Bio

Artistic Resume

Rachel Guido deVries is a poet and novelist. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Yellow Silk, Voices in Italian Americana, the Paterson Literary Review, Rattle, and Stone Canoe. A new collection of poems, The Brother Inside Me, was published in 2008 by Guernica Books. Her first children’s picture book, Teeny Tiny Tino’s Fishing Story, was released by Bordighera Books in 2008, and won the 2008 Paterson Prize for Books for Young Children. In 1995, she self published a chapbook of poems for young readers, Ear Wax and Hockey Sticks, which has sold over a thousand copies and is now out of print. A new collection, The Purple Potato and Other Poems, (2007; self published) includes poems she wrote, accompanied by illustrations by elementary school students at York Central School, in York, NY.

Her first book of poems was published in 1978; and a second collection, How to Sing to a Dago, was published by Guernica Editions in 1996. A collection of her poems, Gambler’s Daughter, was published in the fall of 2001 by Guernica Editions, and was named one of the ten best books of poems published in 2001 by The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, in New Jersey. Her novel, Tender Warriors, was published by Firebrand Books in 1986, and is in a second printing.

Her poetry, fiction, and essays are anthologized in several collections, including Rhetorical Choices: A Reader for Writers, ed. Gilyard, Holdstein and Schuster, Penguin Academics, 2004, The Italian American Reader, ed. Bill Tonelli, William Morrow, 2003, The Milk of Almonds, ed. Louise DeSalvo and Edvige Giunta, The Feminist Press, 2002, Don’t Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, ed. Regina Barreca, Penguin, 2002, Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writers on Learning to be American, ed. by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, (Penguin, 1999), The Arc of Love, Poems, ed., Clare Coss (Scribner, 1996), Unsettling America: Contemporary Multicultural Poetry, ed. Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, (Penguin,1994), The Voices We Carry: Italian American Women Writers, (Guernica, 1994).

In 1984, Rachel Guido deVries founded the Community Writers’ Project, in Syracuse, NY, which she directed until 1995. She is a past director of The Women’s Writers Center, formerly in Cazenovia, NY, and of the Feminist Women’s Writing Workshops. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction in 1987, she currently is a poet-in-the-schools in upstate New York, working with students in primary grades through high school. She taught creative writing through the Humanistic Studies Center of Syracuse University, from 1985 to 2003, where she was awarded the Teacher of the Year award in 1993, and where she directed the Young Writers’ Workshop in Syracuse University’s Summer Program for Youth from 2000 to 2003. She was the featured poet at The Young Writers’ Workshop at Colgate University, August, 2009. Rachel Guido deVries lives in Cazenovia, NY.