Douglas Piccinnini

Douglas Piccinnini - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Dedicated to clarifying and amplifying the creative voices of emerging and established authors.

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I am a multidisciplinary writer, editor and creative consultant specializing in works of fiction, poetry, culinary memoir and creative non-fiction. As a trained chef and writer, I have spent time working in all aspects of publishing and the restaurant and hospitality business — in kitchens, copy rooms, bookstores, bars and boardrooms.


Story Book suspends and electrifies narration mid-creation. [Piccinnini] explores narrative of self-imposed amnesia, bloody encounters at home and on the road, Oedipal rage, suburban cocoons and the anxiety of marriage, male sexuality and therapy sessions gone awry, Catholic school and homosociality, confrontations with love, death, and surveillance, and of course, the purported cure-all of worst-case scenario guides.

– Rita Banerjee, Los Angeles Review of Books

Story Book shows us how the poet's conception of a text as self-sustaining can inform the genre of the novel or novella. Like different sections of a long poem, these chapters form a mosaic that suggests new ways of thinking about thinking about the world and writing.

– Stephan Delbos, BODY

Like Ashbery he sees the basic insufficiency, the crying shame in the peculiar anti-phenomenon called time and in what still receives the name of “self."

- Calvin Bedient, "Best Poetry Collections of 2015"


Douglas Piccinnini is an excellent writing coach. He helped me tap into my creativity after a very long drought, boosted my confidence, edited my work gently and meaningfully, focused my thinking, and when necessary, acted as the occasional spiritual advisor. His admirers are many, across all the disciplines he has aimed his talents, due to his strong dedication and commitment to the task at hand, and positive energy. I would strongly recommend him, He is a thoughtful, detailed, excellent wordsmith who can shape whatever editorial content you need. Or he can be the literary guide to help you plan and succeed at your writing project.

– Allison Kopicki, Writer/Researcher at Climate Central, Inc.

Douglas has the ability to distill literary material so that is useful, entertaining and digestible to anyone. His curation of poetic works, and the group exercises he designed to accompany them, have stayed with me since and informed the way I lead poetry readings in Brooklyn, New York today. Whether a teacher, poet or chef, Douglas has the instinct and the insight to be invaluable to any organization navigating this brave new world of ours.

– Tom di Mino, Freelance Writer & Marketing Professional

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Writing & Publishing
Contemporary Fiction
Short Story


  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • BA in English Literatures and Languages
  • Grand Diploma, French Culinary Institute


  • Research Grant, The Mastheads, Pittsfield, MA.
  • Writer-in-Residence, Art Farm, Marquette, NE.
  • Writer-in-Residence, SAFTA, Knoxville, TN.
  • Research Grant, United States Artists
  • Best Poetry Collections of 2015. LitHub.
  • Writer-in-Residence, Elizabeth Bishop Society.
  • Writer-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center.
  • Joel Oppenheimer Scholarship.

Work experience

Editor & Publisher

TPR Press
January, 2010 – April, 2013 (about 3 years)

Acquisitions Editor for a small, experimental literary press. Editing. Developmental Editing. Design.

Books edited: nineties by Lucy Ives; Sorites by Lawrence Giffin; Eating and Speaking by Astrid Lorange

Freelance Writer, Editor and Consultant

July, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Award-winning writer, with decades of experience in creative and editorial development, project management and publishing. Focused on clarity in content ideation and solutions-based problem solving.

Books of poetry: Blood Oboe (Omnidawn, 2015).

Books of fiction: Story Book: a novella (The Cultural Society, 2015).

Magazine and Journal Publications : The Academy of American Poets, Antioch Review, BODY (Prague), The Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Diner Journal, Edible Jersey, Jacket Magazine (Australia), Lana Turner, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Nat.Brut, The New York Times, Prelude, Rachael Ray Every Day, Seattle Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Volta and Verse — among others.

Anthologized Publications: The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare

Editorial Assistant

Rowman & Littlefield
January, 2007 – July, 2009 (over 2 years)

Books edited included: Navigating Technomedia: Caught in the Web by Sam Han; Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology by Marable Manning; Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology by Thompson, William E., Hickey, Joseph V., Thompson, Mica L; Sports Fan Violence in North America by Jerry M. Lewis;

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Story Book

Piccinnini, Douglas

Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology

Thompson, William E., Hickey, Joseph V., Thompson, Mica L.

Blood Oboe

Piccinnini, Douglas, Bedient, Cal

Douglas has 9 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Gerard Gleeson
Did not complete editing, multiple errors still in manuscript. Had to spend several more hours editing myself.

Gerard Gleeson, November 2021

Douglas Piccinnini
Dear Gerard, In my work, it is my priority to treat my clients fairly and professionally. This includes clear and consistent communication to make each collaboration a success and leave my custome...
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Sarika Harikumar
To collaborate with Douglas means to have a mentor who can guide you through your creative process. He will give you more insights into your work, suggests improvements, and provides a roadmap about the next steps you need to take for getting your work published. I treasure all our correspondence, and it's been a pleasure to work with him.

Sarika Harikumar, September 2021

Jen Hollis
The editorial letter I received from Douglas demonstrated a close read with great insights. His work helped me to think about my manuscript with greater clarity and a new perspective. Strong recommendation.

Jen Hollis, August 2021

Dee Delsy
Having Douglas as a developmental editor brought in fresh perspectives communicated in a gentle and accommodating manner. I'm grateful to have to had the opportunity to work with Douglas.

Dee Delsy, August 2021

Tyler McCubbins
Mr. Piccinnini was a delight to engage with, aside from the paid amount for the service, as promised it was very much well worth the price for an assessment of my work development, and also through understanding how this site works with a generous flexible price range. I still appreciate the dedicated work and detail that Mr. Piccinnini goes through with the work you send him, I heavily recomme...
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Tyler McCubbins, August 2021

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