Editor, poet, and author specializing in developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading of fiction and narrative nonfiction.
Jill Twist works with experienced and first-time authors as well as trade and academic publishers. She also works at her local library, where she especially enjoys working in the children’s department and trading book suggestions with young readers. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in English literature and a minor in Latin literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she won the Scribbler’s Prize for the best piece of undergraduate writing by a woman writer for her poetry. She completed a master’s degree in English literature at the same school and wrote her master’s thesis on Virginia Woolf.
Jill’s professional editing career includes work for the Grove Atlantic imprints Atlantic Monthly and Black Cat as well as Princeton University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Michigan State University Press, University Press of Florida, and University Press of Kansas. Memorable books she’s edited include a children’s story about a young eagle in India learning to fly; a children’s story set in the Swedish countryside; a history of Mexico’s dancers and painters; a history of the Louvre Museum; a mystery about two sisters translated from the Chinese; and a memoir by a woman who lived in countries across Latin America in the 1950s.
Jill is a member of the Northwest Editors Guild, through which she’s completed virtual and in-person training. She reads widely across many genres, with soft spots for literary fiction, children’s books, poetry, art history, and the social sciences.
Besides writing, Jill enjoys swimming, mountain biking, and playing Ping-Pong as well as drawing and taking photographs. But perhaps most of all, she loves hearing old stories about her grandparents and great aunts and great uncles.