Tej Rae is a freelance writer currently based in Addis Ababa, working on her third novel when she isn’t writing and traveling for the World Food Program. Her publishing credits include The Washington Post, BBC Focus on Africa magazine, The National newspaper in UAE, YogaLife Middle East, Necessary Fiction, Solstice Review, Wanderlust, The Wheelhouse Review, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Eunoia Review, Romeing, Spittoon, and Fiction365, among others.
Writing courses at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Bard College Summer Institute, NY, and at George Mason University, VA, have contributed to her growth as a writer, in addition to online classes with Grub Street in Boston and The Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing.
Since 1999, she has lived with her husband and two children in Zambia, Senegal, Dubai, Rome, and Ethiopia. In all of these places, she has formed and led writing groups. In Senegal, she helped establish Africa’s first children’s museum, ImagiNation Afrika, which is still thriving. Other past jobs include teaching high school English for 15 years, coordinating events for the Dubai Literature Festival, running an overnight camp for inner-city youth, and most recently, working with migrants at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome.