I’m an independent editor, writer, and teacher with over two decades’ experience working with professional and aspiring journalists and authors—at major national news organizations, in print and online, and in the classroom. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve also lived in New York City and Washington, DC, and now make my home in Chicago.
Before going freelance, I was an editor at The New York Times Book Review, where I previewed hundreds of fiction and nonfiction galleys each year and assigned and edited reviews, columns, and essays. Before that, I was a copy editor on the Book Review and on the National desk of the Times, and before that, I was an editor at the Washington Post and at CNET News.com, in San Francisco. (If you’re thinking about hiring me and would like to see a fuller résumé, please ask. Or, find me on LinkedIn.)
In 2012–13, I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where I studied literary and cultural criticism and narrative writing. These days, in addition to editing, I’m an adjunct faculty member in the Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago’s Graham School, where I teach courses on writing and revision; and I’m a mentor for the Center for Fiction’s NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship. I’ve spoken at conferences and other public events about editing, writing, and careers in journalism and publishing. And I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Chicago Women in Publishing.
Before I became an editor, I was a ballet dancer, and my past vocation absolutely informs my present one. I believe in technical mastery and artistry—in knowing the rules and when to bend them. I prize detail, daring, precision, rhythm, surprise, clarity, and beauty. I learned these principles from dancing, and rely on them every time I turn a page.