Rachel Edelman grew up in a Jewish family in Memphis, Tennessee. Raised with a keen commitment to social justice and love of the outdoors, she spent much of her childhood reading historical fiction in her grandparents' magnolia tree.
Rachel holds MFA in poetry from the University of Washington, where she teaches creative writing. She has been awarded an artist's residency at The Mineral School at Mt. Rainier, a Loren D. Milliman Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets Prizes. Her poems, essays, and criticism have been published or are forthcoming in publications such as Beloit Poetry Journal, The Threepenny Review, Poetry Northwest, Southern Humanities Review, Scout Poetry, and The Critical Flame, She is currently at work on collections of poems and essays.
Rachel graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. cum laude in English and geology. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked as an environmental educator and non-profit communications and development officer in Maine and Colorado. She now teaches high school English in Seattle.