Sumanth Prabhaker

Sumanth Prabhaker - Editor

Northampton, MA, USA

Editor, Orion Magazine. Storytelling through nature, science, memoir, history.

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I'm a book and magazine editor with over fifteen years of experience developing content for trade, educational, children's, and literary markets. I'm presently the editor of Orion, an environmental magazine whose catalog includes work by Wendell Barry, Barry Lopez, Mary Oliver, Rebecca Solnit, and Terry Tempest Williams. My previous experience includes acquisitions and development work for publishers in the trade, educational, children's, and literary markets.

On the side, I run the operations of two nonprofit literary organizations: the charitable publisher Madras Press and the international children's book pop-up Migrant Books.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Short Story

Work experience


Orion Magazine
November, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

Creative Direction
• Strategic planning of editorial vision for the nation’s leading environmental magazine.
• Development of content in response to feedback from the magazine’s stakeholders: executive leadership team, board of directors, authors, donors, and 20,000+ readers.
• Audit of 37 years of archival content to illuminate historical biases and leadership in initiatives to counterbalance those findings.

Operational Management
• Supervision of editorial staff designed to source leads, develop content, fact-check, and copyedit manuscripts.
• Supervision of production staff to traffic page proofs through QA and final upload.
• Recruitment and art direction of photographers and illustrators.

Brand Stewardship
• Management of relations with authors, estates, agents, and publishers.
• Establishment of collaborations with other media producers and art institutions, including Invisibilia, On Being with Krista Tippett, Mass MoCA, Living on Earth, The Marshall Project, and Kaiser Health News.
• Representation of Orion in panels, readings, and school visits.

Content Developer

Pioneer Valley Books
August, 2016 – August, 2018 (about 2 years)

• Research and acquisition of 100+ titles annually.
• Supervision of editorial staff to develop, fact-check, and copyedit manuscripts.
• Implementation of mandatory bias review process for all new manuscripts.
• Participation in ILA, RRCNA, and other educational publishing conferences.

Development Editor

April, 2009 – April, 2016 (about 7 years)

• Editorial and production project management of custom K-12 texts, including acquisition, development, page composition, and QA.
• Editorial and production project management of statewide testing proposals, including supervision of in-house and freelance writers, and collaborative research with subject matter experts.
• Management of relations with authors

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Tiny Wife

Kaufman, Andrew

The Third Elevator

Bender, Aimee, Weber, Marnie

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