Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I’m a senior editor at Automattic, curating and commissioning longform nonfiction at Longreads. I’m lucky to be able to publish stories from writers, journalists, and illustrators around the world, some of which have won a Pushcart Prize and a National Magazine Award, or been notably mentioned in Best American Essays. Other writers have landed agents or book deals as a result of an essay we worked on together.

Alongside my role at Longreads, for nearly a decade I’ve worked as a story wrangler for WordPress.com, dabbling in pretty much everything: finding and telling customer stories, developing writing and photography courses, managing company blogs and social channels, and crafting copy across the platform, as well as for Automattic’s other products and apps.

A few of my past lives include award-winning book reviewer for The San Mateo Daily Journal; editorial assistant at Edutopia, the magazine of the George Lucas Educational Foundation; English teacher in the Chonburi province of Thailand; and marketing proofreader at Mills College in Oakland.

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up on the Peninsula. In the Before Times, I traveled widely. Currently, my husband and I are raising a spritely preschooler and spending our days in North Berkeley.

I’m interested in tiny things, ’90s nostalgia, old jungle mixtapes, punctuation, my cats, and the perfect blend of tech house. And, as those who know me can attest, I’m not to be fed after midnight.