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November 2019 Updates

November 2019 Updates

Like most of us, I’ve become so conditioned to flitting between the various social media outlets (except Instagram–sorry, I still cannot [do not want to?] figure out Instagram!) that I’ve neglected to share happenings here...

After the Election

After the Election

Dear visitor and friend, The post below is what I wrote the morning after the 2016 Presidential election. Because I believe that Donald Trump should be impeached, I have decided to leave this November 9th, 2016 post as the front-page entry on my...

I’m feeling good about 2014. Perhaps finishing a major revision of your five-years-in-the-making novel four days before January 1st will do that for you. I’ve got the glow of New Year promise. –I’ve hopped on board that Elena Ferrante...

As I was packing our whole apartment to move from North Carolina back to California, I looked at my copies of The Writer’s Notebook and Theory of Prose and I thought, “I’ll need these two books if the NY Times finally decides to...

Rounding the Bend

On New Year’s day here in Swannanoa, North Carolina, my husband Dave and I turned to each other and said in unexpected unison, “Kind of overwhelming.” We meant the taking stock, how much had changed. Never would we have thought, two years ago...

Losing Things

I have a new personal essay published today on the beautiful and intellectually adventurous site Berfrois. The essay is, loosely, about art modeling, lost rings, nakedness, reconciliation to death, and identity. I hope you might enjoy. You can...

Welcome

Hello! You’ve landed on the website of author, critic, and teacher Rachel Howard. I’m currently working on interconnected short stories about models and artists, revising a novel, and serving as the 2011-2012 Joan Beebe Teaching...

Hello!

Greetings! You’ve landed on the website of writer Rachel Howard. I’m an author, journalist, dance critic, and writing teacher. However, I’m not a web designer (hence the circa 2005 site design—the pink is getting a little old). I’m also not much...

Summer and Beyond

Hello friends, this week I’m off to Asheville, NC, where I’ll be attending my final residency as a student at Warren Wilson College’s wonderful writing program, and graduating with my MFA in fiction on July 12. The graduation...