Saskia Hamilton

Professor of English

Director, Women Poets at Barnard

Saskia Hamilton joined the Barnard English Department in 2002, and she teaches courses in the history of lyric poetry, poetics, poets’ letters, twentieth century poetry, and poetry writing. She is the author of As for Dream: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2001); Divide These: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2005); Canal: New and Selected Poems (Arc Publications [UK], 2005); and Corridor: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2014). She is also the editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), The Dolphin Letters: Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019), and a new edition of Lowell's The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972, 1973 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019). She is the co-editor (with Thomas Travisano) of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008), and is currently co-editing (with Eleanor Chai) Efforts of Affection: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore. She received her Ph.D. from the Editorial Institute at Boston University.


Professor Hamilton's work has been supported by poetry fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her scholarship has been supported by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She was the recipent of the Gladys Brooks Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. 


Professor Hamilton was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Curriculum in July 2018. 


Selected Publications

The Dolphin Letters: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle, editor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019)

Robert Lowell, The Dolphin, Two Versions: 1972, 1973, editor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019)

Corridor (Graywolf Press, 2014)

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, co-editor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008).

Divide These (Graywolf Press, 2005)

The Letters of Robert Lowell, editor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005)

As for Dream (Graywolf Press, 2001)

Academic Focus: 



Editorial Studies


110 Milbank Hall

401C Barnard Hall


Office Hours: 

By appointment


Ph.D., Boston University

M.A., New York University
B.A., Kenyon College

In the News

Sara Samuel ’19 was awarded the sixth annual Donald E. Axinn Foundation/Anna Quindlen Award for Creative Writing. The prize is awarded yearly to a graduating senior, who receives $25,000 to support her creative writing.

Barnard College presented the exceptional faculty with awards to honor their commitment to teaching and research.

‘Once’ featured in the weekly magazine’s poetry column

The New York Times and The New Yorker include Prof. Hamilton's book of poetry among the best of the year