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 announced its retirement in 2017 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 works in book publishing for Milkweed Editions, an independent literary press. 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 BookRiot, the Star Tribune, City Pages, and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Currently, Demkiewicz is the marketing director. She works with booksellers, librarians, and the press’s distributor to sell Milkweed poetry, nonfiction and literary fiction titles, like Ada Limón’s The Carrying, a National Book Critic Circle Award winner, and Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. 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.