I grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2012 I've been based in Marfa, Texas where I am a freelance writer, volunteer firefighter, and occasional radio host. I have written about crime, communes, utopias, drones, small towns, firefighters, fires, border issues, haunted houses, and motorcycles, among other things. I was recently a finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists and named as one of 56 women journalists everyone should read by New York Magazine.

Chris O'Connell wrote a nice profile of me for the Columbia Journalism Review with a lot more information.

My book about women, crime, and obsession will be published by Scribner in 2019.


 I am available for freelance assignments and adventures: rachel [dot] monroe [at] gmail [dot] com. For questions about rights, permissions, and other complicated/legal things, please contact my agent, PJ Mark.