Rachel Blau DuPlessis is a poet, essayist, feminist critic and scholar. Her long poem project, begun in 1986, is collected in Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2007) as well as in Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004). A new book, Pitch: Drafts 77-96, is expected in 2010. She has several chapbooks from Nomados, BeautifulSwimmer and Singing Horse. Earlier books of poetry include Wells (Montemora, 1980, now online at www.durationpress.com) and Tabula Rosa (Potes & Poets, 1987). Some of this work has been translated into French as Essais: Quatre Poèmes (Un Bureau Sur L'Atlantique, 1996); other of her work appears in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek and Serbian.
In 2006, two books of her innovative essays were published: Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work (2006), and the ground-breaking The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice ( 2006) both from University of Alabama Press. Other critical writing includes Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934 (Cambridge University Press, 2001), as well as an edition of The Selected Letters of George Oppen (Duke University Press, 1990). She is also the author of Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers (1985), H.D.: The Career of that Struggle (1986), both from Indiana University Press, and an earlier edition of The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (Routledge, 1990). She is the co-editor with Peter Quartermain of The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics, from The University of Alabama Press (1999), of The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation, co-edited with Ann Snitow (1998 and 2007), and with Susan Stanford Friedman, of Signets: Reading H.D. (1990).
In 1990, she held a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for poetry, and in 1993, she received an award from the Fund for Poetry. DuPlessis received Temple University’s Creative Achievement Award in 1999. In 2002, she was awarded the third Roy Harvey Pearce / Archive for New Poetry Prize, given biennially to an American poet/scholar who has made a significant lifetime contribution to American poetry and literary scholarship. In 2002 she was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts; in 2007 a residency for poetry at Bellagio, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2008-09 she held an appointment to the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. An interview of DuPlessis conducted by Jeanne Heuving appears in Contemporary Literature (2004).
DuPlessis is affiliated editorially with JML (Journal of Modern Literature), Contemporary Women’s Writing, Feminist Studies, Modernism/Modernity, and with series on contemporary poetry and poetics from the University of Alabama and the University of Iowa presses. She has also served on the boards of Sulfur, Sagetrieb, and HOW(ever). She is the editor for Palgrave Macmillan’s series in “Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.”
Aside from graduate poetry workshops, Professor DuPlessis teaches courses in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. Recent courses taught have included "Modern American Poetry," "The Twentieth Century Long Poem," "Graduate Survey of Anglo-American Poetry" and "Gender, Poetry, and Poetics."
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