Liza St. James

Liza St. James - Editor

Brooklyn, New York

Thorough editor with a focus on literary fiction and nonfiction, as well as on art writing and literary arts publications.

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I am a thorough editor with an intimate knowledge of small presses and literary arts publications. As a professional editor for the past ten years, I have experience with everything from developmental editing to proofreading to assessing manuscripts, and my clients include such publishers as OR Books and such outlets as BOMB magazine. I am currently a senior editor of the literary annual NOON and an associate editor at Transit Books. I enjoy working with writers and artists at any stage of the process, and I look forward to discussing your work with you!
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
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Literary Fiction
Short Story


  • MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation
  • BA in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory


  • Teaching Fellow in Columbia University's Undergraduate Writing Program
  • Writer-in-Residence, Art Farm (Marquette, Nebraska)
  • Writer-in-Residence, Catwalk Institute (Catskill, New York)
  • Writer-in-Residence, University of the Arts Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Word for Word Fellow, Columbia University

Work experience

Writing Associate

The Cooper Union
September, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

Senior Editor

September, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)


Transit Books
April, 2016 – Present (almost 7 years)

Fiction Editor

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art
October, 2015 – June, 2016 (8 months)


OR Books, BOMB, The Futures Company,, Individual Authors
January, 2014 – Present (about 9 years)

Portfolio (29 selected works)

NOON 2020

Diane Williams


Diane Williams

Darker With the Lights On

Hayden, David, Hayden, David


Makumbi, Jennifer Nansubuga, Bady, Aaron

Blue Self-Portrait

Lefebvre, Noémi, Lewis, Sophie

Such Small Hands

Barba, Andrés, Dillman, Lisa, White, Edmund

The Right Intention

Barba, Andrés, Dillman, Lisa

Include Me Out

Cristoff, María Sonia, Silver, Katherine

False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia

Cristoff, María Sonia, Silver, Katherine


Kinsky, Esther, Galbraith, Iain

Grove: A Field Novel

Kinsky, Esther, Schmidt, Caroline


Tumarkin, Maria

Lessons for a Child Who Arrives Late

Yushimito, Carlos, Miles, Valerie

Swallowing Mercury

Greg, Wioletta, Marciniak, Eliza


Greg, Wioletta, Croft, Jennifer

Migratory Birds (Undelivered Lectures)

Oliver, Mariana, Sanches, Julia

The Touch System

Costamagna, Alejandra, Dillman, Lisa

NOON 2021

Diane Williams


Dimópulos, Mariana, Whitmore, Alice

NOON 2022

Diane Williams

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