Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Philadelphia, PA 19146-1148

Author's Bio

Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1970) is known as a poet and essayist, and as a critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry. From 1986 until 2012, DuPlessis has been engaged in a long poem project, collected in several book-length installments from Wesleyan University Press and Salt Publishing. The newest book, Surge: Drafts 96-114, was published by Salt in 2013, bringing this 26-year long poem to a temporary fold. Books belonging to this project are Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan, 2001); DRAFTS. Drafts 39-57, Pledge with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004): Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2007) and Pitch: Drafts 77-95 (Salt Publishing, 2010). The Collage Poems of Drafts appeared early in 2011 from Salt Publishing. This work in poetry is the subject of an on-line colloquium and set of essays published in Jacket2 in December 2011 jacket2.org/feature/drafting-beyond-ending

Publications and Prizes

Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work
(University of Alabama Press, 2006)
, Drafts 1-38, Toll
(Wesleyan University Press, 2001)
, Drafts. Drafts 39-57, Pledge, With Draft, Unnumbered: Précis
(Salt Publishing, 2004)
, The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice
(University of Alabama Press, 2006)
, Torques, Drafts 58-76. Cambridge: Salt Publishing.
(Salt Books, 2007)
Chain, Chelsea, Conjunctions, How 2, Iowa Review, Sulfur
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2011 jacket2.org/feature/drafting-beyond-ending

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New York City, NY
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Last updated: Apr 17, 2014