I bring an eye for detail and a passion for clear writing to my editing work. I believe that good grammar and punctuation are a courtesy to the reader and need not be stiff or formal.
I have six years of professional experience as a technical writer and editor in the software development industry, and have also written local news articles and restaurant reviews for Salem Monthly. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master Writer certificate in fiction from the Attic Atheneum in Portland. My fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Caesura (Naropa), Phantom Drift, Lost & Found, and the Urban Green Man anthology, among others.
I have been teaching writing and editing for over 10 years, both in an academic context, as a professor of English, and in a literary context, as a Senior Editor for the Gold Man Review. My lifelong love affair with literature led me to get a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, and to teach English at UCLA, Eastern Michigan University, Willamette University, and Oregon State University.
After years in the classroom, however, I realized that what I really wanted to do was work as an editor to help self-motivated writers learn their craft and produce their very best work. I bring my experience as a professor into my editorial practice, as I hold manuscripts up to the highest literary standards and look for ways to highlight a writer’s true voice and best ideas. My background as a scholar of literature has also given me a sensitivity to the layered effects of a text on both thematic and aesthetic levels, as well as the ability to help others produce work that is polished and professional.
I approach editing not just as a service that I provide, but as an opportunity to create a dialogue with the author, a collaboration through which we explore the many ways that life can become art.