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 a finalist for Joyland’s Open Border Fiction Prize, a Top 25 finalist for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, 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. This summer her audio essay, “How to Survive a Fire” was recognized by The Missouri Review for the 12th annual Miller Audio Prize.
In a former life, Rachel worked as a landscaper, swim coach, pizza shop girl, library and photo equipment clerk, waitress, environmental activist, librarian, textbook editor, cheesemonger, tutor, nanny, 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.