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. Each Raptor book is lovingly designed, printed, bound, and stitched by consenting adult human hands.
We solicit authors for our Headspace Anthology series, and pay them for their work. We also make books on commission and provide content and copy editing in order to keep the lights on.
Tara J. | Founder, Producer, Editor-In-Chief
In the past few years, I’ve gotten my MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and am currently freelancing for the Academy as the Freelance Managing Editor of American Poets Magazine. I also work in culinary at a restaurant in SoHo, bake bread, and run Raptor largely on my own.
While at Sarah Lawrence, I co-directed the 15th Annual Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, the largest student-run poetry festival in the state. As part of our free program of events, I laid out and designed a chapbook with a poem from each of our featured readers, including Nicole Sealey, Chen Chen, Tyree Daye, Patrick Rosal, Angel Nafis, Mai Der Vang, Rajiv Mohabir and more.
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.
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.