Rachel Hadas

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Rachel Hadas (born November 8, 1948) is an American poet, teacher, essayist, and translator. Her most recent essay collection is Classics: Essays (Textos Books, 2007),[1] and her most recent poetry collection is The Ache of Appetite (Copper Beech Press, 2010).[2] Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Ingram Merrill Foundation Grants,[3] the O.B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.[4]


The daughter of noted Columbia University classicist Moses Hadas and Latin teacher Elizabeth Chamberlayne Hadas, Hadas grew up in Morningside Heights, New York City. She received a baccalaureate at Radcliffe College in classics, a Master of Arts (1977) at Johns Hopkins University in poetry, and a doctorate at Princeton University in comparative literature (1982). Marrying a man from the island of Samos and living in Greece after her undergraduate work at Radcliffe, Hadas became an intimate of poets James Merrill and Alan Ansen, both of whom strongly influenced her early work, as did Cavafy, whose work she translated, and Seferis.[5]

She is often associated with the New Formalism school of poetry, and her work was included in landmark collections of New Formalism including Rebel Angels and A Formal Feeling Comes. Her subject matter ranges from her roots in the classics through the intimately personal, with memory a recurring theme throughout her work.[6]

During the height of the AIDS crisis, she led poetry workshops for those afflicted, and edited a number of their works with Charles Barber, experiences that informed her subsequent work. Her translations of writers including Tibullus, Baudelaire, and the Greek poet Konstantine Karyotakis, have been published to much acclaim.[7] She has taught English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University since 1981, where, as of 2006, she is the Board of Governors Professor of English. She was married to composer George Edwards until his death in 2011, and lives with their son in Manhattan.[8]




  • Nostos. New York, N. Y.: Center for Book Arts. 2009.




  • Other Worlds Than This (Rutger University Press, 1994)

Anthologies Edited[edit]

  • The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (W.W. Norton, 2010; Eds., Peter Constantine, Rachel Hadas, Edmund Keeley, Karen Van Dyck)
  • Unending Dialogue: Voices from an AIDS Poetry Workshop (Ed. with Charles Barber, Faber & Faber, 1991)

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Bird, weasel, fountain Hadas, Rachel. "Bird, weasel, fountain". In Collins, Billy (ed). (ed.). Best American Poetry 2006.
A poultice 2016 Hadas, Rachel (February 29, 2016). "A poultice". The New Yorker. 92 (3): 50–51.

Essay Collections[edit]




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