Rachel Zitomer was the featured poet at the July 2006 edition of Poets Speak Loud at Tess’ Lark Tavern.

Rachel Zitomer came out to the Albany poetry open mics in the early-2000’s. The scene was the subject of her dissertation, “In Celebration of the Ephemeral: Contemporary Poetry Reading Communities Beyond Institutions in Albany, NY,” for which she received her PhD from SUNY in 2006. Three Sides to the Looking Glass: A Poem for Albany, NY a more concise and pleasing (aesthetically and otherwise) version of the dissertation, was published as a chapbook by APD Press in 2004.