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Tracy Strauss
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Named by Bustle as one of eight women writers with advice to follow, Tracy Strauss is the author of the book, I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, and has published short memoir and essays in Newsweek, Glamour, New York Magazine, Oprah MagazineThe MillionsMs. Magazine, HuffPost, Salon, Publishers WeeklyPloughsharesThe RumpusxoJanePoets & Writers MagazineWriter’s Digest Magazine, WBUR’s CognoscentiDame Magazine, The Feminist Wire, The SatiristThe DodoThe Southampton Review, Solstice Literary MagazineBeyond the Margins, and other publications. She is former essays editor for The Rumpus and was the 2015 Boston Writers’ Room Fellow in Nonfiction. Tracy appeared on The Steve Harvey Show in 2014 as a relationship blogger for The Huffington Post, in a double-episode dating makeover series. She is winner of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for nonfiction and has spoken about writing, dating, relationships, and I Just Haven’t Met You Yet, on the Why We Write podcast series.

Book launch at Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn.

Tracy currently serves as full-time expository writing faculty at Harvard University, where she recently earned an Excellence in Teaching award. She also teaches creative writing at Harvard Extension School. She previously taught at a few other Boston-area colleges, and has led memoir and personal essay workshops with Writer’s Digest University, along with serving as a manuscript editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine’s Second Draft Critique Service.

Tracy was the 2013-2014 VP of the Women’s National Book Association Boston Chapter, a 2016 Concord Festival of Authors panelist on “How to Write, Promote, and Publish Your Novel/Memoir,” and a recent 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. Her article, “#MeToo: Crafting Our Most Difficult True Stories,” was featured in the September/October 2018 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

59343045_10156176207495906_7559090081013694464_nTracy’s scholarly works have appeared in War, Literature & The Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities and The Hopkins Quarterly, among other journals. 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 ReviewSpoonfulIbbetson 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. More recently, she was a guest on the inspirational radio talk show, “Get the Funk Out!” She has been both a student and faculty fellow with the International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS).


When Tracy isn’t training her rescue dog, Beau, or cuddling with her cat, Sam, she moonlights as a licensed Zumba instructor (ZIN) in Boston. She is currently writing a memoir about her and Beau’s journey to overcome severe separation anxiety. Find her, Beau, and Sam on Instagram @pawfessorbeauandco