Rachel Harkai


Interdisciplinary writer and 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist, Rachel Harkai earned an MFA in Writing from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She was runner-up in the 2016 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, has been awarded a Kresge Artist Fellowship, and is the recipient of four Hopwood awards for both poetry and nonfiction.

Harkai has held residencies with the Montello Foundation, Hub City Writers Project, the Goldwell Open Air Museum, and InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a non-profit organization that places professional writers in Detroit Public Schools. She is the former host of the Living Writers Show, a literary talk show on WCBN-FM 88.3 Ann Arbor and has conducted interviews with a wide range of writers including Maggie Nelson, Jonathan Lethem, Marie Howe, and others.

Harkai currently serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Room Project, a space for women and non-binary writers in Detroit. 


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