About Me.

IMG_5027Hello 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 PostChicago TribuneSan Francisco ChronicleThe Oregonian, Publishers WeeklyTime Out New York Kids, Bookreporter.com, and other prominent print and online publications. You can read past posts about middle grade and young adult books on the “Letter Blocks” blog for parents and educators here.

I’m also a children’s book author. I have written a number of Hi-Lo nonfiction chapter books for reluctant readers (grades 7-12) published (or in the works) by Heinemann. A slew of exciting projects are also available now or currently in development for ABDO Publishing, including Race in the Criminal Justice System (September 2017), Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand Change (January 2017), and America’s Great Political Families: The Kennedys (January 2016). I have regularly 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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