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Center for Editing and Publishing

Loyola's Center for Editing and Publishing provides a space and support for students and faculty engaged in editing and publishing. By giving students insight into the protocols and practices of scholarly and commercial publishing, and access to a range of presses and periodical venues, the center provides Loyola students with a wide range of professional experiences in editing and publishing.

The center is coordinated by the English faculty, who work with presses such as Bloomsbury Publishing, Columbia University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Louisiana State University Press, McFarland, University of Minnesota Press, Penguin, Rutgers University Press, and Temple University Press, as well as numerous academic journals and popular magazines.

The center partners with faculty across the university to

  • Offer hands-on learning opportunities for students through collaborative research and internships
  • Partner with students who can support faculty publications with copyediting, indexing, and other manuscript preparation services
  • Promote interdisciplinary exchange across Loyola's diverse campus through relevant programming and outreach, including in-house workshops for Loyola faculty and staff on effective academic and professional writing

New Orleans Review

Airplane Reading

is a magazine devoted to nonfiction about air travel. Since 2011, the magazine has published hundreds of stories and attracted a wide, international audience of readers and writers. It is co-edited by Dr. Christopher Schaberg and Dr. Mark Yakich, and often employs student interns.

New Orleans Review

an international journal of literature and culture, was founded at Loyola in 1968. The journal is edited by Dr. Lindsay Sproul, alongside students who have the opportunity to work on the magazine through ENGL-A406 “Editing & Literary Publishing/NOR Internship.” The journal publishes two digital issues each year—one issue devoted to a special topic.

Object Lessons

is a series of concise, affordable, beautifully designed books based around singular objects and the lessons they hold. The series was co-founded and is co-edited by Dr. Christopher Schaberg, and is published by Bloomsbury Academic. Students have the chance to work on the series as part of a regular course offering, or by independent study.

Critical and Creative Arts Publication

(CCAP) is run by Loyola students and advised by Dr. Timothy Welsh. Under CCAP are various entities, including Revisions, the undergraduate literary magazine, and Reader’s Response, a journal dedicated to undergraduate academic writing.

The Certificate in Editing & Publishing

For more information, contact the Center's Director, Dr. Mark Yakich at


April 13, 2021: Alumna Kaitlin Ketchum talks about her work editing and publishing bestsellers at Ten Speed Press followed by a Q&A. Passcode: Z#MyZBL9

March 2, 2021: Christian L. Bolden discusses writing, editing, and publishing his first book, Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prison, and Redemption. Passcode is FcSKh3k#

November 12, 2020: Dinah Lenney, author of Coffee (Object Lessons Series), discusses her new book and other publishing experiences. Passcode is lenney123.

October 6, 2020: Alums Kerry Cullen ('11) and Erin Little ('15) discuss editing and publishing in NYC.

Faculty Affiliates
  • Katherine H. Adams

    Katherine H. Adams, William and Audrey Hutchinson Professor of English, received her Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina. Her specialty is rhetoric; her endowed professorship allows her to travel to archives and libraries where she conducts research that enriches her books and teaching. Her book publications include Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign, Controlling Representations: Depictions of Women in a Mainstream Newspaper, 1900-1950A Group of Their Own: College Writing Courses and American Women Writers, 1880-1940The Easy Access Handbook, A History of Professional Writing Instruction in American Colleges,Progressive Politics and the Training of America's Persuaders, Teaching Advanced Composition: Why and How, and The Accomplished Writer. She has also published many scholarly articles and reviews. She received the Dux Academicus Award, one of six professors of English who have received this highest award for faculty at Loyola.

    Classes Taught

    • Writing from Sources
    • Restoration and 18th Century Literature
    • Contemporary Nonfiction
    • Editing and Publishing
    • Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric

    Areas of Expertise

    • Rhetoric and Composition
    • Women's Studies


  • Sarah Allison

    Sarah Allison received her PhD from Stanford University in 2012.  She specializes in Romantic and Victorian literature, with a particular focus on debates about the purpose of art--what writers in the period thought literature should teach, and how.  Her book project, Reductive Reading, reveals a counterintuitive truth about criticism: that one of the most powerful ways to generate subtle reading is to be reductive; that is, to design projects with the questions up front, with a clear statement of how we propose to find the answers. This book is a manifesto for and a model of how digital analysis can provide daringly simple approaches to complex literary problems.

