Rae Bryant

Rae Bryant - Editor

Washington D.C., DC, USA

Character-based fiction, nonfiction, novels, shorts. Worked with NBA winners, Dubus III, McDermott and NYT's bestselling Perkins-Valdez....

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Reviews (6)
I look forward to reading your words! I live in the DC Metro area and have worked/studied in New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Portland and Florence, Italy. Versed in literary realism, dark magic realism, creative nonfiction and more, I'm comfortable with a diversity of styles and voices, and I have had the honor of winning awards on both the writing and editing sides of publishing.

I am the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals published in 2011 and am currently finishing a novel manuscript. My stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, DIAGRAM and more. My work has won prizes, scholarship and fellowships from Johns Hopkins, American University, Aspen Writers Foundation, VCCA and Whidbey Writers, has won the Whidbey Writers Award, placed for the Bartleby Snopes Award, made finalist for the Torch Prize and Curt Johnson Prize and has been nominated for the Pen/Hemingway, Pen Emerging Writers, The &NOW Award, Lorian Hemingway, and Pushcart. I earned an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and am currently an M.F.A. student at American University, where I am a recipient of the Starr and Sartwell scholarships and teach creative writing. I am represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency in NYC.

I'm a working writer and editor with experience on both sides of the writing, submissions and publishing processes. I look forward to talking with you about your writing project.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
True Crime

Certifications

  • M. A. in Writing, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • M.F.A in Writing, American University, 2019

Awards

  • Whidbey Writers Prize
  • Curt Johnson Award, Finalist
  • Jean M. Sartwell Scholarship
  • Bartleby Snopes Short Story Contest
  • Starr Family Scholarship
  • Hugo Award, Editorial Assistant for Weird Tales
  • Politics & Prose Review Pick of the Week, Review of George Saunders’ Tenth of December (Random House) published in Washington Independent Review of Books, January 2013.
  • Torch Prize, Finalist

Work experience

Editor in Chief

Self-employed
February, 2010 – Present (almost 10 years)

Adjunct Professor

American University
January, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

Adjunct Professor

Johns Hopkins University
September, 2011 – Present (over 8 years)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Love Songs for a Lost Continent

Anita Felicelli

From the glittering heat of India's Pink City to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley and the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, Anita Felicelli's debut collection delivers a dazzling array of precisely drawn characters searching for identity in the seemingly narrow spaces of their everyday lives. Imbued with magic, Felicelli's stories center on first- and second-generation Tamil Americans... read more

From the glittering heat of India's Pink City to the palm-lined streets of Silicon Valley and the vanilla-bean fields of Madagascar, Anita Felicelli's debut collection delivers a dazzling array of precisely drawn characters searching for identity in the seemingly narrow spaces of their everyday lives. Imbued with magic, Felicelli's stories center on first- and second-generation Tamil Americans... read more

Eckleburg No. 20

"Refreshing... edgy... classic... compelling." Flavorwire - "Progressive...." NewPages - "Eye-grabbing... fun... bold... inviting... exemplary." Sabotage - Listed among Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions - "Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers...." The Washington Post - "Literary Burroughs D.C.... the journal cleverly takes its name from the The Great Gatsb... read more

"Refreshing... edgy... classic... compelling." Flavorwire - "Progressive...." NewPages - "Eye-grabbing... fun... bold... inviting... exemplary." Sabotage - Listed among Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions - "Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers...." The Washington Post - "Literary Burroughs D.C.... the journal cleverly takes its name from the The Great Gatsb... read more

Have a NYC 2

Lawrence Block, Janet Hamill, Rae Bryant

Taking on the streets. East or Westside. Uptown and Down. The pace quickens through the boroughs from necessity. Every move the most important. Too much competition. Looking at each other for someone to blame. Doing anything just to be part of the magnitude. Everybody lost in the expanse. The City doesn't cheat you. It teaches. You absorb either knowledge or the blows. There are days when you ... read more

Taking on the streets. East or Westside. Uptown and Down. The pace quickens through the boroughs from necessity. Every move the most important. Too much competition. Looking at each other for someone to blame. Doing anything just to be part of the magnitude. Everybody lost in the expanse. The City doesn't cheat you. It teaches. You absorb either knowledge or the blows. There are days when you ... read more

Gargoyle 60

Richard Peabody, Lucinda Ebersole

60th issue of an international literary magazine based in the Washington, D.C. area. This volume features a cover photo by British photographer Cassia Beck (cassiabeck.com) plus artwork by Dmitry Borshch, cartoons by Nin Andrews and Kathy Ferrell, photos by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, plus a section of pix of Baltimore Poets and Writers by Leslie F. Miller. Number 60 also features creative nf by J... read more

60th issue of an international literary magazine based in the Washington, D.C. area. This volume features a cover photo by British photographer Cassia Beck (cassiabeck.com) plus artwork by Dmitry Borshch, cartoons by Nin Andrews and Kathy Ferrell, photos by Eleanor Leonne Bennett, plus a section of pix of Baltimore Poets and Writers by Leslie F. Miller. Number 60 also features creative nf by J... read more

Eckleburg No. 19

Cris Mazza, Rick Moody, Eurydice Kamvyselli

Fiction, poetry, essays, artwork and intermedia from contributors in the contemporary spectrum from traditional to innovative, including Rick Moody, Cris Mazza, Eurydice, Stephen Dixon and more.

Fiction, poetry, essays, artwork and intermedia from contributors in the contemporary spectrum from traditional to innovative, including Rick Moody, Cris Mazza, Eurydice, Stephen Dixon and more.

