Aleyna Rentz is a writer and photographer from rural Southwest Georgia, where she grew up with her six brothers and sisters. She now lives in Baltimore, where she finished her MFA in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Her short story collection, The Land of Uz, was a finalist for the 2021 St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press. She has also won a 2023 Pushcart Prize, 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.
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 and DMV area.