Raptor Editing & Press 

Raptor Editing is a publishing house, book design studio, & manuscript editing service based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It was founded by Tara J. in Spring of 2015, and has grown into a collaborative bookmaking studio centered around cultivating nourishing spaces and opportunities for writers and artists of color. Each Raptor book is lovingly designed, printed, bound, and stitched by consenting adult human hands. 

At the heart of Raptor is the Headspace Anthology series, for which we solicit work. We also make books on commission and provide content and copy editing in order to keep the lights on. In every project, Raptor prioritizes accessibility, ethical integrity, and generating income for all artists involved in making and launching the books. 

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

Tara Jayakar grew up in a sleepy suburb of Chicago. She has a BA from Boston University, and MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and has walked dogs, worked in a pie shop, a record store, bars, and restaurants. Currently, she is an associate content editor and producer, bakes bread, and runs Raptor largely on her own.

Her first publishing gig was 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. After moving to Brooklyn, she started Raptor Editing, worked on two books as the Special Editorial Projects Intern at the Academy of American Poets, and became the 2015-16 Diana and Simon Raab Editorial Fellow for Poets & Writers Magazine.

While at Sarah Lawrence, Jayakar co-directed the 15th Annual Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, the largest student-run poetry festival in New York state. As part of the festival’s free program of events, she laid out and designed a chapbook with a poem from each of that year’s featured readers, including Nicole Sealey, Chen Chen, Tyree Daye, Patrick Rosal, Angel Nafis, Mai Der Vang, Rajiv Mohabir and more. 

Now, she works for a literary nonprofit and is trying to expand Raptor’s programmatic offerings to include free or pay-what-you-can lectures, workshops, and conversations.