Rae Bryant

Rae Bryant - Editor

Washington D.C., DC, USA

Award-winning writer and editor with ten years experience in NYC markets: fiction, nonfiction, literary, magic realism and more.

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Overview

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. My novel manuscript is represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner. Stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at North American Review, 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, Whidbey Writers, Bartleby Snopes, CRAFT, Torch Prize and Curt Johnson Prizes. My work 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 an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University. I am an adjunct creative writing professor for both universities.

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)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

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

Awards

  • Craft's First Chapters Award, Currently Shortlisted
  • Hugo Award, Editorial Staff
  • Torch Prize
  • Politics & Prose Review Pick of the Week, Review of George Saunders’ Tenth of December (Random House)
  • Curt Johnson Award
  • Bartleby Snopes Short Story Contest

Work experience

Creative Writing Professor

Johns Hopkins University
September, 2011 – Present (almost 9 years)

Creative writing professor for graduate writing students — fiction, creative nonfiction, new media, poetry and publishing.

Award-Winning Author

Patasola Press
June, 2011 – Present (about 9 years)

Author of The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press, NYC), a short story collection nominated for the Pen Hemingway, Pushcart and more.

Editor in Chief

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, MMP
February, 2010 – Present (over 10 years)

Eckleburg is literary and arts journal including original content from award-winning authors and poets — Rick Moody, Cris Mazza, Steve Almond, Stephen Dixon, Moira Egan, David Wagoner, actor/comedian, Zach Galifianakis, and more. "The most exciting and adventurous and gutsiest new magazine I’ve seen in years.” — Stephen Dixon. "Refreshing… edgy… classic… compelling." — Flavorwire. "Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers….” The Washington Post.

Adjunct Professor

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

Creative writing professor for undergraduate writing students—fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry.

Writer

The Paris Review
May, 2014 – May, 2014 (less than a minute)

Freelance writer.

Writer

The Huffington Post
January, 2011 – Present (over 9 years)

Freelance writer.

Writer

The Missouri Review
January, 2011 – Present (over 9 years)

Freelance writer.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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

Rae has 10 reviews

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Jim Cheney
Rae did a great job working through my manuscript. She paid close attention to detail and was very helpful in providing both structural and narrative perspective. She was prompt and observant and allowed me to talk through the course of the book, pushing back with substantial knowledge of the characters and the readability of the novel as a whole. Highly recommend her services.

Jim Cheney, March 2020

Rae Bryant
Thank you, Jim! Truly enjoyed reading your prose.

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Nick Velasquez
Rae will give you thorough notes and valuable insidght to help you improve your piece and your writing skills. Highly recommended.

Nick Velasquez, February 2020

Rae Bryant
Thank you, Nick! A pleasure working with you, too.

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Lia V
Rae was so thoughtful, insightful, and helpful—her feedback was invaluable to me. Thank you!

Lia V, January 2020

Rae Bryant
Right back at you, Lia!

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Christopher Sheahan
Rae is an excellent editor and collaborator. Her communication is prompt, clear, and professional. The contract is simple, and she completes all her edits and comments on time. She helps guide you through all steps in the Reedsy editing platform so there is never any confusion. Her line editing is surgical, respectful, and constructive. Her comments exhibit her skill, understanding, and passion...
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Christopher Sheahan, January 2020

Rae Bryant
Thank you, Christopher! I really enjoyed working with you and your words, too!

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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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