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Lori Shine

Lori Shine - Editor

Massachusetts

Poetry and fiction copyeditor with deep respect for innovative craft and the integrity of a writer's voice.

Overview

As an editor, I have copyedited fiction, poetry, and academic book titles for large and small publishers. My interactions with authors and editors reflect my deep respect for the craft of writing and the integrity of a writer’s voice. I have worked on manuscripts and page proofs at all stages of development, managed authors' papers and archives, and created house style guides and brand books.
I began as a poet and still hail from that understanding of literary possibility. Currently I also craft personal essays and articles on a range of topics: food, parenting, artists, and makers.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Literature Poetry Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Parenting & Families

Awards

  • Jacob Javits fellowship

Work experience

Managing Editor

Black Balloon Publishing and Catapult

January, 2010 – June, 2015 (over 5 years)

As the founders' first hire, execute strategic plan for independent literary publisher. Direct operations in startup phase, developing systems for contracts, production, distribution, fulfillment, and accounting. Later duties included production/project management, copyediting and proofreading, financial analysis, royalty accounting. Remote management of production staff and multiple vendors.

Writer and Editor

Freelance

January, 2010 – Present (almost 7 years)

Copyediting, manuscript preparation, fact-checking, production management.

Provide organizational strategy, project management, editing, fact-checking, and research for clients (list available on request). Self-motivated professional with a passion for collaborative problem-solving, start-ups, and project management. I excel at partnering with an organization to turn mission into strategy, script out the nuts and bolts of execution, and realize goals.

Copy Editor

Wondertime Magazine, Disney Publishing

January, 2008 – July, 2008 (6 months)

Copyedit manuscripts and page proofs at all stages of development; maintain magazine style guide.

Managing Editor

Wave Books and Verse Press

May, 2001 – December, 2007 (over 6 years)

Manage operations of nonprofit poetry publisher, working with authors, distributors, book designers, literary and trade organizations, press, printers, and customers. Grantwriting and budget management; hire, train, and manage interns; manage distributor relationship and fulfillment, including direct subscription program; negotiate contracts and permissions; screen submissions; coordinate production. Major initiatives included work on the Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour (50 cities in 50 days, 2006) and a successful application to the NEA for organization funding.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Cries for Help, Various: Stories

Padgett Powell

Named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Vanity Fair "Rifles through fear, identity, meaning, and cultural memory in forty-four short, surreal stories." —Vanity Fair"By turns moving, funny, and maddening . very much in the key of Donald Barthelme." —The New York Times Book Review"Somehow both grounded and absurd, each one of the stories trying get at that heart of the confusion and sadness at the ... read more

Named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Vanity Fair "Rifles through fear, identity, meaning, and cultural memory in forty-four short, surreal stories." —Vanity Fair"By turns moving, funny, and maddening . very much in the key of Donald Barthelme." —The New York Times Book Review"Somehow both grounded and absurd, each one of the stories trying get at that heart of the confusion and sadness at the ... read more

And Every Day Was Overcast

Paul Kwiatkowski

"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy."—New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide, Dwight Garner“A completely original and clearheaded voice.”—Ira Glass, host of This American Life"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. . . The shabby suburbs of [South... read more

"This illustrated novel about growing up poor near the swamps of South Florida has a lurid vibrancy."—New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide, Dwight Garner“A completely original and clearheaded voice.”—Ira Glass, host of This American Life"We finish And Every Day Was Overcast in a delirious state of disassociation, not unlike the kids whose lives it seeks to evoke. . . The shabby suburbs of [South... read more

Maverick Jetpants in The City of Quality

Bill Peters

". . . Bill Peters belongs in the ranks of serious literary artists."—New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice"By turns funny and moving, this debut richly captures life in a decaying American city."—Publishers Weekly"There were times, while reading Maverick Jetpants, I thought: This isn’t a book. It’s a panic attack. In a good way. In the way where everything about it is frantic and urgent... read more

". . . Bill Peters belongs in the ranks of serious literary artists."—New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice"By turns funny and moving, this debut richly captures life in a decaying American city."—Publishers Weekly"There were times, while reading Maverick Jetpants, I thought: This isn’t a book. It’s a panic attack. In a good way. In the way where everything about it is frantic and urgent... read more

