Annie Raab earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute with a double major in Sculpture and Creative Writing, and an MFA in Fiction from Virginia Tech.
For more than a decade, her work has explored the confluence of art, writing, and the community. Her portfolio spans arts journalism, essays, criticism, reviews, and short stories. While she was trained as a fine artist, her skills are transferable to project development, grant applications and proposals, museum outreach, community engagement, and in generating materials for the greater artistic conversation.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, her specialty is in covering the unique talents and spaces of the Midwest. She lives part-time on her sailboat, Nacreous.
• MFA Virginia Tech, Fiction
• BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Sculpture; Creative Writing (double major)
Editorial & Staff Writing
• Fiction Editor: the minnesota review, 2020
• Managing Editor: The New River, 2020
• Arts Journalist: The Pitch, 2015-2018
• Board Member: Whispering Prairie Press, 2013-2015
• Senior Prose Editor, Kansas City Voices, 2013-2015
Awards & Recognition
• Virginia Tech Fiction Prize for “The Academy”, selected by Alyson Hagy, 2019
• Virginia Tech Creative Nonfiction Prize for “On Doubt”, selected by Brian Blanchfield, 2019.
• Nominated for AWP Intro Journals Project for essay “On Doubt”, 2019.
• “Victoria Park Found Dead at 45” shortlisted for the Unicorn Training Student Prize for New Media Writing, 2018.
• Second place winner of the Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Contest for "Once the Downs Empty", selected by Amy Hempel.
• “Survivors,” shortlisted in the quarterly fiction competition, TSS: The Short Story, 2016.
• “The Frayed Edge,” quarterly fiction contest honorable mention, On The Premises, 2016.
• Recipient of a Lighton International Artists Exchange Program (LIAEP) Grant, April, 2016.
• Guest juror for the visual art Student Citation Show at University of Central Missouri, 2016.
• Recipient of an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, 2016.
Residencies & Workshops
• Southampton Review Writing Workshop with Amy Hempel, 2018
• Kenyon Review Writing Workshop with AJ Verdelle, 2018.
• Writer in residence at Art Farm, Marquette, Nebraska, 2017.
• Writer in residence at Green Olive Arts, Tétouan, Morocco, 2016.
In the classroom
• Creative Writing Instructor, Virginia Tech, 2021
• First Year Writing Instructor, Composition & Rhetoric, Virginia Tech, 2020-2021
• Writing Assistant, School of the New York Times, 2019-2020
• Creative Writing Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech, 2019
•Writing Center Coach, Virginia Tech, 2019
• Writing Instructor, Business Writing, Virginia Tech, 2018
•Academic Support Specialist, Kansas City Art Institute, 2017-2018
•Pre-College Art Lab (PCAL) Creative Writing Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute
In the community
• Virginia Tech MFA reading showcase, 2019.
• Kenyon Review reading showcase, 2017.
• Critical Writing in KC panel participant at Weinberger Fine Arts, 2017.
• Kansas City Art Institute Panel Discussion panelist at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery, part of the “Life After KCAI” series, 2017.
• Writing Lab consultant at UMKC’s Artist INC Advance program, 2017.
• Presenter at Shelf Life, Unwanted Gifts, 2016.
• “Oh, How We’ve Failed,” KCTV 5 interview, 2016.
• 90.1 KKFI ArtSpeak Radio interview, A Month in Morocco: Women & Fiction, 2016.
Guest juror for the visual art Student Citation Show, University of Central Missouri, 2016.
• Presenter at A Common Sense Reading Series curated by Jordan Stempleman, 2015.
• 90.1 KKFI ArtSpeak Radio interview with Kansas City Voices, “Art of Kansas City Voices” exhibition, 2015.
• Co-curator of “Art of Kansas City Voices” at the Leedy-Volkus Art Center, 2015.
• Presenter at A Common Sense Reading Series curated by Jordan Stempleman, 2012.
• Grant applications for the arts
• Residency proposals
• Arts development strategy
• Community outreach strategy
• Museum collaboration
• Student engagement