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I’M A WRITER, EDITOR AND ARTIST. I grew up in Buffalo, New York and now live on a small island in Washington State.

CURRENLTY I AM EDITING a children’s book about a young eagle who tries to fly to the heavens as well as a collection of children’s fables. I am copy editing a book about a shipwreck and rescue in the Cook Islands that took place during the 1940s. I am also providing developmental editing on an adult nonfiction book about Martin Luther King, Jr’s Poor People’s Campaign, forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

IN THE RECENT PAST, I HAVE EDITED writing on civil rights and non-violent activism, revival of a Chilean Indigenous language, accessibility of higher education for non-native English speakers, effectiveness of study abroad programs, and more. I also acted as a speaker coach for a microbiologist at TEDx San Juan Island in 2016.

MY WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY APPEAR in Poetry Northwest online, SmokeLong QuarterlyAcross the Margin and The Review Review. In 2006, I was awarded the Scribbler’s Prize for the best piece of creative writing by an undergraduate woman for a collection of my poetry. The prize was awarded by the State University of New York at Buffalo.

photo of me reading at Talking Leaves

Jill Twist reading her short story at Talking Leaves Bookstore, Buffalo, New York