Dakota Reed

Dakota Reed – Editor

Experienced editor and published writer with a passion for literature—especially poetry, essay collections, and children's books


I'm an editor, designer, and distribution coordinator for Atmosphere Press. While I am our sole children's book editor, my clientele includes several writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction as well. I've spent over three years editing, proofreading, and designing dozens of books published and distributed at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target, and Amazon.

I hold an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from the College of Charleston, and a BA in English from the University of Georgia. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the North American Review, Ghost City Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Poetry Society of South Carolina, The Shore, Blood Orange Review, and NELLE.

I absolutely love helping writers edit and revise manuscripts to their most polished, refined version, while also ensuring the autonomy and voice of the author remain fully intact. My services range from proofreading to copyediting to extensive developmental editing. I'm happy to operate on any level of involvement and guidance to best help you hone your book into a beautiful and publishable piece of work.

Reach out if you're looking for an experienced editor to work with you!

Art Biographies & Memoirs Nature
Contemporary Fiction Picture Books Poetry Psychological Thriller Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • Poetry Society of South Carolina: Nancy Walton Pringle Memorial Prize
  • College of Charleston: Creative Writing Prize
  • AWP Intro Journals Prize: Honorable Mention
  • Recipient of the Woodfin Fellowship
  • University of Georgia: BA in English
  • College of Charleston: MFA in Creative Writing

Work experience

Atmosphere Press

Aug, 2020 — Present

I exclusively edit all of our children's books at Atmosphere Press and work directly with illustrators to design them. I put each children's book together in InDesign and work with authors until they're 100% happy with the final product. My clientele also includes writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

University of Bahrain

Jan, 2019 — May, 2019 (4 months)

Crazyhorse Magazine

Aug, 2018 — May, 2020 (over 1 year)

The Georgia Review

May, 2017 — May, 2018 (about 1 year)


Seeing Thing

Fowler, Evan

Lovely Minds

Gambacorta, Alyssa


Jin, Chu

The Nightmare

Rec, Christina

Time to Play: In Space

Dawson, Bernadette

The Christmas Witch

Katusha, Jaime


Hill, Dre

Where Destiny Decides

McDonald, Jessie

Society, Suspicious

Smith, Freeman


Davenport, Samantha

Balsamic Moon

Gartenhaus, Alan

A Trip From God

Grubb, David E.

Late In the Day

Shapiro, Brett

Addition Problems

Laakko, Janice


Cooper, Irene

Little Town Blues

Gonthier, David

Phoebe and Fred

Johnson, Nathaniel S.

Homecoming Heist

Collin, Tyson

Hart Street and Main

Sprunger, Tabitha


Palmer-Baker, Pattie

Loved By Fire

Rose, Natalie

Controlling Chaos

Estabrook, Michael

Twisted Silver Spoons

Wicks, Karen, M.

Love Against the Law

Klavon, Justine

Just Be Honest

Yates, Cindy


Bakunin, Kesha

All or Nothing

Malach, Miriam

My Place in the Spiral

Beardsall, Rebecca

Helping Howard

Schloss, Sally

Logan and Lexi Meditate

Rodgers, Denesia D

Winston’s Big Wind

Reyelts, Barbara Macpherson

Dakota has 23 reviews





Angelino D.

Angelino D.

Nov, 2023

Dakota was very responsive, gave great editorial feedback, and did an excellent job proofreading my manuscript. I would absolutely work with her again.
D.C. C.

D.C. C.

Nov, 2023

First let me start by saying this is my first attempt at writing my poetry collection, so it’s the first time I’ve ever used an editor. Which that being said, I didn’t know what to expect or even which kind of editing service I needed. With no expectations, I guess my only hope was that I didn’t get laughed at. Sharing your art can be difficult. Besides my family, I’ve never shared my poems wit...
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Behrouz S.

Behrouz S.

Nov, 2023

Dakota did a fantastic job with her editorial service on my small collection of poems. I really appreciated her insightful feedback, both copyediting and structural, as well as the lovely words she had to say about some of my pieces. Highly recommend!
lenni P.

lenni P.

Oct, 2023

Dakota is a true talent and professional. Her thoughtfulness in the projects she chooses to give her energy on is unmatched. She gave my work truly valuable feedback that I will be continuing to work on. I hope to work wot Dakota more on this particular project and other projects in the future.
Ryku S.

Ryku S.

Oct, 2023

Dakota did an amazing job! I would definitely work with her again. She got everything done that we agreed upon. I wouldn't have been able to get this far without her!

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