    Her research combines close reading at the level of the sentence with digital searches that trace patterns across large bodies of work.  She has co-authored three pamphlets on quantitative studies of literary style with the Stanford Literary Lab, two of which were subsequently reprinted in n+1.  Her article, “George Eliot’s Discerning Syntax” has been published in ELH, and an essay on fact and fiction in Elizabeth Gaskell’s biography of Brontë is forthcoming in Genre in 2017, which is part of a second project tentatively titled True Fiction, a book on fictionality in biographies of the figures Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Hermione Lee.  She has also published in the Studies in the Novel-affiliated site Teaching Tools: Digital Humanities and the Novel, the essay collection Airplane Reading (Zero Books, 2016), and the book review section of the New Orleans Review As part of her developing scholarly interest in the circulation of Swedish texts in translation, she has recently affiliated with the Section on the Sociology of Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden. 

    Classes Taught

    Areas of Expertise

    • Victorian Literature
    • Romanticism
    • Poetry
    • Literary Theory
    • Digital Humanities Methods

  • John Biguenet

    John Biguenet is the author of Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories, published by Ecco/HarperCollins in the U.S. and by Orion Books in the U.K. His fiction is published in Hebrew translation by Matar Publishing Company in Tel Aviv, in French translation by Éditions Albin Michel in Paris, and in Dutch translation by Uitgeverij Ailantus in Amsterdam. Among his other books are Foreign Fictions (Random House), two volumes on literary translation (The University of Chicago Press), and Strange Harbors, an anthology of international literature in translation (Center for the Art of Translation). Biguenet’s radio play Wundmale, which premiered on Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany's largest radio network, was rebroadcast by Österreichischer Rundfunk, the Austrian national radio and television network.

    Two of his stories have been featured in Selected Shorts at Symphony Space on Broadway. The Vulgar Soul won the 2004 Southern New Plays Festival and was a featured production in 2005 at Southern Rep Theatre; he and the play were profiled in American Theatre magazine. Rising Water was the winner of the 2006 National New Play Network Commission Award, a 2006 National Showcase of New Plays selection, and a 2007 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the 2008 Big Easy Theatre Award for Best Original Play; it has had numerous productions around the country. Shotgun, the second play in his Rising Water cycle, premiered in 2009 at Southern Rep Theatre; it has won a 2009 National New Play Network Continued Life of New Plays Fund Award and is a 2009 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Productions are scheduled in 2010 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Florida Studio Theatre. He was awarded a 2007 Marquette Fellowship for the writing of Night Train, which he then developed on a Studio Attachment at the National Theatre in London. Biguenet was named 2008 Theatre Person of the Year at the Big Easy Theatre Awards. His work has received an O. Henry Award and a Harper's Magazine Writing Award among other distinctions, and his stories and essays have been reprinted or cited in The Best American Mystery StoriesPrize Stories: The O. Henry AwardsThe Best American Short Stories, and Best Music Writing.

    Having served twice as president of the American Literary Translators Association and as writer-in-residence at various universities, he is currently the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Named its first guest columnist by The New York Times, Biguenet has chronicled in both columns and videos his return to New Orleans after its catastrophic flooding and the efforts to rebuild the city: <>.

    Classes Taught

    • Writing Fiction
    • Writing the Short Script
    • Intern: Publish/Editing

    Areas of Expertise

    Writing Fiction, Publishing, Editing, Playwriting

  • Hillary Eklund

    Hillary Eklund specializes in English Renaissance literature in a transatlantic context and colonial American literature in English and Spanish. She is also interested in critical approaches to food, ecology, and the history of the book. Prof. Eklund is the author of Literature and Moral Economy in the Early Modern Atlantic: Elegant Sufficiencies (Routledge, 2015), editor of Ground-Work: English Renaissance Literature and Soil Science (Penn State University Press, 2017), and co-editor, with Wendy Beth Hyman, of Shakespeare and the Pedagogies of Justice: Why Teaching Renaissance Literature Matters Now (under review, Edinburgh University Press). Her current project, The Unfast Imagination: Reading Early Modern Wetlands, describes how wetlands, often perceived as nature’s “mistakes,” both compel and elude human designs, demonstrating a series of “unfast” countermoves to the fast violence of colonial incursion and technological imposition, and to the slow violence of ecological manipulation and resource expropriation. In addition to these books, she has essays published or forthcoming in journals such as Shakespeare Studies and SEL and in essay collections on a variety of topics. In the English department, Prof. Eklund teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, literature and environment, early American literature, and writing. She is also involved in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Program in the Environment.

