Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer, reviewer, editor, and proofreader/copy editor living in New York City.
Her professional work in these fields began in 2012, when she spent a full academic year on the staff of The Oxford Student newspaper at Oxford University. During her first term she served as a copy editor; during her second term she served as chief copy-editor as well as editor of the Arts & Lit section, where she instituted a popular flash fiction column. Her final term at Oxford was spent serving as deputy editor (as well as de-facto chief copy-editor). She was also recruited by the Oxford University Student Union to serve on the editorial staff of E&E, a new magazine dealing with issues of the environment and ethics. The highlights of her time as an editor at the OxStu include her interview of Davey Havok (front-man of the band AFI and author of the book POP KIDS) and her interview with Joss Whedon, Amy Acker, and Alexis Denisof regarding their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
The year at Oxford was fruitful in other ways. Masad saw the first publications of her fiction appearing in Tin House’s Open Bar, as a winner of round two and the final round of the Master Plotto: Student Edition contest. Later, she also received the Rex Warner Literary Award from Wadham College.
Masad received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she spent her final year as non-fiction editor of the Sarah Lawrence Review. She began writing occasional book reviews, interned for Bookish, and later for Writers House Literary Agent.
Since graduating, Masad has been growing both her editorial client base and her writing portfolio. She is a freelance writer for a variety of publications such as Broadly, Electric Literature, Read It Forward, and more, and in 2015 launched the podcast The Other Stories, which has featured over 60 writers so far.
Since late 2014, Masad has been working for Leigh Feldman Literary, working closely with Leigh Feldman’s clients on editorial work.