Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, the 2014 winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and the chapbook No Silence in the Fields. Her poetry has recently appeared, or will soon, at The Believer, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared at The Millions, The Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. (Read more of her work here.)
Mennies took over for Robert Fink in 2016 as the series editor of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry at Texas Tech University Press; she also serves as the reviews editor for AGNI. Alongside the poet Ruth Awad, she's editing the anthology The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry for Sundress Publications (2020). She lives in Chicago, where she works as a freelance editor and writer. (Let's work together on something.)
As an adjunct professor, she's taught creative writing, rhetoric/composition, professional writing, and writing pedagogy at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Penn State University, and Loyola University Chicago.
For interviews: Michigan Quarterly Review, Chicago Review of Books, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Dinnerview, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Prosody, American Microreviews & Interviews, New Books in Poetry, Omnidawn First Verse Series, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Speaking of Marvels.
Selected Poems & Essays
The Believer: "August 7, 2016"
Winter Tangerine: "Letter to Our Obscene Body"
RE:AL -- Regarding Arts and Letters: "Still Life With Burned Mouth"
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "In Preparation"
Nashville Review: "Junk Mail Marriage"
Colorado Review: "Going Back to Thira"
Radar Poetry: "Revision: First"
Berfrois: "Three Drafts of the Teenage Girl"
Black Warrior Review: "Anatomy (II)"
DIALOGIST: "Echo and Narcissus: Pittsburgh"
Witness: "Amidah for Teenage Girls"
Essays and Reviews
Poetry Foundation: "Less Than Certain: How to Teach Bewildering Poems"
The Lonely Hour: "On the Fence"
PANK: Selected Reviews
Freelance Editing & Writing
I'm currently accepting clients for copyediting, proofreading, and writing work. Past and ongoing clients include, among others, ModCloth, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the University of Pittsburgh.
I also offer private full-length and chapbook manuscript consultations for poets on a case-by-case basis. I'm a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
(Want to work with me? Not sure if I do what you need?
I'm creative and flexible. Let's talk.)
2018 Readings & Events
(2019 in the works...)
2018 / OCT / 11
with Emily Jungmin Yoon, Juan Martinez, and Marilynn Preston
2018 / OCT / 25
with Korey Williams, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and
Claire Sylvester Smith
2018 / NOV / 16
with S. Brook Corfman, beyza ozer, and Xandria Phillips
2018 / DEC / 16
with Rebecca Morgan Frank and Annah Browning