Susan Comninos

Susan Comninos - Editor

Guilderland, NY, United States

I'm a widely published poet, arts journalist and book critic, as well as an expert editor, who helps other writers polish their manuscripts.

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Overview

I'm a widely published poet, arts journalist and book critic, as well as an expert freelance editor.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Literature
Poetry
Short Story
Themes & Motifs
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing

Certifications

  • BA in English from Cornell University
  • MFA in creative writing (poetry) from The University of Michigan
  • Coursework in News & Feature Writing at Columbia University

Awards

  • Winner of the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet (2010)
  • Winner of a Tishman Review Staff Favorite Prize (2016)
  • Winner of a Poets Respond (to the news) contest run by Rattle
  • Winner of a VQR Writers' Conference Scholarship (2016)

Work experience

Visiting Assistant Professor

The Univ. at Albany
September, 2017 – Present (12 months)

After years of working largely as a freelance journalist and poet, last year, I also returned to academia.

In 2017, I taught literary analysis at Siena College, in Latham, New York. This year. I've been teaching creative writing -- fiction, poetry and nonfiction -- at The College of St. Rose, in Albany, NY.

As of summer 2018, I will join the faculty of The Univ. at Albany as a visiting assistant professor in English.

Freelance Editor and Tutor

Self-employed
April, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

As a freelance journalist, I cover books, authors and trend stories for a wide range of publications. My book reviews, author profiles, essays, interviews and trend stories have appeared in The Atlantic Online, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Jewish Daily Forward, among others.

As a freelance editor, I draw on my writing background to help my private clients both polish and render publishable their own articles and books-related projects.

As a poet, I've written and published individual poems in The Common, The Cortland Review, Harvard Review Online, The Malahat Review, The Nashville Review, Quarterly West, Rattle, Subtropics, Tablet magazine and TriQuarterly, among others.

Recently, I completed a debut book of poems, "Out of Nowhere."

As a poetry tutor, mentor and editor, I enjoy helping aspiring poets reach their fullest expression as writers, as well as working with them to shape their work for submission to publications.

Freelance Journalist and Editor

Self-employed
April, 2003 – Present (over 15 years)

As a freelance journalist, I cover books, authors and trend stories for a wide range of publications. My book reviews, author profiles, essays, interviews and other feature stories have appeared in The Atlantic Online, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and Jewish Daily Forward, among others.

As a freelance editor, I draw on my longtime experience to help my private clients polish, render precise and make publishable their own articles and books-related projects.

As a poet, I've written and published poems in The Common, The Cortland Review, Harvard Review Online, The Malahat Review, The Nashville Review, Quarterly West, Rattle, Subtropics, Tablet magazine and TriQuarterly, among others.

Recently, I completed a debut book of poems, "Out of Nowhere."

As a poetry tutor, mentor and editor, I enjoy helping aspiring poets reach their fullest expression as writers, as well as working with them to shape their work for submission to publications.

Freelance arts journalist and book critic

Self-employed
January, 2003 – Present (over 15 years)

Since 2003, I've covered books, authors and trend stories for The Atlantic Online, The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Haaretz English Edition, Jewish Daily Forward, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

I specialize in book reviews, author profiles (single- and multi-source) and trend stories.

I also write, teach and publish poetry. Since 2015, my poetry's appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Rattle, Subtropics, The Malahat Review, The Common, Hobart, Southern Humanities Review, The Tishman Review, Spoon River Poetry Review and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.

Previously, it appeared in TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, The Cortland Review, Nashville Review, Forward and Lilith, among others.

Since the start of my career, I've taught creative writing at universities and arts centers including The Univ. of Michigan, RPI and The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot

David Michael Slater

Blueline Anthology

Rick Henry

Since 1979 Blueline has been quietly binding together literature that reflects the distinctive Adirondack spirit. These poems and stories, collected in one volume for the first time, reveal an accumulation of regional writing that forms a contemporary history of the Adirondacks. This history not only celebrates the geography of the Adirondacks but embraces a distinct way of looking at the worl... read more

Since 1979 Blueline has been quietly binding together literature that reflects the distinctive Adirondack spirit. These poems and stories, collected in one volume for the first time, reveal an accumulation of regional writing that forms a contemporary history of the Adirondacks. This history not only celebrates the geography of the Adirondacks but embraces a distinct way of looking at the worl... read more

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