James Kwapisz


My passion is writing: creative, professional, and technical. While I always strive to attain accuracy of form, it is my chief concern that the function whatever it is I am writing or editing is effective. My objective is to make communication via the written word as clear as possible.


State University of New York at New Paltz

Master of Arts               Major: English

Attained – May 2019

Bachelor of Arts           Major: Creative Writing

Attained – May 2014

GPA: 3.76

Related Experience:

Caption Editor/Audio Description Writer, Video Caption Corporation,       Stanfordville, NY—July 2019-Present

  • Edit, format, and transcribe captions for films and TV shows
  • Compose audio description scripts
  • Record voiceovers

Composition Instructor, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY—January 2017-May 2019

  • Designed syllabi, lesson plans, exams, and assignments
  • Conducted discussions and lectures on situational rhetoric and grammar/mechanics
  • Graded papers and exams, providing helpful, insightful comments
  • Assessed students’ portfolios to determine future placement

Editorial Assistant, McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY—October 2014-February 2015

  • Oversaw composition passages in, and bookmaps of, children’s textbooks for grades K through 6; checked textbook pages in Adobe InCopy against PDF tear sheets
  • Developed tear sheets on Adobe Acrobat
  • Generated a vocabulary matrix for grades K through 6 on Excel
  • Corresponded with McGraw-Hill’s compositors about issues concerning National/California standards

Editor, Mark Ratikan’s Taurus: Son of the Sunken Realm, New York, NYAugust-September 2014; March-April 2015

  • Edited the novel, providing suggestions concerning plotline and character development
  • Reconstructed syntactical arrangements

Editor, Matthew Tarulli & John Borgese’s ODAM: Of Dreams and Magic, (Freelance)—December 2015; Dreamscape: Laruna, (Freelance)—March-April 2016

  • Edited the RPG manuals; proofread grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation

Editor, Nate Jessup’s The Spindle Tree, New Paltz, NYJune 2014; Dr. Mojahid Mirza’s Quagmire of Being, New Paltz, NYFebruary-March 2014

  • Composed critical evaluations of the poetry manuscripts
  • Edited grammar, punctuation, and syntax

Editorial Assistant, Codhill Press, New Paltz, NY—December 2013-May 2014

  • Codhill Press’s 2014 Poetry Award:
    • Read through 150 manuscripts of poetry and rated each manuscript from 1 to 4 (poor to strong)
    • Determined a winner with Head Editor Pauline Uchmanowicz
    • Arranged a mailing list of all submitters on Excel
    • Edited and paginated the poems of the winning manuscript

Computer Skills:

Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe InCopy, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, PowerPoint, Windows OS, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WordPress