Work Together

An award-winning editor with over a decade of experience, I work with writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other forms to hone their work for submission to a publisher or to ready it for self-publishing.

My approach in all genres is to help writers understand themselves and their lived experiences clearly in relation to the wider world and to push work to be at once courageous, accountable, relationally sophisticated, and alive for both the speaker and readers. I believe that creating honestly and with careful intention can change the world and that everyone is capable of this. 

I support writers fully in maintaining or establishing a clear separation between artistic practice (in which vulnerability is paramount) and professional strategy (in which getting funded, published, or otherwise externally recognized matters) and never allow the latter to be confused with the former in my editorial suggestions. I believe that the question of audience, when considered bravely, deliberately, and from a place of choice­—we choose who we are writing for and what we say to them—can be a powerful guide.

A winner of the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing, I have edited for major presses such as HarperCollins and Penguin Random House as well as acclaimed indie presses such as Bookhug, Caitlin Press, and Brick Books. Manuscripts I have worked on have gone on to win or be shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Trillium Book Award, and LAMBDA awards.

If you are interested in working together on a writing project, please contact me. These days, I am primarily working as a substantive editor (suggesting in-depth artistic and/or structural changes) and as a writing coach (general feedback on short writing samples + phone check-ins for the duration of a project).

Select substantive edits    

Horrible Dance by Avery Lake (Brick Books, 2022, poetry, 60 pages)

Moldovan Hotel by Leah Horlick (Brick Books, 2021, poetry, 67 pages, shortlisted for Pat Lowther Memorial Award and Raymond Souster Award)

An early draft of Sotto Voce by Maureen Hynes (Brick Books, 2019, poetry, 102 pages, shortlisted for Pat Lowther Memorial Award and Golden Crown Literary Society Award)

Unidentified Poetic Object by Brian Henderson (Brick Books, 2019, poetry, 80 pages, longlisted for Raymond Souster Award)                  

This Will Be Good by Mallory Tater (Bookhug, 2018, poetry, 80 pages)

Better Nature by Fenn Stewart (Bookhug, 2017, poetry and essays, 88 pages)

Other Houses by Kate Cayley (Brick Books, 2017, poetry, 58 pages)

Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Poetry by McGlynn, Herliany and Cole         (University of Hawai’i Press, 2017, poetry and essays, 598 pages)

Heaven’s Thieves by Sue Sinclair (Brick Books, 2016, poetry, 86 pages, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award)

Jane and the Whales by Andrea Routley (Caitlin Press, 2013, fiction, 160 pages, shortlisted for LAMBDA award)

Select copyedits and proofreads              

Azure magazine, copyedited all issues Aug. 2016–Jan. 2019

Short Fiction: An Anthology, 2nd ed., by Mark Levene and Rosemary Sullivan  (Oxford University Press, 2015, 784 pages)

The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King (HarperCollins, 2014, fiction, 528 pages, won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Sunburst Award, the Copper Cylinder Award, and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award)