Calaya Michelle Stallworth


Digital and print content curator with 20 years of editorial experience across various platforms. Noted for ideation, creative project management, team building, consistency, and an ability to meet challenging goals in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment.



Online Content Editor; Rolling Out, Atlanta, GA: 2005-Present

Edit and publish more than 20 editorial submissions for digital publication throughout the day for this high

traffic website, focusing on breaking news and viral headlines

Review each article uploaded to the backend of the WordPress site, ensuring superior SEO optimization by

reviewing image quality and size, titles, content, focus keywords, meta keywords and tags before moving

content to the frontend

Assess new writers and provide written feedback concerning minor and major edits needed for submissions to

meet publishing guidelines

Write buzzworthy, compelling, and researched breaking news stories and special interest articles to meet daily

headline demands as needed

Print Editor; Rolling Out, Atlanta, GA: 2003-2005

Collaborated with the publisher, sales team, graphics and distribution to ensure timely and accurate

publication of Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, a national news and entertainment magazine with an

approximate print readership of 1.5 million

Established and nurtured relationships with fellow media outlets, publicists, corporations, conferences,

festivals, business leaders and politicians, ensuring sources for breaking news leads, features and special


Assigned and gave final approval of all print content within the planned weekly print production


Recruited, trained and managed a national team of more than 50 freelance writers and city


Associate Online Editor; America Online Digital City, New York, NY: 2000-2002

Wrote, edited and updated entertainment, nightlife and dining features for the New York portal of the AOL

Local Network, which maintained 60 million unduplicated unique visitors monthly

Managed and uploaded editorial submissions from a pool of freelance writers in Cleveland and Cincinnati,


Monitored the front end of the portal, assessing headlines, content, and images in preparation for daily live


Editorial Assistant; Simon & Schuster Pocket Books, New York, NY: 1998-2000

Provided key administrative support to two senior editors with demanding book lists and established house


Coordinated intense contract negotiations and budgets with high-level celebrity writers and novelists

Tracked each book project throughout the publishing processes to ensure timely delivery


Editorial Intern; Henry Holt & Company, New York, NY: January 1998-May 1998

Development Intern; MTV Networks, New York, NY: September 1996-January 1996

Editorial Intern; Scholastic Books, New York, NY: May 1995-August 1995



Creative Writing Professor: 2001-Present

Spelman College (2012-Present), Georgia State University (2008-2012), Shorter University (2005-2012), Clark Atlanta University (2006-2008), University of Georgia (2001-2003)

Published Novelist as Grace Octavia; Serendipity Literary Agency, New York, NY: 2007-Present

Harlequin Books, New York, NY

Under the Bali Moon, 2016; “Beats of My Heart: A Novella,” Endless Summer Nights, 2014

Kensington Publishing, New York, NY

His Last Wife, 2014; His Third Wife, 2013; What He’s Been Missing, 2012; “L.A. Confidential: A Novella,” Reckless, 2012; Should Have Known Better, 2011; Playing Hard to Get, 2010; Something She Can Feel, 2009; His First Wife, 2008; Take Her Man, 2007

Screenplay Writer/Editor; Three Productions, Atlanta, GA: 2016-Present

Research Assistant; Georgia State University, College of Education, Atlanta, GA: 2005-2006

Screenplay Writer/Editor; DAH Productions, Los Angeles, CA: 2007-2010

Curriculum Writer; Institute for Professional Development, Phoenix, AZ: May 2010

Book Proposal Writer/Editor; Tracy Sherrod Literary Services, New York, NY: 2007- 2011

Treatment Writer/Editor; Black Family Channel, Atlanta, GA: February 2006-September 2006



Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA; Doctorate of Philosophy in English, Creative Writing

University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing

New York University, New York, NY; Bachelor of Arts in English

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA; Domestic Exchange Program



Writing, editing, content management and curation, social media, blogging, journalism, research and fact-checking, communications, bios for artists, bands, and business professionals, book proposals, copywriting, press releases, one-sheets, newsletters, WordPress/CMS, SEO, teaching and mentoring

References and portfolio clips available upon request.