Rachel Bunting is a writer and artist rooted in the wilds of Southern New Jersey. Her work uses the relationship between the natural world and the self to examine the experience of being human.
Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, selected for inclusion in Best of the Net and Best of the Web anthologies, and can be found in print and online journals including Boxcar Poetry Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Linebreak, The Nervous Breakdown, and [PANK]. Her poetry chapbook, Ripe Again, was released by Finishing Line Press in March 2008, and in December 2009 she created a limited-edition, hand-crafted chapbook of poems, Imprimatur.
Rachel’s essays can be found in Entropy Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, and Wordgathering: a Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.
Rachel’s visual art has been included in exhibitions at The Dime – Art and Maker Studios and the Medford Arts Center, both in New Jersey.
Rachel received a 2022 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Rachel’s interest in the natural world began with summers at sleepaway camp in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. She can often be found exploring in the pines or working with native wildlife at her local wildlife rehabilitation hospital.