Four years ago, I moved to Maryland after living my entire life in New York,
including many years in Long Island, where my young adult novels: LIE and BEFORE MY EYES, are set.
Prior to focusing on my
writing, I led the marketing and public relations
departments at Bravo, IFC cable networks
and IFC Films. Notably, I was part of the executive
team that launched IFC and IFC Films.
As a graduate of Syracuse University, I had the distinct honor of studying creative writing with Raymond Carver and poetry with Tess Gallagher and Jack Gilbert. In 2011, I received my MFA in
Fiction with honors from The City College of New York,
Going back to the beginning: I was born in the Bronx, and lived in New Rochelle, New York with a remarkable father who raised four children.
I've always loved to read more than anything, and that's how it all started.
This is a brief history, but what really counts is the work:
Before My Eyes St. Martin's Press, 2014
LIE St. Martin's Press, 2011
Confessions of a Carb Queen co-author with my sister, Susan Blech,
her memoir on binge-eating
Spirit of Service contributed 52 short essays,
Scenes from a F&#cked Up Life teleplay sold to: IFC-TV
Confessions of a Carb Queen film rights to: Sony TV
stories and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in Akashic Press, Gargoyle Magazine , Fiction Southeast, 100 Word Story,Ploughshares, Prometheus, Vestal Review, and Zero
Dark-Thirty. Contributor to The Washington Independent Review of Books.
Awarded a FY18 Artists and Scholars Project Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County for my novel-in-progress, a work of speculative fiction set in New York City and Maryland.
First prize and publication for my short story, "Sweetness" in THE WAY TO MY HEART anthology (publication August 2017)
Short Fiction published in several recent anthologies including: Abundant Grace (Paycock Press, December 2016) and District Lines IV (published by Politics & Prose, independent bookstore in Washington, DC, January 2017)
Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Literary Award in poetry
Winner of The Writer Magazine 2016 Short Story Competition judged by Colum McCann for "Gargoyles and Stars." The short story was published with an interview in the March, 2016 issue of The Writer and is now available on line: www.writermag.com
First Runner Up 2016 F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest for "No Mercy"
How to contact me:
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RIGHTS AVAILABLE FOR LIE and BEFORE MY EYES, including foreign rights, please contact:
Chalberg & Sussman
rachel at chalbergsussman.com
To contact me directly: cabock8908 at yahoo.com
Most of all, thank you for reading!