Rachel’s first book was a memoir,_ The Lost Night_. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Zyzzyva, Waxwing (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), O Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Berfrois, the Arroyo Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.
As a dance critic, her arts and dance writing has appeared in The New Yorker Online, the New York Times, Ballet Review, Fjord Review, and the Hudson Review, among other publications.
She lives in Nevada City, CA, where she founded Yuba Writers’ Workshops, and a reading series, Yuba Lit, now a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council. Yuba Lit is on hiatus until September 2019. During this time, Rachel is offering a donation-based guided community book club, “Reading Chekhov for Our Times.” Rachel also teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies, where she created a “Writing About Spirituality” course, with readings from a multiplicity of faith traditions, which she has now taught four times.
April 10th, 2019 | 43 mins 41 secs
My guest is Rachel Howard. Her newest book is "The Risk Of Us." What is the cost of motherhood? When The Risk of Us opens, we meet a forty-something woman who deeply wants to become a mother. The path that opens up to her and her husband takes them through the foster care system, with the goal of adoption. And when seven-year-old Maresa—with inch-deep dimples and a voice that can beam to the moon—comes into their lives, their hearts fill with love. But her rages and troubles threaten to crack open their marriage. Over the course of a year, as Maresa approaches the age at which children become nearly impossible to place, the couple must decide if they can be the parents this child needs, and finalize the adoption—or, almost unthinkably, give her up.