Named by Bustle as one of eight women writers with advice to follow, Tracy Strauss has published memoir and essays in Glamour, Ms. Magazine, The Huffington Post, Salon, Publisher’s Weekly, Ploughshares, The Rumpus, xoJane, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Dame Magazine, The Feminist Wire, The Satirist, The Dodo, The Southampton Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Beyond the Margins, and other publications. The 2015 Boston Writers’ Room Fellow in Nonfiction and former essays editor for The Rumpus, Tracy has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show as a relationship blogger for The Huffington Post.
Tracy’s debut book, I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, an open love letter to her future life partner, about dating and lessons learned while overcoming personal struggles (including her PTSD diagnosis and recovery), sold as “Bridget Jones’s Diary-meets-Dear Evan Hanson,” will be published by Skyhorse in Spring 2019.
Winner of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for nonfiction, 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. She 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 recent judge for the Annual New England Book Show. More recently, in February 2018, Tracy was a guest writer/speaker on the topic of “#MeToo: The Challenges and Triumphs of Writing and Publishing the Unspeakable,” at Goucher College’s Center for Geographies of Justice, Women, Gender and Sexualities Program.
Tracy is a writing, literature, and film professor at The New England Conservatory. She also teaches memoir and personal essay workshops with Writer’s Digest University, and serves as a manuscript editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine’s Second Draft Critique Service. 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 is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
Tracy will be teaching a 6-week online Writer’s Digest workshop on writing the personal essay, beginning 7/19. For more info and to register, click here.
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