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Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Ph.D. 1970, Columbia University) is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. The newest critical book by DuPlessis is Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934 (Cambridge University Press, 2001). 

Her newest books of poetry are Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and DRAFTS. Drafts 39-57, Pledge with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004). A poem from this book appears in Best American Poetry 2004. Précis was also published as a chapbook from Nomados in 2003.

She received Temple University's Creative Achievement Award in 1999.

In 2002, DuPlessis 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. An interview of DuPlessis conducted by Jeanne Heuving appears in Contemporary Literature (2004).

DuPlessis, Professor of English at Temple University, is 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 The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (Routledge, 1990). Blue Studios:

Poetry and Its Cultural Work is forthcoming from University of Alabama Press in 2006.

DuPlessis is the editor of The Selected Letters of George Oppen (Duke University Press, 1990), and the co-editor with Peter Quartermain of The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics, from The University of Alabama Press (1999). The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation, co-edited with Ann Snitow, was published by Three Rivers/Crown in 1998. She is also the co-editor with Susan Stanford Friedman, of Signets: Reading H.D. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1990).

Poetry by DuPlessis appears in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (Talisman House, 1998).

Her poetry appeared in Wells (Montemora, 1980, now online at, Tabula Rosa (Potes & Poets, 1987), Draft X: Letters (Singing Horse Press, 1991), Drafts 3-14 (Potes & Poets, 1991), Drafts 15-XXX, The Fold (Potes & Poets, 1997) and Renga: Draft 32 (BeautifulSwimmer, 1998).

Some of this work has been translated into French as Essais: Quatre Poèmes (Un Bureau Sur L'Atlantique, 1996).

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.

Her scholarly articles appear in periodicals such as The Kenyon Review, Diacritics, MLQ and American Literature and in anthologies from the university presses of Virginia, Michigan, Cambridge, Illinois, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Princeton.

Her work has been anthologized in Poems for the Millennium, vol. 2 (University of California Press); in Artifice and Indeterminacy: New Essays in Poetics (Alabama); in H.D. and Poets After (Iowa); in Dwelling in Possibility: Women Poets and Critics on Poetry (Cornell); The New Feminist Criticism (Pantheon); Why the Novel Matters (Indiana); Essentials of the Theory of Fiction (Duke); Narrative/Theory (Longman); Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry (Wayne State); Onward: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (Peter Lang); Virginia Woolf: A Collection of Critical Essays, (Prentice-Hall); and Narrative Dynamics: Essays on Time, Plot, Closure, and Frames (Ohio State).

DuPlessis has been affiliated editorially with Feminist Studies, Sulfur, Sagetrieb, HOW(ever), Modernism/Modernity, and with series from the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin presses.