Rachel Slotnick is a Chicago based  author and a muralist.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2010.  Her work is on permanent display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is a muralist for the 35th, 39th, 46th and 47th wards, and her paintings were displayed last August in a solo exhibition at Beauty & Brawn Gallery & Think Space.  Recently published in Mad Hat, Thrice Fiction, and The Brooklyn Rail, Rachel was the first place winner of Rhino Poetry’s Founder’s Prize, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. Look for her recently released book of poetry entitled, “In Lieu of Flowers,” available through Tortoise Books.  Rachel currently resides in Chicago where she works as Full-Time Faculty at Malcolm X College, and Adjunct Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.