MacArthur Fellows Program

Adrienne Rich

Poet and Writer | Class of 1994

Title
Poet and Writer
Location
Stanford, California
Age
65 at time of award
Deceased
March 27, 2012

Adrienne Rich is a poet, an essayist, and a feminist theoretician.

Her highly acclaimed poetry is characterized by lucidity, fluidity, and imaginative ambition.  Rich is one of the few American writers who has continued to hold public interest for decades because of her awareness of the changes in herself, in society, and in the ways in which language can reflect and shape these changes.  She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including A Change of World (1951), The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems (1952), Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law: Poems, 1954-1962 (1967), A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems, 1978-1981 (1981), Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-95 (1995), Midnight Salvage: Poems, 1995-1998 (1999), Fox: Poems, 1998-2000 (2001), and The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004 (2004).  She has also authored several works of prose, including What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics (1993) and Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations (2001).

Rich has taught at the City College of New York (1968-71, 74-75), Brandeis University (1972-73), Rutgers University (1976-79), Cornell University (1981-87), Scripps College (1983-84), San Jose State University (1984-86), and Stanford University (1986-93).

Rich received an A.B. (1951) from Radcliffe College and studied at the University of Oxford (1952-53). 

Last updated January 1, 2005

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