Pauly Pagenhart


San Francisco Bay Area and remote



Academic, non-profit sector; single page to full book-length projects


I've got 25 years’ experience in academia and the non-profit sector. For over a half-dozen of those years I taught writing, led writing workshops, and offered individual tutoring at the college and graduate level.

I have written, copyedited, and done developmental and substance editing on projects ranging in size from a several hundred-character social media post to a several hundred-page memoir or doctoral dissertation–plus everything in between: press releases, newsletter content, website content, grant proposals, annual reports, promotional copy, you name it. I’m also fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud design apps and WordPress back-end website design and management, so I can also work with clients on design, layout, and presentation, for the project’s final appearance in print or digital media.

I earned a B.A. in English (Ethnic Studies minor) from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in American Studies (Feminist Studies minor) from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I draw upon this training, along with equity, diversity, and inclusion training I’ve done in the non-profit sector, to provide clients superb sensitivity/ authenticity reads, particularly in the areas of LGBTQIA and gender expansive, trans, and nonbinary identities.


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