Rachel Lallouz

Marta Bashovski

MA, English

Dr. Nicole Shukin (English) and Dr. Rachel Cleves (History)

Rachel Lallouz is an emerging queer writer based in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is completing her thesis in women’s erotic autobiography for her fellowship-funded MA in English Literature. Her thesis examines the sexual self-representation of photographer Natacha Merritt in her collection of nude self-portraiture, Digital Diaries, as it relates to theories of the post-human, the grotesque, the carnivalesque, and the abject. Rachel is currently an Electronic Textual Cultures Lab 2017-2018 Digital Scholarship Fellow. She developed the research-creation component of her thesis this past summer in Tbilisi, Georgia, as a poetry fellow for the Summer Literary Seminars program. Rachel is the recent winner of Plenitude Magazine’s Cornucopia Literary Prize for LGBTQ* Fiction, and has work forthcoming or published in Crab Fat Magazine, The Lavender Review, and Gush: A Menstruation Anthology, among others. Rachel eagerly awaits her upcoming writing residency at the Hambidge Centre for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and her trip to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York City in March 2018, generously funded by the Kalman Award for International Heritage Studies. At present, Rachel is volunteering as a Curatorial Assistant for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Graduate Students’ Society.