Rae Bryant is the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press). Her stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, DIAGRAM, StoryQuarterly, Huffington Post, New World Writing, Gargoyle Magazine, and Redivider, among other publications. Her intermedia has exhibited in New York, DC, Baltimore and Florence, Italy. She has won prizes and fellowships from Johns Hopkins, Aspen Writers Foundation, VCCA and Whidbey Writers and has been nominated for the Pen/Hemingway, Pen Emerging Writers, The &NOW Award, Lorian Hemingway, and multiple times for the Pushcart award. Rae earned a Masters in Writing from Hopkins where she continues to teach creative writing and is founding editor of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. She also teaches and lectures in the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa and The Eckleburg Workshops. She is represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
Her intermedia exploration of violence on women and Full Metal Jacket exhibited at Governor’s Island in New York City as part of Writing on It All, a temporal intermedia collaboration directed by Alexandra Chasin. In 2011, Indeterminacy, a digital intermedia study of voice and rhythm exhibited at The University of California Berkeley, Washington, D.C. See more.
Rae is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle and a member of VIDA. She writes reviews for New York Journal of Books and Washington Independent Review of Books. Her 2013 review of George Saunder’s Tenth of December was chosen by Politics & Prose as a Pick of the Week. She has interviewed notable writers such as Cris Mazza and Rick Moody and she curates The Eckleburg Gallery as well as directing the Rue de Fleurus Salon & Reading Series (NY, DC, Baltimore, Cambridge and Chicago). She is the director of The Eckleburg Workshops.
Rae is a scholarship recipient for the Aspen Writers Workshop, where she studied under the guidance of Andre Dubus III. She attended the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, where she studied under Alice McDermott, and the Conference on Craft, where she was a fellow studying and teaching under the guidance of Jill McCorkle. She regularly attends and lectures at writing conferences both locally and nationally including the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) national conference for literary writers, university writing programs, literary journals and presses. She holds a Bachelors of Humanities with a minor in English and Teaching from The Pennsylvania State University and is finishing a second Masters in Curriculum & Administration.
* A Note on the Wounded Warrior Project, ASPCA and Heartley House: I am not a war veteran. I am the daughter of a war veteran. He was a decorated US Army sniper during the Vietnam Conflict, assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers. He died on US soil. I have written stories and essays from the perspective of a child of a war veteran who died before I could really know him. I do not believe in killing as domestic or global policy but I do understand I and my children benefit from the privilege of being protected by my country’s soldiers. I support and donate monthly to the Wounded Warrior Project. I donate to the ASPCA and Heartley House, which helps women and children who are surviving domestic violence. I encourage you to do the same.