About Rachael


Rachael Z. Ikins

Born and raised in the Fingerlakes region of CNY Rachael published her first poem and sold her first artwork at the age of 14 under the guidance of supportive teachers. She received a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in 1982. As well, under the guidance of another professor, she applied for the MFA Creative writing program at Syracuse University jurying in on the strength of her portfolio of poetry.

Rachael has published in countless journals both physical and online through the years. She has won eight prizes for excellence in poetry through the National League of American Penwomen, the oldest organization for women artists and writers in the US. She is currently Vice President of her chapter and credentialed into the Penwomen in both arts and letters. 2008 her first chapbook released by Foothills Publications, "Sideshow in the Woods." She continued to have acceptances in both poetry and short fiction. She also founded and moderated a poetry open mic and featured poet event twice monthly in a sushi restaurant in CNY for two years.

Her next chapbook, "Transplanted" was published by Finishing Line press in 2008. This was followed by another Foothills Publication, "Renovations" 2010. She wrote articles and was interviewed extensively for various bloggers and journals at this time. Receiving encouragement from the Colgate Writers' Conference fellowships she received in poetry and young adult fantasy, Rachael published her first novel, "The Complete Tales from the Edge of the Woods", 2013 (Icarus Aloft an imprint of SLM Bookworks). The book contains two prize winning chapters that were adapted for short stories and was nominated for a 2013 CNY Book Award through the Downtown Writers Center, a division of the YMCA arts programs in Syracuse, NY this month. She has given five readings from the Tales this year so far and has at least three scheduled for next year. Rachael has created the cover art for all of her books. When she is not working on writing, she is creating art in multi media and exhibiting from CNY to NH and online through The Gallery in Georgetown, KY. She has won several prizes for art. Rachael won a 3rd prize for the Dancing a Poetry Contest and Festival 2011 in San Francisco. A second performance event showcased her work as well this past month when an OK college in whose student journal she has published many times worked with their theater and music departments to do a performance of the strongest works in the past five years' of journals for Humanities and Diversity month. Rachael's work was among those chosen and performed. Her artwork is currently hanging in the Syracuse area in five gallery shows, one of them a one woman invitational which featured a reading from the Complete Tales.

This past spring Rachael submitted poetry, short fiction, and non fiction to http://atthewrteplaceattherightime.org. Her non fiction was a finalist. In between whether she is submitting artwork for illustrations or cover art or writing in multiple media and genres, Rachael participates in local author events, mentors young poets and encourages beginning writers.

See all of Rachael's latest publications.


  • Rachael was the featured author in the May issue of Diversity Rules, a LGBT online publication out of Oneonta, NY.
  • Rachael was the judge for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade poets in the CNY National League of American Pen Women 57th Annual Poetry Contest. Watch video.
  • On April 23, 2012, Rachael was interviewed by Penwoman Jaidis Shaw for her blog, Juniper Grove, about the Rachael's chapbook, Renovations, which is a collection about surviving and healing from abuse.


2014 Acceptances

2013 Acceptances

2012 Acceptances

  • Rachael has been commissioned to do one quick sketch and one detailed portrait to hang in the Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Dewitt, NY entryway. Rachael will be at the Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Dewitt, NY from 10AM to 3PM on October 20th doing pet portraits.
  • Rachael's photograph of Donna Ward will appear in the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired calendar.
  • Rachael had a poem published in the fourteenth annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) issue of the Poetry Super Highway.
  • Rachael's Fritzi the Frog with 'Tude' made the cover of the Jabberwocky issue of the The Centrifugal Eye and her poem (Black Bear in Cave: Midnight Under a New Moon) is featured inside.
  • The journal Rootdrinker just published Rachael's poem "The Flock".
  • Rachael's poem Sighting Snow Geese: Flight North is featured on writersgettogether.blogspot.com

2011 Journal Acceptances

2009/10 Journal Acceptances

  • Mused: Bella Online Literary Journal for women “Sunny” Spring 09 issue
  • Ruthie’s Club online: short story/fiction/erotica “The Horse Rescuer” June 09 issue
  • 5 poems accepted by Awakenings journal, Wheaton Ill for 2009-10 winter issue “On the Lip” “The Therapist” “My Shadow” “My Sister” “Mixed Media Nude Woman”
  • For the winter 2009-10 issue
  • Absolute,  Oklahoma Community College’s Literary Journal “On a Poet Finding Her Voice” spring 09 issue
  • Absolute spring 2010 issue “Colors”
  • Green Silk journal 4/10—“Since the End of It”
  • National League of American Penwomen HM 2010 for “On Finding Words in the Woods”
  • beNeVoLeNt biRd Press: broadside “The Dairy Farm” with illustration pen and ink “Line of Cows” July 13, 2009 Delmar NY
  • Rootdrinker Institute Newsletter spring 09 “Late Autumn”
  • Normanskill Anthology by Benevolent Bird Press Spring 2010, “Saying Goodbye” and Pen & ink illustration “The Crow”
  • Cider House Press Review fall 2009 issue “Autumn Evening with Cool Drizzle” an etheree
  • 5 poems in “A Light In April: the Cazenovia Writers’ Group Anthology 2010
  • 3 poems in indigodreams press (Britain) spring 2010 Sarasvati issue and 3 to come in their autumn issue
  • 5 poems/3 haiku in indigodreams’ summer anthology “Crab Lines Off the Pier”
  • HazardCat: “Kitten” and “David’s Cats”, autumn issue
  • Spillingink journal; autumn issue “Blue Tracker, White Magic”
  • Poetry reading and art exhibit invitational event October 2009, New Woodstock Public Library
  • Writers’ Panel and poetry reading October 2009 DeWitt Community Library, Syracuse NY

Her artwork both photography and pen and ink work has appeared in shows across central NY to the capitol region in libraries, schools, and galleries. She has sold  pen and inks as Artist Collectible Editions and Original trading cards on her eBay site: ask_the_girl_collectibles. She was artist- in- residence at Sushi Blues and BBQs in Hamilton, NY for two years. Examples of her artwork hang there currently as part of their permanent collection.

Her sold portrait work for two benefits the restaurant held for the Chenango County SPCA in 08 and 09. Both my photography and artwork have appeared as cover art and illustrations for my chapbooks. One photo was on the cover of a glossy breed fancier magazine. “A Piglet for David”  photo-illustrated short fiction for children in same magazine.

April 2010 6 week exhibit of photography and pen and ink at Starbucks Oswego Rd Liverpool NY,

March-April 2010 invitational three agriculturally themed photographs chosen to hang for 8 weeks for an inter collegiate conference on agriculture held by SUNY Morrisville and Colgate University.

In the UK...

Award winning American poet/artist Rachael Ikins is no stranger to poetry in other languages or countries. In the dim distant 1990s, she won first prize for a haiku competition that was sponsored by Great Britain. As well, in 1995 two of her poems appeared in the UK journal "Inkshed". Currently Rachael’s poetry appears in Britain’s “Sarasvati” by indigodreamsonline.com. She has written poetry not only in English but in Spanish, German, and French. Several of the Spanish poems appeared in collegiate journals when she was a student.

Rachael also has published short fiction for children. “A Piglet for David” was illustrated with her photography and published in a breed fancier journal.

She belongs to a UK based online chat, creative-writing group littleepisodes.org where she has posted some blog entries and poetry.

She Took a Chance...

Post-Standard Daily Newspaper -- November 20th, 2008

Read about Rachael in the Post-Standard Daily Newspaper.