Rachel Wetzsteon, Poet – (1967 – 2009)

Rachel Wetzsteon, poet and writer, has died at the age of 42.

“Hard-edged yet sinuous, rich with feeling yet unsentimental, Ms. Wetzsteon’s poems have a distinctly urban disposition. By turns angry, melancholy, hopeful and comic, they explore the sensibilities of women as they fall in and out of love. The city, in particular the West Side of Manhattan, is seldom far from view.”

New York Times, 01/01/10

She was the daughter of former Village Voice editor Ross Wetzsteon. She graduated from Yale University in 1989, where she studied with Marie Borroff, and John Hollander. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an MA, and from Columbia University with a Ph.D. She taught at Barnard College.
Born and brought up in Manhattan, she taught at William Paterson University, and the Unterberg Poetry Center. Her work appeared in many publications including The New Yorker and The Village Voice and she was poetry editor of The New Republic. She left this world late on Christmas Eve.

Rachel Wetzsteon’s books on Amazon.

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