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I could not have survived childhood without poetry, the complete Winnie the Pooh, and the bookmobile that brought us together.

Background Information

Rae offers manuscript critiques -- for more information, including rates, email .

Rae offers proofreading and editing services. Please contact her via email for more information.

Ameriku®, the art of poetry, is Rae's art featuring original haiku. Take a look at . (Note: As of September 2014, the website is down; I hope to have it up again soon.) The art is available through the Maple Street Gallery in Hartville, Ohio. Conservation quality prints are matted and ready to frame. Large framed pieces available by special order.

Some of Rae's favorite writers are Rick Bragg (All Over But the Shoutin'), Carol Shields (The Stone Diaries), Toni Morrison (Beloved), Cormac McCarthy (The Road, All the Pretty Horses), Richard Wright (Native Son and Black Boy), Martin Cruz Smith (Gorky Park), Anita Diamant (The Red Tent), Amy Tan, Frank McCourt, Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Elmore Leonard, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, and Mary Higgins Clark. Oh, and Louis Bayard, whose prose in The Pale Blue Eye sings.

Rae's work experience has been eclectic. She's been a chemical engineer, a radio news reporter, and a Mad Science instructor. She's helped launch a new venture with her business analysis and recommendations, and she's written patent applications for a patent agent. Rae holds a patent of her own, issued in 1993 for Enhanced Reagent Utilization for Dry or Semi-dry Scrubber. She's hosted radio interview shows, made commercials, and dressed up to re-enact colonial life for the Yankee Peddler Festival in Ohio. She's been a piano teacher, a substitute teacher, and a poll worker, all great experiences.

In her teens, Rae lived for a short time in Spain, and vacationed in Morocco, where Spanish was of no use. She learned a bit of Italian along the way, too. Language and languages are her first love. And story. Story most of all. What else is there?


Rae Hallstrom is an award-winning writer whose fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been published. She served as President of the Akron Manuscript Club for two terms, 2002-2004, and her critique guidelines are posted on the club's website. Her poetry has appeared in Pudding Magazine, Impetus, The Chrysalis Reader, and Ohio Poetry Day. When she was just getting started, her story, "Pretty-Little-Thing," won First Place in the mystery category at the 1995 Midwest Writers' Conference.

Additional Information

In 2014, Rae Hallstrom completed work on a literary post-apocalyptic novel, and she is currently seeking representation for it. In 2012, Rae Hallstrom's short story, a political satire called Jesus Christ on the Ballot, won the Marlene Stottsberry Award of Distinction for excellence in fiction from The Greater Canton Writers' Guild. In 2008: Rae Hallstrom won Second Place for her short fable, The Tomato and the Dragon, at the 2nd annual Wayne College Regional Writing Contest. Her poem, Sunbathing in the Sixties, garnered Honorable Mention in the Akron Art Museum's 2008 New Words Contest. In 2007, she took home 3 awards in the Wayne College Regional Writing Contest. Her essay, "Grinded" won Third Place in the nonfiction category--see below for the origin of the title. Her short story "In the Cow Belt" and her poem "Apartment Complex" each received honorable mention. "The Tomato and the Dragon" appeared in the May 2006 issue of Releasing Times. Rae's horror story, "Tea for Two," might pass for a cozy in the mystery genre--none of that "in your face" blood or gore. "Tea for Two" debuted in January 2006, as the feature story in the 32nd issue of Outer Darkness. Rae's feature on dandelion wine appeared in Akron Life & Leisure in the May 2005 issue, with some unfortunate, last minute, ungrammatical editing, which she did not know about until she received her copy of the magazine. Rae used the experience to write the essay "Grinded," titled with the non-word that had been inserted into her article to replace the real past tense of grind, ground. Rae's poem "Floating into Tomorrow" appeared in 2002 in "Chances Are..., a Chrysalis Reader," published by the Swedenborg Foundation. Her poem inspired the cover art for the "Chances Are..." issue. "This Ancient Disappearing Act" won one of Ohio Poetry Day's First Prize awards and was published in the 2002 awards book. Another poem, The Elder, won a First Prize award in the 2000 Ohio Poetry Day competition. Her poem "Last Blush" found print in Volume 38 of Pudding Magazine. Her nonfiction essay, "The Age of Addiction," was published in "Rocking the Ages, a Chrysalis Reader," which was the foundation's millenium (2000) volume.

Favorite Links

Ameriku Ltd
Ameriku® is the art of poetry--the original poetry and original art of Rae Hallstrom. View a few samples online, or request the complete sample set in a slide show by email. Ameriku® is the registered trademark of Ameriku Ltd. The work is also under copyright protection.

My store at Cafe Press!
Ameriku® is the art of poetry, and this store features my original designs on mugs, tote bags, computer mousepads, posters, calendars, greeting cards and more. Ameriku® is American haiku art, designed to bring the uncluttered beauty and tranquility of nature into your home.

Akron Manuscript Club
A creative writing critique group based in Akron, Ohio. Browse the critique guidelines and feel free to use them for your own critique group.

A Chrysalis Reader
My work appears in "Chances Are..." and "Rocking the Ages."

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