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Thomas received a PhD in English from the University of Iowa, where he is Special Assistant to the President for Communications and Research and teaches interdisciplinary courses. He has taught writing, literature, and interdisciplinary subjects at Cardinal Stritch College (Milwaukee), Michigan State University, and Moorhead State University (Minnesota). Tom has published essays in regional and national publications. Books include The Grace of Grass and Water: Writing in Honor of Paul Gruchow (edited collection, Ice Cube Press, 2007) and Under a Midland Sky (essays, Ice Cube Press, 2008). He has edited and proofread for Ice Cube Press and the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and he has served as manuscript reader for numerous academic journals and publishers. Tom is married and has two high-school-aged children who are active in band and other musical activities. The family also includes three rescued and retired racing greyhounds.
Maggie has an MA in English literature from the University of Northern Iowa and a BA in English teaching (grades 7–12). She has taught and tutored many junior high and high school students about the writing process. Teaching allowed her the opportunity to score thousands of standardized essay tests geared for those ranging in age from fourth grade to high school. Maggie's most recent work was as a full-time proofreader of standardized test booklets, teaching manuals, pamphlets, and online documents. However, she considers her most exciting new project to be the care of her one-year-old daughter, Louise.
Julia has a PhD in English literature from Tulane University and started writing her first novel (lamentably unfinished) at the age of ten. After a twenty-year stint in academia, she became a full-time freelance editor several years ago in anticipation of the demand for professional editing services expanding greatly with the new publishing opportunities offered by her favorite thing in the world, the Internet. She has experience editing novels, dissertations, research papers, government documents, legal briefs, scientific articles, blogs, reviews, sermons, application essays, and pretty much everything in between. When not editing, reading, or writing, she can be found knitting or attending the current cultural festival in New Orleans.
Arnold is a retired award-winning newspaper editor and journalism professor who has been freelancing since retirement. His experience runs the gamut from academic presses to fiction, from dissertations to educational and professional discourses. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and prides himself on being a nitpicking editor who always strives to hone the writer’s words rather than rewrite them. He grew up in New York and lived in the Northeast until retiring to Louisville, Kentucky.
Janet holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and is currently a PhD student in Hispanic literature at Cornell. She recently translated an anthology of stories by young Latin American writers, and her translations of fiction and nonfiction from Spanish have appeared in magazines including Zoetrope: All-Story, n+1, and Granta. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as director of communications for a nonprofit in Chicago and taught journalism and adult literacy in Nicaragua. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling.
Andrea is an editor and a translator from Spanish and Portuguese. She holds an MFA in literary translation and an MA in Spanish from the University of Iowa. As editor and translator, she specializes in literature, literary and film criticism, history, and art history. When not mucking about with language, she loves cooking and traveling.
Karen has a BA in art history from the University of Massachusetts, where she also received the Distinguished Scholarship in Art prize. Upon graduation, she worked for over ten years at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she managed archival information for approximately 50,000 black and white photographs. She has a published book of poems and is currently working on a book on the life of the artist Joseph Cornell. Karen also enjoys painting, reading, and walks with her bull terrier.
Susan first recognized her interest in words and grammar in the third grade. Since then, she has traveled widely, attended Boston University and the University of Iowa, married, and worked in medical transcription, event planning, construction, art consulting, and freelance editing. Working for over ten years with a local historical preservation firm, she edited hundreds of archival documents distributed to individual, city, county, and state clients. She appreciates the variety and creativity of editing and usually learns something from each text. Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, Chris, and also enjoys studying jazz piano, painting portraits, doing yoga, and dancing.
Erin was born and raised in east-central Illinois. As an adult, she has lived in Northern and Southern California and southern New Mexico. After twenty years, she returned to Illinois and has lived there since 1994. Erin worked as an in-house assistant editor for a midsized publishing company in Champaign, Illinois, where she learned about the publishing industry and acquired her proofreading and copyediting skills. Since 1994, Erin has been self-employed full-time as an editorial freelancer working for several publishers and professional organizations, including McGraw-Hill Professional and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her Specialized Certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego, in 2012.
