A Midwesterner born and raised, Rachel makes her career writing and teaching. Her work has been published in Scary MommyElectric Lit, The Rumpus, and numerous other literary outlets. Her essay on breast cancer and her mother is featured in the anthology My Body, My Words.

Rachel was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, a YoungArts Scholar, and a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She attended Creighton University, where she received her BA in English before moving on to receive her MA at Iowa State University. Her thesis on using Shakespeare in the classroom has been downloaded more than 10,000 times by educators across the country. Rachel has also been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rachel is an omnivorous and obsessive reader and reviews books on this blog (you can also find her @rachelm on Litsy). She’s also a decent cook, a passionate gardener, a mom of three, and pretty great at karaoke. Her songs include “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks and… do you really need a second choice? She lives with her family between a cornfield and a soybean field in the Midwest.