A former editor at Random House and Conjunctions magazine, she has edited fiction and nonfiction professionally for over twenty years. Her books include The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W.W. Norton & Co., 2007) and, co-written with Mayor Jason West, Dare to Hope: Saving American Democracy. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including Tin House and Vogue. She has taught at The New School Creative Writing Program since 2000, and, since 2004, at the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop.
Creative Thesis & Lit. Project (Open Campus)