Winner of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for nonfiction, Tracy Strauss is currently a writing, literature, and film professor at The New England Conservatory. She previously served as faculty at Boston University, Emerson College, and Boston College, and she has taught memoir and personal essay workshops with Writer’s Digest University while also 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,” is a current feature in the September/October 2018 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Tracy’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 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 moonlights as a licensed Zumba instructor (ZIN). She teaches at Boston Sports Club, Cambridge Athletic Club, and the YMCA.