About Rachel

I’m a freelance writer, editor, and librarian. 

I have a B.A. in Creative Writing from Montreal’s Concordia University and I’ve been writing since I was seven years old. My first poem, the Dr. Suess-inspired If I Ran the House, can be seen in this fundraiser performance on YouTube. Currently, I’m a regular writer for Book Riot and consistent reviewer for Quill & Quire, but I’ve also had articles published on blogs like Inside Vancouver, Nerdy Book Club, and Psych & Sex. Other publications where I’ve reviewed books include The Richmond News, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. Although I currently live in Vancouver, a Montrealer at heart, I’m still very skilled at layering warm clothes and an avid connoisseur of poutine.

I write fiction as well as articles. In 2017, I came in 3rd place for Broken Pencil’s Deathmatch competition—valiantly battling 16 talented authors. I’ve also had stories published in Little Fiction, Big Truths, Best Lesbian Love Stories 2008, and Best Lesbian Love Stories: NYC Edition. At fourteen, I was published alongside celebrities and other teens in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul 2.

I’m also a talented and hardworking editor. In fact, when I was accepted as a copy editor for Asymptote, Editor-in-Chief Lee Yew Leong wrote that my editing test “was one of the best we’ve ever received in an application for this role; suffice it to say I was extremely impressed with your thoroughness.”

Other editorial experience includes helping to create and run the now-defunct website YUL.Buzz with Britanny Burr (Head Writer) and Matthew Turgeon (Owner). Among many other tasks, I contributed to determining the website content, formulated the mission statement, provided an editorial voice, and participated in the hiring of the writers. I also maintained the editorial calendar and prepared documentation for editorial guidelines, authors packages and website maintenance. As Editor-in-Chief of Soliloquies, Concordia’s undergraduate literary journal, she hired the staff, oversaw editorial meetings, worked alongside graphic design team, created social media competitions and much more.

Rachel can write conversationally, professionally, and academically, and would be able to adjust tone to suit diverse content. Her interests include books, independent film, LGBTQ+ history and culture, feminist history, pop culture, travel, and just telling a good story.

Online Publications

  • Book Riot
  • Inside Vancouver
  • Quill and Quire
  • Nerdy Book Club
  • YUL-Buzz (Defunct)
  • Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

Tools

  • Collaboration: Slack, Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Canva, Trello
  • Office Administration: Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Docs
  • Website Building: Google Website, WordPress, SEO
  • Social Media: YouTube, Instagram, Twitter
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