Sonia Raiziss

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Sonia Raiziss
Sonia Raiziss.jpg
in France, 1966
Born (1906-10-13)October 13, 1906
Died March 19, 1994(1994-03-19) (aged 87)
Occupation editor, poet
Nationality American
Genre poetry

Sonia Raiziss Giop (October 13, 1906[1] – March 19, 1994)[2] was an American poet, critic, and translator.

Life and career[edit]

Raiziss was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. She was raised in Philadelphia, where her father biochemist George W. Raiziss, taught at the University of Philadelphia. She saw her earliest poems published while she was still in high school. Raiziss went on to earn undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Philadelphia and also studied at Columbia University. While studying at the Sorbonne, she published her first poetry collection, Through a Glass Darkly.[2]

was an editor of Chelsea (magazine), from 1960–1994, with Ursule Molinaro,[3] featuring poems and prose by Denise Levertov,[4] Sylvia Plath, Umberto Eco, Raymond Carver, and Grace Paley. She corresponded with Laura Riding,[5] and David Finkel.[6]

Her work appeared in American prefaces,[7] The Atlantic,[8] Beloit Poetry Journal.[9] Granite,[10] The Prairie Schooner,[11] Plainsong,[12] Virginia Quarterly Review,[13] Yale Poetry Review.[14]

As a member of the League of American Writers, she served on its Keep America Out of War Committee in January 1940 during the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact.[15]

She lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She married Alfredo Giop de Palchi. She adopted a son, Peter St. Mu Raiziss of Sacramento, California. Sonia died in Manhattan.[3][2]


Her Sinia Raiziss Giop Charitable Foundation[16] (Alfredo de Palchi trustee)[17] continues to fund the Jane Austen Essay Contest,[18] Bordighera Poetry Prize, and the Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards.






  • "Metaphysical Passion: Seven Modern American Poets and the 17th-Century Tradition," 1952 University of Philadelphia and reissued by Greenwood Press in 1970.


  1. ^ "Sonia Raiziss". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Saxon, Wolfgang (April 9, 1994). "Sonia Raiziss, A Poet, Critic And Editor, 85". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Bruce Benderson (22 March 2002). "Ursule Molinaro". The Review of Contemporary Fiction. 
  4. ^ Albert Gelpi, Robert J. Bertholf (2006). Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov: the poetry of politics, the politics of poetry. Stanford University Press. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-0-8047-5131-5. 
  5. ^ Guide to the Guide to the Laura (Riding) Jackson and Schuyler B. Jackson collection, 1924–1991. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Finding-Aid for the Donald Finkel Papers (WTU00045) Archived June 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  7. ^ American prefaces – University of Iowa – Google Books. (February 3, 2009). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  8. ^ The Atlantic – Cairns Collection of American Women Writers – Google Books. (December 3, 2008). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Beloit Poetry Journal – Author Index. BPJ. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  10. ^ Granite – Google Books. (April 29, 2008). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  11. ^ The Prairie Schooner – Google Books. (May 24, 2007). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  12. ^ Plainsong – Google Books. (June 20, 2008). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  13. ^ The Virginia quarterly review – University of Virginia – Google Books. Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  14. ^ Yale poetry review – Google Books. (July 17, 2007). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  15. ^ Franklin Folsom, Days of Anger, Days of Hope, University Press of Colorado, 1994, ISBN 0-87081-332-3
  16. ^ Sonia Raiziss Giop Charitable Foundation. (December 1, 2010). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.
  17. ^ Daniela Gioseffi (February 2001). Courtland Review (15)  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ The Jane Austen Society of North America – Essay Contest. (August 17, 2011). Retrieved on October 20, 2011.