    Classes Taught

    • Writing About Literature
    • Reading Historically I
    • Shakespeare
    • New Worlds, Imagined Worlds: From Columbus to Avatar

    Areas of Expertise

    • English Renaissance Literature in a Transatlantic Context
    • Colonial American Literature in English and Spanish
    • Food Studies
    • Ecology
    • History of the Book

  • Rebecca Farinas

    My current research continues with my pragmatist approach, as I historically disclose what can be beneficial to social progress. Specifically, I am finishing a monograph, “Classical American Philosophy: Poeisis in the Public Square,” which will be published by Bloomsbury, January, 2020. In that book I investigate how experiential aesthetics affect people’s cultural and political lives, especially in regards to arts and sciences. Focusing on the impact of the personal relationships of philosophers, artists and scientists on the history of ideas, especially in respect to ethics and cultural values, I am able to find progressive ideas which are related to contemporary common problems. I plan to continue to use this abductive method, investigating women’s experiences and suggesting solutions to problems of sexism. I teach Introduction/History of Philosophy and Ethics. As well, I have taught philosophy of culture and aesthetics.

    Courses Taught:

    • Phil R122: Philosophy of the Human Person
    • Phil W252: Making Moral Decisions 

    Areas of Expertise

    Value Theory (Ethics and Aesthetics), Philosophy of Art, Classical American Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture

  • Michael Giusti

    Michael Giusti is the Chairman of the Journalism Department and the adviser for Loyola’s Student Media.  Prof. Giusti oversees "The Maroon," the university’s award-winning student newspaper,  "The Wolf," the student-run magazine, "The Maroon Minute," the morning video newscast, and The Maroon Online, the student-run news website.  Prof. Giusti is also a freelance reporter and contributes articles for several publications based in the United States and abroad covering topics ranging from financial services to the security industry. He has previously worked as an associate editor for "New Orleans CityBusiness" and as a reporter for the "Daytona Beach News-Journal."


  • Joel MacClellan

    After completing his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in bioethics from the University of Akron, Joel McClellan was then a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. There, he worked in environmental education and sustainable development through 2005. Afterwards, he pursued and completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy, specializing in ethics at the University of Tennessee.  His dissertation “Minding Nature: A Defense of a Sentiocentric Approach to Environmental Ethics”, defends a sentience-based notion of moral considerability and argues that it provides compelling grounds for environmental conservation, and was supervised by John Nolt. Joel then spent one year apiece at Washington State University and Binghamton University, SUNY, with Visiting Assistant Professorships teaching courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of biology, and logic.  In the summer of 2013, Joel was a scholar-in-residence at Wesleyan University as the New York University Animal Studies Initiative’s 2013 Animal Ethics and Public Policy Fellow under the auspices of the Animals and Society Institute.  He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans.  His publications include articles in Ethics & Environment, Between the Species, and the Journal of Animal Ethics, and he has presented his research in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands to organizations such as the American Philosophical Association, International Society for Environmental Ethics, Minding Animals International, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

    Classes Taught

    • Making Moral Decisions
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Medical Ethics

    Areas of Expertise

    • Ethics
    • Social and Political Philosophy
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Medical Ethics
    • Philosophy of Biology

  • Christopher Schaberg

    Christopher Schaberg is Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English, and an affiliated faculty member in Loyola's Environment Program. His scholarly interests include contemporary literature, creative nonfiction, cultural studies, critical theory, editing and publishing, and the environmental humanities. 

    Dr. Schaberg is the author of three books on airports and air travel: The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015), and Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017). 

    He has also co-edited two essay collections, Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014, with Robert Bennett) and Airplane Reading (2016, with Mark Yakich). 

    His latest book, called The Work of Literature In An Age of Post-Truth (2018), reflects on teaching, reading, and writing in the early twenty-first century. 

    Dr. Schaberg is founding co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of an essay and book series called Object Lessons which explores the hidden lives of ordinary things. This series offers hands-on opportunities for Loyola students who are interested in nonfiction writing as well as working in editing and publishing.

    Classes Taught

    • Writing About Texts
    • 20th-Century American Fiction
    • Reading Historically II
    • Apocalypticism in Contemporary Literature & Theory
    • Interpretive Approaches
    • Reading (w/) the Digital Human
    • "Thinking Space" (A First-Year Seminar)
    • Environmental Theory
    • Great Figures Seminar: David Foster Wallace
    • Contemporary Nonfiction 
    • Literature & Environment
    • "Interpreting Airports" (An Honors First-Year Seminar) 
    • Creative Nonfiction Workshop

    Areas of Expertise

    • Airports & air travel
    • Contemporary literature
    • Critical theory
    • Cultural studies
    • Environmental humanities
    • Creative nonfiction
    • Editing & publishing.


