Salman Rushdie, 72, finds love with award-winning 40-year-old poet: report

Still a romantic!

Salman Rushdie, 72, has four marriages under his belt, and he's trying his hand again.  The acclaimed novelist is dating 40-year-old award-winning poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths, according to Page Six.

Griffiths' works have been featured in dozens of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times and O Magazine, as described by her personal website bio. Although she's a Washington, D.C. native, she now lives in New York, where Rushdie also lives, and teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

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The couple reportedly celebrated Rushdie's birthday together in London last week, and they've been spotted at events together in New York.

Rushdie was most recently married to "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi, who he wed in 2004 and divorced in 2007. He married Lakshmi the same year he divorced his second wife.

He has two sons, Zafar, 39, and Milan, 20.

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Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie arrive on the red carpet. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 6: (US TABS AND MAGS OUT] Writer Salman Rushdie and his wife Padma Lakshmi attend People Group celebration for Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new book on September 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Salman Rushdie, Padma Lakshmi-Rushdie during Inside Arrivals for the 20th Century Fox premiere of "Kingdom of Heaven" at Ziegfeld Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie attend Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Dinner at Lincoln Center on September 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Imagess)
Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie during Annual FUNDRAISING GALA OF WAYUU Taya Foundation at Soho Grand Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie during The Montblanc De La Culture Awards at Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi during Glamour Magazine Honors The 2006 Women of The Year - Outside Arrivals at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ryan Born/WireImage)
Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi during "Madama Butterfly" Opening Night Starting the Lincoln Center Metropolitan Opera 2006-2007 Season at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
SEPTEMBER 18: Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie attend Marie Antoinette Screening at Tribeca Grand N.Y.C. on September 18, 2006. (Photo by Chance Yeh /Patrick McMullan via Getty Imagess)
Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi during Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2007 - Seen at Bryant Park - Day 4 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Salman Rushdie and wife Padma Lakshmi during Hearst Magazines Hosts 30 Days of Fashion and Charity Auction Event Benefitting The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Hearst Tower in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie during Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2007 - Diane Von Furstenberg - Front Row and Backstage at The Tent, Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 7: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Salman Rushdie and wife Padma Rushdie attend the launch of Salman Rushdie's latest book, Shalimar The Clown, at the David Gill Galleries, September 7, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 20: Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi Rushdie attend Carlos Miele & Padma Lakshmi host a Secret Afterparty honoring The Tribeca Film Festival & the First Annual Pen World Voices International Festival at Hunt Slonem Studio on April 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Imagess)
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