Profile: Rachel Hadas


Department of English, MFA in Creative Writing

Rachel Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. She most recently co-edited the anthology The Greek Poets: Homes to the Present. Her latest book of poems is The Ache of Appetite, and Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry, a book of prose about her husband's illness. Rachel Hadas studied classics at Harvard, poetry at Johns Hopkins, and comparative literature at Princeton.  Between college and graduate school she spent four years in Greece, an experience that surfaces variously in much of her work. Since 1981 she has taught in the English Department of the Newark (NJ) campus of Rutgers University, and has also taught courses in literature and writing at Columbia and Princeton, as well as serving on the poetry faculty of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the West Chester Poetry Conference.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant in poetry, and an award in literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Rachel's latest collaborative work with her husband, Shalom Gorewitz:

  • Courses Taught

    Literar Masterpieces
    American and other poetry on undergrad and graduate level.
    Mythology in Literature
    Children's Literature
    Literature and Medicine
    MFA Poetry Workshop


  • Education

    Radcliff BA (Classics)

    Johns Hopkins MA (Poetry)

    Princeton Ph.D. (Comparative Literature)

  • Publications

    River of Forgetfulness, 2006

    Best American Poetry 2006, (Billy Collins, series ed.)

    Laws, 2004

    Laws (200 Press), 2004 (Poetry)

    Indelible, 2001

    Merrill, Cavafy, Poems, and Dreams, 2001

    Halfway Down the Hall, 1998

    The Double Legacy, 1995

    The Empty Bed, 1995

    Other Worlds Than This, 1994

    Mirrors of Astonishment, 1992

    Unending Dialogue: Voices from an AIDS Poetry Workshop, 1991

    Living in Time, 1990

    Pass It On, 1989

    A Son from Sleep, 1987

    Form, Cycle, Infinity: Landscape Imagery in the Poetry of Robert Frost & George Seferis, 1985

    Slow Transparency, 1983

    Starting from Troy, 1975

    and translations from Seneca’s Oedipus (Johns Hopkins Roman Drama Series, 1994) and Euripedes’ Helen (U of PA Press, Greek Drama Series, 1997)

  • Research Initiatives


    Essays (two books in progress)

    Co-Editing an anthology of Greek Poetry from Homer to the present

    recently coedited THE GREEK POETS: FROM HOMER TO THE PRESENT (Norton
    2009), an anthology of Greek poetry in translation.

    Currently at work on a new book of personal essays.


  • Subjects Taught

    Creative Writing, Poetry (read as well as written), Mythology, Classics in Translation, hildren's Literature


  • Awards

    Director’s Fellow, Center for Scholars & Writers, NY Public Library, 2000-01

    O. B. Hardison Award, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000

    Award in Literature, American Academy-Institute of Arts & Letters, 1990

    Guggenheim Fellow, Poetry, 1988-89

    Ingram Merrill Foundation Grants, 1977-78 and 1994-95

    Member, National Academy of Arts & Sciences