Dena Afrasiabi

Dena Afrasiabi - Editor

Austin, TX, USA

Award-winning writer, Ph.D. & editor with nearly a decade of editing experience. Specializing in academic books, fiction, and poetry.

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I'm a writer and editor based in Austin, Texas with eight years of editing experience and nearly twenty years of experience as an editor. I started a literary magazine (Elsewhere Lit) in 2012 and have edited two award-winning literary translation publication series published by the University of Texas Press since 2017. I have also worked as a freelance academic editor since 2016, offering developmental and substantive editing as well as basic copyediting and proofreading services.

I've edited everything from fiction and poetry to statements of purpose, creative non-fiction and grant applications to dissertations, academic articles and full-length academic manuscripts. I especially love working with clients for whom English is not their first language.

The projects I have edited have won awards and received publication contracts with prestigious presses like Oxford University Press and MIT. I received a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016, an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers University in 2010, and a B.A. in English (cum laude) from The University of California at Los Angeles in 2005.

I'm passionate about making great writing even better and have helped clients from all over the world write the best books they can.

My own writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Toast, and Monkeybicycle among other publications. My fiction has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Millay Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
English (US)
Coming of Age
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Education & Reference
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies


  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow

Work experience

Publications Editor

University of Texas at Austin
April, 2017 – Present (almost 4 years)


July, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Using Life (Emerging Voices from the Middle East)

Naji, Ahmed, Al Zorkany, Ayman, Koerber, Benjamin


Varol, Kemal, Rogers, Dayla

Ghady & Rawan

Sharafeddine, Fatima, Barraj, Samar Mahfouz, Hussain, Sawad, Qualey, M. Lynx

The Mosquito Bite Author

Bıçakçı, Barış, Chonavec, Matthew

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