Rachel Nagelberg is an American novelist, poet, and conceptual artist living in Los Angeles. She has a BA in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. In 2015 she received a Lighthouse Works Fellowship. The Fifth Wall is her debut novel.


My work investigates the gray areas between art, technology, terrorism, sickness and the body. Constantly floundering between the spiritual and the nihilistic, I use language to navigate my struggle to unearth meaning within failed learned political systems and deeply coded genetic trauma. The results are often chaotic, insightful, and deeply disturbing linguistic gestures towards incalculable beauty, riddled with holes.