About D M Gordon

D M (Diana) Gordon is the author of two novels, a memoir, and two poetry collections.  Nightly, At the Institute of the Possible was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and the International Book Award, and stamped “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. As the editor at Hedgerow Books, she midwifed the publication of ten poetry collections, two of which were honored as finalists for The Montaigne Medal and Eric Hoffer Award. Gordon’s poems and short stories have been published widely in journals such as The Massachusetts Review, Weber Studies, The Northwest Review, and Poetry Daily. Awards include Glimmer Train’s First Prize for her story “The Work of Hunters is Another Thing;” the Betsy Colquitt Award from descant for her poem “Free Radical;” the Editor’s Choice Award from The Beacon Street Review for the story “Tag Sale;” and finalist and publication of various poems for The Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod. Phi Beta Kappa, Masters in Music from Boston University, she’s a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in fiction, as well as a two-time finalist in poetry. She owes her literary skills to the support of many people, including professors at Smith College who welcome her persistent auditing. Poets, authors, and editors who have sharpened her abilities include Eleanor Wilner, Ellen Bryant Voight, Tom Jenks, Tony Early,  Sigrid Nunez and others. An affiliate of Patchwork Farm, she staffed numerous international writing retreats with Patricia Lee Lewis, and has been guest faculty for Smith College and Writers In Progress.  Her editorial background includes work with hundreds of authors, primarily in poetry and fiction, but she has also edited memoir, travel articles, trade books, applications, cover, and query letters.

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4 thoughts on “About D M Gordon

  1. As an editor, Diana is both kind and critical. She does a better job of balancing those two necessary components of editing than anyone I’ve worked with before, and her thoughts both on the structure and line-to-line flow of my novel have been immensely helpful. I recommend her highly.

    Offering up creative work to a stranger’s eye is more than difficult, but Diana made it easy. She’s not willing to accept pat answers, but she’s more than willing to support good work and to help her writers find their best selves.

    Stan W.

  2. Diana, you’ve been an amazing editor. You’re that rare editor who sees both the acorns and the forest through the trees. I know we’re going to continue to do great things together.

  3. My first essay was published by Refinery29. I was assigned a staff editor and I got a crash course in the art of writing and the value of a good editor. That was when I realized I had a lot to learn and found Diana. We agreed to meet to see if we might be a match and we sat over tea for nearly two hours. Through our work together, everything I’ve written and submitted has been published – five essays and a few poems.

    Diana edits with great skill and sensitivity. She corrects the grammar, punctuation, tense, etc. but does so much more to improve a story by deleting what isn’t needed, suggesting changes, rearranging sentences, etc. More importantly, she pushes me to be a better writer. I share my success with Diana. Her work as an editor adds the polish needed to make my writing shine.

    I’ve had pieces published in Refinery29, The Write Launch, Entropy, Chaleur Magazine, Brevity and the WriteAngles Journal.

  4. Diana Gordon, my brilliant and challenging editor, lights the flame that ignites the work.
    In the year and a half since we worked together, three of my stories have been published. The Huangpu River was published by Glass Mountain, Tucumcari has been picked up by High Desert Journal, and Midway published Rockport Shores. That’s pretty phenomenal.

    Working with her has been a wondrous adventure – delving into the depths of a story and finding the surprises – and where it should go. Knitting together the pieces to deliver something whole.

    Shirley Sullivan

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