BeanlandRachel Beanland spends her days serving as the deputy director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, her nights working toward an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her (very) early mornings writing essays and fiction. 

She holds bachelor’s degrees in art history and journalism from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in arts administration from Winthrop University.

Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and Broad Street, on Brain, Child‘s blog and in R-Home magazine, among other places. In 2015, she was a general contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where she was lucky enough to get to work under Ann Hood.

Rachel’s first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, is set in 1934 Atlantic City and is based on a true story that took place in Rachel’s family more than eighty years ago. She is at work on a second novel set in present day Guatemala.

Rachel lives in Richmond, Virginia with her mathematician husband and their three young children.