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, the result of a twenty-five-year career spent split between book publishing and journalism. Currently I am a senior editor with Belt Publishing, an independent, Cleveland-based small press publishing original nonfiction by, for, and about the Midwest and adjacent concerns. I’m also the managing editor of South Side Weekly, an award-winning community newspaper supporting civic and cultural engagement on the South Side of Chicago.

As a book editor with Belt I have edited critically acclaimed titles by Elizabeth Catte, Aaron FoleyRaechel Anne Jolie, Vivian Gibson, David Hardin, Selina Mahmood, and many others. I’ve also handled independent projects for Dmitry SamarovNance KlehmAnne Trubek, and Zoe Zolbrod.

I also serve as an editor and project manager with Belt’s boutique publishing arm, Parafine Press.

I am available for select freelance editorial work, at both the developmental and line-editing stage. My areas of expertise are memoir and personal essays, urbanism, food, and sustainability—but I am fundamentally a generalist. If you have a project in need of some skilled outside eyes, get in touch! For more on my background, see my resume.

Bonus content! Got some time to kill? I am 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 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