biography

 

Rachelle Toarmino is a writer, editor, and educator from Niagara Falls, New York. She is the author of the poetry collection That Ex and the chapbooks Feel Royal and Personal & Generic. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Sundress Publications, P-Queue, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in The Cosmonauts Avenue Anthology and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry. Rachelle's writing has earned mentions on lists such as Small Press Distribution's Poetry Bestsellers, Entropy's Best of 2019: Online Essays, Cosmonauts Avenue's 2018 Nonfiction Prize Shortlist, and Cosmonauts Avenue's 2018 Poetry Prize Longlist. In 2018, she was named Buffalo Seminary's Elizabeth McNulty Wilkinson Poet, and in 2012, she was the recipient of the University at Buffalo's Creative Nonfiction Prize.

Rachelle is the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, an independent and volunteer-run literary publishing project with an online journal, print anthologies, live events, writing prizes, an editorial apprenticeship for teens, and more. She also currently serves as the assistant managing editor of jubilat. She has presented both locally and nationally on topics such as building literary community, publishing etiquette, and trends and developments affecting the independent publishing industry, and regularly advises and mentors editors of other independent literary journals and small presses. In 2017, she served on the editorial advisory board of My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry.

Rachelle recently attended the Tin House Winter Workshop for nonfiction and is currently working on a book about privacy. She lives between Buffalo and Western Massachusetts, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst.

contact

 

rtoarmino@gmail.com

@rchlltrmn

peachmgzn@gmail.com

@peachmgzn

photos

by D. Arthur for That Ex Drive-In Book Launch

by Stephen Gabris for Buffalo Spree

by Sam Tilkins for Virago Buffalo

by Shayna Kiblin

by Nancy J. Parisi for Just Buffalo Literary Center

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