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Rachel Heng

Assistant Professor of English


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BA Columbia University
MFA University of Texas Austin

Rachel Heng

Rachel Heng is the author of two novels, most recently The Great Reclamation (Riverhead, 2023), which won the New American Voices Award and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, the Dublin Literary Award and the HWA Gold Crowd Award. The Great Reclamation was named a New York Times Editors' Choice, a 'Best Book of 2023' by TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, Amazon Books and Town & Country, and recommended by NBC’s The Today Show, CBS Mornings, the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, USA Today and others. Her first novel, Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018), was a national bestseller in Singapore and translated into ten languages worldwide. Rachel's short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's QuarterlyOne Story, and has been recognized by anthologies including Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions and Best New Singaporean Short Stories, as well as being longlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times Short Story Award, “the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.” Her non-fiction has been listed among Best American Essays’ Notable Essays and published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Fine Arts Work Center and the National Arts Council of Singapore. Rachel received her MFA in Fiction and Playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin, and her BA in Comparative Literature & Society from Columbia University.

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