Rachel Hadas

Rachel Hadas


rhadas [at] newark.rutgers.edu



Office Location

360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
Hill Hall 521
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Office Hours

Monday 4:00-5:15 pm & By Appointment

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



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


Research Initiatives


Essays (two books in progress)

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

2009), an anthology of Greek poetry in translation.

Currently at work on a new book of personal essays.



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


Radcliff BA (Classics)

Johns Hopkins MA (Poetry)

Princeton Ph.D. (Comparative Literature)


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)