A little more about me and my background.
Executive Director & Magazine Executive Editor
Currently as Executive Director of Advancement Communications, I address a range of the university’s communications needs, both internally and externally.
My work encompasses a wide range of print and online materials including e-newsletters, reports, various, promotional brochures & programs, stakeholder messaging, and more. If you would like to see examples of that work, contact me if you are interested.
I also serve as Executive Editor of the university’s Flame magazine. I led the award-winning editorial team that received a 2018 Silver Medal (General Interest category, overall) from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII.
Director of Content Production & Magazine Executive Editor
Brochures, gift proposals, various reports & stewardship materials, press releases, news stories & media advisories—I handled everything as well as the school’s flagship publication, CMC Magazine.
What does it mean to be the executive editor of a college magazine? At a small liberal arts college with a tiny staff, it means that you are involved in every project, large and small. I worked on every aspect of the magazine’s creation, from design and editing to writing and photos.
Representative samples of my writing include a profile of 1988 alumnus Steve Bullock, governor of Montana, and a suite of articles—“More Than Important, It’s Imperative”-- to introduce one of the college’s main advancement initiatives, The Student Imperative.
Editor, Book Critic, Reviewer
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Kirkus Reviews
For many years I served as an assistant and then deputy book review editor of the Los Angeles Times. My work encompassed editing/assigning all forms of book-related material (reviews, features, publishing news, obituaries, prize announcements, etc) as well as writing and contributing to the paper’s coverage, including the online column “The Siren’s Call.” I was involved with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books from Year One to Year 12.
You can’t provide publishing feedback if you’re not involved in the industry. Since leaving the Times, I have kept active as a critic and reviewer on my own blog as well as serving as a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books and Kirkus Reviews.
Visit here to learn more about me and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Visit here to learn more about Kirkus Reviews (you won’t exactly find me since I’m supposed to be anonymous!).
My manuscript and book-related clients include a variety of academic/professional authors and genres (novels, memoirs, nonfiction), including most recently Professor of Arabic Bassam Frangieh, whose A History of the Islamic World has been published by Cognella Press; bestselling author of “cozy” mysteries Richard T. Jordan (Final Curtain, Remains to be Seen); and acclaimed author and grief expert David Kessler, whom I supported with research/contributions for his Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die.
In addition to the many articles and blog posts published with the Los Angeles Times and other publications, I also published a long time ago (but it feels like yesterday!) a long-form piece about dissident artists in the post-Soviet world in AGNI, the literary magazine published at Boston University.
I am also the proud author of a novel-in-progress, A Walker in the Evening.