Discipline: Literature – poetry

Rachel Han

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Rachel Han is a poet and musician based in Brooklyn. She received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and an M.F.A. in poetry from Rutgers-Newark University where she currently teaches English and poetry. Her work has appeared in Narrative, Pleiades, Interim, Conduit, and the LA Korea Times.

Han is a finalist for BOMB's 2022 Poetry Contest, and her first manuscript of poems was chosen as a semifinalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in both 2022 and 2023. She is a 2022 Hawthornden Castle Fellow and 2023 New York Foundation of the Arts Grant Recipient.

At MacDowell, Han wrote poems to be included in her first manuscript, I am Returning for the Body, and began her second manuscript. She also composed music with her voice, violin, keys, and guitar.



Rachel Han worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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