Brenda Leifso is a full-service editor and writer in Kingston, ON, Canada with a wide range of experience from web copy to human interest stories to literary works.

She holds an MA in English, an MFA in Writing, a BA with a double major in History and Writing, and a BA in English. She's acquired over a decade of experience substantively and copy-editing literary and trade books, literary journals, government and academic publications, and web-based texts and publications for non-profits. She's also served as managing editor, run major social media campaigns, and project- managed website development.

Brenda is a poet with publications in journals and anthologies across Canada. She's published two collections of poetry, Daughters of Men (Brick Books, 2008) and Barren the Fury (Pedlar Press, 2015). Bricks Books is publishing a third collection in April, 2019. 

As a breath- and mindfulness-based yoga teacher, Brenda runs her own yoga studio ( Inspired by yoga and the reciprocal natural world, she also teaches writing workshops.



Editing, Writing & communication Services


Substantive and copy Editing

Substantive and copy-editing for book-length manuscripts and academic dissertations, government and academic publications, grants, journals, promotional material, reports, newsletters, and web-copy.  

Writing and Rewriting

Writing and rewriting a wide variety of texts from social media campaigns to website copy to online art magazine or popular academia articles to international development-focused human impact stories.

Managing Editing

Pipeline management for print and online publications, grant writing and editing, budget tracking. 



Project Management 

For website development and large publishing projects.


Instructing Communications, Editing, and English Literature courses in college and undergraduate settings. Designing and implementing online and in-person courses.

Particularly for the retreat setting, I also offer creative workshops geared to getting participants outside, being still, and using their senses to help dismantle writer's block and to engage creativity. 

Manuscript evaluation

A holistic evaluation of a manuscript with suggestions for growth. 






Barren the Fury

What would happen if, instead of entering a world in which they are never really considered human, girls made a choice to abandon us? A response to the hopelessness of being female, Barren the Fury turns salvation myths into destruction narratives, hopelessness into rage, acquiescence into violence. Ultimately, the poems question our responses to underlying power structures - do we close the curtains and latch the door?

daughters of men

Brenda Leifso's first volume of poetry is a stunning debut: haunting, disturbing but resolutely beautiful. With an unflinching eye, Leifso explores the uncertainty of memory, the legacy of place, the powerful dynamics of sexuality and secrecy, and the violence inherent in family relations. Her central section, "The Theban Women," is a multi-voiced re-imagining of Euripides"s The Bacchae; this drama in verse gives voice to women long silent, and together with Leifso's more personal poems, it forms a book of exceptional power from a poet whose voice is as honest as it is beautiful.






If you are ready for a manuscript evaluation, a substantive or copy-edit, or mentoring, or if your project needs a professional writer, please contact me today.