Born in Baltimore, Maryland, May 16. Began writing poetry as a child with the encouragement and under the supervision of her father, Arnold Rich, from whose “very Victorian, pre-Raphaelite” library, Rich later recalled, she read Tennyson, Keats, Arnold, Blake, Rossetti, Swinburne, Carlyle, and Pater.
A.B., Radcliffe College. A Change of World, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Award.
Guggenheim Fellowship; travel in Europe and England. Onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
Marriage to Alfred H. Conrad, an economist teaching at Harvard. Residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1953-1966.
Birth of David Conrad. The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems; Ridgely Torrence Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America.
Birth of Paul Conrad.
Birth of Jacob Conrad.
National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry.
Guggenheim Fellowship; residence with family, in the Netherlands.
Bollingen Foundation grant for translation of Dutch poetry.
Amy Lowell Travelling Fellowship.
Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law: Poems 1954-1962. Bess Hokin Prize of Poetry Magazine.
Necessities of Life. Move with family to New York City. Increasingly active politically in protests against the Vietnam War.
Selected Poems published in Britain. Honorary doctorate, Wheaton College. Orthopedic surgery for arthritis.
Lecturer, Swarthmore College. Adjunct Professor, Writing Division, Columbia University School of the Arts.
Begins teaching in SEEK program at City College of New York, and continues 1968-72 and 1974-75. Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize, Poetry Magazine. Death of Arnold Rich.
Death of Alfred Conrad.
The Will to Change: Poems 1968-1970. Shelley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America. Increasingly identifies with the women’s Iiberation movement.
Hurst Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Brandeis University.
National Book Award, shared with Allen Ginsberg.
Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience & lnstitution. Twenty-One Love Poems. Begins life with Michelle Cliff.
Professor of English, Douglass College, Rutgers University.
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978. Honorary doctorate, Smith College. Move to Montague, Massachusetts.
Orthopedic surgery for arthritis.
Fund for Human Dignity Award, National Gay Task Force.
Co-edits Sinister Wisdom, a lesbian/feminist journal.
A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University.
Orthopoedic surgery for arthritis.
Visiting Professor, Scripps College.
The Fact of a Doorframe: Poems Selected and New 1950-1984. Move to Santa Cruz, California.
Distinguished Visiting Professor, San Jose State University.
Professor of English, Stanford University.
Honorary doctorate, College of Wooster, Ohio. Honorary doctorate, Brandeis University. Brandeis Creative Arts Medal in Poetry.
Time’s Power: Poems 1985-1988. Marjorie Kovler Fellow, University of Chicago. National Poetry Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Art of Poetry. Elmer Holmes Bobst Award in Arts and Letters, New York University.
Honorary doctorate, City College of New York. Honorary doctorate, Harvard University. Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in Poetry.
Member, Department of Literature, American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters. Member, founding editorial group, Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists & Our Friends.
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991. The Common Wealth Award in Literature.
Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Honorary doctorate, Swarthmore College. Robert Frost Silver Medal of the Poetry Society of America. William Whitehead Award of the Publishing Triangle for lifetime achievement in letters. An Atlas of the Difficult World receives the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and the Lenore Marshall/Nation Award. Julia Arden Conrad, grandchild, born. Charles Reddington Conrad, grandchild, born.
Collected Early Poems, 1950-1970. What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics. An Atlas of the Difficult World awarded the Poet’s Prize.
Guest editor of Best American Poetry of 1996. The Wallace Stevens Award, the Academy of American Poets.
Awarded a National Medal for the Arts, which AR refused, to protest the policies in both political parties that subverted democratic government for the good the people in the interest of corporate capitalist power, and to protest the political subversion of the arts, signified by the recent decision of the House of Representatives to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. See Rich’s essay “Why I Refused the National Medal for the Arts” in Arts of the Possible (2001), pp. 98-105.
Midnight Salvage Poems 1995-1998. Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lannan Foundation. Chancellor, Academy of American Poets, 1999-2001.
Death of Helen Rich.
Fox: Poems 1998-2000.
Expanded edition of What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics, with a new introduction, “Jacob and the Angel,” and an additional essay, “Six Meditations in Place of a Lecture.” Bollingen Prize for Poetry, Yale University.
The School Among the Ruins Poems 2000-2004. AR edits the Selected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser for the Library of America.
National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
Lifetime Recognition Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Tonight No Poetry Will Serve Poems 2007-2010. Finalist, National Book Award.
Death of AR, March 27, in her home in Santa Cruz, from the effects of long-term rheumatoid arthritis.
Death of Michelle Cliff, June 12.