Poetry offers us the capacity to carry in us and express the contradictory impulses that make us human.

—Kwame Dawes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2018- )

Margaret H. Douglas-Hamilton

Margaret H. Douglas-Hamilton was the first woman corporate lawyer at the Boston law firm of Sullivan & Worcester and spent the last fifteen years of active practice as United States General Counsel to the British investment firm Schroders. While a student at Wellesley College, she studied with Philip Booth, May Sarton, Mark Van Doren, and Delmore Schwartz, and, writing under her maiden name, Margaret Hambrecht, she received several poetry prizes. She also was the recipient of the first Newhouse Fellowship in Creative Writing at Syracuse University where she earned an MA in creative writing and literature. In addition to the Academy of American Poets, where she served on the Executive Committee and is a member of the Emeritus Circle, she has served on the Boards of several other cultural institutions, including Dia Center for the Arts and The Royal Oak Foundation, in addition to serving on the Executive Committee for the building of Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, New York City. She received a law degree from Boston University.