Hi, I’m Diamond Braxton,
an experienced editor and writer.

Education

  • Texas State University – MFA in Fiction – 2022-2025
    • Awarded the L.D. Clark & LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment Scholarship and an Instructional Assistantship to fund my studies in Fiction.
  • University of Houston – Bachelor’s English, Creative Writing, Minor in Marketing – 2015-2019
    • Awarded Dean’s List twice, Inducted into Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor’s Society)
  • High School for the Performing and Visual Arts – Creative Writing 2011-2015
    • Was first a part of the first creative writing class at HSPVA. Studied screenwriting, poetry, playwriting, and fiction.

Editorial Experience

  • Editor in Chief – Defunkt Magazine – Jan 2021 – Present
    • As the Editor in Chief, I plan out the calendar for the year, approve all department selections, layout each volume in InDesign, keep track of online orders, distribute payments to contributors and staff, handle social media strategy and planning, and host live launches.
  • Copy Editor – Porter House Review – May 2022 – Present
    • At the Porter House Review, I am working as a Copy Editor and my job is to ensure all written content is formatted to Chicago Manual of Style before going live.
  • Reader – Boston Review – August 2022
    • At the Boston Review, I am participating as a reader for their current contest. I am reading through 50-60 submissions, submitting my thoughts, and helping the editorial team make their final decisions on the winners.
  • Editorial Intern – Sourcebooks – Oct 2021 – Dec 2021
    • At Sourcebooks, I was selected as one of the top 4 applicants to participate in the company’s BIPOC Editorial Training program for Fall 2021. Learned how to bring books to market and the ins and outs of publishing, while also working on live editing projects. Completed a developmental edit for a new manuscript for one of the company’s best-selling authors, Scarlett St. Clair.
  • Asst. Cooglife Editor – The Daily Cougar – Feb 2018 – Feb 2019
  • Journalist (Intern) – The College Fix – March 2018 – August 2018

Publications

A Piece of You – Stanchion, Issue 8, coming mid-July. Print only. Pre-order your copy here.

Hatching Naomi – The Forge, interview and short story debuting July 4, 2022
Generational Thirst – Alejibres Review, flash piece coming soon
Sugar Rush – The Hellebore, short story published
The Body as a Warzone – Rejection Letters, flash piece published January 12, 2022
It’s Sunday, Put Your Nice Shoes On – The Bitchin’ Kitsch, poem published October 1, 2021
A Room Full of Us – Mixed Mag, poem published February 8, 2021
Restless BluesThe Acentos Review, short story published June 19, 2020