MOLLY BESS RECTOR
Molly Bess Rector lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she cocurates 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 independently as a writing consultant while earning an MS in mental health counseling. She offers writing and editorial support, specializing in manuscript development and work with artists developing professional materials (artist statements, CVs, project descriptions, and so on). Contact her for more information.
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 3 60 program to pursue her interest in the intersection of the human emotional landscape with physical landscapes impacted by nuclear technologies and climate change.
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 Best New Poets 2019, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Collagist, and Ninth Letter, among others.
Short bio: Molly Bess Rector is a poet, editor, and writing consultant. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she directs the nonprofit organization Open Mouth Reading Series. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, The Orison Anthology, and Prairie Schooner, among others.
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