Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rachel Wetzsteon 1967-2009 RIP

Rachel Todd Wetzsteon (November 25, 1967 - December 24/25?, 2009) was an American poet.


Born in New York City, the daughter of editor Ross Wetzsteon (the name is pronounced "whetstone"), 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.

She lived in Manhattan and went on to teach at William Paterson University, and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the Ninety-Second Street Y.

Her work appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Village Voice. She was poetry editor of The New Republic.

She took her own life on Christmas day or eve, 2009.

-- wiki

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