Mikaela Grantham

Mikaela Grantham - Editor

New Orleans, LA, USA

Author of HARDCORE (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2021) and Editor of contemporary literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction

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I am the founder and editor-in-chief of a small indie literary publisher which I started in 2014. While we do not publish many books a year, the books that we do publish have done well and we are proud of them. I champion writing that pushes the boundaries of conventional genres and work closely with writers and graphic designers in order to produce beautiful books. In 2017 our second release, MEMORY FOAM by Adam Soldofsky, received an American Book Award after being mentioned by the 21st United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, in the Washington Post, and in 2019 was listed as one of Ishmael Reed's favorite poetry collections of the year. Some of our other books (see KOKOMO by Laura Theobald and TEMPORAL by Troy James Weaver) have been listed on Dennis Cooper's blog as some of his most notable reads as well. We have also been listed on Electric Literature's "Great 2017 Indie Press Preview" in April of 2017 by Michael Seidlinger, founder of Civil Coping Mechanisms.


Though we receive many submissions, we are very small, and therefore, have a highly selective acceptance rate. Part of my job requires me to take time reviewing the dozens of queries and submissions sitting in our inbox. This responsibility has given me the chance to fine tune my eye for writing that I see to have potential as well as provide insight on how to stand out in the slush pile. Additionally, I have served as an associate editor for the world premier literary journal, New Orleans Review, and the Object Lessons book series published by the Atlantic & Bloomsbury Academic.


Thorough line edits are important, but I believe the best writer/editor relationship is one that is collaborative. My approach to editing involves a back and forth discussion of the text with the author. After reading your work, I will provide you with detailed feedback in the form of a letter as well as notes and thoughts throughout the text. What does the text invoke or ask of the reader, and how does this align with your intentions as the author? What is successful about the work and where are there places where it can be stronger? Once you have had time to go over my feedback, we will have a follow up meeting where you will have the opportunity to ask me any questions. I may send you additional texts to read that I feel could inspire or help you during your creative process.


I am also a writer. You can find my poems and short stories in Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, and New World Writing, among others. My debut collection of poems, HARDCORE, is forthcoming from Short Flight/Long Drive Books in early 2021. I edit with honesty and compassion, and I bring my spirit as a writer to my editing process. This means I will always honor your voice and vision.


My life is committed to the literary arts and helping writers get their work out into the world. I enjoy working on projects during any stage and I'd love to help you bring your writing to a place where it is ready to be published. Let's work together!

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Short Story

Certifications

  • Associates, Creative Writing Berkeley City College, 2014
  • BA, English Literature w/ Concentration in Creative Writing, 2017 Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Awards

  • American Book Award 2017

Work experience

Founder, Co-editor

Self-employed
November, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

● Oversees all processes and support operations for the publishing category including asset curation, development and inventory management
● Works closely with authors to edit and prepare manuscripts for publication with Disorder Press
● Collaborates with designers and writers to create products and product development
● Performs responsibilities of cultivating and maintaining relationships with partners, authors, booksellers, and third party agents
● Supervises all internships with students from Loyola University New Orleans

Host/Curator

Disorder Salon
April, 2019 – February, 2020 (10 months)

● Organized and hosted a monthly reading series in partnership with International House Hotel
● Responsible for curating and booking two authors for each reading
● Ensured all authors were paid and all visiting authors had rooms reserved at the hotel
● Worked with graphic designers and hotel to market reading series

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

Associate Editor

New Orleans Review
August, 2016 – August, 2017 (about 1 year)

● Collaborated to plan each issue, as well as a successful fundraiser and magazine release party
● Worked with a team to successfully solicit work from established writers
● Responsible for editing content from incoming submissions
● Generated engaging and contemporary content for award winning literary journal
● Increased sales of journal by traveling to attend literary conferences

Associate Editor for Object Lessons Series

Bloomsbury Academic
August, 2015 – August, 2016 (about 1 year)

Freelance Copy Editor & Writer

Flavorpill SF
June, 2012 – August, 2014 (about 2 years)

● Researched events relating to arts and culture in and around the San Francisco Bay Area ● Reviewed photos and drawings for the publication of articles
● Contributing writer

Portfolio (13 selected works)

New Orleans Review

Yakich, Mark

Cigarette Lighter (Object Lessons)

Pendarvis, Jack, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Dust (Object Lessons)

Marder, Michael, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Hair (Object Lessons)

Lowe, Scott, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Hotel (Object Lessons)

Walsh, Joanna, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Silence (Object Lessons)

Biguenet, John, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Driver's License (Object Lessons)

Castile, Meredith, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

The End of Airports

Schaberg, Christopher

Hood (Object Lessons)

Kinney, Alison, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Drone (Object Lessons)

Rothstein, Adam, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Phone Booth (Object Lessons)

Kelly, Ariana, Schaberg, Christopher, Bogost, Ian

Cassette 85

Wannabe, Dostoyevsky, Weaver, Troy James

Mikaela has 5 reviews

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Hafsa Quadri
Very professional. Responded to all my questions patiently. Had some valuable suggestions to improve the manuscript.

Hafsa Quadri, February 2021


Brandi Traxler
I have enjoyed working with Mikaela very much! I've been able to keep my short story true to the original with just a few extra details and suggestions added.

Brandi Traxler, January 2021


Cain Schmitz
Very wonderful to work with. Very detail oriented and constructive. Helped me to feel secure in my writing while also pointing out what needed to be worked on. I feel confident that I have the tools I need to make an improved redraft.

Cain Schmitz, January 2021


Robert Cothran
My collaboration with Mikaela on my poetry is just barely beginning. Bur she has already been professionally helpful, patient and and generous beyond measure.

Robert Cothran, January 2021


James Schwartz
I asked Mikaela both to assess and do a developmental edit of a story. She did an excellent job. She understood where I was trying to go with the piece and offered insightful suggestions on how to get there.

James Schwartz, December 2020

Mikaela Grantham
James is a fantastic writer. I can't wait to see where his work leads him.

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