Nine Rabbits

Virginia Zaharieva

“Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming-of-age story, and feminist memoir. Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste.”—Publishers Weekly"This is powerful, controlled writing.”—Rain Taxi"Characters are portrayed in a stark light exposing their neediness, their unfla... read more

“Zaharieva packs several genres into one, including but not limited to pastoral idyll, sexual coming-of-age story, and feminist memoir. Ultimately, she presents life in all its messiness and possibility, vivid enough for the reader to almost taste.”—Publishers Weekly"This is powerful, controlled writing.”—Rain Taxi"Characters are portrayed in a stark light exposing their neediness, their unfla... read more

The Ghost Soldiers: Poems

James Tate

In this, his fifteenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate continues doing what he does best. His poems are evocative, provocative, funny, subtle, eccentric, occasionally disturbing, and wildly outrageous. Tate′s surrealist style strikes its own utterly new and original note in American poetry; as Charles Simic has observed, "To write a poem out of nothng at all is Tat... read more

In this, his fifteenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate continues doing what he does best. His poems are evocative, provocative, funny, subtle, eccentric, occasionally disturbing, and wildly outrageous. Tate′s surrealist style strikes its own utterly new and original note in American poetry; as Charles Simic has observed, "To write a poem out of nothng at all is Tat... read more

Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee

James Tate

“Fiction lovers who come to this book with an open mind will find themselves challenged and entertained by a brilliant writer with a very fertile imagination.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"When he turns to prose, this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet exhibits a surprisingly uncomplicated style."—DetailsJames Tate seems both awed and bemused by small-town life in these forty-four stories full ... read more

“Fiction lovers who come to this book with an open mind will find themselves challenged and entertained by a brilliant writer with a very fertile imagination.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"When he turns to prose, this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet exhibits a surprisingly uncomplicated style."—DetailsJames Tate seems both awed and bemused by small-town life in these forty-four stories full ... read more

Our Man in Iraq

Robert Perisic

"Robert Perisic depicts, with acerbic wit, a class of urban elites who are trying to reconcile their nineties rebellion with the reality of present-day Croatia. . . . The characters' snide remarks could easily sound cynical but the novel has a levity informed by the sense of social fluidity that comes with democracy."—The New Yorker"Robert Perisic is a light bright with intelligence and twinkl... read more

"Robert Perisic depicts, with acerbic wit, a class of urban elites who are trying to reconcile their nineties rebellion with the reality of present-day Croatia. . . . The characters' snide remarks could easily sound cynical but the novel has a levity informed by the sense of social fluidity that comes with democracy."—The New Yorker"Robert Perisic is a light bright with intelligence and twinkl... read more

Fat Man and Little Boy

Mike Meginnis

Two bombs over Japan. Two shells. One called Little Boy, one called Fat Man. Three days apart. The one implicit in the other. Brothers.Named one of Flavorwire's best independent books of 2014, and winner of the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.In this striking debut novel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified as Fat Man and Little Boy. This small measure of humanity is a cruelty ... read more

Two bombs over Japan. Two shells. One called Little Boy, one called Fat Man. Three days apart. The one implicit in the other. Brothers.Named one of Flavorwire's best independent books of 2014, and winner of the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.In this striking debut novel, the atomic bombs dropped on Japan are personified as Fat Man and Little Boy. This small measure of humanity is a cruelty ... read more

Sorry, Tree

Eileen Myles

“One of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature—honest, jokey, paranoid, sentimental, mean, lyrical, tough, you name it.”—Dennis CooperEileen Myles has written thousands of poems since she gave her first reading at CBGB in 1974. BUST magazine calls her “the rock star of modern poetry” and The New York Times says she’s “a cult figure to a generation of post-punk fem... read more

“One of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature—honest, jokey, paranoid, sentimental, mean, lyrical, tough, you name it.”—Dennis CooperEileen Myles has written thousands of poems since she gave her first reading at CBGB in 1974. BUST magazine calls her “the rock star of modern poetry” and The New York Times says she’s “a cult figure to a generation of post-punk fem... read more

