A RANGE OF SERVICES

I look forward to working with you to share your vision and content with the world.

My skills include writing, editing, interviewing, archival and special library research, selecting photos, and consulting on commissioned photos and artwork. 

I also have experience with editorial support for market research. For example, I developed the content for the partial book shown here, Events That Gripped a Nation, for research on a series of books on American history

Events That Gripped a Nation, Time-Life Books

BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

I managed the blog for a tour of panels from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. This photo, which I took, is from my post on related Washington landmarks. I also handled Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts for the tour. In work on other projects, I’ve edited blog posts for Virginia Sea Grant on topics ranging from oyster farms to adapting to rising sea levels and written posts for the Shakespeare & Beyond blog.

Martin Luther King Memorial, cherry blossoms, and the Reflecting Pool. Photo: Esther Ferington

BOOKS AND BOOKLETS

I was the project editor for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s 70th anniversary book, Infinite Variety. I’ve also edited exhibition catalogues for The Phillips Collection, including biographies of American artists for Made in the U.S.A., a catalogue for a major touring exhibition. For the National Geographic Society, I contributed to the Almanac of World History and edited Aimee Baldridge’s Organize Your Digital Life. I was the developmental editor for Iraq and Back and True Believer for the Naval Institute Press. I wrote or edited several do-it-yourself Sunset Books projects, including books on decks, trellises, and walkways. I also develop brochures and other print materials; I’ve written and edited exhibition booklets for the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and The Phillips Collection. When I was on staff at Time-Life Books, I worked on many illustrated nonfiction book series; look near the end of the Clients page for a list of the series.

Susan Behrends Frank, Made in the U.S.A.: American Art from The Phillips Collection. Yale University Press.

ONLINE AND MOBILE APP CONTENT

I have developed content and written and edited text for the websites of several clients, including The Phillips Collection art museum, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. I also worked with architect Bruce Wentworth on the full-length online book shown here, From House to Home: An Architect’s Perspective on Remodeling. I was the chief content developer for two major Folger Shakespeare Library websites funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Shakespeare in American Life and the award-winning Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible. I also contributed to multimedia visitor apps for Folger exhibitions.

Bruce Wentworth with Esther Ferington. From House to Home: An Architect's Perspective on Remodeling. Wentworth, Inc.

MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS

I wrote the exhibition labels and booklet text for the Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail exhibition at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum; the card shown here is an invitation to the exhibition opening. I wrote the traveling panel text for the Folger’s Elizabeth I, Then and Now exhibition and edited the panels for the national First Folio! tour. I also wrote the exhibition label copy for the Age of Lawyers exhibition at the Folger and five other stamp-related exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, including Stamps Take Flight. I worked on a touchscreen kiosk that allows visitors to turn the pages of a virtual First Folio at the Folger Shakespeare Library and produced online content for exhibitions at the Folger, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and The Phillips Collection.

Pacific Exchange: China-U.S. Mail, Smithsonian National Postal Museum

MAGAZINES

I have written several articles for Humanities magazine, published by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). For the magazine’s issue on the NEH’s 50th anniversary, I wrote about the history of the state humanities councils, based on archival records, oral histories, and my own interviews. I’ve also interviewed and written profiles of those awarded the Humanities Medal by the White House, including the pioneer women’s historian Anne Firor Scott and writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith. I have written photo essays about exhibitions, as well as other articles, for the Folger Magazine; I took this cover photo for a photo essay on heraldry. I was the Contributing Editor to the Phillips Collection Magazine. I have also written for magazines associated with the Inova Hospitals in northern Virginia, including this story on treatment for heart attacks.

Folger Magazine, Summer 2014.

AUDIO AND VIDEO

I was an editor for Shakespeare Unlimited, a Folger podcast that is available via SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, NPR One, Spotify, Stitcher, and the Folger website. This image illustrates the episode “Shakespeare in Hong Kong.” I was the associate producer for the NEH-funded Folger radio documentary on Shakespeare in American Life. For the audio-tour producer Acoustiguide, I interviewed curators and wrote scripts for museums that included, among others, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Gulf Coast Exploreum, the Farnsworth Museum of art in Maine, and the Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange. My work on videos has included script reviews and research. I provided newspaper headlines and other content ideas for the award-winning film Love’s Labor: Henry and Emily Folger Build a Library, an anniversary look at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Hong Kong Skyline.