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Rachel Zolf

Rachel Zolf

Photo by Ryan Collerd, courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Rachel Zolf's six books of poetry include Janey’s Arcadia, Neighbour Procedure, and Human Resources, all from Coach House Books. Social Poesis: The Selected Poetry of Rachel Zolf was published in 2019 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Zolf holds an MFA from The New School, where she conducted the first collaborative MFA in creative writing ever, and a PhD in Philosophy, Art, and Social Thought from the European Graduate School, where she studied with Judith Butler and Fred Moten. Zolf has won a Pew Fellowhsip in the Arts and a Trillium Book Award for Poetry and has been a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, among other honors. Her film version of Janey’s Arcadia screened at venues such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a film she wrote directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture, screened at venues such as White Cube (UK), Art Basel Miami, the Wexner Center for the Arts. Zolf's current work in progress is a poetics text entitled “Language No One Speaks: A Dangerous Perhaps of Monstrous Witness.” Zolf’s literary papers are housed at York University Archives and Simon Fraser University Special Collections.


Courses Taught

fall 2020

ENGL 113.301 Poetry Writing Workshop  

fall 2019

ENGL 127.301 Writing and Witnessing  

spring 2019

ENGL 127.401 Community Writing  

fall 2018

fall 2017

fall 2016