Rachel Hadas

Professor of English

Rutgers University

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.

Professor Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations, including the co-edited anthology The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present (2009).  Her latest book of poems is The Ache of Appetite (2010). She is also author of Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011).