Rachel Yoder is the author of “Nightbitch,” her debut novel released in 2021. The book has been adapted for film by Marielle Heller and stars Amy Adams. Selected as an Indie Next Pick in August 2021, “Nightbitch” has gone on to be named a best book of the year by Esquire and Vulture and recognized as a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and shortlist for the McKitterick Prize. To date, “Nightbitch” has been translated into 13 languages. Rachel is a graduate of the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and also holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona. With Mark Polanzak, she is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process. Rachel grew up in a Mennonite community in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Ohio and now lives in Iowa City.
Yoder will be hosting a master class on “The Writing Life: Process & Inspiration” in the Faculty Parlors at 5 p.m. and then a fiction reading in the Art Exhibit Room at 7 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.