About

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, gender and class. Rakia's previous editorial posts include HarperCollins, Viking Penguin, and Kensington.

Her roster of Beacon authors includes:

- Sociologist Nicole Aschoff

- Professor, attorney and Slate contributor Lara Bazelon
ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant

- The Verge staff reporter Angela Chen

- The New York Times contributing columnist and international women's rights

   activist Mona Eltahawy

- Politico senior reporter Dan Goldberg

- Death row exoneree and prison reform activist Anthony Graves

- Witness to Guantanamo founder and law professor Peter Jan Honigsberg

Award-winning poet Angela Jackson

- Cultural critic Lauren Michele Jackson

- Feminist writer and cultural critic Feminista Jones

- Filmmaker and women-in-film activist Naomi McDougall Jones
- Technologist An Xiao Mina
-
Professor, historian and child welfare advocate Stacey Patton

- 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.

​Experience

Developmental Editing
Line Editing

Manuscript Evaluation

Agent Negotiation

Ghostwriting

Proofreading

Overall Book Doctoring

Proposal Writing/Editing

Skills


Senior Editor
Beacon Press, 2015 - present

Freelance Editor & Writer
RakiaClark.com, 2009 - 2015

Editor
Kensington, 2007 - 2009

Fellowship Panelist
Bronx Writers’ Center, 2007

Assistant Editor
Viking Penguin, 2005 - 2007

Editorial Assistant
Viking Penguin, 2003 - 2005

Editorial Assistant
HarperCollins, 2002 - 2003