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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).
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 or teaching creative writing, I enjoy painting, reading on the couch with my dogs, cooking, and spending time outside.
MFA Creative Writing, UC Riverside Palm Desert 2019
BA Sociology, Minor Italian, Stanford University 2013
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