Kirsten Reach

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Columbus, Ohio
Kenyon College, Columbia Publishing Course
Pizza Dough, Cake Baking, Homemade Broth
  • Kirsten has worked on books by authors such as Jane Goodall, Hilary Mantel, Caroline Kennedy, Lynne Truss, and James Patterson.
  • One of the first books she acquired as an editor for Melville House was "The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement" by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis, about the community food center Jamie Oliver called "amazing," and New York Times food writer Mark Bittman called "one of those forward-thinking groups pointing the way to the future of good food."
  • She also worked at the much-missed Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay's restaurant in Union Square.


Kirsten has worked as a professional editor since 2008. She worked at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a thinktank funded by a MacArthur "genius" grant, studying how reading is changing from page to screen; the Gaea Foundation, providing space and time to artists, writers, and activists; Henry Holt & Company/John Macrae Books, where she worked with a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles, including two Man Booker Prize winners; Grand Central Publishing, where she worked with commercial fiction and with author James Patterson; and Melville House in Brooklyn, NY, where she acquired and edited 14 titles a year. She also worked as the Fiction Editor and Director of Social Media for the Kenyon Review, before founding her own company, Jonquil Editorial, a freelance consulting firm for publishers and writers.


A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and an alumna of Kenyon College, she has worked on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for magazines and book publishers.