About Isaac

ISAAC RANKIN is a writer living in Charlotte, NC. His poems, creative nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in The Indianapolis Review, Potomac Review, William & Mary Review, and other publications. His first collection of poetry, Wonderings, will be published as a chapbook by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2022.

Poetry is Isaac’s first writing love, though he sometimes dabbles in fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. While he always thought of himself as a writer, it wasn’t until discovering the poetry of Jim Harrison in 2017 that Isaac felt inspired to start writing with discipline and purpose. He loves the editing process and believes there is no better feeling than when a poet pens a first draft and knows it’s worth perfecting. His other influences include Carrie Fountain, Matthew Dickman, Ross Thomas, and the great Wendell Berry. 

After graduating from Gaston Day School in 2007, Isaac went on to earn a B.S. in Psychology and minor in History from Wofford College in 2011. He earned his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.

Isaac and his wife, Rebecca, have two boys, James Isaac and Charlie, and a dog, Willow.  The Rankins love traveling, spending time with family, and getting outside. When Isaac isn’t writing or reading, he enjoys following sports obsessively, listening to podcasts, making pancakes, and searching for the perfect slice of pizza.