May Volunteer of the Month: Will Georgantas

Will Georgantas

It’s true that we could not possibly publish the caliber of student writing we do without the dedication of our volunteers, and we feel especially grateful to have a thorough, dependable copy editor on our team. Will Georgantas has flawlessly copyedited many of our books over the years; most recently this spring he helped bring to fruition our Young Author’s Book Project, Uncharted Places: An Atlas of Being Here, written by students at Thurgood Marshall High School.

Will Georgantas began copyediting 826 Valencia’s student publications in April 2012. After receiving his MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University in 2000, Will became a staff copy editor* at Esquire magazine, then in 2003 cofounded a writing-focused public high school in the South Bronx, the Bronx Academy of Letters. Since 2007, he’s been dividing his time between copyediting books for publishers including Random House, Simon & Schuster, and McSweeney’s, and writing songs and performing with his band, Thunderegg.

* Fun fact: copy editor (n), copyedit (v).

To read about all of our featured volunteers, visit the Volunteer of the Month gallery.


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