Rachel Howard is a writer of fiction, personal essays, memoir, and dance criticism. Her debut novel, The Risk of Us, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt April 9, 2019, and is garnering strong advance praise:
An emotionally complex and amazingly suspenseful novel about love and fear.
–Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation
I’ve never read anything so beautiful about the intricacies of adoption—the process itself, and the seldom-talked-about aftermath. The prose is elegant and compressed; I often had to stop reading to catch my breath. Anyone who has ever loved a child, in any capacity, should read this book.
— Jamie Quatro, author of I Want to Show You More and Fire Sermon
Photo by Emmet Cullen.
Rachel’s first book was a memoir, The Lost Night. She was interviewed about the book by Ira Glass for an episode of This American Life; you can listen to that interview here. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, ZYZZYVA, Waxwing (nominated for a Pushcart Prize),O Magazine, the New York Times, Berfrois, the Arroyo Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.
Formerly an arts journalist, her arts and dance writing has appeared in The New Yorker Online, the New York Times, Ballet Review, and the Hudson Review, among other publications.
Emma Gordon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Emma dot Gordon at hmhco dot com