Portfolio

This is a portfolio of my work as a writing consultant, editor, and project manager. For my scholarly work, please see the scholarship page.

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Project: Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann, ed. The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities. London: Routledge, 2017. (490 pages)

Details: This book offers a scholarly introduction to the environmental humanities—that is, the interdisciplinary study of how human cultures and histories shape the environment and inform our responses to environmental problems. It consists of 45 short chapters by leading environmental historians, environmental philosophers, geographers, anthropologists, and ecocritics.

My role: I both co-edited the volume and managed the editing process. (As a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA, I also coordinated the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on the Environmental Humanities, where many of the volume’s contributors workshopped drafts of their chapters.) My work included:

  • writing big-picture comments for the author of each chapter draft, often with questions about the argument or suggestions for structural revisions, and revising these comments in consultation with my co-editors;
  • corresponding with contributors about suggested revisions, edits, and deadlines;
  • editing each revised chapter before passing it to my co-editors for their edits;
  • proofreading the book, circulating the proof to contributors, and compiling their corrections in one annotated proof for Routledge;
  • communicating with our editors at Routledge;
  • setting up and maintaining a system to keep track of documents and versions during the editing process;
  • formatting and finalizing all the chapters in accordance with Routledge’s specifications;
  • keeping track of images and permissions;
  • compiling a conceptual index for the volume.

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prisma_conservation_comm_rights_coverProject: Conservation and Community Rights: Lessons from Mesoamerica. A report by the PRISMA Foundation released to coincide with COP13, the thirteenth conference of the parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Cancun, Mexico, in December 2016.

Client: PRISMA Foundation, an environment and development research center based in El Salvador; I worked with the report’s lead authors, PRISMA executive director Susan Kandel and senior researcher Andrew Davis.

DetailsThis collaborative research report shows how land and resource rights for indigenous peoples and traditional communities are key to conserving biodiversity, presenting evidence from case studies across Mesoamerica. The report garnered extensive media coverage around the world, including in The Guardian and in Mongabay.

My role: 

  • Consulted with lead authors Andrew Davis and Susan Kandel of PRISMA as they drafted, compiled, and revised this collaborative report.
  • Focused our conversations on how to persuade the target audience, how to sharpen and clarify the key upshots of the research, and how best to structure the report.
  • Participated in a meeting about the report’s message and voice with PRISMA’s press agency.
  • Edited the report for clarity, accessibility, tone, and paragraph-level organization.

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chapter_10_figure_1Project: Hecht, S.B., Pezzoli, K. & Saatchi, S. (2016). Chapter 10. Trees Have Already Been Invented: Carbon in Woodlands. Collabra. 2(1), p.24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.69

Client: Susanna Hecht, Professor of Urban Planning at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA.

Details: This chapter is part of University of California Press’s special digital collection, Bending the Curve: Ten solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability, which went live on December 12, 2016. A print book version from UC Press is planned.

My role: I edited the chapter extensively, including

  • developmental editing for structure and organization and
  • sentence-level editing for clarity and accessibility.

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futures_coverProject: Ursula K. Heise, ed. Futures of Comparative Literature: ACLA State of the Discipline Report. London: Routledge, forthcoming in April 2017. (approximately 135,000 words)

Client: Ursula K. Heise, Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at UCLA.

DetailsThis anthology consists of essays by and conversations among 64 leading scholars of comparative literature, who reflect on key debates within the discipline and on its theories, methods, and aims. The book collects selected entries first published online in the American Comparative Literature Association’s digital 2014-2015 State of the Discipline Report, and is part of a series of such reports that the ACLA has published once a decade since 1965.

My role: 

  • Gave the lead editor comments on her own contributions at her request.
  • Edited all the contributions for sentence-level clarity and consistent formatting.
  • Managed communications with the contributors and with Routledge.
  • Compiled the manuscript, images, and permissions for the press and turned in the final manuscript electronically.
  • Answered the copy-editor’s queries and the publisher’s queries about the proofs.
  • Proofread the volume, solicited contributors’ corrections to the proofs, and annotated a PDF of the proofs with all the changes.
  • Compiled a conceptual index for the volume.

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Inco Superstack, Sudbury, Ontario. By P199 via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY 2.5

Project: Lynn Keller. Recomposing Ecopoetics: North American Poetry of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene. [working title] Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, forthcoming. (100,000 words)

Client: Lynn Keller, Martha Meier Renk-Bascom Professor of Poetry at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Details: This single-authored scholarly book focuses on environmental poetry published since the year 2000 in the United States and Canada. Lynn Keller shows what poetry has to tell us about pressing issues—from plastics and toxicity to comprehending the scale of our environmental problems—through compelling analysis of poems that range from lyrical to linguistically experimental.

My role: I consulted with the writer as she drafted and revised this book manuscript and sent her book proposal out to presses, and then served as a project manager as she prepared the final manuscript for publication by University of Virginia Press. My work included:

  • discussing each chapter with the writer after she drafted it, focusing largely on argument and structure;
  • lightly editing the revised book manuscript on the sentence level to help reduce its length;
  • formatting the manuscript according to University of Virginia Press’s specifications;
  • converting the citations from MLA style to Chicago style;
  • seeking and obtaining permissions to reprint images;
  • filling out and updating the art log and permissions log required by University of Virginia Press;
  • submitting the final manuscript, image files, and permissions to University of Virginia Press electronically.
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