Aleyna Rentz is a photographer and fiction writer from rural Southwest Georgia, where she grew up with her six brothers and sisters. She now lives in Baltimore, where she recently finished her MFA in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology, and one of her stories will appear in the Best Microfiction 2020 anthology. She also won first place in Pleiades‘ 2019 R.M. Kinder Realistic Fiction contest, and third place in Glimmer Train‘s Jan/Feb 2018 Short Story Award for New Writers. She currently serves as senior fiction reader for Salamander Magazine and is a reader for the Wigleaf Top 50.
Aleyna has previously served as a photographer for the Georgia Southern University Honors Program and the Bainbridge Little Theatre. Her travel photography has been featured on various websites. She is looking to expand her portfolio and is available for booking in the Baltimore area.