Rachel Blau DuPlessis


Philadelphia, PA 19146-1148

Author's Bio

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, poet, critic, and collagist, is the author of the multi-volume long poem Drafts (1986 -2012) from Salt Publishing and Wesleyan. The final 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. Post-Drafts poetry includes Interstices (Subpress, 2014), Graphic Novella (Xexoxial Editions, 2015), Days and Works (Ahsahta, 2017), and Around the Day in 80 Worlds (BlazeVOX, 2018). NUMBERS, a book of collage-poems, came out from Materialist Press in December 2018. Late Work, Traces is expected from Black Square Press in 2019. Among her critical works, Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry (Iowa, 2012) is part of a trilogy of works about gender and poetics that includes The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice and Blue Studios: Poetry and its Cultural Work (both from University of Alabama). She has published three other critical books on modern poetry, fiction and gender, eight other books of poetry, and several anthologies, along with editing The Selected Letters of George Oppen (1990), The Oppens Remembered: Poetry, Politics, and Friendship (University of New Mexico, 2015), and co-editing The Objectivist Nexus.  

Publications & Prizes

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

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Last update: May 15, 2019