Awe

Dorothea Lasky

If the book of Revelations had been scribbled in the diary of a precocious fourteen-year-old girl, the prophecies might look something like Awe. Dorothea Lasky is a daring truth-teller, naming names and boldly pushing the boundaries of confession. The secrets she tells are truths we recognize in ourselves: “Be scared of yourself / The real self / Is very scary.” Dorothea Lasky was born in St. ... read more

If the book of Revelations had been scribbled in the diary of a precocious fourteen-year-old girl, the prophecies might look something like Awe. Dorothea Lasky is a daring truth-teller, naming names and boldly pushing the boundaries of confession. The secrets she tells are truths we recognize in ourselves: “Be scared of yourself / The real self / Is very scary.” Dorothea Lasky was born in St. ... read more

My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Jack Spicer

In 1965, when the poet Jack Spicer died at the age of forty, he left behind a trunkful of papers and manuscripts and a few copies of the seven small books he had seen to press. A West Coast poet, his influence spanned the national literary scene of the 1950s and ’60s, though in many ways Spicer’s innovative writing ran counter to that of his contemporaries in the New York School and the West C... read more

In 1965, when the poet Jack Spicer died at the age of forty, he left behind a trunkful of papers and manuscripts and a few copies of the seven small books he had seen to press. A West Coast poet, his influence spanned the national literary scene of the 1950s and ’60s, though in many ways Spicer’s innovative writing ran counter to that of his contemporaries in the New York School and the West C... read more

So We Have Been Given Time Or

Sawako Nakayasu

Nakayasu’s book-length poem uses its tumbling dramatic form to create a new inquiry into "character," "time," "place," "direction " and other elements. Lyrical language and personal, engaging voices take the reader on a dizzying and affecting journey through a "geography of risk." This wholly original work brings poetry into regions hitherto explored only by the most experimental forms of musi... read more

Nakayasu’s book-length poem uses its tumbling dramatic form to create a new inquiry into "character," "time," "place," "direction " and other elements. Lyrical language and personal, engaging voices take the reader on a dizzying and affecting journey through a "geography of risk." This wholly original work brings poetry into regions hitherto explored only by the most experimental forms of musi... read more

Given

Arielle Greenberg

Much anticipated in poetry circles, this debut poetry collection by the well-known younger poet and critic rises to the occasion, at once bold and tender, experimental and clear. Jean Valentine writes: "New consciousnesses shine here in delicate, angry, ecstatic, funny, heartbroken play: the forked lightning of true poetry."

Much anticipated in poetry circles, this debut poetry collection by the well-known younger poet and critic rises to the occasion, at once bold and tender, experimental and clear. Jean Valentine writes: "New consciousnesses shine here in delicate, angry, ecstatic, funny, heartbroken play: the forked lightning of true poetry."

The Book of Funnels (Kate Tufts Discovery Award)

Christian Hawkey

John Ashbery writes: “Christian Hawkey’s poetry is landscape poetry in the true sense of landscape—not a segment of the Earth’s surface posing for its picture, but an open, undetermined space in which all kinds of crazy mental and physical things are going about their business simultaneously. What emerges is a portrait of a medium like the one we live in, with all its unexpectedness. The Book ... read more

John Ashbery writes: “Christian Hawkey’s poetry is landscape poetry in the true sense of landscape—not a segment of the Earth’s surface posing for its picture, but an open, undetermined space in which all kinds of crazy mental and physical things are going about their business simultaneously. What emerges is a portrait of a medium like the one we live in, with all its unexpectedness. The Book ... read more

Louise: Amended

Louise Krug

"A massive brain trauma robbed fashionable young Louise of the shallow currency she'd banked on all her life, and the resulting struggle is a page-turner in which a person's very soul deepens before your eyes. Louise: Amended rewards a reader's time—a must read."—Mary KarrA beautiful young woman from Kansas is about to embark on the life of her dreams—California! Glossy journalism! French boyf... read more

"A massive brain trauma robbed fashionable young Louise of the shallow currency she'd banked on all her life, and the resulting struggle is a page-turner in which a person's very soul deepens before your eyes. Louise: Amended rewards a reader's time—a must read."—Mary KarrA beautiful young woman from Kansas is about to embark on the life of her dreams—California! Glossy journalism! French boyf... read more

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