Rachelle Toarmino is the author of the poetry collection That Ex and the chapbooks Comeback, Feel Royal, and Personal & Generic. Her poems and essays on poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Electric Literature, Iterant, Literary Hub, Poetry Daily, Salt Hill Journal, The Slowdown, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in poetry at UMass Amherst, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize.
Rachelle is the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, an independent literary publishing project with an online journal, print anthologies, and live and virtual events. She is also the poetry editor of Traffic East and an editorial advisor to Foundlings Press. In 2017, she served on the editorial advisory board of the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry.
Rachelle recently launched Beauty School, an independent poetry school with virtual and in-person workshops, craft intensives, reading groups, and more. She has 10+ years of experience teaching languages and the literary arts, and has taught for organizations and institutions such as Brooklyn Poets, Catapult, Juniper Institute for Young Writers, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Canisius University, UMass Amherst, and others.
Rachelle was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY and currently lives in Buffalo. She has stellia in Libra, Leo, and Capricorn.
Pronunciation: ruh-SHELL tow-are-ME-no