Rachel Zucker is the author of The Pedestrians (Wave Books, 2014) and Museum of Accidents (Wave Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of MOTHERs (Counterpath Press, 2013), The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan University, 2007), The Last Clear Narrative (Wesleyan University, 2004), Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan University, 2003), and Annunciation (The Center for Book Arts, 2002), as well as the co-editor (with Arielle Greenberg) of Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (both from the University of Iowa Press). She is co-author (also with Arielle Greenberg) of Home/birth: a poemic, a nonfiction book about birth, friendship, and feminism. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Zucker teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and was awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2012.
Zucker's namenaming, carping, merciless, and gloriously human body of work thus far suggests that any full account of being an individual has to register how specimen-like and interchangeable our lives often seem.
—Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker
Zucker is a poet of bottom-scraping, blood-chilling existential anxiety, one among many, and a poet of New York City, one among many, and a poet of American Jewish inheritance, one among many, and one of the funniest, too..
—Stephen Burt, The Boston Review
Rachel Zucker is a courageous poet. Not because she dodges bullets in a war zone (though I bet she would), or because she yells outlandish things on cable TV (I bet she'd do that, too), but because she writes poetry in a way that interrogates what it means to tell the truth.
—Travis Nichols, The Huffington Post
Zucker is about the only contemporary poet I’ve read who manages to address [motherhood] without sounding coy and cloying. Mothers should read, others can learn.
By sharing experience through interrogating and dynamic language, Zucker shines light on how we can live honestly against the grain of expected feeling and attitude and how we might feel powerful and passionate in a time of terror and fear.
Zucker's not interested in making readers see anything “as if for the first time.” She's here to remind us how much there is to see in what we've seen before.
Reviews of books by Rachel Zucker
Museum of Accidents
- Rachel Zucker’s website
- Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People), Zucker's podcast
Articles and Poems
- Two poems (in B O D Y)
- “Hey Allen Ginsberg Where Have You Gone and What Would You Think of My Drugs?” (on Poets.org)
- “Two Kinds of Suffering” (in Virginia Quarterly Review)
- Two poems (in Epiphany)
- “Letter (Persephone to Demeter)” (in As It Ought to Be)
- “Welcome to the Blighted Ovum Support Group” (in 42opus)
- “Poem” (on The Best American Poetry blog)
- “We Told Him We Would Hold Him Forever” (in Free Verse)
- “Little Apocalypse” and “After Baby After Baby” (in Verse Daily)
- “Rachel Zucker on [taking away taking away everything]” (in Poetry Society of America)
- “Pedestrian” (in The Rumpus)
- MARY, with Melissa Burke
- The Rumpus, with Dave Roderick
- Tin House, with Leah Umansky
- Los Angeles Review of Books, with Michael Kimball
- A. Bradstreet, with Arielle Greenberg
- The Believer, with Matthew Roher and Wayne Koestenbaum
- 32 Poems, with Serena M. Agusto-Cox
- Huffington Post, with Travis Nichols
- Candor, with Sarah Manguso
- The L Magazine
- Excerpts from her lecture for the Bagley Wright lecture series
- "i'd like a little flashlight" (from The Pedestrians for PBS Newshour)
- At State of the Union: a Poetry Reading (Zucker was one of fifty contributors to State of the Union: 50 Political Poems)
Friday NOVEMBER 11, 2016 7:00pm
Rachel Zucker will read for the Portland Arts & Lectures.
Portland Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St., Portland, OR
Monday NOVEMBER 14, 2016 7:30pm
Rachel Zucker will read for the Seattle Arts & Lectures series co-presented with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series in Poetry.
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle, WA
Tuesday NOVEMBER 15, 2016 7:00pm
Rachel Zucker will present a lecture at the University of California Berkeley.