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Signe Jorgenson

Signe Jorgenson - Editor

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Signe Jorgenson is a developmental editor, copyeditor, and proofreader who works primarily with fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry.

Overview

Signe Jorgenson is a writer, developmental editor, copyeditor, and proofreader with fifteen years' experience as a writer and five years' formal experience as a copyeditor and proofreader. She is Co-Editor in Chief and Nonfiction Editor at both Pebblebrook Press and Stoneboat Literary Journal. She was also a tenured professor at Lakeland College, where she taught grammar, creative writing, technical writing, and composition courses for seven years before becoming a full-time freelancer. Through her work with Stoneboat and Pebblebrook, Signe has edited pieces by Robert Vivian, Philip Dacey, Mariko Nagai, Simon Perchik, Joyce Dyer, Karl Elder, and James Grabill, among others. She has also interviewed Chad Harbach.

Signe provides a variety of editorial services. She offers professional critiques of literary fiction and nonfiction with tangible suggestions for revision; she also also helps writers to develop and refine manuscripts at any stage of the writing process. She works with writers and agents to prepare manuscripts for submission and publication, and also copyedits and proofreads articles, manuscripts, dissertations,and everything in between for clarity and coherence.

Signe's essays and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Sonora Review, Fugue, Dos Passos Review, Oyez Review, and Steam Ticket. She earned an MFA in creative writing (nonfiction emphasis) from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and samples of her creative work can be found online at www.signejorgenson.com.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Literature Poetry Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Publishing

Work experience

Resume Writer

Talent Inc

May, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

Prepare detailed, eye-catching resumes and cover letters to make clients stand out in the job application process. Communicate with job-seekers about experiences and career goals to tailor documents to their strengths and specific needs. Research clients’ fields to use proper verbiage when describing skills, positions, and aspirations.

Co-Editor in Chief & Nonfiction Editor

Pebblebrook Press

December, 2011 – Present (almost 5 years)

Helped to found the press. Oversee all aspects of the publication process, from manuscript selection to copyediting to design. Work closely with authors and printers, track sales and royalties, negotiate contracts, maintain social media, create promotional materials, communicate with writers, and represent the press at events and festivals.

Co-Editor in Chief & Nonfiction Editor

Stoneboat Literary Journal

April, 2010 – Present (over 6 years)

Helped to found the journal and have been instrumental in publishing each issue. Read submissions, select work for publication, copyedit, manage budget, maintain subscription database, manage social media, organize public readings, create promotional materials, and represent the press at events and festivals.

Associate Professor of Composition

Lakeland College

August, 2008 – May, 2015 (over 6 years)

Regularly taught courses in composition, grammar, and critical thinking. Occasionally taught creative writing courses and workshop sessions. Also served as academic adviser for first-year students. Served as writing tutor coordinator, led a periodic review of the institution's required composition curriculum, chaired the institution's Convocation & Fine Arts Committee for two years, and served on numerous additional task forces and committees. Earned tenure in 2014, but position was eliminated due to budget cuts.

Adjunct Professor

University of Alaska Anchorage

August, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

Taught courses in composition, creative nonfiction, and technical writing.

Writing Tutor

University of Alaska Anchorage Writing Center

August, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

Tutored students of all ability levels, including many non-native English speakers. Worked with students not only on papers for writing/English courses but also on papers for courses in a variety of disciplines.

Research Assistant

LitSite Alaska

August, 2004 – May, 2005 (9 months)

Studied the relationship between memory and journal writing on a joint project between LitSite Alaska, a web-based literacy project, and the University of Alaska Anchorage Psychology Department.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Impersonations

Mark Zimmermann

Each of the persona poems in this collection is written in the voice of a historical figure, contemporary cultural icon, or well-known literary character. The poems are written in the lipogram form, a constraint in which certain letters of the alphabet are deliberately omitted from the work. In Impersonations, Zimmermann has limited himself to the letters contained in the name of each persona;... read more

Each of the persona poems in this collection is written in the voice of a historical figure, contemporary cultural icon, or well-known literary character. The poems are written in the lipogram form, a constraint in which certain letters of the alphabet are deliberately omitted from the work. In Impersonations, Zimmermann has limited himself to the letters contained in the name of each persona;... read more

Momentary Ordinary

Marilyn Zelke Windau

Marilyn Zelke-Windau writes of the ordinary in a highly extraordinary way in her debut collection of free verse poetry. She experiments with language, imagery, texture, and narrative in in each of the book's five sections, delivering poems that are both powerful and unexpected. Nineteen poems are illustrated with pen and ink drawing by the poet herself, making this unique collection stand out.... read more

Marilyn Zelke-Windau writes of the ordinary in a highly extraordinary way in her debut collection of free verse poetry. She experiments with language, imagery, texture, and narrative in in each of the book's five sections, delivering poems that are both powerful and unexpected. Nineteen poems are illustrated with pen and ink drawing by the poet herself, making this unique collection stand out.... read more

A Berserker Stuck in Traffic

Erik Richardson

"Erik Richardson is a modern mythmaker. From his cauldron of history, science, philosophy, and mathematics bubble lives we'd forgotten we've lived, or those we thought—until now—were impossible. a berserker stuck in traffic asks us to recall the wilderness, wonder, and even violence of our collective past and return to it in our times, chained to cubicles though we may be. Richardson's poems r... read more

"Erik Richardson is a modern mythmaker. From his cauldron of history, science, philosophy, and mathematics bubble lives we'd forgotten we've lived, or those we thought—until now—were impossible. a berserker stuck in traffic asks us to recall the wilderness, wonder, and even violence of our collective past and return to it in our times, chained to cubicles though we may be. Richardson's poems r... read more

Hartford Avenue Poets: Masquerades & Misdemeanors

Hartford Avenue Poets, Phyllis Wax, Ed Werstein, Mark Zimmermann, Thomas J. Erickson, Mary Lux, Helen Padway, Kim Parsons, Kathleen H. Phillips, Barbara B. Prendergast, Sheryl Slocum, Marilyn L. Taylor

Judging from the skyrocketing number of poetry enthusiasts who read, write, and participate in poetry events nowadays, it looks like Walt Whitman was right: we Americans are celebrating ourselves and singing ourselves with a degree of enthusiasm and relevance unmatched in recent literary history. And if the art of poetry is thriving from coast to coast, nowhere is it more vibrantly alive than ... read more

Judging from the skyrocketing number of poetry enthusiasts who read, write, and participate in poetry events nowadays, it looks like Walt Whitman was right: we Americans are celebrating ourselves and singing ourselves with a degree of enthusiasm and relevance unmatched in recent literary history. And if the art of poetry is thriving from coast to coast, nowhere is it more vibrantly alive than ... read more

Stoneboat 5.2

Pebblebrook Press

Stoneboat literary journal has been publishing exceptional poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and b&w art since 2010. This issue includes a poetic photo essay written by Mariko Nagai about the Hiroshima atomic bombing. It also includes three short stories, two essays, and more than a dozen poems. Based out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Stoneboat features many Wisconsin writers alongside ... read more

Stoneboat literary journal has been publishing exceptional poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and b&w art since 2010. This issue includes a poetic photo essay written by Mariko Nagai about the Hiroshima atomic bombing. It also includes three short stories, two essays, and more than a dozen poems. Based out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Stoneboat features many Wisconsin writers alongside ... read more

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