1991–98, University of Kansas, Lawrence, PhD, English; dissertation: “Refiguring Historical Time: The Alternate History.”

1989–91, University of Kansas, Lawrence, MA, English; thesis: “Archipelagoes of Stars: The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith.”

1984–88, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, BA, English; certified to teach high school.

Present employment

2000–present, copyeditor and writer, Jay, ME | Freelance copyeditor and writer in the scientific, technical, and medical market

  • Prepare and copyedit manuscripts.
  • Typeset manuscripts in XML/SGML, Word’s Styles, or other systems, using specifications and tools provided by the client.

Relevant past employment

1996–2000, Allen Press Inc., Lawrence, KS | Director of Copyediting Services

  • Coordinate copyediting services for more than fifty scientific and technical journals.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise more than twenty-five freelance copyediting contractors; and supervise two full-time staff members.
  • Research and write style for customers; prepare bids; meet with customers; and represent Allen Press at professional meetings by presenting or attending.

Editing interests

  • Scientific, technical, and medical texts.
  • Postmodernism, critical theory, and science fiction.
  • Knowledge of the following styles: CBE, AMA, APA, Chicago, MLA.


  • “Freelancing,” Short Course for Manuscript Editors, Council of Science Editors, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2009.
  • “Freelancing,” Short Course for Manuscript Editors, Council of Science Editors, Austin, TX, May 19, 2007.
  • With Laura King, “Freelancing,” Short Course for Manuscript Editors, Council of Science Editors, Tampa, FL, May 20, 2006.
  • “Freelance Science Editing,” Short Course for Manuscript Editors, Council of Science Editors, Atlanta, GA, May 21, 2005.
  • With Stacy L. Christiansen (JAMA), chair, “Hiring and Training Copyeditors,” Council of Science Editors, San Diego, CA, May 6, 2002.

Invited speaker

  • With Peggy Chen, “Orienting Freelance Contractors,” American Medical Writers Association, November 2000, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • “Online Copyediting: Will It Work?” Allen Press Editorial Seminar, Washington, DC, October 1999.
  • “Online Copyediting,” Council of Biology Editors, May 1999.
  • “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Copyediting but Were Afraid to Query,” Allen Press Editorial Seminar, April 1999.
  • “Online Copyediting,” Allen Press Electronic Publishing Seminar, November 1998.
  • “Writing a Good Scientific Paper,” Engineering Department Seminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, November 1998.


  • American Medical Writers Association, 2000– .
  • Certified editor in the life sciences (ELS), Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), 1998– .
  • Council of Biology Editors (now Council of Science Editors), 1997–2000.

Continuing education

  • Course in managing production, SSP, April 1999.
  • Course in online copyediting, EEI Training, October 1998.
  • Short course in manuscript publishing, Council of Biology Editors, 1997, 1999, 2009.

Professional publications

  • “AHRQ Releases Practice Guidelines for Celiac Disease Screening.” American Family Physician, May 1, 2005.
  • “IDSA Releases Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections.” American Family Physician, April 1, 2005.
  • “Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.” American Family Physician, March 1, 2005.
  • “ACS/ADA/AHA Issue Core Recommendations for Preventing Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes,” American Family Physician, February 15, 2005.
  • “ACG Releases Updated Practice Guidelines for Ulcerative Colitis in Adults.” American Family Physician, February 1, 2005.
  • “NIH Consensus Statement on Phenylketonuria.” American Family Physician, April 1, 2001.
  • “American Cancer Society Issues 2002 Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer.” American Family Physician, August 15, 2002.
  • “NIH Releases Statement on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy.” American Family Physician, July 1, 2002.
  • “NIH Statement on Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.” American Family Physician, May 1, 2001.
  • “NIH Consensus Statement on Phenylketonuria.” American Family Physician, April 1, 2001.
  • “AAP Issues Recommendations on Infection Control in Physicians’ Offices.” American Family Physician, February 15, 2001.
  • Book reviews for current science fiction releases for Publishers Weekly (2000–8).
  • Issues of Science Fiction Research Association Review (newsletter for Science Fiction Research Association members) available upon request (coeditor and reviewer).
  • Issues of Cottonwood magazine (literary journal) available upon request (production manager 1991–98; copyeditor 1998–2000).
  • Monthly column about copyediting in JP: The Allen Press Newsletter (newsletter for Allen Press clients), August 1996–December 1997.
  • Guides for copyeditors on SGML tagging and on Penta coding; written in 1998 and continually updated through 2001.
  • Copyeditors’ Guide, Allen Press Inc., November 1996; revised February 1997. Detailed, book-length guide for Allen Press contract copyeditors.