Rachel A. Dilworth is an American poet who received a commendation in the 2007 National Poetry Competition for her poem Body Sonnets VIII: The Magdalen. Her first manuscript, The Wild Rose Asylum: Poems of the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland, was chosen as the winner of the 2008 Akron Poetry Prize. It was published by the University of Akron Press in 2009. Her poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, AGNI Online, American Literary Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Chautauqua, Southern Indiana Review, Perihelion, CutThroat, Bay Nature, and elsewhere. She has received, among other awards, a Fulbright Fellowship to Ireland for creative writing, Yale’s Clapp Fellowship for poetry, commendation in the UK National Poetry Competition, a Dorothy Poetry Prize, and a Bread Loaf Writer Scholarship.
2009 Jack Straw Writers Program
The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, in an anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers.