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Edward Hirsch, Poet & Literary Critic

Edward Hirsch, a true Renaissance man, is a poet and literary critic who published seven collections of poems, four books of prose, and edited Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems (2005) and a host of critical works. His book How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999) was a national bestseller. Hirsch has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In his latest and most personal book of poems, Special Orders (2008), he examines what he calls “the minor triumphs, the major failures” of his life thus far.

Photo: Courtesy of Edward Hirsch

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