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Rachelle Toarmino (b. 1990) is a writer and editor from Niagara Falls, New York. She is the author of the poetry collection That Ex (Big Lucks Books, 2020) and the chapbooks Feel Royal (b l u s h, 2019) and Personal & Generic (PressBoardPress, 2016). Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Metatron Press, Monster House Press, Shabby Doll House, and other places online and in print, and anthologized in The Cosmonauts Avenue Anthology and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize with guest judge Ocean Vuong, longlisted for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize with guest judge Tommy Pico, and named Buffalo Seminary’s Elizabeth McNulty Wilkinson Poet.
Rachelle is the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, an independent and volunteer-run literary publishing project, and editor of the anthology With You: Withdrawn Poetry of the #MeToo Movement. In 2017, she served on the editorial advisory board of My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry.
A former schoolteacher and bookseller, Rachelle currently works on the staff of Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and as a teaching artist at Just Buffalo Literary Center. She lives in Buffalo.