Rachel Basch is the author of two novels. The Passion of Reverend Nash (W.W. Norton) was named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor. Degrees of Love (W.W. Norton, Harper Paperbacks) was translated into Dutch and German and was a selection of The Hartford Courant’s Book Club. Basch’s non-fiction has appeared in Parenting, and she has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World. She is a 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2009 recipient of Lily Endowment Residency, Collegeville Institute Summer Writing Workshop, 2009.
A contributor to Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers & Teachers, Basch has been a Visiting Writer at Trinity College and in Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program. She currently teaches in Fairfield University's Low-Residency MFA Program and also leads a private master class for fiction and creative nonfiction writers.
Basch graduated from Wesleyan University and received her M.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from N.Y.U. where she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship and a University Scholarship.