Rachel is a prose writer and editor whose work explores gender, culture, and humor. She has been published in journals throughout the US, UK, and Australia and she has participated in readings at NYU Gallatin, Columbia University, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, and Poets House, as well as Miss Manhattan's Non-Fiction Reading Series.
She has contributed regularly to Popdust, Washington Square News, TV Guide Magazine, and TV Insider, and she is the Creator/Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Creature, a zine showcasing creative work by womxn. She is currently a columnist for No Contact. She has also worked in book publishing with Grove Atlantic, W. W. Norton & Company, Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency, and Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency, and freelance edits for Radish Fiction.
Rachel holds an MFA in Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction from Columbia University School of the Arts, where she was also the Editor-in-Chief for Issue 58 of Columbia Journal printed in association with Ugly Duckling Presse, and taught a CA/T Community Class (CCC) entitled, 'NSFW: How To Write Good Sex.' She is currently studying at the University of Oxford, Kellogg College for an MSt in Creative Writing.
While earning her BA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study—where she concentrated in 'The Evolution of Female Sexual Narratives,' was a University Honors Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude—Rachel's screenplay, All These Things, was featured in the 2016 Tisch Open Arts Showcase, and in 2017, she was a recipient of the Dean's Award for Summer Research for her oral history project Island Life, which examines the female business community in Block Island, RI. She was also a speaker at the 2018 Senior Symposium, where she presented a talk on the influence of fear culture and the #MeToo movement on young women.
Previously, Rachel was the General Manager of WNYU-FM, NYU's student-run radio station. She was named Best News Director in 2017 by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System while Executive Producer of 'The Rundown,' a weekly show covering current events. She was also the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of 'The Write Stuff' which featured interviews and readings from writers. Both programs were nominated for and won Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards during her tenure. 'The Write Stuff' also won a Pinnacle Media Award for Best Talk Program.
Originally from Hurley, New York, Rachel now lives in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood with a hoard of stuffed pigeons. She is working on an autofiction collection about boys she never quite dated and actively seeking representation. This bio isn't particularly funny but she promises her work is!
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