Please join us in welcoming Rachael Allen as our first Creative Nonfiction Barista. Rachael is a long-time prolific FC contributor. She wrote an “expose” article about working in an Amazon bricks-and-mortar bookstore. She has written several times about her desires and doubts about pursuing a writing career. She and Barista Simran Gupta were pen pals, exchanging thoughts in FC blog posts while on their Study Abroad programs in Italy and France, respectively. Most recently, she interviewed Whitney Scharer, a million-dollar first-time author of the forthcoming The Age of Light. You can review all of Rachael’s contributions by clicking the Q at the far right-hand end of the blue menu bar and typing her name.
When we met with Rachael over coffee, of course – to discuss her baristaship, it came as no surprise that she wanted to head FC’s “News, Reviews and Interviews” section. What delighted us was her thoughtful, right-on-target title: Creative Nonfiction Barista.
Rachael is a senior at Bowdoin College studying English and Italian. She works as the managing editor of The Bowdoin Orient and a columnist for The Canton Citizen. Following five months studying in Bologna, Italy and a lifetime of hearing family stories, she is currently completing a creative nonfiction thesis on immigration using the story of her Italian immigrant grandfather to explore larger themes of migration and assimilation. You can read more of her writing here: https://rachaelallenblog.wordpress.com.
We’re awfully happy to welcome her to Fictional Cafe.