zakia hb

zakia hb – Editor

Seasoned editor with ten years in trade book publishing.


I specialize in editing nonfiction books for a general audience. I've worked at an independent trade book publishing house for the last eight years. We "publish in the public interest," with veteran and first-time authors alike, which makes the work very fulfilling. As a group, the books I've had the pleasure of working on editorially have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, been awarded the PEN/Galbraith Prize for Nonfiction and the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice, and received attention from Booklist, the Boston Review, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, and the New York Review of Books. My goal is always to help shape book projects into the most compelling, resonant versions of themselves. My superpowers are patience and precision!
Biographies & Memoirs History Law Music Political Science & Current Affairs Sociology
English (US)
  • Winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Cate Marvin
  • New York Foundation of the Arts 2023 Fellow in Poetry
  • BA in American Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan University
  • MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College at CUNY

Work experience

The New Press

Sep, 2012 — Present


In a Day’s Work

Bernice Yeung

2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction Winner of the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Winner of the 2018 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice“In a Day’s Work is a . . . much-needed addition to the literature on sexual haras... read more

Catherine Coleman Flowers

The “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy “Catherine [Flowers] is a shining example of the power individuals have to make... read more
Inventing Latinos

Laura E. Gómez

A timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic racial identity—because it impacts everything we think we know about race in America Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture‚ ... read more
A crucial indictment of widely embraced “alternatives to incarceration” that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance “But what does it mean—really—to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your pris... read more
Rap on Trial

Erik Nielson

A groundbreaking exposé about the alarming use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence to convict and incarcerate young men of color Should Johnny Cash have been charged with murder after he sang, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”? Few would seriously su... read more
State of Resistance

Manuel Pastor

“Concise, clear and convincing. . . a vision for the country as a whole.”—James Fallows, The New York Times Book ReviewA leading sociologist’s brilliant and revelatory argument that the future of politics, work, immigration, and more may be found in California... read more
People Like Us

Sayu Bhojwani

The inspiring story of political newcomers (sometimes also newcomers to America) who are knocking down built-in barriers to creating better government The system is rigged: America’s political leadership remains overwhelmingly white, male, moneyed, and Christi... read more
Integration Nation

Susan E. Eaton

“Eaton has done invaluable work in documenting the revitalization of communities across the U.S. by immigrants and refugees” (David Bacon, author of Illegal People). In recent years, politicians in a handful of local communities and states have passed laws and... read more
When We Fight, We Win

Greg Jobin-Leeds

Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People’s Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street, the fight for a $15 minimum wage—these are just a few of the remarkable movements that have blossomed in the past decade, a most fertile ... read more

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