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John DeLamar

John DeLamar - Editor

Brooklyn, NY

I'm a former University of Vermont writing teacher who is committed to making texts of all genres and sizes better one word at a time.

Overview

Let's talk about writing.

When I was younger my mother used to keep her first edition Stephen King hardbacks on the highest shelf of her closet. They were out of my reach, and they were fascinating. I wanted to pull those shining tokens of the forbidden down and pour over them. Eventually, I would. I would read them cover-to-cover, and over again. I would spend days inside turning pages, scouring language and prose. I would let them lead me to another author, another, and, still, another in a succession of imagination.

This hobby turned passion follows me to this day. Friends will casually joke at how I will bring a book with me to the bar; or I will engender strange looks from passersby on the street as I walk and read.

Jump ahead to 2011 in Burlington, VT... My students loved hearing these stories. Daily readings for class were made more entertaining by stories of my reading experiences with the texts, and the promise of readings outside of the box. While my colleagues would be teaching the writ curriculum I would bring Stephen King, Clive Barker, Pat Conroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Tori Amos, Norman Mailer, Tim O’Brien, David Sedaris, and any number of popular authors into the classroom. I wanted to open my students’ eyes to the wider world of literature. I wanted to teach them style, form, grammar, syntax, and editing through texts they could engage and admire.

I have been an editor, a writer, an educator, a manager, a volunteer, and an advocate. All of these professions have equipped me with the tools to be one hell of an Editor... for you!

I am interested in working with all types of Authors and all types of genres. There is nothing that is outside of my box, because I am constantly thinking outside of it.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN)
Fiction
Adventure Classics Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Horror LGBTQ Science Fiction Thriller

Awards

  • Hellen Gray Cone Fellowship (Hunter College - NYC)
  • Blanche Colton Williams Fellowship (Hunter College - NYC)

Work experience

Quality Assurance Documentation

OXO International

September, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

Editing and revising documentation for use in an international market place for quality inspections.
Edited for style, form, and grammar a company wide Database and instruction manual for its use.

Written Expression Teacher

University of Vermont

August, 2011 – June, 2013 (almost 2 years)

Collaborated with students on expository and creative essays.
Aided students in formulating ideas for essays, worked with students on revisions and edits to essays, and ensured the essays were "reader ready" when they were turned in for assessment.
Developed a close working relationship with every piece and student.

Associate Editor

Broadway Bullet

May, 2008 – July, 2011 (about 3 years)

Edited copy website, interviews, reviews, and all social media postings for company website.
Supervised the writing , editing, and revisions of intern articles posted to the company website.
Writing of theatrical reviews for publication on website and performance on Company Podcast.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

The Closet and the Clown

John R. DeLamar Jr.

From the moment Pennywise the clown crawled out of the sewer and into the cultural landscape he has terrified horror fans. In this study of Stephen King's 1986 opus It, John R. DeLamar Jr. questions why straight society feared King's monstrous killer clown, while queer society found a chilling compatriot. Using cutting edge queer theory, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies to examine the way ... read more

From the moment Pennywise the clown crawled out of the sewer and into the cultural landscape he has terrified horror fans. In this study of Stephen King's 1986 opus It, John R. DeLamar Jr. questions why straight society feared King's monstrous killer clown, while queer society found a chilling compatriot. Using cutting edge queer theory, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies to examine the way ... read more

The Closet and the Clown

John R. DeLamar Jr.

From the moment Pennywise the clown crawled out of the sewer and into the cultural landscape he has terrified horror fans. In this study of Stephen King's 1986 opus It, John R. DeLamar Jr. questions why straight society feared King's monstrous killer clown, while queer society found a chilling compatriot. Using cutting edge queer theory, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies to examine the way ... read more

From the moment Pennywise the clown crawled out of the sewer and into the cultural landscape he has terrified horror fans. In this study of Stephen King's 1986 opus It, John R. DeLamar Jr. questions why straight society feared King's monstrous killer clown, while queer society found a chilling compatriot. Using cutting edge queer theory, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies to examine the way ... read more

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