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Rachel Hadas grew up in Manhattan, a daughter of classical scholar Moses Hadas and Latin teacher Elizabeth Chamberlayne Hadas. Since 1981, she has taught in the English Department of the Newark campus of Rutgers University; she previously taught writing courses at Columbia, Princeton, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the West Chester Poetry Conference, and the 92nd Street Y in New York. Besides publishing her own work, she has translated poetry by Euripides, Racine, Baudelaire, Karyotakis, and many others.

She was married for more than 30 years to composer and music professor George Edwards, who died in 2011.
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