Mike has spent ten years as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor, a career highlighted by the receipt of first place in the United States in the William Allen White opinion writing competition. He has also worked for more than twenty years as a freelance writer and a high school and college writing and literature instructor. He has published more than 10,000 newspaper and magazine articles and six books, including the first novel ever published about the University of Iowa’s Nile Kinnick (2006). Mike holds an MA and a BA from the University of Iowa and is married to the former Mary Guernsey of Waterloo, who is also an Iowa grad. Their son, Matt, works as a sound editor for an Academy Award-winning studio in Hollywood. Mike and Mary have taught in American international schools in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia, traveling nearly one million miles, visiting more than thirty countries, and working with students from more than seventy nations. And they have worked with Habitat for Humanity in India, Hungary, and the Philippines.
Kyle holds a BA in English from Michigan State University, an MA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Iowa. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Iowa, he teaches courses in cinema studies on topics ranging from film analysis to documentary film. Beyond teaching, he has gained experience writing and editing festival publications for the East Lansing and Arizona International Film Festivals and has worked in design, layout, and editing for public arts festivals and academic conferences. He is the recipient of a Mellon/ACLS dissertation completion award, has conducted research at the British Film Institute, the Library of Congress, and the MIT Institute Archives, and maintains a research agenda on the history and technology of cinema.
Jon holds a BA in English from Knox College and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Film Studies at the University of Iowa, where, for five years, he taught undergraduate courses on such topics as film sound, critical theory, US, German, French, and Russian film history, and the cinema of Werner Herzog. A sometime doodler, photographer, composer, and sound designer, he has also written program notes for the Chicago Romanian Film Festival and worked as an editorial assistant for The Journal of Chemical Physics.
Lorrie holds a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Hollins University. She has worked in the publishing industry since 2006, first in advertising, then in editorial, where she worked on fiction and nonfiction books with many authors, including actor William Shatner, former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, Virginia Governer Terry McAuliffe, Pat Buchanan, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated columnist Michael Daly, among many others. She has worked as a freelance proofreader since 2009. Aside from publishing, Lorrie has an array of professional experience, having held production, communications, and editorial positions in reality television, environmental engineering, oil and gas, direct marketing, and non-profit fundraising. She is the author of the upcoming novel The Other Side of Gemini, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.
Alexandra has an MA in teaching from the University of San Francisco, a BA in English from the University of San Diego, and a Multiple Subjects teaching credential with supplementary authorization in English Language Arts. Before becoming a freelance editor, Alexandra taught elementary school, with a special interest in early literacy. She has experience editing web copy, non-fiction texts, booklets, workbooks, classroom materials, business correspondence, press releases, scripts, marketing copy, and more. With an eye for detail, and an instinct for organizing ideas, she loves counseling writers to craft a polished written product. She is currently editing a non-fiction book on an education topic, and her most recent project was co-authoring a teacher instructional guide for an award-winning interactive classroom DVD series. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, painting, yoga, ballet and cooking.
Sara was born in Minnesota. She completed an MFA in Comparative Literature–Literary Translation at the University of Iowa in 2010 where she studied as an Iowa Arts Fellow. While at Iowa, she co-edited eXchanges Journal of Literary Translation and is one of the founding editors of Anomalous Press. She lives in Seville, Spain with her husband and young son.
Barbara has an honours bachelor of arts degree in French and German, and an honours bachelor of education degree. Barbara taught English, French (core and immersion), and German for thirty-one years; she enjoys reading a wide variety of subjects in all three languages. Barbara’s many interests also include running, swimming, cycling, triathlon, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, teaching Pilates classes, and gardening.
Cynthia is a freelance journalist and editor living in Miami. A Brooklyn native, she loves books, old school jazz, all of the Caribbean, more books, and yoga. Her works of fiction have been published in anthologies, magazines, and chapbooks. With a vision of teaching English and reading abroad, she is currently working toward her MFA in creative writing and English at Southern New Hampshire University.
Katrina grew up in rural Montana with books as her companions. She started writing stories at a very young age and clung to her love of literature and writing throughout high school. She has published poetry in the Montana AGATE magazine and essays in Rural Montana. Her research on the impact of livestock grazing on Hordeum jubatum was also published in a collection of science papers for the Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Now Katrina is furthering her passion for literature at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she is double majoring in classics and English with a focus on creative writing. She takes pleasure in peer editing and frequently proofreads essays and stories for her fellow students. Although Katrina enjoys serving customers as a barista and waitress while she works to offset the cost of university, she always looks forward to spending her off hours reading, writing, and proofreading. Her other interests include hiking, skiing, and, above all, traveling.
