About Me.

Version 2Hello and welcome. Before reading a book review, an author interview or two, or an entry from my travel blog on other sections of the site, stay put for a moment so I can tell you a bit about myself.

For more than a decade, I have worked in the publishing industry, first as a publicist, then as an editor, always as a writer and book critic. Currently, I am a full-time writer and editor, and after 13 years of living in New York City, I now live in Portland, Oregon, where I develop web and print content for various local and national companies.

My work—reviews of adult and kids books, author interviews, and publishing industry-related articles—has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington PostSan Francisco ChronicleChicago TribuneThe Oregonian, Publishers Weekly, and other prominent print and online publications.

I’m also a curriculum consultant and children’s book author. I have written a number of Hi-Lo nonfiction chapter books for reluctant readers (grades 7-12) published by Heinemann. A slew of other exciting projects are available now or currently in development for Rosen Publishing (The Destruction of the Inca Civilization: Bearing Witness to Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing and Everything You Need to Know about Confronting Violence Against Women), ABDO Publishing (Headline History: The Son of Sam KillingsFinancial Literacy: Managing Debt; Tech Titans: NetflixRace in the Criminal Justice System; Cocaine: Drugs in Real Life; and Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand Change), and Enslow Publishing (Teen Survival Guide: Surviving Your First High School Party). My biographies include books about Harper Lee, Anne Frank, and Serena Williams, among others. I have also contributed to Scholastic’s preeminent in-classroom K-12 curriculum and educational standards-based magazines, specializing in articles on topics ranging from current events to nutrition and fitness, careers, relationships, and money management.

What am I doing when my nose isn’t stuck in a book? Traveling—and writing about it. I journeyed through nine countries in South and Central America for most of 2011 doing research for travel-related articles­. I camped in Chilean Patagonia; hiked through verdant jungle landscapes in Madidi National Park, Bolivia; sailed from Colombia to Panama via the San Blas Islands; learned the process of coffee cultivation throughout the continent; and ate my way through a ton of markets. I also got lost. A lot. To get the whole kit n’ kaboodle, read my blog from the trip.

If you’re interested in hiring me for a long-term job or a short-term assignment, or have a comment about something you have read on this website, please do get in touch.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Twitter: @AlexisPBurling
LinkedIn: Alexis Burling

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