A Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, Tracy Strauss has published memoir and essays in The Huffington Post, Salon, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, The Feminist Wire, The Dodo, The Southampton Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Beyond the Margins, and other publications. A manuscript editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2nd Draft Critique Service, she received the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for her memoir, Notes On Proper Usage, about her relationship with her late writer-editor mother (read more about Tracy’s story in The Huffington Post). Tracy is currently writing a novel about the lives of adjunct professors.
Tracy has participated in the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Southampton Writers Conference, Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Tin House Writers Workshop, and Wesleyan Writers Conference, where she was a 2014 fellow in both fiction and nonfiction. Her feature and scholarly works have appeared in The Hopkins Quarterly, Artsake, The Somerville News, and War, Literature & The Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities, among other publications. Her piece on “Writing Taboo: Speaking the Unspeakable” was published in the anthology Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland & Company). Tracy has also published poetry in The Hummingbird Review, Spoonful, Ibbetson Street Press, and The Survivor Chronicles, and her collection Between You and Me was a finalist for the 2007 Bakeless Prize. Her writing has garnered a Somerville Arts Council Literary Fellowship Award and guest spots in the “Tapestry of Voices” and “Poetry in the Chapel” series in Boston. Tracy leads writing workshops in memoir and essay writing with Writer’s Digest University, has taught writing at several Boston-area colleges and universities, and has been a guest speaker in memoir at Harvard University. She was the 2013-2014 Vice President of Communications & Internship Mentor for the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Boston Chapter, and a judge for the 57th Annual New England Book Show. She is full-time faculty in liberal arts at the New England Conservatory.