Geoff Shandler

Geoff Shandler is the former editor in chief of Little, Brown and an editorial director at HarperCollins. A stay-at-home dad since Covid hit, he has been independently editing books published by Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and W.W. Norton. He began his publishing life in 1993 at Random House, and among the authors he has edited since are John le Carré, Sarah Perry, Jonathan Safran Foer, Malcolm Gladwell, Mary Gabriel, Karina Longworth, Luis Alberto Urrea, William Least Heat-Moon, Bob Spitz, J. Wallace Nichols, Wendy Pearlman, David W. Brown, Brian Castelberry, Nathan Englander and John Markoff. He still edits on paper. (Hermitage 510 tipped pencils and Tombow Sand 510A erasers, if you’re curious.) He was a judge for the 2022 Whiting Awards and has served as a grant evaluator for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Born in New Mexico, he went to school in New Haven, worked in New Hampshire, lived in New York, and now resides in New Jersey. 2023 will be his third time participating in the Community of Writers Summer Writing Workshops.