Michael Mah

Michael Mah - Editor

Editor with years of experience in NY publishing. Freelance writer. Skin in the game.

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I've worked for Penguin Random House, Abrams, and the Overlook press as a proofreader and copy editor. I have an MFA from NYU. My background is in literary fiction, but the major houses don't discriminate, so I've edited high fantasy, indexed scholarly nonfiction, and workshopped the short stories of sensitive undergraduates.

Upon request I can stick to consistency and grammar, but I'm a pretty good line editor and I know my way around narrative structure. Areas of connoisseurship: music, sports, foodie-ism, feelings, looking up spellings in Merriam Webster.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Literary Fiction


  • MFA

Work experience

Associate Production Editor

The Overlook Press
September, 2013 – April, 2018 (over 4 years)

Copyediting and proofreading fiction and nonfiction titles.

Freelance Writer

January, 2013 – Present (over 8 years)

Written for publication in the Millions, the Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Graduate Instructor

New York University
January, 2012 – December, 2012 (11 months)

Taught the undergraduate course Introduction to Creative Writing.

Starling Days: A Novel

Buchanan, Rowan Hisayo

To Be Honest

Leviton, Michael

Septimania: A Novel

Levi, Jonathan

Into The Woods

John Yorke

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