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Rachel Zolf1

Rachel Zolf in 2007. Photo by Joshua Sherurcij. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Rachel Zolf (born 1968) is a Canadian poet, literary editor, and academic.


Zolf is the daughter of Patricia Zolf and author Larry Zolf.

She is the author of 4 poetry collections. She was the founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine, and has edited several books of poetry.


Brian Teare's review of Human Resources in the Winter 2008 Lambda Book Report situates Zolf as "one of an extremely talented generation of Canadian lesbian[1]/queer writers whose innovative cross-genre work comes to us after that of radical foremothers Nicole Brossard, Gail Scott, and Erin Mouré."[2]



The title long poem from Zolf's collection Her absence, this wanderer (1999) was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition.

Masque (2004) was shortlisted for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

Human Resources (2007) won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.[3]


  • Her Absence, this Wanderer. Ottawa: BuschekBooks, 1999.
  • Masque. Toronto: Mercury Press, 2004.
  • From 'Human Resources'. Brooklyn, NY: Belladonna Books, 2005.
  • Human Resources: A book of poetry. Toronto: Coach House, 2007.
  • Shoot & Weep. Vancouver: Nomados, 2008.
  • Neighbour Procedure. Toronto: Coach House, 2010.
  • Janey's Arcadia: Errant ad ent$res in Ultima Thule. Toronto: Coach House, 2014.
Rachel Zolf at the BPC, 3 7 09

Rachel Zolf at the BPC, 3 7 09

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

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  1. Lawlor, Alice (23 December 2008), "Interview with queer poet Rachel Zolf", Xtra!,, retrieved 25 December 2008 
  2. Lambda Book Report (Winter 2008), 30-31.
  3. Publisher's page for book Human Resources, ISBN 1-55245-182-8
  4. Search results = au:Rachel Zolf, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 23, 2015.

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