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  Lisa Selin Davis
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I’m a freelance writer, editor and online consultant with 15 years experience and an extensive background in all things urban planning: architecture, design, environmental issues, housing and real estate. I also cover film, parenting, aging, health and many other subjects, in publications ranging from Time to the New York Times, Atlantic Cities to New York magazine.

When I’m not writing articles, I’m helping other folks plan, design, build and execute websites. Specifically, I consult on editorial web projects to create online content and online community, helping people with everything from copywriting to SEO to links and partnerships with other sites. I’ve worked on sites for women scientists, aging New Yorkers and the real estate-obsessed.

I’m also available for manuscript consulting, non-fiction book proposal writing and copywriting.

You can see my own work at www.lisaselindavis.com, and browse sites I've started, like www.upstater.net and www.seniorplanet.org.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 4 Years
Writer 8 Years
Book Author 6 Years
Specialty
Environment & Nature 8 Years
Home & Garden 8 Years
Real Estate 8 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
10 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Luxe (6-10), New York Magazine (6-10), New York Times (6-10), ReadyMade (6-10), Robb Report (6-10), This Old House (6-10), Time (6-10), Time Out New York (6-10), The Real Deal (3-5), OnEarth (3-5), More (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Brooklyn Borough President's Office (11+), Brownstoner.com (11+), Older Adults Technology Services (11+), Brennan Real Estate (6-10), Warner Music (1-2), QuestCorp Publishing (1-2), Telling Story, Inc. (1-2), Jungle Media (1-2)
Other Work History
I worked in the art department of film and television productions for 8 years, most recently at Nickelodeon's Blues Clues. Occasionally I do some copy- and promotional writing
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Photoshop, MAC OS10, Dreamweaver, HTML
Equipment
MacBook, digital cameras
Foreign Language Skills
intermediate French, basic Spanish
Unions
Authors' Guild
Freelancers' Union
References
available upon request
Awards
NAREE Journalism Award, 2006
NAREE Bivins Fellowship, 2005
Mellon Research Grant, 2005
Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, 2006
Fellowship, VCCA, 2006
Fellowship, Ragdale Colony, 2006
Fellowship, Saltonstall Artists' Colony, 2005
Fellowship, Ledig House at Art Omi, 2004
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholar, 2004
Associations
Author's Guild
American Society of Journalists and Authors
TravelWriters.com
Other
I studied both urban planning and environmental psychology in grad school. In addition, I have extensive knowledge of film production from my 8 years in the industry.
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Articles  
(New York Times, 8/4/2013)
A piece about New Yorkers taking up residence in bungalow colonies, relics from the middle of the last century.
(AlterNet, 7/31/2012)
The psychology of trolling.
(Time, 5/28/2010)
Featurette about reinventing parking lots as all kinds of other useful things
(New York magazine, 4/22/2010)
(AOL/Housingwatch.com, 2/10/2010)
A series of posts on AOL's new real estate site, Houswingwatch.com
(Time, 6/11/2009)
Tysons Corner, exurban hell, is being reborn as a dense, green city.
(New York Times, 1/23/2009)
profile of second home community in western massachusetts.
(Time , 1/18/2009)
People who prefer online friendships to real ones
(Grist, 11/1/2008)
JC Penney's New Green Store and the Green Mall
(Salon.com, 8/1/2008)
A couple built a secret apartment inside a shopping mall.
(New York Times, 12/20/2007)
(New York Times, 11/11/2007)
Builders go back to school to learn to build green
(Plenty, 11/1/2007)
A pioneering Solar architect--and contrarian--who believes he has a formula for modern green architecture that puts LEED to rest
(New York Times, 6/28/2007)
Greatest apartment ever
(ReadyMade, 12/1/2006)
An essay on learning to love Gramma's tag sale gifts
(This Old House, 8/1/2006)
A piece on professional hand holders to help you through the renovation process
(MORE, 8/1/2006)
How to finish a marathon, and how to get a chatty seat mate to shut his trap
(Interior Design, 6/1/2006)
A rural modern farmhouse and its funky collections
(New York Times, 7/10/2005)
The Container Store as therapy
(New York Magazine, 8/16/2004)
This is a travel piece, with instructions for a 4-day weekend tour or the emerging "culture belt."
(The Independent, 8/1/2004)
Contact Info
  Lisa Selin Davis
Brooklyn, NY 
USA

E-Mail: lisa@lisaselindavis.com
Website: http://www.lisaselindavis.com