Rachel Basch is the author of three novels. Her latest, The Listener, was a finalist for the 2016 CLMP Firecracker Award. She also wrote The Passion of Reverend Nash, which was named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor, and Degrees of Love. Basch has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World, and her nonfiction has appeared in n+1, Salon,The Huffington Post, The Millions, and Parenting. Basch was a 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She received the William Van Wert prize for an excerpt from her novel, The Listener.
A dedicated teacher of creative writing for over 25 years, Basch is a contributor to Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers & Teachers. Basch currently teaches in Fairfield University’s MFA Program and in Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program. In addition she works independently with writers and leads a private master class.
Basch received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her graduate degree from NYU’s Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship and a University Scholarship. She has lived in Connecticut for 30 years.