About Me.

Version 2Hello and welcome. Before reading a book review, an author interview or essay, stay put for a moment so I can tell you a bit about myself.

For more than two decades, 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 15 years of living in New York City, I now live in the Pacific Northwest where I work with Thread Writing Studio to edit and develop content for various local and national companies, such as adidas and Reebok.

My work—reviews of adult and kids books, author interviews, and publishing industry-related articles—has been published in The Washington Post Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, San Francisco ChronicleChicago Tribune, Bookforum, The 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 various educational publishers, such as ABDO Publishing (Special Reports: The Killing of George Floyd; 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), Rosen Publishing (The Teen Guide to Adulting: What You Need to Know About Job Searching;The Destruction of the Inca Civilization: Bearing Witness to Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing and Everything You Need to Know about Confronting Violence Against Women), 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 news and current events, 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 back before travel blogging blew up and became “a thing” (as evidenced by my very rudimentary-looking blog). 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.

Alexis
alexis.burling@gmail.com
Twitter: @AlexisPBurling
LinkedIn: Alexis Burling

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