Ms. Rachel Mennies

Pennsylvania, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2011

Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, winner of the 2013 Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and the chapbook No Silence in the Fields. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, The Journal, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere, and has been reprinted at Poetry Daily. Mennies now serves (2015—) as the series editor for the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry at Texas Tech University Press. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI’s editorial team.


Twitter Username: @rmennies


  • The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards , Texas Tech University Press (March 17, 2014)
  • No Silence in the Fields , Blue Hour Press (February 28, 2012)


  • Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry(2013)
  • Academy of American Poets/Leonard Steinberg Award in Poetry(2011)
  • National Jewish Book Award (finalist)(2016)


  • Instructor, Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University (August 2012 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, English from Boston University (May 2008)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from The Pennsylvania State University (May 2011)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry