About

Heidi Jirotka-004_croppedI am a writer, editor, researcher, and professional book reviewer.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Understorey and managing editor for Literary Mama. I also edit regularly for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and Alternatives Journal. My writing has been published in both literary and academic journals and books.

Through my writing and editing business, I provide structural and stylistic editing, copy editing, and copywriting services to academics, non-profit organizations, businesses, and creative writers.

I hold a BSc and MSc in microbiology and a PhD in environmental policy, botany, and ethics. From 2008 to 2012, I lived in Cape Town, South Africa. I now live in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Am a mother of three boys, twins Alex and Jon who are five years old, and Thomas who is six

(Will not use my boys’ real names until they can consent to being blogged)

Usually have four or five books on the go at once, but read slowly

Have spent much (perhaps too much) of my adult life in a university

Have an active vermicomposter; I’m quite fond of it

Write a monthly column called Mother City Mama over on Literary Mama

Blog here about books and literature and motherhood and South Africa