Saskia Hamilton death: Well-known American poet & teacher dies aged 56

Saskia Hamilton
American poet Saskia Hamilton passed away


Saskia Hamilton, an American poet & teacher has passed away at the age of 56. Let’s see how did Saskia die and her cause of death in detail.

How did Saskia Hamilton die?

The Paris Review posted this sad news on social media in the following statement.

The Review mourns the loss of our friend and advisory editor, the poet and scholar Saskia Hamilton. We recently published her poem “Faring,” and want to share it again now, along with an introduction by Claudia Rankine. Hamilton will be dearly missed.

Mikhail Iossel also announced this news by sharing a tribute to her, saying,

“Heartbroken over the passing of the brilliant Saskia Hamilton. So immensely talented — and also so decent and gentle and kind, such a remarkably good person.
Rest in Peace.”

Saskia Hamilton cause of death:

A very talented, intuitive writer, reader, and teacher, has passed away. Her friends, colleagues, and family members were deeply saddened by her death.

She was known for her works including, Corridor, Graywolf Press, Canal Arc, Divide These, Graywolf Press, and
As for Dream, Graywolf Press.

Saskia appeared as a subject of an eponymous song on the eleventh track of the 2010 Ben Folds/ Nick Hornby collaborative album Lonely Avenue.

However, Sasika cause of death was not known. Tributes flooded social media after her demise news broke out.

Who was Saskia Hamilton?

American poet Saskia was born in 1967 in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. from Kenyon College, her M.A. from New York University, and her Ph.D. from Boston University.

She taught at Barnard College in addition to working for the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Lannan Foundation. 

Saskia was the author of five poetry books, including As for Dream, Canal, Divide These, Corridor, and All Souls. The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle, as well as The Letters of Robert Lowell, are among the poetry and letter collections she has edited.

She worked as an advisory editor for the Review and lectures at Barnard College. She served as a 2009 Gryphon Poetry Prize judge.

Hamilton was awarded with Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.

Tributes to Saskia Hamilton:

Scott Edward Anderson posted,

Thinking of Saskia Hamilton and that time she became the subject of an eponymous song by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby… RIP Saskia

The New Yorker posted,

The poet and scholar Saskia Hamilton has died. Revisit “All Souls,” a selection of excerpts from her forthcoming collection

Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine posted,

I passed through, I should have paused,
there were a hundred doors. One opened.
—Saskia Hamilton (1967–2023)

Susan Bernofsky posted,

Farewell, beloved friend.
The unbearable thought of never seeing these kindest eyes again.
Saskia, brilliant and magnificent poet, teacher, friend.
So much love.

Graywolf Press posted,

We are very saddened at the loss of brilliant poet, essayist, scholar, and teacher Saskia. Her work has been a mainstay on the Graywolf poetry list, from her first book, As for Dream, in 2001 to her final book, All Souls, forthcoming in October. Her words and her presence are deeply missed but abiding.


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