Lara holds a BA in literature and creative writing from Bard College and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. She has been an SAT tutor for Kaplan (a position for which one must be in the 99th percentile of test-takers to be eligible for) and has worked in publishing in New York (for a literary scouting agency which also scouted for Warner Bros.). She reads constantly, writes novels and poems, loves baseball, and enjoys the company of her high-maintenance pit bull, Napoleon Fancy Fidelis.
Nicholas has a BA in English and creative writing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as well as CELTA certification in ESL teaching. He’s currently teaching English words to cute babies in Incheon, South Korea. He enjoys writings stories, reading stories, accumulating travel stories, locking stories in his basement until they talk, and other story-related enterprises.
Sarah holds an MEd in elementary education and a BA with honors in both Russian and Slavic linguistics and English language and grammar from The Ohio State University. In addition to teaching in the U.S., Sarah has taught English at a Czech public school. Sarah is an active member of her community and has served as an elected and appointed library board member and preschool board member. When not busy proofreading, Sarah cares for her two young children and enjoys yoga, running, cooking and doing home repairs.
Karen lives in Farmersburg, IN, with her husband and three lively children. After obtaining a degree in accounting, she decided to return to school to pursue a degree in elementary education. When not editing, she keeps busy with gardening, refereeing the kids, and studying. Karen has worked as a proofreader and editor for four years and has edited books on a wide variety of topics, including military history, federal taxation, poetry, health, and historical fiction.
Julianne has experience in publishing, having worked at a newspaper and an academic press. She has been teaching English for the past 16 years and is a volleyball and basketball coach at the junior-high level. In her spare time, she has continued to do freelance editing and proofreading for a variety of customers over the years. She has worked with all types of documents, from academic journals to novels. Julianne is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English, a basketball fan (go Heels!), a dog lover, and an avid reader.
Ruth has a PhD in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University, where she concentrated on research methodologies and writing. Ruth also has a BS from UCLA in electrical engineering and an MS from USC in electrical engineering. She has written a number of published works, including book chapters, papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, clinical updates, and more informal works. She enjoys the rewards of editing, which she has done professionally for over a year. Her other interests include reading, travel, cooking, long walks by the ocean, photography, and great conversations. She currently resides in Hermosa Beach, California, with her husband (the real photographer), two bright and beautiful high-school-aged daughters, and one very demanding but adorable Siberian Husky.
James comes from a small town in Ohio called New Knoxville. He holds a BFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. He has taught literature and creative writing courses and served as a coordinator of teaching assistants for the Writers' Workshop. He is the co-editor of LVNG, a journal of poetry and art. His poetry has appeared in SET Magazine and was shortlisted for the Ahsahta Press Chapbook Competition. He currently lives with his wife in San Francisco.
Brian Kaldenberg has over ten years of experience in eCommerce business management. He holds a BS in marketing and is a graduate of Iowa State University. Brian has started several successful online businesses. He accredits ProofreadingPal's success to "hard work, great people, and excellent customer service."
Greg has more than ten years of experience as a successful business leader. He holds a BS in finance and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Raquel Baker currently lives in Iowa City where she is working on a PhD in English Literary Studies at the University of Iowa. She is specializing in Postcolonial Studies with an emphasis in African Literatures in English. She received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California. She teaches literature courses. Her short stories have been published in The Womanist literary magazine and the anthology Crux. Her essay "Trauma and the Desiring Subject: The Spatial and Temporal Poetics of Yvonne Vera's The Stone Virgins," was published in Emerging Perspectives on Yvonne Vera (Africa World Press, 2012). She is currently working on her dissertation on postcolonial gender performance in Ngugi wa Thiongo’s novel Wizard of the Crow.
Justin holds a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize for best undergraduate thesis in any discipline, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he studied as an Iowa Arts Fellow and taught creative writing. He has received awards from Harvard Office for the Arts, the Radcliffe Foundation, and the University of Iowa. A 2010 recipient of a Rockefeller International Experience Grant, he studied and taught ESL at the University of León, Spain, where he earned a certificate of fluency in Spanish. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, Web Conjunctions, and elsewhere. When he's not proofreading or teaching The Art of Revision: Writing for Clarity at the University of Iowa, he enjoys tennis and puppy rearing.
Ashli is a sophomore at the University of Iowa. She's majoring in elementary education, and she's working towards a certificate in cultural competency.
Mark has an MBA from the University of Iowa and over twenty years of experience as a Fortune 500 business development executive at Bridgestone.