Daniel Isaiah Elder

Daniel Isaiah Elder – Editor

I love helping writers achieve concision and clarity. I specialize in memoir and essay, but happily work with fiction as well.


I've served as the Non-Fiction Editor for both Entropy Magazine and Nailed Magazine, in addition to taking on numerous freelance editing projects. Based out of Portland, OR, I run Corporeal Writing, a writing center founded by my mentor, award-winning and bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch.

Though based in the PNW, I'm a born-and-raised New Yorker and that informs how I approach editing: I am very direct! Like all writers, I can be precious about my own writing. But when it comes to editing and shepherding the work of others, I relish in the ability to see the work for what it is. It's a joy for me to get in touch with an author's voice, feel out what they're trying to accomplish, and find the best ways to help them do just that. One word Lidia Yuknavitch has really drilled deep into me is opportunity. When doing developmental edits, these are the moments I'm looking for more than anything else—opportunity moments when the work is calling for the author to dig deeper or weave tighter.

My favorite authors include Sarah Manguso, Toni Morrison, Denis Johnson, and Marlon James. I've had numerous essays and pieces of short fiction published in venues such as The Rumpus and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and my first full-length manuscript is currently out on submission with a number of agents.

A recent client said I helped her work develop "clarity 'n hilarity," the highest of compliments. I'd love to work with you.

"Daniel Elder has a brilliant mind and is skilled at sharing his insight in a constructive and supportive way. He brings a critical and intuitive eye to your manuscript and challenges you to go deeper, which produces powerful results. Working with Daniel, I was pushed outside my comfort zone to go further, write better. He understands the power of the written word and also values the unique talent and perspective of the author. Working with Daniel was a collaborative process, his intelligent and creative suggestions helped bring my book to its best in the editing process. I highly recommend him to anyone with a working manuscript." —Mimi Feldman, author of He Came In With It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness
Biographies & Memoirs LGBTQ Non-Fiction Nature
Literary Fiction
English (US)

Work experience

Corporeal Writing

Mar, 2017 — Present

Operations management for a writing workshop center. I plan and schedule writing workshops, liaise with various amazing authors around the world who we bring in to teach with us, and host events. In addition, I teach generative writing workshops here, and assist my mentor, Lidia Yuknavitch, in teaching hers.

Entropy Magazine

Jan, 2020 — Dec, 2020 (11 months)

Read through a deep pile of submissions to find gems, then worked with the authors of those essays to bring them into clearer focus. Edited 1-2 essays per week.

Nailed Magazine

Jan, 2019 — Jan, 2020 (about 1 year)

Read through a deep pile of submissions to find gems, then worked with the authors of those essays to bring them into clearer focus. Edited 1-2 essays per week. Also organized and emceed events such as readings and fundraisers. Co-edited and -curated Nailed's first ever print issue.


Jan, 2016 — Present



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