M.K. Rainey is a writer, teacher, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the winner of the 2017 Bechtel Prize at Teachers & Writers Magazine, the 2017 Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest and the 2018 Montana Award for Fiction from Whitefish Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, 3AM Magazine, Atticus Review, Fiction Southeast, and more. She co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series, and is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dead Rabbits, a literary press that strives to collaborate with writers to create work that matters. She lives in Harlem with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes.
M.K. Rainey (Katie) is a writer, teacher, videographer and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated with a BFA in film editing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a BA in English from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a film student, and you can see some of her work here, but she found that writing and teaching were what kept her awake at night in all the right ways. At various times, she has taught poetry, fiction, theatre, photography, English as a second language and filmmaking in Arkansas, North Carolina, New York, Belgium and Rwanda.
She currently teaches in New York City with Community-Word Project, but has taught for arts in education organizations like Wingspan Arts, Sarah Lawrence College and MagicBox Productions, as well as freelancing at various public schools and community programs around the city. In 2016, she was a project facilitator for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, where she managed eight working groups pushing to expand the field of Teaching Artistry. She is the Director of Teaching Artist Project at Community-Word Project. She works with 1st-12th graders, as well as facilitates professional development workshops for classroom teachers, teaching artists and prospective teachers. M.K. also serves as Co-Chair of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Teaching Artist Affairs Committee, and is a part of the 2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emerging Leaders Boot Camp.
M.K. encourages her students to question everything in order to deepen their understanding of the world around them and their own artistic voices. She believes that play and experimentation in the classroom leads to a higher level of critical thinking and a lifelong love for reading and writing. The only thing she cares about in the classroom is making sure her students are having fun. She believes that once they’re moving and playing, the rest (all the vocabulary, skills, structure, voice, language) will come of its own accord.
She is the 2017 Winner of the Teachers & Writers Magazine Bechtel Prize, the 2017 Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest and the 2018 Montana Award for Fiction from Whitefish Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, 3AM Magazine, The Collagist, Fiction Southeast, and more. M.K. also co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series. The series strives each month to put the spotlight on previously unheard voices, ones that move, ones that play, ones that are unapologetically unafraid. They also play Madlibs.
Most days, you’ll find M.K. writing in Harlem with the two loves of her life, writer Brian Birnbaum and a pup named Rosetta. They've been together for eleven years now and been happy for most of them. Here, look.