There is no parallel experience to that of working with Rachel. Over the seven years of our friendship, Rachel has taught me craft, language, and nuance better than any teacher I have ever known. Her teaching comes from a deep well of wisdom and trust. Her compassion and generosity channels the purest form of universal love. Love is what Rachel teaches — for your work, your path as a writer, and most importantly, yourself. She brings to your work a discerning, original eye that sometimes lands like a gut punch, sometimes like an echo of the voice deep within yourself. Always, she opens a door to possibility. To hope and creation. Working with Rachel requires a level of bravery–beyond commitment and discipline–that asks you to question and listen. To open your heart to seeing your own deepest truths.
— Jessica Shi, MacDowell & Katherine Min Fellow