Her essay “Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt” was anthologized in the latest edition of Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Previously, she was an artist-in-residence at Ragdale, a finalist for Joyland’s Open Border Fiction Prize, and a grateful recipient of grants and fellowships from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, and the Ragdale Foundation.
In a former life, Rachel worked as a landscaper, swim coach, pizza shop girl, photo equipment clerk, waitress, environmental activist, librarian, textbook editor, cheesemonger, and pretty solid barista. Currently, she works as a teaching artist, AI bot operator, and barkeep while at work on her first novel.
Her favorite animal is the garden snail.