Agnes Cserhati

Agnes Cserhati - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Former publisher and experienced editor of Poetry, Literary Fiction, and CNF, who has worked with Matthew Francis, Erin Soros, and others.

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I have worked with recognised, award-winning writers in Poetry, Literary Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction. I love helping emerging writers develop their debut collections or novels but am equally excited working with experienced writers. I especially enjoy helping writers push the envelope that bit further, whether they are working in traditional or experimental forms. My motto is: be ambitious, be authentic.

I love writing that is intelligent, surprising, and deeply human—poems and stories that ultimately tug at the soul, compel the reader to search their own emotions, be it joy, humour, sorrow, shame, etc.

I find the entire process of a writer’s work being accepted and published by literary magazines and journals, then being collated and developed into a fully formed manuscript ready to submit to agents or publishers, one of the most fascinating and invigorating pursuits of all. I love to keep my finger on the pulse of current writing and to help writers discover how their own voice and vision might fit into or challenge what’s already out there.

My editing philosophy is to give care to a writer’s work. My edits will likely cover everything between the specific and technical to the spontaneous and immersive. The arc, the direction, are key. I hope to encourage writers to work to their strengths, but also to help improve any lapses. The aim is to make the writer’s work entirely their own in the best version possible. While meticulous, the process should also be exhilarating!


On Whereabouts, Matthew Francis, reviewed by Sarah Crown, Guardian (August 12, 2006): “Shortlisted for the Forward prize for both his previous collections and named as one of the Poetry Book Society's 20 ‘next generation poets’ in 2004, Matthew Francis already has an impressive pedigree. With this outstanding volume, his place among contemporary British poetry's aristocracy is confirmed.”

On In Slow Woods, Gill Gregory, reviewed by Valeria Melchioretto, Tears in the Fence (March 2012): “Throughout, we find a strong sense of sensory sensibility. Gill Gregory often enhances her poems by making ekphrastic citations of artwork to back up her intent. This collection speaks to the eye and soul as well as the ear and the mind. Clearly there is an ambitious mind behind these poems, exploring complex inner worlds that can barely be expressed, and despite restraint, the result is utterly exciting.”

On Liminal, Michael Lee Rattigan, interviewed by Robert Yates (July 10, 2012): Do you think there is an overall theme to Liminal? “It wasn’t even my idea to call it Liminal, actually. It came out of exchanges with my editor and her reading of the poems. The original idea was one that allows for a certain kind of range for it to float between different areas of experience, passages of life, places, and people. I wanted to allow for all of that to be pushed into this space, to cram in as much as I could to this hybridity of experience.”

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

May, 2018 – Present (almost 5 years)

Specialist in copy editing, editorial assessments, and proofreading. I provide thorough and compassionate feedback to help writers form and express their voice and vision in the best possible way. I aim to give the writer advice they can apply to their current project, but also to enhance the development of their craft.

Founder/Publisher & Editor

Rufus Books
April, 2004 – March, 2015 (almost 11 years)

Publisher and editor of poetry manuscripts for an independent press based in Toronto, Canada with an affiliate in London, UK, published in limited chapbook and trade editions. Also contributed to book design, advertising, and proofreading. Reviews appeared in the TLS, Guardian, PN Review, and elsewhere. Sold-out titles are now largely available only in specialist or second-hand book shops.

Agnes has 6 reviews

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Hannah Johnson
Agnes is a fantastic editor! Their spoken word poetry editing greatly improved my work. Great changes, advice, support, and work!

Hannah Johnson, March 2023

Agnes Cserhati
Delighted I could be of help. Good luck with your poetry endeavours!

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Yajaira Chavez
Agnes is an editor that exceeded my expectations. She went above and beyond and helped me through the process of publishing my first book and did everything step-by step with me. If you're a first time self-publisher or simply need someone reliable, Agnes is the person for the job.

Yajaira Chavez, March 2023

Agnes Cserhati
You're very kind, Yajaira. It was a pleasure to help bring your poetry into the world!

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Frazer Merritt
Excellent help. Highly recommended. Very professional.

Frazer Merritt, February 2023

Trudy Noon
Agnes was a pleasure to work with, and even submitted my edited text earlier than the deadline. I will use her for all my editing needs in the future as she took extra time to help me with formatting while giving attention to all the details I had skipped over.

Trudy Noon, February 2023

Agnes Cserhati
So pleased I was able to help, Trudy. I can only imagine how important this book is to you, so we had to get it right! Thank you for all your efforts, too.

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Elle Yoder
Agnes is great, worked above and beyond!

Elle Yoder, December 2022

Agnes Cserhati
Thank you, Elle. It was a pleasure working with you.

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