Welcome! I write poetry, fiction, and essays, and also work as a freelance copyeditor. Please browse my site to see samples of my writing and to discover what I enjoy thinking and writing about. If you found your way here because you’re looking for professional copyeditor for your project, save yourself some time by clicking on the “Copyediting & Writing Services” tab above.
My poetry has been published in various literary journals, including Ekstasis, Vita Poetica, The Windhover, St. Katherine Review, Off the Coast, Gulf Stream Magazine, and Baltimore Review. My short story, “Drink It Dry,” won The Briar Cliff Review‘s Annual Fiction Contest for 2019. I also write essays and guest blog posts and am working on a novel.
As a freelance writer and copyeditor, I work with various clients in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, as well as with individuals on their manuscripts. I had the pleasure of serving as the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Regional Coordinator for the Maryland State Arts Council.
In addition, I am the editor of Among Worlds magazine and I work with Del Sol Press as an associate editor. A former high school English and homeschool teacher, I’ve also volunteered with an international relief and development agency.
A few of my favorite things: electric scooters, spicy Sichuan food, hiking, cool weather, and unhurried time to read.
If you are a writer, editor, agent, or publisher (especially in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area), and you like what you see here, I would love to connect with you! Please contact me on this site or connect with me via LinkedIn.
As you start your journey through my site, let me send you on your way with this thought: In Out of Africa, Isaak Dineson (Karen Blixen) narrates how some Kikuyu farm youth responded to her recitation of poetry. Their response takes my breath away: “Speak again. Speak like rain.” When I first read that, I had to stop and revel in the perfection of it. That is what poetry can do, what words can do—they have the capacity to refresh in a life-giving way, like rain.
(See my poem, “Speak Like Rain,” under the “Poems” tab.)
Your writing is so insightful and personal and meaningful. A fresh new voice. Thank you!
Beautiful, insightful poems, Rachel. Blessings on your creative spirit. Sending love from Arizona.
Thank you, Betty! I enjoy reading your creative insights as well.
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