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Rachel Zucker is an American poet born in New York City in 1971. She is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, The Pedestrians (Wave Books 2014). She also co-edited the book Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections with fellow poet, Arielle Greenberg.
Rachel Zucker was born in New York City in 1971, the daughter of storyteller Diane Wolkstein and novelist Benjamin Zucker, she was raised in Greenwich Village and traveled around the world with her parents on Wolkstein's folktale-collecting trips. After high school, Zucker attended Yale University where she majored in Psychology, focusing on Child Development, though she took as many literature, writing and photography classes as she was allowed. Zucker later went on to the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she received her M.F.A. in poetry.
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She teaches graduate and undergraduate poetry classes at New York University’s Creative Writing Program.
Zucker lives in New York City with her husband and three sons, and teaches at New York University.
Awards and accolades
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- Salt Hill Poetry Award (1999), judged by C.D. Wright)
- Barrow Street Poetry Prize (2000)
- Center for Book Arts Award (judged by Lynn Emanuel)
- "Museum of Accidents" was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
- The Pedestrians (Wave Books, 2014)
- Museum of Accidents (Wave Books, 2009)
- The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan University Press, 2007)
- The Last Clear Narrative (Wesleyan University Press, 2004)
- Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan University Press, 2003)
- H.L. Hix, ed. (2008). New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States. Irish Pages. ISBN 978-0-9544257-9-1.
- MOTHERs (Counterpath Press, 2014)
- Home/Birth (1913 Press, 2010)
Critical studies and reviews
- Chiasson, Dan (June 2, 2014). "Mother tongue : poetry and prose by Rachel Zucker". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 90 (15): 77–79. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
- Official website
- Nichols, Travis (March 30, 2010). "Rachel Zucker Doesn't Write Your Mother's Mom Poems". The Huffington Post
- "Poem of the Day Podcast: Rachel Zucker’s 'Please Alice Notley Tell Me How to be Old'". InDigest. December 6, 2011
- Chiasson, Dan (June 2, 2014). "Mother Tongue: Poetry and prose by Rachel Zucker". The New Yorker