Senior Editor
Beacon Press, 2015 - present

Freelance Editor & Writer, 2009 - 2015

Adjunct Lecturer
City College of NY, 2012-2014

Kensington, 2007 - 2009

Assistant Editor
Viking Penguin, 2005 - 2007

Editorial Assistant
Viking Penguin, 2003 - 2005

Editorial Assistant
HarperCollins, 2002 - 2003

Editorial Intern

Atlanta Tribune, 2001-2002



Developmental Editing
Line Editing

Manuscript Evaluation

Agent Negotiation



Overall Book Doctoring

Proposal Writing/Editing

Proposal Development


Rakia joined Boston-based Beacon Press as senior editor in 2015, and she works remotely from New York City. Her acquisitions examine the cultural and social impact of media, tech, sports and pop culture at large. She also acquires memoir/biography and narrative nonfiction about criminal justice, race, gender and class. Her roster of Beacon authors includes:

Outside of acquisitions and editing, Rakia has served as an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York. Her weekly, spring semester course was
“Introduction to Publishing.” For three years Rakia tutored Writing, English and SAT Prep at Upward Bound, an after-school program for disadvantaged teens. Additionally, she volunteered for two years as a writing mentor with the non-profit organization, Girls Write Now.

Rakia is a graduate of
Haverford College and the Columbia Publishing Course, where she was an AOL Time Warner Scholar. Follow her musings on Twitter @rakiathegreat.