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Steve Kleinedler Joins Conscious Style Guide’s Advisory Council

PASADENA, CA — March 6, 2019 — Conscious Style Guide welcomes Steve Kleinedler to its advisory council. The author of the introductory linguistics textbook “Is English Changing?,” Kleinedler is the first editor among the advisers who’s also a lexicographer.

“Steve has been advising me throughout the years, so I was absolutely thrilled when he agreed to make his role official,” said Karen Yin, founder of Conscious Style Guide. “I’ve been a fan ever since I heard him speak at the ACES conference—I believe the topic was syllabification—and I’m grateful to have someone with his expertise on my side as Conscious Style Guide continues to grow.”

For 21 years, Kleinedler was on the editorial staff of the American Heritage Dictionary (including nearly 7 years as executive editor) and served as president of the Dictionary Society of North American from 2017 to 2019. Currently, Kleinedler is a technical editor for a software company in the greater Boston area and is one half of the podcast duo Fiat Lex. He received his BA in linguistics from Northwestern University and was a graduate student in linguistics at the University of Chicago when he left ABD to take a position at the AHD.

“I am honored to join the Conscious Style Guide advisory council,” said Kleinedler. “I have long championed awareness of how word choice has an effect on other people. Editors and writers play such an important role in shaping public discourse, and the CSG gives them the necessary tools to foster civility, empathy, and compassion in their work.”

Kleinedler is also a founding member of Shattered Globe Theatre Company in Chicago and has taught, directed, and performed improv at ImprovBoston and Philly Improv Theater for over 16 years.

Other Advisory Council Members

Steve Bien-Aimé, PhD, is an assistant professor of journalism at Northern Kentucky University. Prior to receiving his doctorate from the College of Communications at Penn State, Bien-Aimé worked as a copy editor at The News Journal in Delaware and The Baltimore Sun and served in a variety of functions at in Los Angeles, departing as deputy NFL editor. His research interests include race and gender portrayals in news and sports media.

Henry Fuhrmann, an adjunct instructor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, worked at the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 2015. Before retiring as an assistant managing editor, he led the print and digital copy desks, chaired the standards and practices committee, and oversaw the editorial stylebook. He is a longtime local leader of the Asian American Journalists Association and serves as a member of the executive board of ACES: The Society for Editing.

Alice Y. Hom, PhD, is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities for social change. As the director of Equity and Social Justice for Northern California Grantmakers, Hom focuses on racial equity with an intersectional lens. Before joining NCG, Hom created a podcast and a digital archive on activism by LGBTQ people of color as a Soros Equality Fellow, and prior to that, she was the director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. She is the co-editor of award-winning anthology “Q&A: Queer in Asian America” and has published articles in various journals and anthologies. She holds a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University, an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a BA from Yale University. Hom also serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy.

Christine Ma is a copyeditor and proofreader specializing in children’s and young adult books. Prior to starting her own freelance business, she was an in-house copyeditor or senior production editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Weekly Reader, which published educational magazines for children. Among the books Ma copyedited are three Caldecott Medal winners, a National Book Award finalist, a Printz Honor Book, a Sibert Honor Book, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and numerous New York Times bestsellers. She is also on the Executive Board of ACES: The Society for Editing.

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About Conscious Style Guide

Conscious Style Guide’s mission is to help writers and editors think critically about using language—including words, portrayals, framing, and representation—to empower instead of limit. For more information, visit

About Karen Yin

Winner of the 2017 Robinson Prize for furthering the craft of professional editing, Karen Yin is the creator of AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style,” Conscious Style Guide, a reference site for inclusive, compassionate, and empowering language, and Editors of Color, tools for diversifying your staff and sources. For more information, visit

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