Daisuke Shen

Daisuke Shen - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experimental fiction writer specializing in developmental editing for witty, innovative poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction projects.

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My name is Daisuke Shen and I am a writer, educator, and editor based in Brooklyn.

I’m looking to work with writers who aren’t afraid to break the rules—bending genres, building different worlds, and seeking out complex truths. I am so looking forward to seeing what magic you create.

As someone deeply invested in liberation and building power across QTPOC communities, I would especially love to work with anyone whose work focuses on these topics. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
LGBTQ Fiction
Magical Realism
Science Fiction
Short Story


  • MFA in Creative Nonfiction from University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • BA in English Literature and Language from Winthrop University
  • Winter Tangerine Workshop Cohort

Work experience

Workshop Teacher

Authors Publish
March, 2021 – Present (8 months)

Writing Tutor

Huntington Center of Eastchester NY
December, 2020 – May, 2021 (5 months)

Publishing Intern

Lookout Books
September, 2017 – October, 2018 (about 1 year)

Worked alongside the editorial team at indie press Lookout Books
Oversaw social media content
Contributed to blog posts
Helped to design cover art in InDesign
Solicited writers for anthology
Worked with team on promotional content
Copyedited manuscripts and attended weekly meetings

Editorial Assistant

The Asian American Literary Review
May, 2017 – March, 2019 (almost 2 years)

• Read and selected pieces for publication
• Attended remote meetings via Skype each week with editors
• Brainstormed new themes and suggested new authors for solicitation
• Communicated directly with authors about payment and creative suggestions from the editorial team
• Wrote book reviews
• Shipped and processed journal deliveries

Creative Writing Professor

University of North Carolina Wilmington
August, 2016 – May, 2020 (over 3 years)

Assistant Editor

Winthrop University
October, 2013 – July, 2016 (over 2 years)

Assistant editor for The Anthology: Winthrop University’s Art and Literary Magazine

Worked with the editor-in-chief to direct our team of prose, poetry, art, and photography editors.
Led team-building exercises and meetings, assigned tasks, assisted in hiring process, approved designs and layouts made by the graphic designer
Copyedited all issues before finalization, organized group of volunteers, communicated directly with those who submitted or expressed interest in the publication

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries ofPlace, Identity, and Feminism

Chai, May-lee, Boggs, Belle, Dungy, Camille T., Nezhukumatathil, Aimee, Savoy, Lauret E., White, Arisa, Williams, Terry Tempest

Sleepovers: Stories

Phillips, Ashleigh Bryant

Daisuke has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Kennedy Sangiovese
I enjoyed our collaborative effort so much! She brought my story to life. It is sad we ended on bad terms, a disagreement over a frivolous point. I miss her, but I’m used to being cut off, for a point of difference, a moment of doubt, experience over assumed political correctness. I’ve been Canceled, I guess.

Kennedy Sangiovese, July 2021

Daisuke Shen
Hi Kennedy, Thank you for leaving a review. I was very grateful to have been able to work with you as well, and am sorry that you did not take well to my feedback regarding the portrayal of Indige...
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cory mattos
So easy to work with. I didn't know what to expect as this was my first time hiring an editor but she is really easy to talk to. And isn't quality communication an underpinning of this craft?

cory mattos, May 2021

Ingo Groger
Daisuke was able to elevate the verses I wrote into poetic perfection. Not only was she able to follow my instructions but she also improved the manuscript (315 pages of poetry) to such a significant degree that I can only call her an artist, writer, poet and editor of the highest grade. If you are fortunate enough to work with Daisuke I congratulate you.

Ingo Groger, March 2021

Daisuke Shen
Thank you so much, Ingo! It was such a wonderful experience working with you as well. :)

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Mrudhula M
Daisuke was kind, very nice and provided helpful feedback. She helped in the overall development of the manuscript and went through three edits (or more) to get the manuscript polished. It was a great experience to work with her.

Mrudhula M, March 2021

Daisuke Shen
Thank you, Mrudhula. I so appreciate your kind words. It was a great pleasure to work with you. Best of luck in your next creative endeavors!

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T Johnican
Daisuke was communicated with me well with meetings and clear expectations. She made my poetry look more professional while also allowing me to keep some of the flow of my poetry. I think our collaboration gave my work a good balance of poetry professionalism and flow.

T Johnican, February 2021

Daisuke Shen
Thank you so much, T. It was such a pleasure working with you.

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