Rachel 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.

Rachel’s first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster and will be published in the summer of 2020. The novel 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 children.