Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner is among America's most exciting writers. Her novels and essays explore contemporary art, culture, revolutionary politics, modernism, and feminism with unmatched wisdom and grace. She has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award and is a recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

At 16, she enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in political economics, and later began to shape her writing during her sojourn with Columbia University's master of fine arts program. Now, her fiction and essays appear regularly in the New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street.

The Flamethrowers, her latest work, was a finalist for The 2013 National Book Award and is poised to be a modern classic. Rachel's work continues to garner praise among her contemporaries like few other works in recent history. The New York Times review commended, "her prose has a poise and wariness and moral graininess that puts you in mind of weary-souled visionaries like Robert Stone and Joan Didion."

Rachel speaks worldwide and still manages to find time to explore the art of writing with students across the country and beyond.

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