Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. She received the MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware and the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, Soul Mountain, The Millay Residency, and others. In 2011, Griffiths appeared in the first ever poetry issue in Oprah’s O Magazine as a new emerging poet.
Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including Callaloo, The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Writer’s Chronicle, Crab Orchard Review, Mosaic, RATTLE, Puerto Del Sol, Brilliant Corners, Indiana Review, Lumina, Ecotone, Kweli Journal, The Acentos Review, PMS: poem memoir story, Saranac Review, Torch, Salt Hill Journal, The Drunken Boat, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, Inkwell, Black Arts Quarterly, African American Review, American Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Hambone, Phantom Limb, THRUSH, REVOLUTIONesque, CROSSBRONX, Folio, and many others. A Cave Canem Fellow, Griffiths is widely known for her literary portraits and is currently at work on her first extensive film project, P.O.P (Poets on Poetry), an intimate series of interviews, which gathers more than 50 contemporary poets together in conversation to discuss poetry in relation to individual human experience and culture.
She is the author of Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books/2010), The Requited Distance (The Sheep Meadow Press/2011), and a chapbook, Memoria, Memoria (Deadly Chaps/A5, 2012). Her recent full-length collection, Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose/2011) was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association.
Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.