Hi & kia orana. I'm Rachel. I'm a freelance journalist, author, editor, and copywriter based between the U.S. and the Cook Islands. I’m currently taking on new projects; you can reach me here.
I’ve worked as a reporter for newspapers, published work in magazines around the world, and produced and edited content (i.e., advertorials, press releases, public service announcements, etc.) for businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and government agencies. I’ve also written eulogies, speeches, grant proposals, and stories about less serious things than these (like baths, a vampire hunter, and a man named Party).
I’m passionate about the health of people, communities, and our planet. I co-founded a UN-funded publication in the Cook Islands that champions “traditional” resources and values as keys to healthier, more sustainable living. You can learn more about that project here.
I was also commissioned to write a book about Cyclone Martin, a storm that devastated a tiny, sea-level atoll 700 miles from the commercial world. You can learn more about Mātini: The Story of Cyclone Martin here.
I have a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis on the Pacific region from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I'm also a trained mentor with WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based organization that champions the healing power of creative writing, and a volunteer teacher with the Honolulu-based Pacific Writers Connection.
You can access my CV here.