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Marin Poets Live! is a public access television show presented by Marin County Free Library and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry. The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules.

The interview with Jane Hirshfield aired on Marin Poets Live! on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30pm (Credits - Director: Nancy Finston, Cameras: Brad Flaharty, Technical Director: Lori Greenleaf, Producers: Neshama Franklin and Brian Jones).

Watch the archived episode and read Ellery Akers' biography and bibliography below.

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Eller Akers

Jane Hirshfield, considered one of the foremost poets of her generation, is the author of seven books of poetry, including Come, Thief (Knopf, 2011) and After (HarperCollins, 2006), named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Financial Times (UK). She has written a now-classic collection of essays,  Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins, 1997), and edited and co-translated four books collecting the work of world poets of the past. Her eighth book of poems and a new book of essays are forthcoming from Knopf in 2015.
Hirshfield's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Spiritual Writing, and seven editions of The Best American Poetry.  Her honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry, Columbia University’s Translation Center Award, finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
She has received Mill Valley’s “Millie” Arts Award, served on the board of the Marin Arts Council, and was a founding board member of the Marin Poetry Center. Never a full time academic, she has taught at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars, the University of Virginia, et al, and in 2013 she was the Hellman Visiting Artist in UCSF’s Neuroscience Department. 
A frequent presenter at universities and literary festivals throughout the US as well as in China, the United Kingdom, Japan, Poland, the Middle East, Ireland, and  Italy, in 2012 she was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Mill Valley, CA.
  • 2012 - Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets
  • 2012 - Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry
  • 2006 - Milley Award in Literary Arts
  • 2005 - National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • 2004 - Academy of American Poets Fellowship
  • 1997 - Bay Area Book Reviewers Award
  • 1994 - Poetry Center Book Award
  • 1988 - California Book Award
  • 1985 - Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
  • Northern California Book Reviewers Award
  • Columbia University Translation Center Award
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship


2011 - The Heart of Haiku
2006 - After 
2005 - Each Happiness Ringed by Lions 
2004 - Pebbles & Assays