Photo by Joe Cooke on Unsplash


I’m a freelance writer, editor, sensitivity reader, and California native. In addition to my client work, I focus on mixed race identity, critical race theory, grief, and loss. I’m currently working on a memoir about taking care of my father at the end of life, titled, “Mixed Messages: A Father Daughter Story in Black and White.”

I’ve been published in such outlets as:

I also authored “Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators’ Guide.”

Visit my portfolio page for a full list of works.

With a master’s degree in English literature and three years’ experience teaching the SAT, I provide individual and business clients impeccable editing services. Whether you’re writing a dissertation, an e-book, or non-profit report, I have the background and experience to polish your work.

The illustration above is courtesy of the talented Giselle Potter, who created the image for my New York Times piece about my grandmother.


Shannon has been a valuable resource for the Advancement Project California communications team. She is responsive and on point with her proofing and edits of projects large and small. We recommend her!

Katie Smith – Advancement Project

Shannon’s feedback as a sensitivity reader for my young adult novel SPLINTERS OF SCARLET was invaluable to me. I appreciated her insightful, thoughtful perspective, and I would definitely work with her again—and recommend her to other writers.

Emily Bain Murphy