Zakiya Harris

Zakiya Harris - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Assistant editor at Penguin Random House, a freelancer book reviewer, and fiction writer based in Brooklyn

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I am currently an assistant editor at Penguin Random House, where I have worked on books of various genres including commercial women's fiction, history, biography, memoir, and politics. I am also a book reviewer, ghostwriter, and essay writer.

I received my MFA from The New School's nonfiction creative writing program in 2016.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Literary Fiction
Themes & Motifs
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Music

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House
August, 2016 – Present (over 3 years)

Read numerous book submissions whose genres range from commercial women’s fiction and literary fiction to history, memoir, science, and politics
Provide feedback on structure, tone, audience, and other editorial aspects to authors through phone and/or letters on numerous titles
Craft smart, concise copy for web as well as booksellers and book flaps

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

Amy S. Greenberg

The little-known story of remarkable First Lady Sarah Polk--a brilliant master of the art of high politics and a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism.While the Woman's Rights convention was taking place at Seneca Falls in 1848, First Lady Sarah Childress Polk was wielding influence unprecedented for a woman in Washington, D.C. Yet, while history remembers the wom... read more

The little-known story of remarkable First Lady Sarah Polk--a brilliant master of the art of high politics and a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism.While the Woman's Rights convention was taking place at Seneca Falls in 1848, First Lady Sarah Childress Polk was wielding influence unprecedented for a woman in Washington, D.C. Yet, while history remembers the wom... read more

In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement

John Heminway

As a member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years, earning herself the cherished nickname “Mama Daktari”—“Mother Doctor.” Yet few knew that what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa was a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nic... read more

As a member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years, earning herself the cherished nickname “Mama Daktari”—“Mother Doctor.” Yet few knew that what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa was a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nic... read more

Call Me American: A Memoir

Abdi Nor Iftin

The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card.Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines la... read more

The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card.Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines la... read more

Sociable: A Novel

Rebecca Harrington

“Extremely funny.” --Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post An exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of digital media, Sociable is a deliciously irreverent satire about the capriciousness of internet fame, the bewildering sexual mores of online dating, the preening male ego in the workplace, and about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.Wh... read more

“Extremely funny.” --Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post An exuberant comedy of manners set in the world of digital media, Sociable is a deliciously irreverent satire about the capriciousness of internet fame, the bewildering sexual mores of online dating, the preening male ego in the workplace, and about what it means to be young, broke, dumped, and scarily good at creating viral content.Wh... read more

The Book of Essie: A novel

Meghan MacLean Weir

FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD"Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threaten... read more

FINALIST FOR THE 2018 NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD"Both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely."—Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threaten... read more

The Districts: Justice and Power in New York City

Johnny Dwyer

An unprecedented plunge into New York City's federal court system that gives us a revelatory picture of how our justice system, and the pursuit of justice, really works.A young Italian Mafioso helps get rid of a body in Queens. In Manhattan, a hedge fund portfolio manager misrepresents his company's assets to investors. At JFK International Airport, a college student returns from Jamaica with ... read more

An unprecedented plunge into New York City's federal court system that gives us a revelatory picture of how our justice system, and the pursuit of justice, really works.A young Italian Mafioso helps get rid of a body in Queens. In Manhattan, a hedge fund portfolio manager misrepresents his company's assets to investors. At JFK International Airport, a college student returns from Jamaica with ... read more

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Ashley W
Zakiya Harris provided the editing and feedback that I needed for my story. Her services have given me invaluable direction and assistance. I now have so much confidence in completing my project. Zakiya is highly skilled! I would definitely recommend her and collaborate again!

Ashley W, October 2019

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