Rachel is a prose writer and editor who has been published in journals throughout the US, UK, and Australia. She is also the Creator/Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Creature— a zine showcasing womxn and non-binary creative work—and the Shelf Life columnist for No Contact where she profiles independent bookstores. Her journalistic work can be found in Popdust, Washington Square News, TV Guide Magazine, and TV Insider. She was the recipient of the Albertina Tholakele Dube Scholarship for Young Writers at the 2021 Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference.
Rachel holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, where she was 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) while completing a collection of nonfiction short stories. She also earned an MSt at the University of Oxford, Kellogg College where she wrote a novel and a television pilot.
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 examined 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.
In a former life, 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 current events show where she mainly covered the 2016 Election and film festivals. She was also the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of The Write Stuff, which featured interviews with and readings from more than 90 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 the oldest stone house village stateside, Rachel now lives in Manhattan where she spends her days assisting in the Marketing and Sales departments of Grove Atlantic and her nights writing love (and lust) stories of all sorts.
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