I've been writing for 20 years. I hold an MFA from the Pan European Creative Writing Program, have served on the Yaddo Literature Panel, and have been a reader for Zoetrope All-Story in San Francisco and Tin House in Portland. Books I've edited have gone on to receive prestigious award recognition, including Longlist honors for the PEN/Bingham Prize, and Finalist honors for the PEN/Hemingway Award. For more than a decade I've provided literary services to a broad range of clients around the country, from aspiring writers to large non-profits and NGOs. But nothing pleases me more than helping fellow writers who are engaged in the difficult business of giving meaningful expression to sensibility. I'm happy to proofread, copy edit, or provide comprehensive editing and consultation.
If you've got a literary project that could benefit from the attention of a skilled editorial eye, please get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.
- PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist (edited title)
- PEN/Bingham Prize Longlist (edited title)
- Balcones Fiction Prize (edited title)
- American Short Fiction Prize Semi-Finalist (author)
- American Booksellers Association Indie Next Book of the Year Finalist (author)
- American Booksellers Association #1 Indie Next Pick (author)
- MFA in Creative Writing
Portland State University
Design and teach advanced creative writing courses, including the summer creative writing program in Vienna.
Moss Literary Journal
Moss is a journal of writing from the Pacific Northwest, published three times a year online and once annually in print.
As a Contributing Editor for Moss, I solicit and edit new works of fiction and nonfiction; review unsolicited submissions; confer with editorial team on acquisitions and plans for future issues.
Atelier26 is a nationally recognized, award-winning publishing house specializing in contemporary and classic literature. Distributed throughout North America by Independent Publishers Group (IPG).
At Atelier26 I acquire new works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; provide comprehensive editing in close collaboration with authors; proofread and copy edit; work with cover designer; manage editorial and publication calendar; manage print production schedules (galleys, proofs, and finals); write advertising copy, book jacket copy, and promotional copy; frequently update content on company website and write for social media channels; work with publicist to coordinate and execute marketing and promotion; confer with Advisory Board members; work with North American distributor; devise budgets; write grants; report to fiscal sponsor; track and dispense author royalties; read and manage submissions; negotiate and execute author contracts.
Tin House Literary Magazine
Since 2004, I have provided editing and writing services to a broad range of clients around the country, from developing writers to rocket scientists, government contractors, large nonprofits, and NGOs. Organizational clients include:
o The American Transplant Foundation
o The Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation
o The Adaptive Sailing Foundation
o Invest for Kids Chicago
o The Environmental Investigation Agency
o Prosperity Now
Under the pen name M. Allen Cunningham I have published eight books (fiction & nonfiction) since 2004:
o Perpetua’s Kin, a novel (published Sept. 2018)
o Funny-Ass Thoreau, nonfiction (published 2016)
o Partisans, a novel (published March 2015)
o The Flickering Page, cultural criticism (published March 2014)
o The Honorable Obscurity Handbook, essays (published spring 2014)
o Date of Disappearance, short story collection (published April 2012)
o Lost Son, a novel (published spring 2007)
o The Green Age of Asher Witherow, a novel (published fall 2004)
Since 2002, my essays, articles, criticism, blog posts, and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications both national and regional, including regular contributions to The Oregonian Books section.