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review No. 18

Rick Moody, Cris Mazza

"Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers...." (The Washington Post), Eckleburg is a collection of stories, poetry, translations, and artwork by award-winning and emerging talents such as Rick Moody, Stephen Dixon, Cris Mazza, and Eckleburg's 2013 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction winner, Jill Birdsall. Eckleburg No. 18 is a textual and graphic innovation for both th... read more

"Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers...." (The Washington Post), Eckleburg is a collection of stories, poetry, translations, and artwork by award-winning and emerging talents such as Rick Moody, Stephen Dixon, Cris Mazza, and Eckleburg's 2013 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction winner, Jill Birdsall. Eckleburg No. 18 is a textual and graphic innovation for both th... read more

The Best of Weird Tales: 1923

H.P. Lovecraft, Farnsworth Wright, Frank Owen

This collection of 13 stories from the first year of pulp legend Weird Tales--including 9 that have never previously been reprinted--represents the best stories first published in The Unique Magazine. Includes H.P. Lovecraft, Paul Suter, Herman Sisk, Frank Owen, and Farnsworth Wright--who would later go on to edit the magazine! Edited by John Gregory Betancourt, former editor of Weird Tales, a... read more

This collection of 13 stories from the first year of pulp legend Weird Tales--including 9 that have never previously been reprinted--represents the best stories first published in The Unique Magazine. Includes H.P. Lovecraft, Paul Suter, Herman Sisk, Frank Owen, and Farnsworth Wright--who would later go on to edit the magazine! Edited by John Gregory Betancourt, former editor of Weird Tales, a... read more

The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals: Stories by Rae Bryant

Rae Bryant

In this visceral collection of stories by Rae Bryant, we explore the wits, moralities, edges and sometimes broken realities of lovers and friends, life and death, and the mundane tragedies in a normal day. From detachable women to cow tipping, kingfishers to drive-thru sex, Bryant pushes the boundaries and creates for her readers the amusing, the heartbreaking and the magically bizarre conditi... read more

In this visceral collection of stories by Rae Bryant, we explore the wits, moralities, edges and sometimes broken realities of lovers and friends, life and death, and the mundane tragedies in a normal day. From detachable women to cow tipping, kingfishers to drive-thru sex, Bryant pushes the boundaries and creates for her readers the amusing, the heartbreaking and the magically bizarre conditi... read more

Moon Milk Review 2011

Karen Heuler, David Wagoner, Alexandra Chasin, Feng Chen, Roxane Gay, Lisa Marie Basile

Stories, poetry and artwork by award-winning and emerging authors, poets, and artists. Moon Milk Review 2011 is a ravishing exhibition of what happens when the boundaries come off. A "refreshing departure...edgy...classic...compelling" (Flavorwire), MMR 2011 promises to take readers and art aficionados to places they've never been.

Stories, poetry and artwork by award-winning and emerging authors, poets, and artists. Moon Milk Review 2011 is a ravishing exhibition of what happens when the boundaries come off. A "refreshing departure...edgy...classic...compelling" (Flavorwire), MMR 2011 promises to take readers and art aficionados to places they've never been.

3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies

Townsend Walker

These twelve stories are rooted in foreign places, cemeteries, violence, and strong women. The worlds the characters construct are unforgiving. Their paths cross in tangled and sometimes deadly ways. In the title novella, three women use wit, seduction, and weapons to master the men they meet. The ribald reverend in "The Second Coming" meets his match in nineteen-year-old Charity. In "Super Se... read more

These twelve stories are rooted in foreign places, cemeteries, violence, and strong women. The worlds the characters construct are unforgiving. Their paths cross in tangled and sometimes deadly ways. In the title novella, three women use wit, seduction, and weapons to master the men they meet. The ribald reverend in "The Second Coming" meets his match in nineteen-year-old Charity. In "Super Se... read more

Rae has 6 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ryan O'Shaughnessy
She was wonderfully helpful. I do feel that my story is stronger now thanks to her comments. I like when editors actually speak with you either over the phone or face to face, and she did. I think I got more out of it that way.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy, October 2019

Rae Bryant
My pleasure, Ryan!

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Luis Campos
Rae has improved my writing immensely. She understands the craft on a very deep level. She's always encouraging (even through the doubtful, dreadful moments that anyone that is serious about this craft will feel). I can't thank her enough. If you want to grow beyond what you thought was possible for yourself-- Rae will help get you there.

Luis Campos, August 2019


Nancy Bombaci
Rae's editorial comments are clear, concise, and excellent. She has provided a fine developmental reading that will help me to restructure my novel and revise key passages.

Nancy Bombaci, July 2019

Rae Bryant
It was a pleasure working with you, Nancy! I look forward to seeing your novel on the shelves!

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Rudolfo San Miguel
Rae has been kind, understanding, and enthusiastic about my project. She has provided in-depth analysis of my story with detail oriented feedback. In the time that I have worked with her, she demonstrated both her mastery of craft, her professionalism, and her passion for her work. She was a delight to work with from start to finish. I am lucky to have worked with her and cannot recommend her e...
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Rudolfo San Miguel, June 2019

Rae Bryant
Such a pleasure to work with you and your words, Rudy!

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Luis Campos
I have not met someone that understood what I was after till I met Rae. I look forward to continuing working with her in the future. Her observations and notes have allowed me to see what is hidden in my work.

Luis Campos, March 2019

Rae Bryant
It is such a gift when a writer’s voice and a reader’s/editor’s “voice” connect. I look forward to more collaboration as well. An honor, Luis. Truly.

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