Proofing. Polishing. Publishing.
My first foray into editing was in college, when I was hired as the Communications Editor of the Agnes Scott College Orientation Council. My big, daunting project was creating the Orientation Guide that was electronically distributed to all incoming students. It was a lesson in time-management, thinking on my feet, and misguided attempts at teaching myself PhotoShop basics.
In 2012, I was approached by my Agnes Scott College professor, Dr. Carrie Brown, to APA Style edit Chapter 8 of this e-book, published by Division 2 of the American Psychological Association. It was challenging to cut away 3000 words of an originally 8000-word chapter, but I was proud to be entrusted with the work.
When I started graduate school at Georgia State University, I joined the staff of Five Points: A Journal of Literature & Art as an assistant editor, aka a slush pile reader. I read hundreds of poetry submissions over the course of two years. While none of the poems I passed on to the lead editors were ever accepted (it's essentially a curated journal), I learned a great deal about how to Chicago Style edit during the proofing process, and I learned even more about what makes a poem great...or not so great.
During my final year of graduate school, I had the true pleasure of serving as the poetry editor of New South, a journal that is exclusively run by graduate students in the Georgia State creative writing program. At New South, I worked closely with my assistant editor to publish exceptional poetry by emerging writers, and in issue 9.1, I was so proud to showcase the work of no less than 19 poets, including Rochelle Hurt, Anna Rose Welch, and Cody Ernst.
During this time, I also worked as an editorial associate for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, aka SAMLA. After a semester of scrubbing spreadsheets and the entire conference program, my colleague, Jen Castle, and I were entrusted to edit the annual newsletter, SAMLA News. This meant procuring, producing, and editing all content that went our to our members and leaders in the first-ever digital edition of the publication.
I'm excited to share other projects with you as they come up. I'm currently working with Lesli Peterson to edit some of her 365AtlantaFamily content and my college Spanish professor, Rafa, on his in-progress manuscript about U.S. imperialism in Puerto Rico in the early 20th century.