Anna Morrison

Anna Morrison – Editor

Precisely worded, wildly creative: Editor of award-winning books (poetry and prose) offering customized and attentive editorial services

Overview

I am an editor and poet with experience at every level of writing, editing, and production. As a Senior Editor at Kelsey Street Press for five years, I edited innovative, award-winning books of poetry and prose, collaborating with authors, other editors, book designers, printers, and distributors. Highlights include editing Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner (recipient of a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly), Recombinant by Ching-In Chen (a LAMBDA Winner in Transgender Poetry), and The Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña (a bilingual edition of poetry and art spanning decades). I've also copyedited and proofread titles such as 7 Days and Night in the Desert (Tracing the Origin) by Sabrina Dalla Valle, Premonition by Etel Adnan, and Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets. My own writing has appeared in journals such as BOMB, Fence, Lana Turner, Interim, and Puerto del Sol. My Chapbook Water in Three Acts was selected as part of Newfound's Emerging Poets Chapbook Series, and I've also been selected as a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

On Reedsy, I offer editorial services on manuscripts of poetry or poetic prose. I prefer to begin with a conversation about the journey you've taken thus far with the manuscript. After developing a schedule for your project, I will check-in regularly to make sure my progress meets your needs and expectations. I will read your manuscript meticulously and attentively, listen carefully to your concerns about the work, and respect all deadlines. My strengths as an editor include close attention to craft choices, identifying sections where energy wanes, and proposing revisions that animate and unify the project while respecting the poet's vision. I love helping writers achieve the most fully realized versions of their manuscripts. Thank you for considering me as an editor. I look forward to discussing your book with you!
Services
Fiction
Poetry
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • LUMINA Poetry Prize
  • Prism Review Poetry Prize
  • Finalist, National Poetry Series
Certifications
  • Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Writing (Poetry)

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2016 — Present

Provides a full range of editorial services for poetry and prose manuscripts, academic papers, business documents, and online articles. Conducts one-on-one sessions with poets, emphasizing craft and revision. Published highlights include:
• “‘Ne spared they then to strip her naked all’: Reading, Rape, and Reformation in Spenser’s Faerie Queene” by Dr. Stephanie Bahr, later published in Studies in Philology (Spring 2020).
• “Titus Andronicus and the Interpretive Violence of the Reformation” by Dr. Stephanie Bahr, later published in Shakespeare Quarterly (vol 68, no 3, Fall 2017).
• “Reflections on Kelsey Street” by Patricia Dienstfrey, published as an interview in Entropy (October 2016).

Kelsey Street Press

May, 2012 — Jul, 2017 (about 5 years)

Evaluated and selected manuscripts under consideration. Edited, produced, and promoted various print titles. Editor of Kelsey Street Press Blog, curating poems and reviews for publication, writing essays and event reports, and conducting author interviews. Wrote and designed bi-monthly newsletters as well as fundraising campaigns (digital and print). Oversaw gift processing and acknowledgment. Acted as webmaster. Queried journals for reviews and interviews.
• Production Editor for Cecilia Vicuña: New and Selected Poems, a bilingual edition that combines poetry, visual art, and performance transcripts.
• Co-editor of Recombinant by Ching-In Chen, the 2018 Lambda Winner in Transgender Poetry.
• Editor of Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly.

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Peter O.

Peter O.

Mar, 2021

Anna gave a very high review of my work, demonstrating a deep knowledge of her craft. Her comments were all pertinent and useful. Always appreciate sticking to budget and timeline. Would definitely work with her again.
Mary D.

Mary D.

Jul, 2020

Anna was very thorough with her feedback and I could tell she put a lot of thought into her revisions! Her line-by-line edits were exceptional and precise. In addition to the incremental changes she made, she left notes about why she made them. I am incredibly pleased with her work — I have never received such thoughtful, detailed notes from anyone! Anna encourages you to take your work to the ...
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Imad A.

Imad A.

Jul, 2020

Thank you Anna, you were the right person to help edit my work. I wish you well!

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