Writer / Editor
Co-winner of the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Elijah’s Violin (libretto for children’s opera, with composer Meira Warshauer): first performances in 2018 and 2019 in Wilmington, NC, and San Francisco.
Penelope’s Side of the Story (poem): finalist, Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition (2018)
Dark Matter (poem): Bacopa Literary Review (2018)
Summer Gospel (Float) (poem): Poetry on the Comet: a project of the poet laureate of the City of Columbia (2016)
Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition: short list for poetry and short story (2016)
A while ago:
Sic Transit (poem): Poetry on the Comet: a project of the poet laureate of the City of Columbia (2015)
June 1982 (poem): The Frank Martin Review
A Love Letter: Ray McManus (essay): The Limelight, Volume II
Pentimento (poem): The Collective I chapbook
Doxology (poem): part of the 2015 Columbia Broadside Project, with artist Christian Thee
A Still Life (short story): The Thomas Wolfe Review
Scourge (poem): Art from the Ashes monograph
Thank You for Your Contribution … And Your Check, with Flavian Mark Lupinetti: In Cahoots Contest (2014) honorable mention, cahoodaloodaling.com
Motherhood (poem): Dirt & Seeds
What Tassio Fulgrass Thinks of Life (flash): Fall Lines 2014
In Taiwan (poem): Best of Black Heart 2013 anthology
Botany (poem): Bayou Magazine 61
From Some Room (poem): RiverLit, March 2014
Still Life with Frogs (short story): Southern California Review
Memoriam, That Evening, and Catalogue (poems): Literary Matters 6.4
Lupine Moon (poem): the Columbia Broadside Project and chapbook, with artist Sammy Lopez
White Noise (poem): Four Chambers, December 2013
Another Day for the Monkeys (short story): 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, first place in fiction
The Innate Force of Matter (flash): RiverLit, September 2013
Epsilon (poem): 2013 Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition short list and 2013 Porter Fleming honorable mention
You Are Ordered To Appear (flash): RiverLit, August 2013
And I’ll Blow Your House Down (short story): American Athenaeum, summer 2013
Catalogue (poem): The Moth, summer 2013
Simon of the Desert (short story): basis for the short film Grace, spring 2013
Pool: Best Fiction, 2012
Member: The Authors Guild, ASCAP, South Carolina Arts Commission Roster of Approved Artists, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
I am a professional writer and editor available for short- or long-term projects. My portfolio includes nearly two thousand articles in national publications and online. In addition, I have more than twenty years of experience as an editor, including senior positions at McGraw-Hill, Thomas Publishing, and Rodale.
If you have a novel, story, thesis, annual report, press release, or other writing project you need polished, I can:
- Correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage
- Check internal logic and thought flow for clarity
- Find redundancies and inconsistencies
- Ensure compliance with the specified stylebook
If you are preparing for an interview or a book tour, I can:
- Give you techniques for developing confidence
- Help you build your presentation skills
- Show you how to get the most benefit from media exposure
For more information or a quote on a project, please get in touch:
Great job. Thanks again for all your help. You made it a very easy process for us.
Oh what you did with my work is absolutely marvelous! It is exactly what I wanted to say.
A fan referred me to your writing. You are accomplished and gifted. Your writing is impressive. I am glad I found it.
Here with Chris. Would love to read your latest JASPER piece.
Susan, it was great to meet you at VCFA during the post-grad conference. I am inspired by all you have done, all you do, your writing, creativity, your artsy way of doing everything. Thanks for all the editing tips, and the sheer honesty when it comes to breaking into the world of editing. I hope to catch up with you at VCFA later this month.