Rachel is a prose writer and editor whose work explores the darkly humorous aspects of sex and relationships. She has been published in journals throughout the US, UK, and Australia and 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 also contributed regularly to Popdust, Washington Square News, TV Guide Magazine, and TV Insider.
Currently, Rachel is the Creator/Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Creature, a zine showcasing womxn and non-binary creative work, and a columnist for No Contact where she profiles independent bookstores. She also writes the Rachel is Reading... book review newsletter. She has worked in publishing for Oxford University Press, Grove Atlantic, W. W. Norton & Company, Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency, and Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency, and has freelance edited for Radish Fiction. She was also the recipient of the Albertina Tholakele Dube Scholarship for Young Writers at the 2021 Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference.
Rachel holds an MFA in Writing, Nonfiction 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) entitled, "NSFW: How To Write Good Sex." She also completed an MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, Kellogg College
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, examining 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 covered the 2016 Election and various film festivals. She was also the Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of The Write Stuff, which featured interviews with 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 festively dressed stuffed pigeons. She is working on a nonfiction collection entitled Who the F*ck is Naomi, exploring the Internet's impact on unrequited love, and has completed a novel, Would You Like to Try Again, a millennial burnout black comedy. She is actively seeking representation (and promises not all of her titles are questions).
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