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 Magazine, Berfrois, the Arroyo Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

As a dance critic, her arts and dance writing has appeared in The New Yorker Online, the New York Times, Ballet Review, Fjord Review, and the Hudson Review, among other publications.

She lives in Nevada City, CA, where she founded Yuba Writers’ Workshops, and a reading series, Yuba Lit, now a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council. Yuba Lit is on hiatus until September 2019. During this time, Rachel is offering a donation-based guided community book club, “Reading Chekhov for Our Times.” Rachel also teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies, where she created a “Writing About Spirituality” course, with readings from a multiplicity of faith traditions, which she has now taught four times.

Publicity inquiries:

Emma Gordon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Emma dot Gordon at hmhco dot com

Literary representation:

Rob McQuilkin

Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents