Dena Afrasiabi

Dena Afrasiabi - Editor

Austin, TX, USA

NEA-award winning writer, National Book Award long-listed editor providing literary and academic editing

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I received a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and have been working as a freelance academic and literary editor ever since, editing manuscripts for clients with book contracts at presses like MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, University of California Press, and University of Wales Press. On Reedsy, I've worked with fiction writers, poets, nonfiction writers, and academics. II've edited everything from poems and translations to academic books to NGO reports for the United Nations. In 2022, one of the books I edited was long-listed for the National Book Award and several have received Kirkus stars.

As a writer myself, I treat the work of my clients with the same enthusiasm and dedication I bring to my own work. I'm extremely thorough and efficient in my editing work, and will do everything I can to ensure a manuscript is well-polished enough to reflect my clients' talents and help them achieve their goals.

My own writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review and Monkeybicycle, among other publications, and 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, among others.

English (SA)
Coming of Age
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Education & Reference
Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies


  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow

Work experience

Publications Editor

University of Texas at Austin
April, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)


July, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)


Varol, Kemal, Rogers, Dayla

Ghady & Rawan

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

The Mosquito Bite Author

Bıçakçı, Barış, Chonavec, Matthew

Using Life (Emerging Voices from the Middle East)

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

Thunderbird: Book One

Nimr, Sonia, Qualey, M. Lynx

My Heart Became a Bomb

al-Asheq, Ramy, Thompson, Levi

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