Ethel Rackin is Professor of Language & Literature at Bucks County Community College, where she directs the Poet Laureate Program, the oldest such program in the commonwealth, and the Wordsmiths Reading Series, an event series that pairs authors of national acclaim with accomplished local authors.
For nearly twenty years, Ethel has taught poetry and has led creative writing workshops for college students and adults. She is currently at work on a new college-level textbook, Crafting Poems and Stories: A Guide to Creative Writing, which is under contract with Broadview Press. The goal of this new text is to render the material of introductory creative writing courses more readily engaging, so that writers see greater progress reflected in their poems and short stories than they would have previously thought possible.
Ethel is the author of three books of poetry: The Forever Notes (Parlor Press, 2013); Go On (Parlor Press, 2016), a National Jewish Book Award finalist; and Evening (Furniture Press, 2017). Her poetry, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared widely in nationally recognized journals such as The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily.
The recipient of a 2018 MacDowell Colony fellowship, Ethel holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Bard College and a PhD in English Literature from Princeton University.