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Work experience

2005Present

Deputy Editor & Fiction Critic

The Washington Post
19982005

Books Editor

The Christian Science Monitor

  • Redesigned the Book section to deliver an engaging mix of familiar and new voices on fiction and nonfiction.
  • Wrote weekly lead review for the Book section and occasional book-related features.
  • Recruited and supervised interns and junior editorial assistants.
19931998

English Teacher

John Burroughs School

  • Taught American literature.
  • Supervised student newspaper.
19861993

Assistant Professor of English

Principia College

  • Taught American literature, critical theory, and journalism.
  • Granted tenure in 1991

Periodic Guest or Interviewer

References

David Cook

Rachel Shea

Rachel is a former editor of Book World at The Washington Post.

Carlos Lozada

Education

1986

M.A.

Washington University

Full merit scholarship and teaching fellowship.

Completed course work for PhD.

1984

BA

Principia College

With highest honors

1983

Summer workshop

Bennington College

Media Appearances

Certifications

2005Present

Finalist, Best Criticism

National Book Critics Circle
2013Present

Finalist

Hatchet Job of the Year
2012Present

1st Place, Criticism

Virginia Press Association
2011

1st Place, Arts & Entertainment

Society for Features Journalism
2011

Lifetime Achievement Award

Moby Awards for Book Trailers
2009

Media Award

Romance Writers of America
2009

Winner, Best Criticism

National Book Critics Circle
20032004

2nd Place, Arts & Entertainment

American Society of Sunday & Features Editors
1988

English Dept prize for best graduate research

Washington University