About

I’m a writer and freelance editor living in New Mexico. My stories and poems often focus on magic, since that’s what really happens in life, but not the kind of magic with fancy wands or perfect edges, necessarily. I’m drawn to authenticity and healing, and to pursuing the mojo of life that motors us through the challenges.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten, when I wrote my first attempt at a novel (dragon fantasy — ultimately brief, but heartfelt). By now, most of my life has focused on words, and I’ve written daily for decades. You may have seen me scribbling in a cafe nearby, where I offered a friendly apology and said I couldn’t talk because I was writing, but it was good to see you. And it was.

My stories, poems, audio collaborations, and articles have been published in a tidy, shiny heap of literary magazines and contests, including these: [PANK], Bourbon Penn, NANO Fiction, We’Moon, Hunger Mountain, Going Down Swinging, matchbook, Gargoyle, The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review, flashquake, and Luna Station Quarterly. I’m also a reader for Boulevard Magazine.

Interested in learning more? You can find links to other worlds on the Publications page of this website. The Read section offers selected published poems and stories. Visit the Listen area to hear poetry and music collaborations, and the Blog section has some personal whispers. Have you explored them yet?

Edit & Shine is my editing business, offering services to polish your written work and help it shine. Click the link to visit my editing website, cleanedit4u.com. I offer freelance developmental editing, copyediting, and tutoring services, and my rates are very reasonable. Really, most people can benefit from a sharp and helpful set of eyes when their project is nearing completion. I offer that.

That’s a little about me. Connect with me if you’re curious to learn more. Tell me about what you’re working on. Relay your odd dreams.

Write on, friends.

~Dawn