"You cannot talk about race without talking about cotton. The materials that I use are desperately important as a layer of meaning in the work that I make."
Rachel May’s writing has been published in the New York Times, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, LitHub, and Guernica, among others. Her most recent book, An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery (Pegasus Books, 2018), was favorably reviewed in the New Yorker, Publishers Weekly, Bitch Magazine. She’s now at work on two books of nonfiction.