Stacy Bierlein

Stacy Bierlein – Editor

Professional editor, writer, and manuscript consultant


Stacy Bierlein is a writer, editor, and manuscript consultant with experience in independent publishing and areas of expertise in literary event planning and publication design. A passionate traveler and instructor, she has worked with more than two hundred writers in the United States and abroad.

“I am grateful for her astute editing of a story, a line change that opened an entire novel in its wake.”

-Tod Goldberg, Other Resort Cities and Gangsterland

“I follow all of her projects with great interest. I realized early on she was going to have a great literary career and lead others to do the same.” -Patricia McNair, The Temple of Air and These Are the Good Times

“She knows a manuscript inside out and determines the recipe to make it better.”

-Francine Matarazzo, visual artist, writer, and educator

Praise for A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends, stories by Stacy Bierlein, Elephant Rock Books, 2012

“Bierlein's deft character development, nuanced prose, and honest treatment of the ups and downs of love make this a memorable and engaging collection—a trip readers will want to take again and again.”

-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Praise for Men Undressed: Women Writers on the Male Sexual Experience, edited by Stacy Bierlein, Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, and Kat Meads with a foreword by Steve Almond, Other Voices Books in association with Dzanc Books, 2011

“This is a stirring, unsettling, and provocative collection of short stories. It should be studied from beginning to end, with no story left unread.” -Richard Thomas, Bookslut

Praise for A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection, edited by Stacy Bierlein with a foreword by Aimee Liu, Other Voices Books in association with the University of Illinois Press, 2008

“This anthology explodes with unexpected combinations of place, ethnicity, and nationality—and it’s no mistake that collision precedes connection in the subtitle.Fiction, here, is well suited to the task of telling truths: unfettered by factual accuracy, the dreamlike and disconcerting scenarios cast cultural realities in sharp relief.”

-Julie Hanus, Utne Reader

Praise for the founding editors of Other Voices Books

“It’s thrilling to see work from favorite indie press/book imprint Other Voices Books whose dynamic duo Gina Frangello and Stacy Bierlein just can’t be beat.” -Allison Parker, Leite’s Culinaria

Praise for the founding editors of Emerald Bay Books

“Editors in this new platform are far from risk-adverse. (Debut author) Ari Juel’s style approaches that of Umberto Eco, a remarkable work of fiction from someone with a doctorate in computer science …”


Praise for the staff at Other Voices Magazine

Other Voices magazine has its finger on the pulse of contemporary literature. Editors showcase more of what’s new and exciting here than in just about any other creative space.” -New City

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English (US)
  • Nobby Award for First Fiction (story collection, Ex-Boyfriends)
  • Independent Publisher’s Literary Fiction Award (anthology, Stranger)
  • IPPY Award, gold medal fiction, (anthology, Stranger),
  • Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Public Communications, BS Journalism
  • University of Chicago, Continuing Education Certificate in Publication Design
  • Columbia College Chicago, Story Workshop, BFA Creative Writing

Work experience


Jan, 2014 — Present

Manuscript editing and consulting, private coaching for emerging and established writers, writing and copyediting for businesses, organizations, and schools. Services also include creativity workshops, lectures, and professional development tools.

Emerald Bay Books

Sep, 2008 — Sep, 2010 (about 2 years)

Catalogue includes Tetraktys, by Ari Juels

Other Voices Books

Jun, 2004 — Jun, 2014 (about 10 years)

Catalogue includes The Cost of Living, by Rob Roberge; Currency, by Zoe Zolbrod; Other Resort Cities, by Tod Goldberg; Things That Pass for Love, by Allison Amend; How to Hold a Woman, by Billy Lombardo; O Street, by Corrina Wycoff; and Simplify, by Tod Goldberg.

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