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Rachel Galvin

Rachel Galvin is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Humanities Center of The Johns Hopkins University. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, where her  dissertation won the Sidonie Clauss Memorial Dissertation Prize. Her current book project, a comparative study titled Poetry and the Press in Wartime (1936-1945), argues that print journalism offered an unexpected model for wartime poetry and poetics during the tumultuous period spanning from the Spanish Civil War through World War II. In a second project, Hemispheric Poetics: 20th-Century Poetry of the Americas, Galvin contends that poetry of the long twentieth century must be understood in hemispheric terms. Galvin is studying how poets interpret the idea of “the Americas” as lands and nations, showing that their poetics develop through dialogue across linguistic and geographical distances. Essays are forthcoming in The Blackwell Companion to Translation Studies, Le Magazine littéraire, and the Wallace Stevens Journal.

Rachel was a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Hedgebrook.  Her poems and translations appear in journals including Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, and The New Yorker. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, Zoetrope (2006), and a book of poems, Pulleys & Locomotion, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2009.  That collection is  being translated into French and Spanish, and a dossier of poems will be featured this year in the Buenos Aires journal, Diario de Poesía, translated by Mariana Di Ció. Hitting the Streets, Rachel’s translation of Raymond Queneau’s Courir les rues, is forthcoming from Carcanet Press (2013). Her new collection of poems, Lost Property Unit, was a finalist for the 2011 National Poetry Series and Alice James Book’s 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award.

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