Rachel Elliott is an author-illustrator of comics and books for young people, whose debut, The Real Riley Mays, is forthcoming in 2022. She teaches writing and comics classes at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies. In 2016, the Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded Rachel with a grant for a graphic novel project. Rachel grew up queer during the 1980s in rural Oklahoma. Besides drawing, writing, and teaching, she’s also worked as a plaster-caster, assistant zookeeper, crumpet baker, and Americorps Vista service-member at a children’s museum. She’s a big fan of baseball, tacos, cats, and female comedians. She now lives in Kentucky with her dashing partner Carol.