P.O. Box 43072
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Electronym: wessells@aol.com

James Cummins Bookseller, New York City. General manager. (2005 to present). Associate (July 2000 to 2005).

Freelance Copy Editor & Proofreader.  November 1999 to January 2003.
Projects included Spafinder magazine and «www.spafinder.com»; and the weekly selection of science fiction stories edited by Ellen Datlow at «www.scifi.com/scifiction/».

AB Bookman's Weekly, Garfield, New Jersey. (Nov. 1996 to Oct. 1999). Hired as staff writer; promoted to Managing Editor in May 1998; position terminated when magazine ceased publication.  Responsibilities included:

Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, R.R. Bowker, New Providence, New Jersey. (Dec. 1990 to Nov. 1996). Hired as Assistant Editor, promoted to Senior Associate Editor. Responsibilities included:
  • production of annual directory from data collection through quality control, proofreading, and release of pages
  • compilation of bibliographic data for U.S., Dutch, Middle Eastern, African and Asian serial publications
  • devising a standard electronic format to obtain journal subscription data from major international serials publishers
  • revision of in-house editorial manual and subject classification manuals (with DDC classification)
  • telephone reference service for subscribers, Ulrich's Hotline (1992-1996)
  • Teacher's & Writers Collaborative, New York City (1988-1990)
    Assistant Director, Writer in Residence program at PS75 Manhattan, teaching creative writing to grades 3-8; also taught in Columbia University School of General Studies Summer Program for High School Students, 1988 & 1989.

    Freelance Database Design (1987-1990)
    Designed and maintained confidential record-keeping database for N.Y.C. information management consulting firm

    Freelance Translator (1986-1997)
    Translation of legal and technical documents from Arabic, French, and German, for International Arbitration Report and other clients; interpreter for Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode and delegation from Douala, Cameroun, in 1986.

    MAJOR PUBLICATIONS (click here for detailed list of publications)

  •     Another green world, short story collection (Temporary Culture, 2003)
  •     Editor (with Grania Davis), Limekiller, stories by Avram Davidson (Old Earth Books, 2003)
  •     Editor (with Grania Davis), The Other Nineteenth Century, stories by Avram Davidson (Tor Books, 2001)
  • "Another green world" (fiction) in Nature 15 June 2000
  •     Articles and reviews in The New York Review of Science Fiction, 1997 to present
  •     Translator of: The Five Elements in the Life of the Child: Play-Spaces for Greater Vital Energy by Karin Kalbantner-Wernicke et al. (forthcoming)
  •     Book reviews in The Washington Post Book World : Patience & Fortitude by Nicholas A. Basbanes; Bookstore by Lynn Tillman (2000); Boggs: A Comedy of Values by Lawrence Weschler (1999); and Robert Van Gulik: His Life, His Work by Janwillem van de Wetering (1998)
  •     Feature articles in AB Bookman's Weekly, 1997-1999, including: "From Tallahassee to the High Plains" and "Hard Military Service: Two Officers in the 19th-Century West" (two-part biographical article); "The Book Illustrations of Wharton Esherick"; "Árni Magnússon and the Cultural Heritage of Iceland"; "The Mystery Novels of Janwillem van de Wetering"; "Arabia Unveiled: The Travels of St. John Philby"; "Paul Metcalf and the Mosaic of American History"; "R.H. van Gulik: Diplomat, Orientalist, Novelist"
  •     Contributor to The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, eds. John Clute and John Grant (St. Martin's Press, 1997)
  •     Publisher of The Avram Davidson Website « http://www.avramdavidson.org » and newsletter, The Nutmeg Point District Mail
  •     "From This Swamp" (fiction), in The Starry Wisdom, ed. D.M. Mitchell (Creation Books, 1994)

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York City. Writing Division, School of the Arts. Master of Fine Arts, 1990.
    THE NAROPA INSTITUTE, Boulder, Colorado. Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Summer program, 1987.
    AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO, Egypt. C.A.S.A. fellowship, Center for Arabic Study, 1983-1984. One-year program in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, literature, medieval palaeography, and contemporary history.
    PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Princeton, New Jersey. Bachelor of Arts, 1983. Graduated magna cum laude, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Departmental thesis: translation and annotation of 17th century Arabic manuscript, "Notes for a Ruling on Tobacco," by Ahmad Baba al-Tinbukti, with a short history of tobacco in the Islamic world.
    MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, School of Arabic. U.S. Dept. of Education Resource Fellowship, Summer program, 1982.
    THE LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Class of 1978.
    LYCÉE INTERNATIONAL, St. Germain-en-Laye, France. 1974-1976.