Rakia joined Boston-based Beacon Press in 2015 and works remotely from New York City. Her acquisitions examine the cultural impact of media, tech, sports and pop culture at large. She also acquires memoir/biography and narrative nonfiction about criminal justice, race and class. Rakia's previous editorial posts include HarperCollins, Viking Penguin, and Kensington.
Her roster of Beacon authors includes:
- Sociologist Nicole Aschoff
- The Verge staff reporter Angela Chen
- Politico senior reporter Dan Goldberg
- Cultural critic Lauren Michele Jackson
- MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellow and public defense reformer Jonathan Rapping
- Retired Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Richard Serrano
- Professor and digital media expert S. Craig Watkins
Outside of acquisitions and editing, Rakia has served as a content writer at The College Board and an adjunct lecturer at The City College of New York. Her weekly, spring semester course was “Introduction to Publishing.” Additionally, for three years Rakia tutored Writing, English and SAT Prep at Upward Bound, an after-school program for disadvantaged teens. Currently, she volunteers 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.
Overall Book Doctoring
Beacon Press, 2015 - present
Freelance Editor & Writer
RakiaClark.com, 2009 - 2015
Kensington, 2007 - 2009
Bronx Writers’ Center, 2007
Viking Penguin, 2005 - 2007
Viking Penguin, 2003 - 2005
HarperCollins, 2002 - 2003