Hi, I'm Rachel Thompson.
I'm a literary magazine editor, a published poet and essayist, but you might call me a creative connector. (I cherish writing community and love it when writers shine.)
I help writers feel confident and ready to reveal the brilliancy of their words.
I know from coaching more than 150 (and counting) writers that it might feel easier for you to let those pages languish in a drawer, succumbing to the forces of overwhelm and stuck. Yet, it's the intimate connection with readers who cherish our words that affirms our soul. (So what's easier, really? Soul denying?)
I'm someone who loses track of time when I talk with another writer—these days that's often live, online, but I once had a deep conversation at the Festival of Literary Diversity that was so engrossing I almost missed getting up on stage for my panel presentation. (This could also have to do with introversion and stage fright.)
My collection of poetry, Galaxy, was published by Anvil Press and won SFU's First Book Competition. I was the managing editor at Room magazine, and continue to edit issues—my next outing is on the theme of Family Secrets.
I believe the world needs your writing. Yes, yours. If you're called to create words on a page—whether you believe they are literary or not (and who gets to tell you they aren't?)—and you want to connect with editors, readers who really get you, but you just need a guide to help you share your writing and prepare to shine, I would love to connect. Sign up below.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.