About Giant Squid / Audra Sim
From 2001 to 2006, I was a double-degree undergraduate student in English and music history (initially music composition) at Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In the summer after my junior year, I interned at W. W. Norton & Company in New York City. I worked in the music department, managing copyright permissions databases for song lyrics and other borrowed materials, proofreading book manuscripts, writing flap copy (book-jacket blurbs), and writing reader’s reports on unsolicited manuscripts. Later on, I pursued a career in music librarianship through the Mellon Librarian Recruitment Program.
After working as an academic librarian, I returned to graduate school for a degree that would finally let me integrate my interests in music and language. Writing my dissertation for the PhD in Communication at the University of California San Diego was a transformative experience that led me back to editing as a career.
I am a wordsmith, poet, and writer. I read Marx, Weber, and Foucault, but also cozy mysteries, memoirs, and contemporary feminine genre fiction. I listen to Xenakis, Schoenberg, and Ferneyhough, but also Duruflé, Vaughan Williams, U2, and Radiohead. I sing first soprano in a Bach choir, and my karaoke anthem is Alanis’s “You Oughta Know.”
Currently reading for fun (last updated 10/21/2019): Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton University Press, 2015), David Wong’s What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (St. Martin's Press, 2017), and Kerin O'Keefe’s Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (University of California Press, 2012).
PhD Communication | University of California San Diego (2019)
MA Library & Information Studies | University of Wisconsin–Madison (2011)
BA English with High Honors | Oberlin College (2006)
MA Historical Musicology | University of Wisconsin–Madison (2011)
BM Music History | Oberlin Conservatory of Music (2006)
Northwest Editors Guild
American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
For more details, see my résumé.