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Rachel Cohen

Creative Writing

Rachel Cohen is an essayist and Professor of Practice in the Arts in the creative writing program at the University of Chicago. 

Professor Cohen writes about the ways that different arts—visual arts, literary arts, performing arts—draw forth meaning and understanding. 

Her books are Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels, Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade, and A Chance Meeting: Intertwined Lives of American Writers and Artists. Her essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Guardian, The Believer, and Best American Essays. She is a co-founder of the Migration Stories Project at the University of Chicago.

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