Esther Porter


Vision Statement

Good writing can and should be accessible to all. With this in mind, Esther Porter’s vision is to empower writers of all backgrounds and skill levels and to nurture our impulse to communicate with one another. By understanding our intended readers, we can fine tune our language to a specific ear. We can craft our words to point closer to the subtleties of our ideasto what it means to be human.


Esther Porter is a Founding Editor at Revolver and works for the Loft Literary Center where she critiques manuscripts and writes the “Ask Esther” column. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude. She has extensive literary publishing experience and has taught fiction and poetry writing to children of all ages. After five years working for the Minneapolis-based nonprofit publisher, Coffee House Press, she decided to transition into full-time editorial work in October 2010. She has published 4 children’s books with Capstone Press.



Loft Literary Center’s Manuscript Critique Service


Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Editorial Freelancers Association

Professional Editors Network

Favorite Books


The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner; A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor; Transformations by Anne Sexton; The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom; Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith; Body Clock by Eleni Sikelianos; Paradise Lost by John Milton; East of Eden by John Steinbeck; King Lear by William Shakespeare; Cosmos by Carl Sagan; The Road by Cormac McCarthy; The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way by Nagarjuna; Through the Arc of the Rainforest by Karen Tei Yamashita; The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson


The Chicago Manual of Style; The Associated Press Stylebook; The Subversive Copyeditor by Carol Fisher Salter; Garner’s Modern American Usage; Merriam-Webster English Dictionary; The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas; Words into Type; Woe Is I by Patricia T. O’Conner; The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark; The Careful Writer by Theodore M. Bernstein