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Hi there,

Hi there,

Thanks for stopping by!
I'm Rachel Zarrow, a writer based in San Francisco (though I suppose I spend most of my time in my own head imagining what it's like in other people's heads).

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I'm currently working on my first novel, the coming of age story of a female Abstract Expressionist painter set in New York City between the 1950s-70s.

I love the written word and also write nonfiction, screenplays, and to-do lists. My work has appeared online on The Atlantic and Bust as well as in print in The San Francisco Chronicle.

In past lives, I've worked as the creative director for a kombucha company, a summer camp art instructor, and a jewelry maker.

When I'm not working on my novel, I love to make art, spend time with my dogs, cook, venture outdoors, and read.


MFA Creative Writing, UC Riverside Palm Desert 2019

BA Sociology, Minor Italian, Stanford University 2013

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The San Francisco Chronicle

Book review: Spirits of San Francisco