Raptor Press

MISSION

Raptor is a press of community, and in centering authors and writers of color, the majority of whom are queer, we work hard to make sure that each of our authors are paid, even in some small part, for the work that they produce. Publishing is not a privilege—writers are a gift, and it is up to the publishing community to sustain the art that gives us life.

Your writing, your art, is of the body, and your body needs to eat.

Raptor produces a zine series every two years called Headspace. I solicit pieces, edit, and publish each issue largely by myself. Each issue hovers around the themes of belonging and community. MACK, our latest, is a book about kissing.

Our first stand-alone book, Hurricane Butterfly, is a collection of poems dedicated to the spirit of the late Pete Burns written by Cody Ross Romero and Kevin Salvaggio. It will launch in Fall 2017.

STAFF

Tara J. | Founder, Producer, Editor-In-Chief

Just chilling by the Seine, you know, like you do

Raptor’s first-person narrator.

I got my start at 826CHI, a non-profit creative writing and tutoring center in Chicago for students grades K-12, working on their fourth Compendium anthology of student work. We provided a wide variety of services—field trips, after-school tutoring, in-school support—and whether the kids were 6 or 16, they would all leave our programs with a book in their hands.

After that, I packed up and moved to Brooklyn, where I walked dogs and worked on two books as the Special Editorial Projects Intern at the Academy of American Poets.

Last year, I was the 2015-16 Diana and Simon Raab Editorial Fellow for Poets & Writers Magazine. In my time there, I read and fact-checked every issue cover to cover, learning about the editorial process from a magazine and book publishing standpoint. I also worked with poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, publishers, and agents to create the Page One podcasts.

I’m currently getting my MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and occasionally working for the Academy as an independent contractor.

Hilary S. | Social Media & Marketing

Hilary S.

Hilary believes in creating great resources for folks in any field, whether it be a website service, a marketing campaign, or a poem. Her philosophy is to create good work (and good words) for the betterment of humanity. She’s written for 303 Magazine’s culture desk in Denver and freelanced for a tech-start up called Sweet Buzz Media. She also taught technology for the non-profit Open World Learning, where she co-piloted an art and tech-learning program for K-12 students.

Hilary is completing her MFA in Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where she was the Multimedia Editor at Lumina and Managing Editor at Babel, the college’s journal for translation. Her resources for teachers and writers can be found at drunkenlibrary.com.