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Shari MacDonald Strong

Shari MacDonald Strong - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

I have worked as an editor and writer for two+ decades. Projects include memoir, politics, spirituality, literary and historical fiction.

Overview

I am a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. I've been doing this work for more than two decades and I love it. My areas of particular interest include memoir, historical fiction, literary fiction, politics, women's stories and issues, history, personal growth, and spirituality.

In addition to my freelance work, I am a former Senior Editor for the online literary magazine Literary Mama and the editor of The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change. I have also contributed to other anthologies, such as It's a Girl, edited by Andrea J. Buchanan, and Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical, edited by Hannah Faith Notess.

In my free time, I can often be found reading Russian literature or literary fiction. Favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Elena Ferrante, George Saunders, Jane Gardam, David James Duncan, Maria Semple, Anthony Marra, Jess Walter, Barbara Kingsolver, and Anton Chekhov, but that's just scratching the surface.

I am a wife and mother, an introvert and friend, and a student of literature and life. My spirituality and politics fall left of center and whenever I stumble across someone quoting Rumi or Mary Oliver, I feel like I've found a friend.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Historical Fiction Inspirational Literature Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor/Copyeditor

Self-employed
May, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

Providing thoughtful and professional substantive editing, line editing, and copyediting services.

Senior Editor

Literary Mama magazine
September, 2007 – June, 2014 (over 6 years)

Creative Nonfiction Co-Editor

Literary Mama magazine
September, 2006 – September, 2007 (about 1 year)

Creative Nonfiction Editorial Assistant

Literary Mama
March, 2006 – August, 2006 (5 months)

Freelance Editor and Copywriter

Self-employed
January, 1994 – December, 2005 (almost 12 years)

Senior Editor

Multnomah Books/Questar Publishers (a division of Random House)
March, 1993 – June, 1994 (over 1 year)

Advertising Manager/Senior Copywriter

Multnomah Books/Questar Publishers (a division of Random House)
January, 1992 – December, 1994 (almost 3 years)

Advertising and Promotions Manager

Multnomah Press
August, 1991 – May, 1992 (9 months)

Publicity Assistant

Multnomah Press
March, 1991 – August, 1991 (5 months)

Portfolio (1 selected work)

The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change

Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features more than 40 powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families — both their own and other women’s — in this country and globally.From the mom deconstructing playground "power games" with her first-grade child, to the m... read more

Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features more than 40 powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families — both their own and other women’s — in this country and globally.From the mom deconstructing playground "power games" with her first-grade child, to the m... read more

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