Lisbeth Redfield

Lisbeth Redfield - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Academic writing at Oxford University Press; literary fiction and poetry for arts nonprofit Pen + Brush

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In the past eleven years, I have worked--for different amounts of time and in different capacities--for a literary agency, as a book seller, as a book production assistant (that was short-lived), as an entry-level assistant and as a junior editor at an academic press, and as the editor of a literary magazine featuring poetry and literary fiction by under-recognized writers. I can help you out with developmental edits, copyediting, or proofreading: I've done them all.

I produced poetry and prose readings for five years, working with local writers (published and unpublished) to bring their words to enthusiastic audiences, and currently I help organize a video-based reading series that features translators of women and nonbinary authors working in languages other than English.

You should also know that while I don't have any formal credits working in sci-fi/fantasy, I am a ferocious reader of the genre (a journalist at Vox says I have "an enviable used book habit and thus the most impressive knowledge of obscure genre fiction of anyone I [the author] know"), have taken workshops in writing fantasy, and have experience doing developmental edits of speculative fiction work.

You might not have read the books I've worked on. That's because I've spent my whole career working with authors who are new to the field. I know how a book fits together, but even more than that I know what it feels like to be fighting uphill in the publishing landscape. My favorite thing is supporting new writers trying to finish a draft of that first novel.

English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Women's Fiction


  • Columbia Publishing Course

Work experience

Submissions Reader

Electric Literature
August, 2017 – December, 2020 (over 3 years)

In a volunteer capacity, I read submissions for Electric Literature's weekly literary magazine Recommended Reading (that comes to something like 500 short stories during my time there).


Pen + Brush
September, 2015 – July, 2020 (almost 5 years)

I edited Pen + Brush In Print, a bi-annual literary magazine publishing literary fiction, experimental fiction, and poetry. I also edited academic art history writing for colleagues and provided developmental feedback to unpublished writers who attended the organization's writing group.

Assistant Editor

Oxford University Press
December, 2009 – September, 2015 (almost 6 years)

In six years at OUP, I edited (in various capacities) academic monographs and trade volumes in religious studies, music, dance, performance studies, and music pedagogy.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

In The Foam Of The Blue Waves

Wakefield, Kathleen

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