Brian Halley

Brian Halley - Editor Tick

Boston, MA, USA

I'm interested in working with writers - journalists, scholars, activists, memoirists - drive by social justice, with a passion for a cause.

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Overview

I'm an editor with almost twenty years of experience, working for a literary agency, an activist trade press, and a university press. I have also freelanced as a developmental editor. I would be happy to hear from authors interested in sharpening their work so that their passion and their message comes through in their book projects.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
History
Law
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Nature
Politics & Current Affairs
Publishing

Awards

  • Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction 2008 (The Publishing Triangle)

Work experience

Senior Editor

University of Massachusetts Press
July, 2009 – Present (almost 10 years)

I acquire and edit regional trade titles (New England), scholarly crossover titles, and scholarly monographs in literary studies/book history/print culture, environmental studies, gender & sexuality, and race & ethnicity.

Editor

Beacon Press
August, 2001 – July, 2008 (almost 7 years)

I acquired and edited activists, including journalists and scholars, focused on issues around the environmental, gender and sexuality, veterans, and the law.

Assistant to literary agent

Sayle Literary Agency
February, 2000 – April, 2001 (about 1 year)

Assisted in all manner of agenting, including reviewing proposals & manuscripts, submissions to editors, author relations, royalty statements, permissions, and more.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman's Boston Marathon

Patrick L. Kennedy, Lawrence W. Kennedy

Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American "Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book w... read more

Two weeks after the United States officially entered World War I, Irish American "Bricklayer Bill" Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book w... read more

Drifting Toward Love: Black, Brown, Gay, and Coming of Age on the Streets of New York

Kai Wright

Drifting Toward Love tells the stories of Manny, Julius, Carlos, and their friends, young gay men of color desperately searching for life's basic necessities: homes that provide more than shelter and security against more than violence or disease. As these teenagers navigate the rocky waters of adolescence, they wade through pains and passions that are typical of any young person coming of age... read more

Drifting Toward Love tells the stories of Manny, Julius, Carlos, and their friends, young gay men of color desperately searching for life's basic necessities: homes that provide more than shelter and security against more than violence or disease. As these teenagers navigate the rocky waters of adolescence, they wade through pains and passions that are typical of any young person coming of age... read more

A People's History of the New Boston

Jim Vrabel

Although Boston today is a vibrant and thriving city, it was anything but that in the years following World War II. By 1950 it had lost a quarter of its tax base over the previous twenty-five years, and during the 1950s it would lose residents faster than any other major city in the country. Credit for the city's turnaround since that time is often given to a select group of people, all of the... read more

Although Boston today is a vibrant and thriving city, it was anything but that in the years following World War II. By 1950 it had lost a quarter of its tax base over the previous twenty-five years, and during the 1950s it would lose residents faster than any other major city in the country. Credit for the city's turnaround since that time is often given to a select group of people, all of the... read more

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty

Mark Winne

In Closing the Food Gap, food activist and journalist Mark Winne poses questions too often overlooked in our current conversations around food: What about those people who are not financially able to make conscientious choices about where and how to get food? And in a time of rising rates of both diabetes and obesity, what can we do to make healthier foods available for everyone?To address the... read more

In Closing the Food Gap, food activist and journalist Mark Winne poses questions too often overlooked in our current conversations around food: What about those people who are not financially able to make conscientious choices about where and how to get food? And in a time of rising rates of both diabetes and obesity, what can we do to make healthier foods available for everyone?To address the... read more

People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making

Karilyn Crockett

In 1948, inspired by changes to federal law, Massachusetts government officials started hatching a plan to build multiple highways circling and cutting through the heart of Boston, making steady progress through the 1950s. But when officials began to hold public hearings in 1960, as it became clear what this plan would entail―including a disproportionate impact on poor communities of color―the... read more

In 1948, inspired by changes to federal law, Massachusetts government officials started hatching a plan to build multiple highways circling and cutting through the heart of Boston, making steady progress through the 1950s. But when officials began to hold public hearings in 1960, as it became clear what this plan would entail―including a disproportionate impact on poor communities of color―the... read more

Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War

Penny Coleman

In the early 1970s, Penny Coleman married Daniel, a young Vietnam veteran and fellow photographer. Soon, Daniel became deeply troubled, falling victim to multiple addictions and becoming strangely insecure. He suffered from what we now call posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After Coleman left him, he committed suicide.Struggling to understand Daniel’s experience, Coleman began investigatin... read more

In the early 1970s, Penny Coleman married Daniel, a young Vietnam veteran and fellow photographer. Soon, Daniel became deeply troubled, falling victim to multiple addictions and becoming strangely insecure. He suffered from what we now call posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After Coleman left him, he committed suicide.Struggling to understand Daniel’s experience, Coleman began investigatin... read more

Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

Claire Hope Cummings

Life on earth is facing unprecedented challenges from global warming, war, and mass extinctions. The plight of seeds is a less visible but no less fundamental threat to our survival. Seeds are at the heart of the planet's life-support systems. Their power to regenerate and adapt are essential to maintaining our food supply and our ability to cope with a changing climate.In Uncertain Peril, env... read more

Life on earth is facing unprecedented challenges from global warming, war, and mass extinctions. The plight of seeds is a less visible but no less fundamental threat to our survival. Seeds are at the heart of the planet's life-support systems. Their power to regenerate and adapt are essential to maintaining our food supply and our ability to cope with a changing climate.In Uncertain Peril, env... read more

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