Gayla Groom Résumé




My book-editing projects include Alcohol Can Be a Gas! for The International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, The Biochar Solution and Your Green Home for New Society Publishers, The Hand-Sculpted House for Chelsea Green Publishing, and Water Storage and Rainwater Harvesting for Oasis Design. Alcohol credited me with doing “a great job of wrestling the book into shape,” and Hand-Sculpted called me the “patron saint” who contributed “priceless editorial assistance just when the project had reached its darkest hour.” I am very good at organizing books. I have also done substantive and copy editing for various clients on a wide range of other book and non-book projects, and was editor of The Design Exchange newsletter for the Ecovillage Network of the Americas.


I have worked as a freelance writer since 1995, creating grant proposals, brochures, sales copy, press kits, news releases, website content, articles, books, video scripts, and more for mostly not-for-profit clients including The Cob Cottage Company, The Global Ecovillage Network, The Ecovillage Training Center, The Farm School, Blue Mountain School, Mushroompeople, Stephen Gaskin, Ina May Gaskin, Rocinante, and Kids to the Country. From 1987 to 1995, I worked as staff writer for Macintosh software developer Blue Sky Research in Portland, Oregon, where I wrote promotional materials and technical manuals and was responsible for ensuring the quality of all written materials produced by the company.


I laid out the book Alcohol Can Be a Gas! — 640 complex large-format pages, including hundreds of graphics and endnotes. Among other layout projects, I have created brochures and display materials for Kids to the Country, Blue Sky Research, and The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project.


From 2003 to 2010, I partnered with intentional community icon Stephen Gaskin to administer the nonprofit Rocinante, and served on the Board of Directors. I was Executive Director of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas in 1996–97, working with nodes in Latin America and with the parent Global Ecovillage Network to set policy and direction. I also helped manage the Ecovillage Training Center, from strategic planning to the coordination of day-to-day functioning.


  • WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FileMaker, Premier Pro, Acrobat, etc.
  • Conversion of books to Kindle format
  • Promotion and orchestration of classes, workshops, and meetings
  • Online promotion techniques
  • Planning and execution of marketing, fundraising, and public relations campaigns
  • Knowledge of Spanish and French
  • Video production and editing experience
  • Studied accounting and computer programming at Illinois Central College, photography at Bradley University, and modern languages at Barnard College and the University of Paris.

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