About Me

Letta PageIn Twitter terms, I self-present as a disarmingly earnest editor, translator of academia, portmanteuse, and domesticated roustabout.

More professionally, I might say: I am the senior managing editor of Contexts, founding associate editor and producer of The Society Pages, and a social sciences jargon-slayer for hire. My specialty is in helping authors identify and hone their arguments in ways their target audiences can both understand and use. In this way, I’m a translator, consultant, writing coach, and editor all in one. The former and current senior managing editor of Contexts magazine (the public outreach journal of the American Sociological Association), I have over a decade of experience in academic editing across a range of disciplines. I’ve edited and written copy for publications from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, W.W. Norton, the University of Chicago Press, Cambridge University Press, Stanford University Press, and many others, including dozens of journals. As a sort of fun “palate cleanser” (trust me, when you’re editing books on neoliberalism and genocide, it’s always good to have a fallback), I write copy for organizations like Stand Up! Records and Six Degrees Uptown, a Pilates and fitness studio. I also have a background in the visual arts and was a founder of First Amendment Arts (now Co-Exhibitions) in Minneapolis, MN. I hold degrees in history and classical studies from Boston University and an art degree from the University of Minnesota, and I enjoy making up words when necessary (or simply a good idea).

My truly lovely husband, Josh Page, is a professor of sociology and law at the University of Minnesota, a food writer for The Heavy Table, and a TRX instructor at Six Degrees (come to think of it, so am I!). He’s a great writer, and I’m so happy to work alongside him in print and in life.

letta@pagesmithing.com