ISIM.cover.iiThe Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals. Patasola Press, June 2011.

This collection of short stories and intermedia work was publisher-nominated for the 2012 Pen Hemingway, Pen Emerging, and Pushcart awards.

“Rae Bryant’s stories yank at you over and over, desperate to give you the clue you never had and to point you, by what’s left out, to a spot on this good earth where the heart might flourish. Getting there is your business, she seems to say, and she doesn’t hold out much hope of your arrival, or of hers. Is it fun? Not so much. Is it necessary? Absolutely.” —Frederick Barthelme

“Rae Bryant’s fiction is smart and sexy and post-feminist and dangerous and akin to doing the tango with a succubus.  Do you feel lucky? Part Hannah Tinti, part Kim Addonizio—with enough intense characters, flashy dreams, and edgy visions to entangle your heart and skull for eons. Bite into these thorny stories, before they sink their teeth into you.” —Richard Peabody, Editor Gargoyle Magazine

More blurbs, interviews and reviews about The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals.


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Gynecology and Abdominal Surgery. DIAGRAM.

“The Man My Mama Knows.” To the Country. Edited by Adam Klein. Music by The Size Queens. 

“The Trending Infection: An Open Letter to Mark Oppenheimer and The New Republic.” The Missouri Review

“An Open Letter to the Pulitzer Board.” The Missouri Review

“The Trending Infection: An Open Letter to Mark Oppenheimer and The New Republic.” The Missouri Review

“An Open Letter to the Pulitzer Board.” The Missouri Review.

“If the National Book Awards 2013 Were a Star Wars Remake.” Huffington Post

“Anorgasmia, Love and Something Wrong with Her: A Discussion with Cris Mazza.” Huffington Post.

“Stochasticism, Ambition and John Cage: A Discussion with Rick Moody.” Huffington Post.

“Freddy and a Whore Named Ethel.” Lost in Thought Magazine (Nominated for The &NOW Awards)

“A Love Letter to Steven Tyler’s Lips.” Gargoyle Magazine

“Cherry Wollstonecraft and Justine Luscious Save the World.” Have a NYC2: New York Short Stories (The &NOW Awards and Pushcart Prize Nominated)

“In the Buff: Literary Readings, Pasties and Jiggling Genitalia.” The Paris Review

“The Cutting Down is a Conceit.” Redivider

“Piglets.” Matter: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (Pushcart Prize Nominated)

“To Naomi Wolf and Other Strange Women Who Speak for and/or about My Vagina as If It Were a Political Party.” The Nervous Breakdown

“Leopard. Lion. She-Wolf.” Wag’s Revue

“Is It Fun? Not So Much. Is It Necessary? Absolutely.” & Disembodied. Wieden+Kennedy’s American Dreamers

“An Open Letter to a Suicidal Friend, a Bulimic Friend, a Long Lost Aunt, and Stephanie, Your New Linked In Connection,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

“Adrien Brody, Adrien Brody, and Adrien Brody’s Nose: Critical Essay on Pop Culture, Technology and Lacanian Conceit in Literature.” The Nervous Breakdown

“Mentors Gone Bad.” Portland Book Review

“Rae Bryant Ponders Nabokov’s Signs & Symbols,”

“My First New York Rooftop Party.” The Quivering Pen“Good Girl,” Story Quarterly

“The Collective Unconscious of Genitalia, Annie Hall, and Coffee Cups,” Stymie Magazine: The Feminist Perspective

Featured Author: [disemBody Words], Short, Fast and Deadly: May 2012 (Pushcart Prize Nomination)

“The Art of Truncation,” Ampersand Review

“Coffined,” Ampersand Review

“Skin” (Excerpted from Marrow, a novel in progress), Amazing Graces, an anthology from Paycock Press

“Untitled,” En(Un)Gender Me, an anthology from PS Books, a division of Philadelphia Stories

“Pop Modern Genesis,” Gargoyle Magazine

“Stage Play in Five Acts of Her: Matinee,” Big Muddy (Reprint)

“The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals, Relatives and Gin,” BLIP Magazine

“[Jeezus] Changed My Oil Today,” Opium Magazine

Emperatriz de la Orilla del Río,” PANK

“Solipsy Street,” Metazen

“All You Bad Sinners,” decomP 

“Postfeminist Zombie Assassins Wear Wonder Woman Underoos,” The Medulla Review

“Featherbedding,” >kill author, Issue 8: The Vladimir Nabokov Issue

“Stage Play in Five Acts of Her: Matinee,” BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review)

“Chinchillas in the Air,” Annalemma

“Collecting Calliope,” Weave Magazine, Issue 4

“Paddlehead,” Caper Literary Journal

“Buttercrisp,” Pear Noir!, Issue 4

“Monk Man and Moonshine,” Menda City Review

“Stiletto Dance,” Foundling Review

“Fifty Years in Halves,” Word Riot

“Fly Fishing in Neoprene Legs,” Foliate Oak Literary Magazine

“Everything’s Better with Pesto,” Staccato

“Intolerable Impositions,” Bartleby Snopes

“Street Red,” Writer’s Bloc (Rutgers-Camden)

“I Keep a Vine Woven Basket by the Front Door,” A capella Zoo, Issue 4 

“Sublimity in Turquoise Blue,” Farrago’s Wainscot

“A Clockpunk Micro,” Thaumatrope

“The Peregrine and the Mermaid,” Southern Fried Weirdness

“Taboos and Tropes: Rhetoric and Writing about Rape.” FM

“A History of Bloody Point, St. Christopher’s Island (1626)” Whidbey Writers’ (Winner of Whidbey Writers’ Award)


Selected Poetry and Multimedia Works

Indeterminacy. The Johns Hopkins University Thesis Reading at the California Institute in Washington, D.C., (Multimedia Installation) December 2011.

“The Art of Truncation.” Ampersand Review (Multimedia), 2011.

“Coffined.” Ampersand Review (Multimedia), 2011.

“Capture Escape.” Willows Wept Review (Poetry), Fall 2010. 

“Pomegranate Kiss.” The Shine Journal (Poetry),Fall 2009.



Tenth of December by George Saunders. Washington Independent Review of Books. 2013.

Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates. New York Journal of Books. 2013.

Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt. New York Journal of Books. 2012.

What May Have Been by Gary Percesepe and Susan Tepper.” Puerto del Sol. Spring 2011.

“Rae Bryant on Elaine Chiew.” Kill Author. August 2010.

“Going Green.” Literary Traveler. Summer Issue 2009.

“Psychological Methods to Sell Should Be Destroyed.” The Fix, June 2008.