I’m a longtime book editor, book doctor, and publishing consultant on the New York publishing scene, specializing in narratives of all kind, from literary and “popular” fiction and memoirs to stories of adventure and life-learning, as well as the work of journalists, specialists, scholars, and other professionals seeking to reach a broader and more diverse readership. I focus on developing not just books but authors. I work with writers to develop their careers over the long term, in various formats and media, as they negotiate a rapidly evolving publishing world—a world that demands authors become not just terrific and resonant writers but also literary entrepreneurs.
As an independent editor and consultant, I work directly with authors, literary agents, and publishers. Writers whose books I’ve edited and developed have been published by Basic, Crown, HarperCollins, HCI, Miramax, Morrow, Pocket, St. Martin’s, Weinstein Books, and Wiley, among other houses. Several of my authors-have become national, longstanding bestsellers. As a senior editor at Crown Publishers, I acquired such bestselling authors as humorist Dave Barry, journalists Jim Dwyer and Michael D'Antonio, memoirist Patrice Gaines, and novelists Colin Harrison and Paul Monette.
I’ve led seminars in publishing at the New School, the University of Pennsylvania, Poets House, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, and Otis College, among other venues. I’ve taught courses in publishing at Rutgers University and New York University. For the last three years I have been a guest faculty member in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the City College of New York.
I’m a writer as well as an editor. My book Theory of Devolution was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and published by the University of Illinois Press. My poems, stories, and essays have been published in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Bloom, Chicago Review, Christopher Street, Confrontation, The Georgia Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Men on Men 2, Men on Men 2000, The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, New York, North American Review, Northwest Review, Out, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Poets for Life, Poz, Prairie Schooner, QW, Self, 7 Days, and Wigwag. I won the 2005 Editors’ Prize in poetry from Meridian magazine. My most recent book is an anthology, edited with Philip Clark, called Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS.
I’m a graduate of Princeton, where I majored in English and Creative Writing, and I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop; I also received an M.A. in English/Expository Writing from Iowa and was for two years an assistant editor of The Iowa Review. A founder of the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, I am also a member of the Consulting Editors Alliance, www.consulting-editors.com