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Meanwhile, What the Dead Suggest
By Rachel DeWoskin

Read Rachel DeWoskin’s response to The Penelopiad here.

Rachel DeWoskin
Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, in collaboration with
The Poetry Foundation, in relation to their production of The Penelopiad, for their 23/24 Season
March 2024

ABOUT Play on words: Poetry

The Penelopiad

An unexpected remix of Homer’s The Odyssey, told by the celebrated and subversive author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale).



Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of five novels, two poetry collections and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing. She won a National Jewish Book Award, a Sydney Taylor Book Award, an American Library Association’s Alex Award and an Academy of American Poets Award. Foreign Babes in Beijing, Someday We Will Fly, and Banshee are being developed for feature film or TV, and DeWoskin’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Ploughshares, The Baffler and New Voices from the Academy of American Poets. DeWoskin serves on the national steering committee of Writers for Democratic Action (WDA).