Rachel Jamison Webster
Associate Professor of Instruction; Director of the English Major in Writing
- University Hall 027
- Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-12, Thursdays 2-3 & by appt
Rachel Jamison Webster (M.F.A. Warren Wilson) is the author of the full-length collection of poetry, “September,” (Northwestern University Press, 2013) and a hybrid of poetry and prose, titled “The Endless Unbegun” (Twelve Winters Press, 2015) as well as two chapbooks, “The Blue Grotto” (Dancing Girl Press 2009) and “Leaving Phoebe” (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming in 2015). Webster has published poetry and essays in many journals and anthologies such as Poetry, The Southern Review, The Paris Review and Blackbird. She edits an online anthology of international poetry, UniVerse of Poetry, which features poets from every nation in the world and creates programs to widen poetry's audience, through which she curated and produced "The Gift," a series of radio essays about poetry for Chicago Public Radio. Rachel has received an Emerging Artist Award from the Poetry Foundation and the Poetry Center of Chicago, an Academy of American Poets Young Poets Prize, and an American Association of University Women Award, the latter for her implementation of writing workshops for homeless youth in Portland, Oregon. From 1998-2001 she worked closely with Chicago's First Lady Maggie Daley to establish literary arts apprenticeships for thousands of city teens. In this capacity, she edited two anthologies of writing by young people, “Alchemy” (2001) and “Paper Atrium” (2004). She teaches advanced and beginning classes in poetry and creative non-fiction.
Poetry & Poetics, Creative Writing