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Editor: Eric Lorberer holds a B.A. in English Literature and Humanities from Washington College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published poems, essays, and criticism in numerous magazines and has been awarded a SASE/Jerome Fellowship for his writing. As the editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books, he is responsible for the voice and style that has brought the magazine widespread acclaim. Lorberer also is the director of the Twin Cities Book Festival, has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and speaks at conferences and literary festivals around the country as an advocate for independent publishing and literary culture.

Art Director: Kelly Everding graduated from the University of Denver with dual degrees in Mass Communications and English. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Poetry. She is the author of Strappado for the Devil, a chapbook published by Etherdome Press. Kelly is the Art Director/Business Manager for Rain Taxi and, as such, is responsible for the design and layout of the magazine, chapbooks, and promotional materials, as well as the day-to-day business operations.

Editorial Assistant: Kelsey Besonim holds a Master of Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. She has worked with various Twin Cities cultural institutions including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the American Swedish Institute, and the Loft Literary Center. In addition to her work at Rain Taxi, she also moonlights as a freelance archivist. Her areas of interest include the psychic, emotional, and social aspects of information technology, and she is diligently at work on a zine series about the dialectic of grindcore.

Many other people help keep the Rain Taxi enterprise afloat: board members, reviewers, proofreaders, copyeditors, interns, our Twin Cities Book Festival staff, and dozens of volunteers who help do what needs to be done. To them we offer our deepest thanks.

Our Board

Thanks to the service and diligence of board members, Rain Taxi—a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting interest in contemporary literature—has stayed above water during mighty tough times.

Current Board Members

Kelly Everding
Kevin Fenton
Mark Gustafson
Kristen Hager
Timothy Hedges
Pamela Klinger-Horn
Kathryn Kysar
Eric Lorberer
Karen Olson
Margaret Telfer
Bethany Whitehead
Elisabeth Workman

Our Reviewers

Rain Taxi wouldn't be Rain Taxi without the passion of the people who write for it. Over 500 writers have contributed reviews, essays, interviews and features to the pages of Rain Taxi since our first issue appeared in 1996. We are especially pleased to publish work by a range of people, from first-time writers to established authors. Find out about becoming a Rain Taxi reviewer.

Our Supporters

Rain Taxi is currently supported in part by grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Target, and various other foundations. We thank them all for their support!

           

Most importantly, Rain Taxi is supported by readers like you. Donate today!


Our History

RAIN TAXI, a winner of the Alternative Press Award for Best Arts & Literature Coverage, was founded in 1995 by Randall Heath, Carolyn Kuebler, and David Caligiuri, and in 1996 was joined by Eric Lorberer, its current editor and director. The quarterly magazine publishes reviews of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with an emphasis on works that push the boundaries of language, narrative, and genre. Essays, interviews, and in-depth reviews reflect RAIN TAXI's commitment to innovative publishing.

Our print journal is distributed in over 250 locations nationwide-mostly independent bookstores-and is also available by subscription. An accompanying Online Edition, with completely different material, is posted to our website each quarter as well. Together, the two publications offer readers a broad look at the noteworthy writing and art being published today. Rain Taxi also publishes a chapbook series, and hosts a wide range of literary events in the Twin Cities.

Rain Taxi has had a vigorous online presence since 1998, and our most recent site upgrades (2012) were designed by Amy Groshek, a frequent Rain Taxi reviewer who works as a web developer. Visit her website at amygroshek.com. Thanks, Amy!

Rain Taxi has been nominated five times for the Utne Independent Press Award for Arts & Literature Covergage. Rain Taxi won the distinctive award from Utne in 2000. Thanks Utne!

For a bit about our history, read this newspaper article. For poet Ron Silliman's blog entry about Rain Taxi, click here. We thank Mr. Silliman for his kind words. Editor Eric Lorberer was also interviewed in December 2005 for the blog MobyLives. The MP3 of the interview may be found here.

And to get a real sense of the Rain Taxi's history, be sure to browse the archives of our Online and Print Editions.