, 1978-79, For Poetry; American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1981; National Endowment For Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, 1982; National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, 1982, For For Sleepwalkers; Peter IB Lavan Younger Poets Award, Academy of Poets, 1983; Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award, New York University, 1985; honorary doctor of humane Letters, Grinell College, 1985; Guggenheim Poetry Fellowship, 1985-86; National Book Critics Circle Award, 1987, For Wild Gratitude; Rome Prize, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, American Academy in Rome, 1988; William Riley Parker Prize, Modern Language Association, 1992; Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, 1993; Lyndhurst Prize, 1994-96; American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, 1998; MacArthur fellow, 1998; Pablo Neruda Medal of Honor, 2004; honorary degrees from Elon College, 1994, Lawrence University, 2002, Macalester College, 2005, and Governors State University, 2006. Night Parade, Knopf, reprint, 2003. Lay Back Darkness, Knopf, 2003. Transforming Vision: Writers Art, Little, Brown, 1994. How To Read Poem: and Fall Love with Poetry, Harcourt, 1999. Responsive Reading, of Michigan Press, 1999. Demon and Angel: Searching For Source of Artistic Harcourt, 2002. William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations, Norton, 2004 Theodore Roethke, select Library of America, 2005. To Nightingale, George Publishers, 2007. Contributor of articles, stories, poems, and Review To periodicals, including New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Nation, New Republic, New York Times Book Review, Paris Review. Former author of Choice, Weekly column For Washington Post. I would like to speak in my poems with what Romantic poets call true voice of feeling, Edward Hirsch once told CA. I believe, Ezra Pound once say, that when it comes to Poetry, only emotion endures. Describe by Peter Stitt in Poetry as poet of genuine talent and feeling, Hirsch has been highly acclaimed for his Poetry Collections, For Sleepwalkers and Wild Gratitude. For Sleepwalkers was nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981, and Wild Gratitude won award in 1987.

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