Kyra learned early in life that not everybody sees the world just the way she does. So she’s learned to listen hard and ask questions early. Since she began editing, she has been recognized for going above and beyond to listen to what a project needs and to deliver edits that are on target and easy for writers to review and implement. Kyra is currently excited about working with academic and nonprofit writers who are aiming higher than they have before—writing a book about their work, releasing a training manual to a wider audience, seeking funding for bigger research goals. Fiction writers call this work “leveling up.”
B efore receiving her certificate in editing from the University of Washington in 2005, Kyra spent a decade working for large social service, health care, and health research organizations in Seattle. She has also spent years working part-time for a small performing arts organization, volunteering for a grassroots education and social change organization, and organizing for environmental protection and workers’ rights.
Kyra is a presenter, mentor, organizer, and former board member for the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and is known for building communities wherever she lives, works, or plays. In terms of play, she has a particular fondness for historically specific cultural art forms such as 17th century European chamber music, 19th century American old-time square dancing, 20th century Cuban popular music and social dancing, and 21st century contemporary classical music from around the world. When she’s not editing, listening, or dancing, she’s probably reading a recent science fiction or fantasy novel somewhere with a view of the water and a cup of Theo’s hot chocolate by her side.
Kyra’s past work experience includes:
- Owner and editor
Bridge Creek Editing, Seattle, WA
- Research study coordinator
UW School of Nursing, Seattle, WA
- Team coordinator
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA
- Box office manager
Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle, WA
- Program assistant
Family Services of King County, Seattle, WA
- Volunteer, volunteer coordinator, and student organizer
Bahia Street USA and United Farmworkers