Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Rachel Galvin is a specialist in 20th- and 21st-century poetry and poetics. Her book manuscript, “Poetry and the Press in Wartime (1936–1945),” is currently under review, and her new project is “Hemispheric Poetics: 20th- and 21st-c. Poetry of the Americas.” A volume she co-edited, Auden at Work, will be published in September. Her essays have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, ELH, Jacket 2, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Modernism/modernity. The Wallace Stevens Journal awarded her the John N. Serio Award for best essay of 2013, and Boston Review nominated one of her features for Best of the Net 2014.
Galvin is also a poet and literary translator. She is the author of Pulleys & Locomotion, and her new collection, Lost Property Unit, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. Her translation of Raymond Queneau’s Hitting the Streets won the 2014 Scott Moncrieff Prize for French translation and was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by the Boston Globe.
Galvin earned a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University, where her dissertation was awarded the Sidonie Clauss Memorial Dissertation Prize. She has held an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and an NEH/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Newberry Library.