November 25, 1967|
New York City
|Died||December 25, 2009
New York City
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University; Columbia University|
Born in New York City, New York, the daughter of editor Ross Wetzsteon (the name is pronounced "whetstone"), she graduated from Yale University in 1989 where she studied with Marie Borroff and John Hollander. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an MA, and from Columbia University with a Ph.D. She taught at Barnard College.
- 2001 Witter Bynner Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- Ingram Merrill grant
- 1993 National Poetry Series, for Other Stars
- "Gold Leaves"; "Five-Finger Exercise", THE CORTLAND REVIEW, ISSUE 32, June 2006
- "At the Zen Mountain Monastery", Very Like a Whale, September 7, 2006
- "Pemberley". The Nation. October 3, 2002.
- "Manhattan Triptych"; "Sakura Park", Poetry Daily
- The Other Stars (Penguin, 1994) ISBN 978-0-14-058728-9
- Home and Away (Penguin, 1998) ISBN 978-0-14-058892-7
- Sakura Park (Persea, 2006) ISBN 978-0-89255-324-2
- Silver Roses (Persea, 2010)
- Mark Jarman and David Mason, eds. (1996). Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism. Story Line Press. ISBN 1-885266-30-8
- Gerald Costanzo and Jim Daniels, eds. (2000). American Poetry: The Next Generation. Carnegie Mellon University Press. ISBN 978-0-88748-337-0
- J. D. McClatchy, ed. (2001). "Commands for the End of Summer; Blue Octavo Haiku; And This Time I Mean It". Bright pages: Yale writers 1701-2001. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-08944-8.
- "Some Reflections on Eliot's "Reflections on Vers Libre": on Verse and Free Verse". poets.org.
- "Rachel Wetzsteon on Auden", NEWSLETTER 21, The W. H. Auden Society, February 2001
- Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden's Sources. Routledge. 2005. ISBN 978-0-415-97546-9. (reprint CRC Press, 2007)
- "Ruskin's Whip". Parnassus. January 1, 2005.
- "Marvellous Sapphics", Poetry Society: "Crossroads", Fall 1999
- Virginia Woolf, Night and Day (Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005)
- The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson. Barnes and Noble Classics. 2003. ISBN 978-1-56619-030-5.
In a perfect world, Rachel Wetzsteon would be one of the most popular poets of her generation. You would see people in the outdoor cafes along Upper Broadway reading copies of Sakura Park, her third collection, the way pilgrims to Greenwich Village carry Scott Fitzgerald or Edna St. Vincent Millay. For Wetzsteon's poems manage to turn Morningside Heights—a quiet, bourgeois neighborhood near Columbia University, home to the park of her title—into a theater of romance, an intellectual haven, a flaneur's paradise. Her poems evoke the kind of life that generations of young people have come to New York to live—earnest, glamorous, and passionate, full of sex and articulate suffering...
Rachel Wetzsteon’s inheritance from W.H. Auden (she’s the author of Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden’s Sources) is nowhere more apparent than in her third collection. Just as in Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts,” where life goes on as Icarus plunges into the sea, Wetzsteon has set a tale of personal heartbreak against the bustling, vivid life of New York City.
- Margalit Fox (December 31, 2009). "Rachel Wetzsteon, Poet of Keen Insights and Wit, Dies at 42". The New York Times.
- Adam Kirsch (December 30, 2009). "In Memory, and Admiration, of Rachel Wetzsteon". The New Republic.
- "DEPARTMENTAL & RELATED EVENTS", Columbia University
- Adam Kirsch. "Young Poets Calling: Part 3". Contemporary Poetry Review.
- "Microreviews: Sakura Park", Boston Review, Amy Newlove Schroeder, MARCH/APRIL 2008
- "Rachel Wetzsteon, Poet of Keen Insights and Wit, Dies at 42", New York Times, December 31, 2009
- "Rachel Wetzsteon, poet mixed melancholy, wit", Boston Globe, January 2, 2010
- "RIP Rachel Wetzsteon", Avoiding the Muse
- "RIP Rachel Wetzsteon (1967-2009)", Pugnacious Pinoy
- "E-Verse is deeply saddened by the death of the poet Rachel Wetzsteon", E-Verse Radio
- "Rachel Wetzsteon dead", Eratosphere
- "Remembering Rachel Wetzsteon", The Best American Poetry, January 8, 2010
- Rachel Wetzsteon 1967 - 2009 This "cyber-tombeau" at Silliman's Blog by poet Ron Silliman includes comments, tributes, and links
- "Home and Away." The Paris Review sessions, Issue 143, Summer 1997
- "A Sad Goobye to Rachel Wetzsteon", The Drabbler, January 28, 2010