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A passion for teaching creative writing

Dr. Rachel Hadas has a passion for poetry that is equaled only by her passion for teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in literary masterpieces, creative writing and mythology in literature in the English Department of Rutgers-Newark. Over her two decades at Rutgers, Hadas has shared her passions -- for Greek literature, for writing poetry and essays, and for writing about poetry and literature -– with thousands of students. Her classroom excellence has been recognized with numerous awards. Most recently she was named Board of Governors Professor of English by Rutgers University in honor of her “unique contributions to the art of poetry” and her “numerous contributions to the field of letters.” Her other scholastic awards include the Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award for outstanding performance in the classroom, the Master Teacher Award from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, and the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research.

Outside the classroom, Hadas’ writing and scholarship has won international praise. Her literary awards include the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant in poetry, and an award in literature  from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters. Hadas also was honored with a fellowship for the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers.

Hadas, a professor of English, is the author of numerous books, which include collections of poetry, essays, and translations. Her 2011 prose account of her husband’s dementia, entitled Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry, has been widely praised.

Visit www.rachelhadas.com to learn more about Hadas.

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