Rachel Moritz is a writer and teaching artist based in Minneapolis. She is the author of Borrowed Wave, a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and five poetry chapbooks. Her second collection, Sweet Velocity, won the 2015 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award from Lost Roads Press. She is at work on a book of lyric prose exploring intersections of identity, history, and place.
Moritz’s poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TYPO, and Volt. Among her awards are fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation as well as a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Moritz received a BA in history from Macalester College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She has taught writing in community and academic settings, and currently teaches with Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota, COMPAS, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and Poetry Barn.