Molly Bess Rector lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she co-curates the Open Mouth Reading Series—a community-based poetry series that hosts monthly readings by visiting writers, as well as workshops and retreats.
Molly earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas and currently works as project editor for the University of Arkansas Press.
She is the recipient of residencies from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a grant from the Artists 360 program to pursue her interest in the intersection of the human emotional landscape with physical landscapes impacted by nuclear science.
Molly served as the inaugural poetry editor for The Arkansas International, for whom she still occasionally writes reviews. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, The Collagist, SAND, and The Boiler, among others.