about Joanna R. Demkiewicz
Joanna R. Demkiewicz is an editor, writer, and marketing director with experience in magazines and book publishing. She graduated with a Bachelors in Journalism with an emphasis in Magazine Writing from the University of Missouri in 2013, the same year she co-founded a print and online women's longform magazine, The Riveter, which has been featured in the New York Times, Poynter, Jezebel, Bustle, the Star Tribune, and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Alongside her partner, she produced six print issues and more than five hundred longform stories, published both online and in print. She served as editorial director of the magazine for five years but recently announced its retirement in this letter.
She is currently a freelance editor for The Sager Group's Women in Journalism Series, specifically Newswomen: Twenty-Five Years of Front-Page Journalism (2015) and New Stories We Tell: True Tales By America's New Generation of Great Women Journalists (forthcoming).
Demkiewicz also works in book publishing for Milkweed Editions, an independent nonprofit press located in Minneapolis. For three years, she was the press’s publicist; she developed publicity campaigns, worked with the media, and coordinated author tours. During her time as publicist, Milkweed authors were featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, O, the Oprah Magazine, Nylon, Poetry Magazine, and PBS NewsHour, and the press also opened a bookstore, which was featured in Publishers Weekly, BookRiot, the Star Tribune, City Pages, and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Currently, Demkiewicz is the marketing director. She works with booksellers and the press’s distributor to increase sales. She also strategizes digital marketing, advertising, partnerships, and social media engagement.
She’s written about books for Literary Hub, Guernica, Nylon, and the Los Angeles Review. She lives in Minneapolis.
EDITING | LONGFORM
A non-exhaustive list of the longform stories and interviews Demkiewicz has developed by working closely with a woman or non-binary writer.
"'Cosmopolitan' Rules to Live By" (literary criticism), Ann Mayhew
"Have You Tried Turning it Off and On Again: Solving Tech's Biggest Issue" (technology + discrimination), Anna Meyer
"Feminist Makerspaces: Making Room for Women to Create" (women- and non-binary-led initiatives), Amanda Reed
"STEM Over Storytelling: An Immigration Story" (coding, literature + immigration), YZ Chin
"Empowered by Anime" (anime, culture + Asian-American experience), Crystal Duan
"The Power of Diversity in Office" (politics + inclusion), Alyse Burnside
"Leila Abdelrazaq Draws Social Justice Movements" (graphic novel + diaspora + Palestinian-American experience), Nadia Eldemerdash
"Saving Irvington" (gentrification + neighborhoods), Caitlin Dwyer
"Whose 'Empowerment'?" (international aid + feminism), Meghna Ravishankar
"The Connection Between Microaggressions and Mental Health for PoC" (race + education), Chelsea Candelario
"Waiting in Line: Undocumented Students Fight for Protection" (DREAMers + undocumented rights + immigration), Chantelle Bacigalupo
"Women Who Spin" (music + DJ culture), Lianna Matt
"No Rest for the Protest" (activism + music + history), Grace Birnstengel
EDITING | photo essay
A non-exhaustive list of the photo essays Demkiewicz has developed by working closely with a woman or non-binary photographer.
"Reconnecting Chicago's Urban American Indian Youth to Their Native Roots" (Indigenous community + youth programming), Pat Nabong
"Stewardship and Permaculture at Quail Springs" (sustainable living + environment), Rita Kovtun
EDITING | BOOKS COVERAGE
A non-exhaustive list of the literary criticism Demkiewicz has edited while working closely with The Riveter's books editor, Ann Mayhew.
"The Canon: Books to Read in March" (2018), featuring books by Michelle Tea, Tarfia Faizullah, Mallory Ortberg + more
"The Canon: Books to Read in February" (2018), featuring books by Zadie Smith, Terese Marie Mailhot, Stephanie Powell Watts + more
"The Canon: Books to Read in January" (2018), featuring books by Mary Beard, Morgan Jerkins, Emma Glass + more
"The Canon: Books to Read in December" (2017), featuring books by Ursula K. Le Guin, Myriam Gurba, Jenny Diski + more
"The Canon: Books to Read in November" (2017), featuring books by Louise Erdrich, Jennifer Egan, Alice Waters + more
"The Canon: Books to Read in October" (2017), featuring books by Carmen Maria Machado, Andrea Jarrell, Camilla Grudova + more
"The Canon: Books to Read in September" (2017), featuring books by Jesmyn Ward, Celeste Ng, Ariel Gore + more
WRITING | INTERVIEW
"Reclaim Your Time at The Coven" (women- and non-binary spaces, professional development + community), with Grace Birnstengel
"She's Not Me" (gender performance + identity + fashion + Alana Levinson)
"Q&A with Amy Schellenbaum, Digital Editor of 'Travel & Leisure'" (travel writing + editorial + trends)
"Q&A with Mona Eltahawy, Author of 'Headscarves and Hymens'" (Middle East + sexual politics + nonfiction)
"Q&A with Zinzi Edmundson, Editor of 'Knit Wit' Magazine" (textiles + magazines + women-run)
Literary Hub | "Breaking Up the Boys Club: On Women in the Rare Books"
Women's eNews | "This Time, a Rwandan Man Listened to a Story of Rape"