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. My essay about murder fandom and adolescence, "Outside the Manson Pinkberry," originally published in The Believer, is anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2018.
Chris O'Connell wrote a nice profile of me for the Columbia Journalism Review with a lot more information.
My book Savage Appetites—about women, crime, and obsession—will be published by Scribner on August 20, 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.