Rachel Powers is the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center program assistant at PEN America. Powers has interned at Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Planned Parenthood, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is deeply involved in community organizing and mutual aid. Powers has a BA with honors in Creative Writing and Government from Colby College. She is a fiction writer from the Catskills and currently lives in Brooklyn.