I am a rigorous yet flexible editor, with one hand on the AP Stylebook and the other holding firm to the Chicago Manual of Style. Currently, I am editor in chief of Belt, an independent, Cleveland-based online magazine covering the industrial Midwest (aka the “Rust Belt”), and I co-edit, with Zoe Zolbrod, the Sunday page of the Rumpus.

As a books editor, I have edited manuscripts for Dmitry SamarovNance KlehmAaron Foley, Anne Trubek, and Zoe Zolbrod, and I recently signed on as a freelance editor with The Thinking Writer.

I have worked in both trade and academic publishing, but the bulk of my experience is in journalism. From 2010-2012 I was a copy editor at the Chicago Tribune, and from 1998-2007 I was an editor at the Chicago Reader, the city’s award-winning free weekly. In addition to substantive editing on a weekly deadline, I also acted as special projects editor for a range of theme-driven issues and projects. I initiated the Reader‘s first-ever books issue in 2002 and edited ten all told. Most predate the Reader’s online archives, but here’s a more recent sample:

Stranger Than Fiction: Fall Books Special, November 1, 2007

I also helped develop and launch an ongoing series devoted to Chicago neighborhoods. Here’s one of several:

Uptown, March 30, 2007

And I co-created and edited the paper’s first few food issues, laying the groundwork for the Reader’s current celebrated food section. This was the first one:

The Food Issue, April 14, 2006 (pdf)

I am available for freelance editorial and project management work; for more details see my resume.

Bonus content! Got some time to kill? I am embarrassingly fond of this audio piece — about the olden days at the Reader, about the death of newspapers, and about being edited by me — written and performed by former Time Out Chicago theater editor Christopher Piatt for his weekly variety series, the Paper Machete.

Christopher Piatt on Martha Bayne, part 1 of 2

Christopher Piatt on Martha Bayne, part 2 of 2