Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a published poet and essayist and a professional editor with thirteen years of practice-based editorial experience. In 2017, Mish was named Oklahoma State Poet Laureate, a position she will hold until the end of 2020. In 2019, she received a Poets Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.

Mish is editor and publisher of Mongrel Empire, a literary micro-press. In the 13 years of running the press, Mish has honed a wide range of editorial skills. Additionally, Mish has edited special issues of World Literature Today and Transmotion.

For eight years, Dr. Mish directed The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing; she recently stepped down from the directorship while continuing to teach the craft of poetry, poetics, criticism and theory for writers and research for writers. She also taught literary magazine editing and publishing and served as faculty advisor of Red Earth Review, a role which included typesetting and designing the journal. In her (cumulative) 19 years of teaching, she learned that teaching is best presented as coaching and she approaches editing in the same manner.

 To keep her skills fresh, Mish recently completed the ACES / Poynter Certificate in Editing and is brushing up on Adobe Creative Cloud Apps. Exploring new realm, she is currently enrolled in Purdue’s Data Storytelling certificate program.

Jeanetta welcomes queries regarding line editing, developmental editing, copyediting, typesetting, proofreading and book design. For small-press publishers and for those who wish to self-publish, Mish can take a project from manuscript to print-ready PDF.

She is also interested in academic research and editing for projects in the humanities.

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Years in the field: 13
Years freelancing: 13


Jeanetta Mish