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Rachel Coonce

Author, Community Organizer, Podcast Host

"To express oneself poorly is not only faulty in terms of language, but it does harm to the soul." - Socrates, Phaedrus, Plato




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Rachel Coonce is a graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, specializing in creative nonfiction writing. She has been awarded the Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction by New Letters magazine, an Independent Artist Award by the Maryland Start Arts Council, and she received an honorable mention in The Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize for her investigation into memory.

She is cofounder of The Inner Loop, a literary arts nonprofit in Washington, DC that has been praised by The Washington Post, Ploughshares, The Writer’s Center, and several others, and which received multiple Amazon Literary Partnerships and a DC Commission

on the Arts and Humanities grant for its projects. She is also creator, Executive Producer, and cohost of The Inner Loop Radio, a creative writing podcast.

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