Cleo Li-Schwartz

Cleo Li-Schwartz – Editor

I'm a literary editor, international relations specialist, proofreader, and avid reader. I split my time between NYC and DC.


I'm a literary editor, international relations specialist, proofreader, and avid reader. I've written reader's reports for the New York Review of Books Classics Series, done an internship at Archipelago Books, and worked on several projects involving the translation and editing of Chinese language books. Currently working part-time as an editor at a security studies journal in DC, I want to stay in touch with my literary side! I have also done extensive editing work in the realm of International Studies, which entailed providing extensive feedback to graduate students on their research papers.
Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Picture Books
Humanities & Social Sciences
English (US)

Work experience

The Washington Quarterly

Nov, 2021 — Present

Polymorph Editions

Sep, 2019 — Present

Startup publishing company focusing on publishing works of Asian poetry and fiction in translation.

Archipelago Books

Jun, 2018 — Aug, 2018 (2 months)

Interned at independent literary press in Brooklyn which exclusively publishes literature in translation, worked on many editorial projects and day to day operations.

New York Review of Books

Jan, 2015 — Nov, 2016 (almost 2 years)

Editorial projects and reader's reports.


The Art of Women in Contemporary China

Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky, Zhang Er

Horsemen of the Sands

Yuzefovich, Leonid


Ponti, Claude


Wenxuan, Cao

The Barefoot Woman

Scholastique Mukasonga

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATUREA moving, unforgettable tribute to a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the Rwandan genocide, by the daughter who refuses to let her family's story be forgotten.The story ... read more
Charcoal Boys

Mello, Roger


Fix, Philippe

No Poetry

Qianzi, Che

An Untouched House

Hermans, Willem Frederik

My Struggle: Book Six

Knausgaard, Karl Ove

Cleo has 3 reviews





Nate F.

Nate F.

Sep, 2023

Tremendous as always. Timely, knowledgeable, professional, and more! Wouldn't have wanted to work with any other editor for the series. Thank you Cleo.
Nate F.

Nate F.

Jun, 2023

Incredibly helpful and skilled as always. There's a reason I keep hitting the "Rehire" button. Thanks, Cleo!
Cleo L.
A pleasure to work with you again, Nate!
Nate F.

Nate F.

Aug, 2022

Cleo was an incredible to work with! As an editor, she was responsive, skillful, and brought a wealth of knowledge to my story. Beyond the classic editorial knowledge, she dove deeper into my book and addressed all my questions (and more I didn't know I had!) with car, patience, and expertise! For whatever the final product becomes, it's far better for having had Cleo on my team. I hope we are ...
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