Rachel’s writing focuses on telling stories that may otherwise be lost, and bringing the possibilities of the past into the imagination of the present. She has a BA in History from Barnard College, an MA in Creative Writing from City College of New York, an MA in Archives and Public History from NYU. She has published short stories in the Brooklyn Rail and other magazines. She’s twice been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and is an on and off member at the Brooklyn Writers Space. Rachel is an archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives where she is surrounded by the stuff of history on a daily basis. Before becoming an archivist, she supported herself by working variously as a puppet-maker, a theater tech, a non-profit administrator, a farmer, an editorial assistant, and an antique lamp restorer. She grew up poor and queer in Texas with frequent trips to the East Village to visit her dad on school breaks, and now is grateful to have a home in Brooklyn.