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Graphic Novelist: Rachel Fenton

By November 13, 2014No Comments


Rachel Fenton portrait_smallHaving spent time with three of Taipei’s amazing graphic artists, Ahn Zhe, 61Chi and Sean Chuang, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the place that’s inspired them – what magic will it work on my pen? I can’t wait to find out!





Rachel J. Fenton was born in Yorkshire in 1976 and lives in Auckland. Current finalist in The Dundee International Book Prize, she won Plymouth University’s 2013 Short Fiction Competition. Shortlistings include the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, Fish International Poetry Prize, Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition, Fish One Page Prize, 2012 Short Fiction Competition, Kathleen Grattan Award, Pushcart Prize, Bristol Prize, and the Sean O’ Faolain International Short Story Prize. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in the journals The Stinging Fly Magazine, Brief, JAAM, and online at Pank, Metazen, Cordite Poetry Review, Blackmail Press, Otoliths, and many others.

A participant of the Plymouth International Book Festival 2013, she is Features Editor for Flash Frontier, and is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

Also known as Rae Joyce, she is an AUT award winning graphic poet, is featured in New Zealand Comics and Graphic Novels (Hicksville Press) and was mentored by Dylan Horrocks. She has had comics and graphic poetry published in the University of Stockholm’s journal Two Thirds North, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Thrush Poetry Journal, was Artist in Residence at Counterexample Poetics, and is currently co-editing Three Words, an anthology of New Zealand Women’s Cartoons and Comics. She blogs at: