I'm a writer, editor, and visual artist, currently based in St. Paul, MN. In 2016, I founded Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people; in 2017, I co-founded ZRIE, a private new media collective. I write content for SMA News Today, including the column "The Wolf Finally Frees Itself." A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, I was named one of 30 up-and-coming writers under 30 by Phosphene Literary Journal, and was a recipient of a 2016 Amtrak residency. My work can be found in DIALOGIST, Guernica, and Word Riot, among others.
Thanksgiving; The problem with Tinder
The Wolf Finally Frees Itself
A Portrait in Blues
Poem for Rebecca Bunch
The Audre Lorde Questionnaire to Oneself
Ode to Wheelchair:
A LEPER BEGS THE SON OF GOD; Ready, Aim–
Rising Phoenix Review
The Blueshift Journal
Annie Scrubs Motel Floors
Ache In Three Rivers; Aftermath, 2015; Why I'm Not Where You Are
The After Happy Hour Review
Annie Officiates; Annie Preaches
What We Found
The James Franco Review
On Judas, By the Town; Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Hallelujah In Transition
Teaching Jenny How to Grind: An Anthology of Writing from the 2014 Summer Workshop
Statement of Purpose; And Amen, Amen, Amen; This Week's Horoscope
Essays, Reviews, and Short Stories
Red: A Study
Crab Fat Magazine
Shakespeare and Punk
Review of A Quiet Roar
The Deaf Poets Society
A Bestiary, Lily Hoang
Review of Landscape with Headless Mama by Jennifer Givhan
The Blueshift Journal
Review of The Crown Ain't Worth Much by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
The Blueshift Journal
My Mother Scrubs Cerise
Why I'm Not Where You Are
Interviews and Press
Columnist Brianna Albers Launches 'Monstering,' Literary Zine for Those Often Seen as Curiosities
SMA News Today
Monstering: A zine written by and for disabled women and non-binary people
Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
Five Reasons to Read: Why I'm Not Where You Are, by Brianna Albers
Monstering Magazine Turns Our Pain as Disabled Women and Nonbinary People Into Power
"The wolf finally frees itself": Talking With Brianna Albers
Reflections on Emerging Poets for Fall
Stay Thirsty Media
Interview with Brianna Albers
Meet the Writers Selected for the 2016 Amtrak Residency Program
In the Margins: An Interview with Brianna Albers
I currently freelance as an editor and sensitivity reader.
I have over a decade of writing experience, from fanfiction to academia and journalism. I scored highly on Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Literature exams, and was presented with a Yale Book Award as a junior in high school. In my late teenage years, I discovered poetry, and published my debut chapbook, Why I'm Not Where You Are, in 2016. I have since entered the field of creative nonfiction.
I also have four years of editorial experience. I was on staff at Winter Tangerine for several years, working as Programs Director and, later, Spotlight Director, before founding Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people.
In an editorial critique, I will comment on voice and writing style; plot, flow, and pacing; and characters, relationships, and dialogue. For an additional, negotiable fee, I will include line edits up to 50,000 words.
In a sensitivity critique, I will comment on the portrayal of marginalized characters and/or groups; use of harmful stereotypes; and use of negatively-fueled language. A completed critique does not guarantee that your manuscript will be free of problematic content. Furthermore, a completed critique does not function as an endorsement of your work on my behalf.
I accept all genres but erotica and horror, including poetry and nonfiction. I will only review digital manuscripts, and reserve the right to decline your manuscript without explanation. Completion time for manuscripts up to 100,000 words will take up to six (6) weeks. Completion time for manuscripts over 100,000 words will vary according to my schedule.
Areas of Interest
Science fictionFantasyFairy talesDivinity - saints/prophets, angelsMonsters CyborgsCosmic horror
Areas of Specialty
Disability - neuromuscular disorders, chronic illness/painMental illness - anxiety (social, generalized), depression, hallucinationsAsexuality spectrum - demisexualityTraumaEmotional abuse
Payment is nonrefundable, with refunds available in the event I am unable to complete your critique. Disabled writers and writers of color are eligible for a 50% discount.
20,000 words or under: 50 USD20,0001-60,000 words: 100 USD60,0001-100,000 words: 200 USD101,000 words or over: 250 USD
20,000 words or under: 25 USD20,0001-60,000 words: 75 USD60,0001-100,000 words: 125 USD101,000 words or over: 200 USD
Interested? Fill out the form below, or email me at briannahopealbers [at] email [dot] com.