Poet Rachel Richardson was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She earned a BA at Dartmouth College, an MFA at the University of Michigan, and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina.
The author of the poetry collections Copperhead (2011) and Hundred-Year Wave (2016), Richardson’s poetry investigates the disjunctions of remembered and recorded history. Discussing the overlap between her method of poetic composition and her graduate studies in ethnography, Richardson has noted, “There’s a lot to be taken from the field, from places where you may not have realized that the material was worth anything.”
Richardson’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Hopwood Award, and several Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco and co-directs Left Margin LIT, a literary arts center in Berkeley, California.