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Holly L. Thomas

As an editor

I help you ready your writing for the world.   

As a poet

I write most about noticing and wonder.      

As an artist,

I'm  drawn to media that convey light.     

About me

I have 30+ years of writing and editing experiece, first as a de facto wordsmith during my career as a land use planner in New York's Hudson Valley, second during 16 years as a technical editor for Microsoft, and currently as a freelance editor.

I edit everything from websites to social media feeds, from Fortune 500 marketing content to children's books, from novels to how-to's, and from proposals to printers' proofs. My focus is helping clients more clearly convey what they want to convey—in the best version of their style. My "ear for language" guides me as much as any particular style guide or rules list.    

The clients I enjoy most are those whose projects inspire and inform. 

My book Pluck Another Apple, Eve, And Finish It  was published in 2019 by Sun Portal Press. In 2020 I received an Emerging Poets award from the Allied Arts Foundation. Book 2 is in the works.

Besides writing and editing, I paint, draw, and work with mixed media. When I'm at my creative best, colors, textures, and words take turns.     

As soap and water replace holy water,

let us bless them.

As we wash, 

let counting seconds

be holy too.

As celebrants wash their hands before a ritual,

let our hands summon us

to presence 

over and over and over and over again—

prayer wheels,

permanently attached

at the wrists.

—From Corona


Contact me

If you'd like to connect, email me at

and be sure to include

EDITING in the Subject line.

Shimmer, iridescent watercolor on wood, by Holly L. Thomas
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