Rachel Sherwood

1954–1979
Rachel Sherwood
Rachel Sherwood was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Southern California. She attended St. David’s University College in Wales and California State University Northridge. She died in an automobile accident in 1979, at the age of 25. At the time of her death, Sherwood was enrolled as a graduate student at Cal State Northridge and was employed there as a teacher of English composition. To preserve Sherwood’s memory, her friends established the Rachel Sherwood Poetry Prize at Northridge; the award is given annually to a student poet. 

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