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Rachel Blau DuPlessis

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis is an American poet-critic, whose on-going long poem project, begun in 1986, is collected here in Torques: Drafts 58-76, as well as in Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Precis (Salt Publishing, 2004). DuPlessis was awarded a residency at Bellagio in 2007; she was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship for Artists and of the Roy Harvey Pearce/ Archive for New Poetry Prize, both in 2002.


 

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis is an American poet-critic, whose on-going long poem project, begun in 1986, is collected here in Torques: Drafts 58-76, as well as in Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Precis (Salt Publishing, 2004). A poem from this latter book appears in Best American Poetry 2004.

In 2006, two books of her innovative essays were published: Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work on gender and poetics, along with a reprint of the ground-breaking The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice, both from University of Alabama Press. DuPlessis was awarded a residency at Bellagio in 2007; she was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship for Artists and of the Roy Harvey Pearce/ Archive for New Poetry Prize, both in 2002.

Among her critical works are a book on modern U.S. poetry from Cambridge University Press — Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934, studies of the poet H.D., and the edited Selected Letters of George Oppen. She is the author of the classic Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers. Among her co-edited book are The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics and The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women’s Liberation which Rutgers University Press has republished in 2007. Her poetry has been translated into French, Italian and Finnish. DuPlessis teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her website is http://wings.buffalo.edu/epc/authors/duplessis.


 

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