  • Lindsay Sproul

    Lindsay Sproul received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and her PhD from Florida State University. Her short fiction has been published in EpochThe Massachusetts ReviewWitnessHayden's Ferry ReviewGlimmer Train and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships from Columbia University and The MacDowell Artist Colony. Her first two novels, forthcoming from Putnam/Penguin Random House, are both queer coming-of-age narratives. 

    Classes Taught

    • Introduction to Creative Writing
    • WAL: Coming of Age in the South
    • Fiction Workshop

    Areas of Expertise

    • Fiction Writing
    • Young Adult Fiction
    • The Bildungsroman
    • Queer Literature and Theory
    • Gender Studies
    • Creative Nonfiction

  • Catherine Wessinger

    Catherine Wessinger is the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans. She is co-director of the Loyola Himalaya Adventure: Summer Study in Dharamsala, India program. Her primary research and teaching areas are women in religions, new religious movements, and Tibetan and Indian religions. Her articles in journals and chapters in edited books include history of religions and theoretical treatments of women and religion, millennialism, new religious movements, and religion and violence.

    Since 2000 Dr. Wessinger has served as co-general editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions published by University of California Press. 

    Dr. Wessinger is editor of the Women in Religions series at New York University Press.

    She is co-director of the Women in the World’s Religions and Spirituality Project, which is part of the World Religions and Spirituality Project online encyclopedia and archive.

    Dr. Wessinger has published nine books. She is the author of Annie Besant and Progressive Millennialism (1988); and How the Millennium Comes Violently: From Jonestown to Heaven’s Gate (2000). She is editor of Women's Leadership in Marginal Religions: Explorations Outside the Mainstream (1993); Religious Institutions and Women's Leadership: New Roles Inside the Mainstream (1996); Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases (2000); and Oxford Handbook of Millennialism (2011). Her oral history project with surviving Branch Davidians produced three autobiographies, which she edited: Memories of the Branch Davidians: Autobiography of David Koresh's Mother, by Bonnie Haldeman (2007); When They Were Mine: Memoirs of a Branch Davidian Wife and Mother, by Sheila Martin (2009); A Journey to Waco: Autobiography of a Branch Davidian, by Clive Doyle with Catherine Wessinger and Matthew D. Wittmer.

    She is currently writing Theory of Women in Religions for the Women in Religions series, and writing an updated and expanded second edition of How the Millennium Comes Violently.

    Classes Taught

    • Religions of the World
    • Cults and Religions (Honors)
    • Women in World Religions
    • Tibetan and Indian Religions
    • Women in Christianity
    • Women in Religions and Cultures
    • Hindu Paths to God
    • Buddhism
    • Religions of Asia
    • Religion and Media
    • Religion, Media and Culture
    • Religious Responses to Disaster
    • Millennium Seminar
    • Fundamentals of Conflict and Peace (team-taught)
    • New Orleans Religions: Before and After Katrina (First-Year Experience seminar)
    • Contemporary Issues and Conflicts in World Religions (Honors)

  • Mark Yakich

    Mark Yakich is the Gregory F. Curtin, S.J. Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is Director of the Center for Editing and Publishing. He is the author of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004), The Making of Collateral Beauty (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo 2006), Green Zone New Orleans (Press Street 2008), The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008),  Checking In/Checking Out (NO Books), A Meaning for Wife (Ig Publishing 2011) and Poetry: A Survivor's Guide (Bloomsbury 2015). With Christopher Schaberg, he is also co-founder and co-editor of, a new media project that aims to rejunvenate airplane reading. In spring 2012, Mark was a Fulbright Fellow in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Lisbon.

    Classes Taught

    • Reading Poetry
    • Introduction to Creative Writing
    • Modern Poetry
    • Writing Poetry
    • Poetry Workshop: Series, Sequence, Chapbook
    • Editing & Publishing
    • Special Topics: Unreliable Narrators and Authors
    • Honors: Words, Images, Politics

    Areas of Expertise

    • Poetry and Politics
    • Experimental Poetics
    • Art and Writing
    • Creative Writing Pedagogy