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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rachel DeWoskin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1972 in Kyoto, Japan


Illinois Connection

DeWoskin teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rachel DeWoskin graduated from Columbia University and moved to Beijing to work in Public Relations, but ended up starring in the hit Chinese soap opera ''Foreign Babes in Beijing''. After spending time there and returning to the US, she earned a masters in poetry from Boston University and published a memoir about her experiences on the Chinese soap, which had 600 million viewers. DeWoskin’s memoir is currently in production with HBO. Currently, DeWoskin is on the creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago and divides her time between Chicago and Beijing.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Repeat After Me''''' *Book of the Year, ''Forward'' Magazine, 1989 '''''Big Girl Small''''' *Top Three Books, Newsday, 2011 *Alex Award, American Library Association, 2012 '''''Blind''''' *Library Guild Selection *Starred Review, Kirkus *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016