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Hacker, Marilyn

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

(1942-    ) US poet, critic, editor, translator and now-retired Professor of English at the City University of New York, married to Samuel R Delany 1961-1980; the latter's Babel-17 (1966; rev 1969) includes chapter epigraphs taken from her poems. Active since 1961 – her first collection of intensely this-worldly poems, Presentation Piece (coll 1974), won a National Book Award for that year – she has written relatively little sf. Her chief contribution to the sf field was editing, with Delany, the four highly experimental QUARK/ (which see) anthologies published in 1970 and 1971, beginning with QUARK/1 (anth 1970). Some sf-inflected Poetry appeared QUARK/, in Bad Moon Rising (anth 1973) edited by Thomas M Disch, and in Millennial Women (anth 1978; vt The Eye of the Heron, and Other Stories 1980) edited by Virginia Kidd. Hacker contributed a critical introduction to the 1986 Beacon Press edition of Joanna Russ's The Female Man (1975). [DRL]

Marilyn Hacker

born New York: 27 November 1942

works (highly selected)

  • Highway Sandwiches (no place given: privately published, 1970) with Thomas M Disch and Charles Platt [poetry: coll: chap: pb/Charles Platt]

works as editor



  • QUARK/1 (New York: Paperback Library, 1970) with Samuel R Delany [anth: QUARK/: pb/Russell Fitzgerald]
  • QUARK/2 (New York: Paperback Library, 1971) with Samuel R Delany [anth: QUARK/: pb/]
  • QUARK/3 (New York: Paperback Library, 1971) with Samuel R Delany [anth: QUARK/: pb/Roger Penney]
  • QUARK/4 (New York: Paperback Library, 1971) with Samuel R Delany [anth: QUARK/: pb/Martin Last]


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