Rachel Carpenter
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I'm an experienced copy editor, proofreader, and writer; I play well with others and can work either on-site, via email, or both; and I have a good sense of humor, especially about my fondness for semi-colons. I'm available for short- or long-term gigs. And I can be quite succinct.
Work Samples
 
Nonfiction/Essays (Humor)  
(McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 1/16/2001)
The title says it all: a McSweeney's list.
(McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 1/11/2001)
What to do when you get an email not meant for you...
(Philadelphia City Paper, 2/1/1996)
A humorous first-person essay about finally noticing that things are changing in my home town.
Book Reviews  
(Philadelphia City Paper, 11/2/2000)
Book review of Jane Stevenson's novella collection Several Deceptions.
(Philadelphia City Paper, 3/20/1997)
Book review of Famine, a novel by Todd Komarnicki.
(Philadelphia City Paper, 12/12/1996)
Book review of My Dark Places, a memoir by James Ellroy.
Fiction  
"The Ashtray"
(Ploughshares, 4/15/2004)
One of my favorite publications (in at least two senses).
"The Qualifications of Regina White"
(One Story, 9/16/2002)
(McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 1/15/2002)
Six linked short short stories that ran on successive Tuesdays on the McSweeney's site.
(The Atlantic Online , 1/24/2001)
Contact Info
  Rachel Carpenter
Philadelphia, PA 
USA

E-Mail: rachelwestcarpenter@yahoo.com
Work Info
 
Expertise
Fact-Checker 2 Years
Writer 15 Years
Copy Editor 15 Years
Specialty
Arts & Humanities 5 Years
Food 5 Years
Health 10 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
17 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Medizine, Inc. (11+), Facts On File, Inc. (3-5), Mcsweeney's Publishing (and Believer magazine) (3-5), NYC & Company (1-2), Steve Poses (author, AT HOME WITH STEVE POSES) (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
DMW Worldwide, Inc. (6-10), Apax Partners (1-2)
Other Work History
I have published articles in Martha Stewart Weddings, Martha Stewart Kids, and Parenting magazines.

Corporate communications, 1996-1998: As sole in-house editor and writing consultant for Patria Finance, a Czech investment bank, I edited daily bulletins, monthly focuses, company valuations for more than 30 people in several departments, including research, corporate finance, macroeconomics, asset management, and bonds. I also created and led writing skills seminars for senior managers.

Teaching (University of Maryland, College Park English Department, 1992-1994): I took over for ill professor in second week of intermediate undergraduate fiction workshop (spring 1995) for remainder of term; earlier, I was a teaching assistant in freshman composition and creative writing.
Computer Skills
Microsoft Word (I'm particularly fond of the track changes function); QuarkXPress; InCopy
Equipment
I work on a Mac but also have access to a Dell laptop (which has WordPerfect on it rather than Microsoft Word for Mac). I have a copy of QuarkXPress on my Mac.
References
Heather Liang, senior associate editor, NYC and Company: hliang@nycgo.com

Andrew Leland, managing editor, the Believer: andrew@believermag.com

Elisa Ludwig, writer (wrote and edited the Steve Poses book cited above): elisaludwig@earthlink.net; (215) 438-2828

Diane Umansky, vice-president, editorial content director, MediZine LLC: (212) 695-2223,
diane@medizine.com

Kalia Doner, editor-in-chief, Diabetes Focus and REMEDY magazines, MediZine LLC:
kaliadoner@verizon.net

Michael Laraque, chief copy editor, Facts On File, Inc.; contact information available upon request.



Awards
Fellowships at Millay Colony for the arts (2002, 2008); the Djerassi Colony (2007); and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos (2004).

Grants in fiction writing from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Leeway Foundation of Philadelphia (both in 1995).
Associations
American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Other
BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1990
MFA, University of Maryland at College Park, 1995
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel regionally.