I’m Rachel, I live in Cincinnati, and I turn 30 this year.
The long version:
I’m Rachel, I live in Cincinnati, and I turn 30 this year. I graduated from college in 2002, and since then I’ve been a member of AmeriCorps, where I tutored, taught art and summer school, and completely failed at anything involving hard labor; I’ve gotten an education degree and taught first grade, preschool, and, for the last three years, nursing students. Throughout all of this, I’ve been writing. I decided to stop teaching and instead work part-time at the library and figure out how to make writing a more central part of my life.
Today I have the exciting challenge of figuring out what’s next. I’m applying to my dream MFA program, one that is low-residency and would allow me to continue to live and work in Cincinnati. I am writing more than I have since college, when I wrote a collection of stories set in the neighborhood where I grew up, and it feels great.