The Staff of Tethered by Letters
You see their names scrawled at the bottom of your edited stories, email them for publishing advice, and enjoy their beautiful designs on the site, but who are these mysterious TBL staff members? Finally! All is revealed...
TBL employs a staff of dynamic writers, editors, graphic designers, and artists that are all passionate about the written word. With forces combined, the TBL’s diverse staff serves writers across the globe with quality editing, pristine publications, and engaging graphics.
Editor-in-Chief, Founder, Chairperson
D.M. Hedlund published her first novel, Threads of Deception, at the age of eighteen. Experiencing the difficulties of breaking into the market as a new writer, she founded TBL in 2007 to help other new writers perfect and publish their works. Offering free writing coaching, editing, and publishing guidance to anyone with a passion for the written word, Hedlund expanded TBL into a global community of writers, editors, and artists, created TBL's literary journal, and has helped over one hundred new authors publish!
Recently completing her English Language and Literature degree (with minors in Mathematics and Philosophy) at Oxford University, in England, she has since relocated to Singapore. Hedlund returns annually to lecture at universities and high schools across the United States, teaching young writers how to break into the market and master the craft of writing.
When not working with the TBL staff, Hedlund still writes creatively and academicly. In addition to publishing several short stories, her new book, Atlantis, the World without Doors, will hit the shelves in 2014.
To read more about Hedlund and her writing, visit her profile!
Senior Editor and Board Member
Matthew Rahill has been professionally editing since high school, founding Erudite Prose, a freelance editing company in 2004. Carrying his passion for writing into his university degree, he graduated summa cum laude from University of Colorado Denver with a degree in English Writing and is currently pursuing a Masters in Information and Communications Technology. Today, he writes, edits, and produces web content for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He continues to work with Erudite Prose as acting president, editing for novels, magazines, and websites. Since 2010, he’s been on the board of Tethered by Letters, applying his knowledge of literature, editing, publishing, and web content to help TBL grow.
Although he has been writing since childhood, Joseph Reinis has also been growing as an editor for the last 10 years. Beginning small by offering to look over his peers’ work in college, he gradually started to become recommended to others, eventually gaining regular demand for his editing. After nearly two years with Tethered by Letters, he has sharpened his skills and earned the trust and appreciation of many new and established writers. He considers the act of telling stories to be one of the most important undertakings one can undertake and is passionate about helping others tell their stories. Although he already holds a bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in English from Metropolitan University of Denver, he plans to go back to school to further his education and to continue writing and publishing his short fiction.
To read some of Reinis' fiction, visit his writing profile!
Senior Editor and Coterie Organizer
You're cruising the TBL site, looking for contests, new stories, some cute literary geek to flirt with. Everything's going pretty well--and then suddenly, you're confused, distressed, desperate for answers! Who ya gonna call? Well, David Alden, of course. Yes indeed, he's the devilishly handsome bloke who mans the Coterie desk. He knows all the answers. You know that computer, "Deep Thought," from Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Yeah, David's it's mentor. You think 42 was a grand solution? It's got nothing on the emails you'll get back from David. What? You don't believe me? Well try him out:
Junior Editor and Staff Writer
Canby is a writer of fiction, memoir, and comic panels. In addition to editing for Tethered by Letters, he blogs about his many travels for KickStart, and is currently completing his first novel, The Boy Behind the Curtain. His short work has appeared in a variety of venues, including the Noteworthy, Bolide, and recently, at Deviant Behavior.
To read more about Canby, visit his writing profile!
Editing and Interview Coordinator
Elliot Hughes holds degrees in both Philosophy and English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh where he is currently reading for his DPhil in Philosophical Fiction. When he isn’t transforming his favorite ancient thinkers into literary characters, Hughes enjoys besting his friends at pub quizzes, pretending to play guitar to ensnare the ladies, and working his pen to the bone for TBL. While these simple pleasures constantly delight him, his real passion lies in finding a way to make his hobby of walking around, meeting strangers, and slowly destroying their beliefs systems into a full-time job…If Socrates can do it, why not Hughes?
To read more about Hughes, visit his writing profile!
Consultant and Board Member
Robin Davies, a writer from England, has been on the Tethered by Letters board since 2012. With a combined degree in Latin, Greek, Ancient History, and Law from Edinburgh University, Davies is passionate about the evolution of language and the inner workings of nonprofits that seek to enhance it. Applying his understanding of the law, Ancient and Modern writers, and his own love of literature, Davies is an invaluable member of the TBL board.
To read more about Davies, visit his writing profile!
Gregory lectures English Literature at Oxford University (Saint Anne’s College), specializing in Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens. Her publications include Far From the Madding Crowd, articles discussing Borne-Hone’s stained glass commission in The Journal of William Morris Studies, and other dissipations of dramatic potential.
Web Content Manager and Digital Consultant
Adam A. English is a technical wizard and an experienced computing professional. Gaining his knowledge base while serving as a systems and technical administrator and manager within the military, he's gained certifications in multiple disciplines, holds a degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in security, and has increased his skills by venturing into web development. Adam manages the Content Management System for TBL, ensures digital formatting meets standardization, and manages all our e-book publications. He also teaches system administration and management techniques for information architectures, continually pursuing additional certifications.
Rasser received her Architecture and Design degree from Colorado University, specializing in the integration of 3D programming. She volunteers her design acumen to Tethered by Letters, creating all the graphics for our site since 2012. She also overseas the guest artists who create our journal covers. Her biggest turn on is zombie stories. Her biggest turn-off is when people try to transform them into sparkly vampire love.
2013 Summer Interns!
Kelsey Phillip Payne
KP Kelsey holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, with minors religion and Japanese studies. He also studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University, where he studied language and zen Buddhism, and lived in Japan for several years following. With an interest in both English and Japanese, KP continues to indulge in his passions for evolutionary epistemology, permaculture, nonviolent communication, and ecopsychology. His main thrust in life is to inspire and assist others on the path of what he terms “empathic (or soul-centric) warriorship.”
Jess is a self-proclaimed editing addict. Shortly after acquiring a Journalism degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010, she relocated to Denver and somehow found herself in the field of marketing as an ad writer. Unsatisfied with this arbitrary career path, she turned to Tethered by Letters as, not only the ideal creative outlet she desperately needed, but also the scene where she will nurture her fairytale love with the publishing industry (which incidentally plays out as world dominance, of course). She is most excited about contributing her intensive ideas to TBL’s own Zombie Apocalypse survival plan. Well that, and becoming an editing mastermind – though that goes without saying.
Alison is a recent high-school graduate who is passionate about her craft. Storytelling, her life’s dream, is done in many different ways, including her other new-found loves: Theatre and the special effects industry. Boosting her already impressive ego, Alison is an avid writer, having received the prestigious Lighthouse Writers Award for a work of short fiction at the ripe age of sixteen! Combining all three creative outlets, she believes that that arts are essential in the development of her life and identity. Starting here at Tethered by Letters, she hopes to spend the rest of her life immersed in the world of stories.
What About Everyone Else?
It's true: there are several other wonderful people who help us keep this crazy TBL dream alive, and goodness do we want to tell you all about them! Good thing we've already started work on that...
Coming soon: Individual staff profiles for all the amazing men and women of TBL!
Still have more questions? Feel free to contact us here! We are always thrilled to hear from our members!