Rachel Rear

Rachel Rear – Editor

Copy editor, proofreader extraordinaire, veteran English teacher, college professor, published true crime author, essayist, and poet


True Crime/Memoir Writer, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Poet, English Teacher and College Professor, Playwright.

I'm a published author and experienced copywriter and proofreader looking for freelance proofreading and copywriting/editing work.

My first book, Catch the Sparrow: A Search for a Sister and the Truth of her Murder, was published by Bloomsbury Publishing and Sphere UK in February 2022. I’ve also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Literary Hub, and other smaller publications and poetry journals. I have a wide reference for writing techniques and themes I can bring to your client's work.

I am also a veteran English teacher of 22 years in the NYCDOE, where I have taught at both the middle and high school levels. In addition, I was an adjunct professor of English Composition at the Fashion Institute of Technology for several years before beginning to focus on my own writing.

I am well-versed in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style formats, and can quickly learn any others.

Additionally, my teaching career requires precise time management, the ability to work under extreme pressure, flexibility, and accountability—all skills I know will help as I begin to branch out into the world of copy editing, proofreading, and copywriting.

Biographies & Memoirs True Crime
Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Picture Books Plays & Screenplays Poetry Young Adult
English (US)
  • BA in English, Rutgers University
  • MA in Teaching of English, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MFA in Poetry, The New School

Work experience

Neuwirth and Associates

Jan, 2019 — Present

Copy editing of YA Fiction and other genres.


Nov, 2018 — Nov, 2018 (less than a minute)

Edited author Hunter Simms’s book, Egoblivion

Piper Theatre Productions

Jun, 2009 — Present

Regularly copy edit and give feedback on plays written by John P. McEneny of Piper Theatre Productions. Also co-authored a play with McEneny. (See anthologies and plays below.)

Fashion Institute of Technology

Aug, 2007 — May, 2011 (over 3 years)


Sep, 2000 — Present


The Grippe of October

John P. McEneny

It starts with a cough. October 1918. Weary young soldiers return to their hometowns after the end of the fighting in Europe, bringing with them the scars of war...and a mysterious illness that spreads like wildfire. As it reaches pandemic proportions, shelter... read more
Grooselda’s life is shattered when her family moves her from the mountainside German village of Schwalm-Eder to the cold hallways of Consumption Middle School in New Jersey. As she and her twin brother, Dagobert, navigate the complicated caste system that is m... read more
Here you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues for men from plays which were produced and/or published in the 2012-2013 theatrical season. Most are for young performers (teens through 30s) but there are some excellent pieces for older men as well... read more
The best monologues for women from the 2013 2014 theatrical season presented in this essential book!Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues from plays - most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some exc... read more
In this book you will find fifty terrific new ten-minute plays, all successfully produced during the 2012-2013 theatrical season. They are written in a variety of styles, some realistic, some are not, some comic, some are dramatic. The ten-minute play form len... read more
A literary magazine with poetry and short stories. 109 pages.
Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. With stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first ti... read more

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