|Born||1968 (age 45–46)
Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
|Notable work(s)||The Flamethrowers (2013), Telex from Cuba (2008)|
Kushner was born in Eugene, Oregon, and moved to San Francisco in 1979. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University in 2001.
After completing her MFA, Kushner lived in New York City for 8 years, where she was an editor at Grand Street (magazine) and BOMB (magazine). She has written widely on contemporary art, including numerous features in Artforum. She is currently an editor of Soft Targets, praised by The New York Times as an "excellent, Brooklyn-based journal of art, fiction and poetry."
Kushner's most recent novel, The Flamethrowers, was published by Scribner in April 2013. Vanity Fair hailed it for its "blazing prose," which "ignites the 70s New York art scene and Italian underground." In The New Yorker, critic James Wood praised the book as "scintillatingly alive. It ripples with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures: Kushner is never not telling a story... It succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive." The Flamethrowers was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. "The Flamethrowers" was named a top book of 2013 by New York Magazine, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times Book Review, New York Times’ Dwight Garner, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Slate, Daily Beast, Flavorwire, The Millions, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Austin American-Statesman.
Kushner's first novel, Telex from Cuba, was published by Scribner in July 2008. It was the cover review of the July 6, 2008 issue of The New York Times Book Review, where it was described as a "multi-layered and absorbing" novel whose "sharp observations about human nature and colonialist bias provide a deep understanding of the revolution's causes." Telex from Cuba was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award.
Awards and honors
- 2014 Folio Prize shortlist for The Flame Throwers
- 2013 Honorary PhD from Kalamazoo College 
- 2013 Guggenheim Fellow 
- 2013 National Book Award (Finalist)
- 2008 National Book Award (Finalist)
- The Flamethrowers (2013)
- Telex to Cuba (2008)
- National Book Foundation Rachel Kushner Biography
- Columbia University School of the Arts, "Rachel Kushner ('01) Releases Second Novel To Critical Success," July 26, 2013.
- Author Page on Simon & Schuster website
- Cotter, Holland (2006-08-16). “At a Group Show in Chelsea, the Art Is Sharp but the Categories Blurry”. New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-06-29.
- James Wood, "Youth in Revolt," The New Yorker, April 8, 2013.
- National Book Awards - 2013. National Book Foundation. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Rachel Kushner News".
- "National Book Awards - 2008". National Book Foundation. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- Cokal, Susan (July 6, 2008). "Livin' La Vida Local". The New York Times.
- "The 2014 Folio Prize Shortlist is Announced". Folio Prize. 10 February 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- Gaby Wood (10 February 2014). "Folio Prize 2013: The Americans are coming, but not the ones we were expecting". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
- "Kalamazoo College Graduation".
- "Guggenheim Fellow Rachel Kushner".
- Rachel Kushner official website
- Telex from Cuba website
- Review of The Flamethrowers in The New Yorker
- Review of Telex from Cuba in The New York Times
- Review of Telex from Cuba in The Washington Post
- Review of Telex from Cuba in The Oregonian
- Feature on Telex from Cuba in Los Angeles Times
- Review of Telex from Cuba in The Seattle Times
- Feature on Telex from Cuba in Time Out New York
- Review of Telex from Cuba in Bookforum
- Excerpt from Telex from Cuba published in The New York Times
- Excerpt from Telex from Cuba published in BOMB (magazine)
- Interview on Powell's website
- Soft Targets journal