Essential Deets

Officially launched in October 2015, the mission of A Draft Supreme, LLC is to make the ostracizing of historically marginalized people and understudied subject matter exactly that - HISTORIC. We aim to transition such intersectional identities and areas of study from being silenced or subjugated in higher education and related realms of power to being established and amplified in these same spaces.

This is addressed in a few ways.

  1. Serve as an ally by editing academic writing by and about people of color and other historically marginalized identities.

  2. Demystify college preparation and attendance experiences for aspiring high school students, parents, and educators, as well as undergraduates through facilitated workshops and seminars.

  3. Provide contractual writing and facilitation services to nonprofits and organizations that have missions aligned with A Draft Supreme’s.

  4. Be damn great at providing all three.

 
 
Leslie Diane Poston, Owner   Lead Editor & Facilitator

Leslie Diane Poston, Owner

Lead Editor & Facilitator

CURRENT Relevant credentials

B.A., English | M.A., Sociology - Stanford University

English Composition Instructor - Freshman Summer Program, UCLA

Writing & Critical Thinking Instructor - Vice Provost Initiative for Pre College Scholars, UCLA

Movies 4 Mental Health College Workshop Facilitator - Art With Impact

Grants and Writing Consultant - Advancement Project California

MEMBERSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

American Copy Editors Association | Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Omicron Chi Chapter Initiated & Current Member of Inglewood Alumnae Chapter) | A Better Chance, Incorporated (Alumna, Volunteer Interviewer, and Guest Speaker) | InsideOUT Writers (Volunteer Teacher) | Reading Through Time Book Club (Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall - “Unfit” Girls Unit)


a bit more about academic editing

No reputable editor, let alone a true ally, would provide the unedited and unpolished work of her clients. The best “proof” of A Draft Supreme’s editing is a track record of first time clients becoming repeat clients and the majority of our new referrals coming from current and past clients. Below is a listing of a thesis, published dissertations, and a book that I’ve edited in the interim or final stages of drafting.

Gendered Transitions: The Case of Syrians’ Forced Migration to Egypt - Nada Ramadan, M.A.

A Qualitative Examination of Postsecondary Education as a Remedy to Recidivism Among Formerly Incarcerated African-American Men - Ed Rice, III PhD

The American Way: A Historical Ethnography Study of Asian American Youth Mentorship and Organizing for School Reform in Philadelphia - Michael Ishimoto, PhD, Research Fellow, Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access, UCLA

First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles (Edited Dissertation to Book Transition) - Damien Sojoyner, PhD, Professor & Graduate Admissions Director | Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine

Adelante y Pa’lante: College-Educated Chicana/o and Puerto Rican Family Educational Oral Histories - Nichole Garcia, PhD, Assistant Professor of Higher Education & College Student Affairs | Graduate School of Education, Rutgers U.

MOST RECENT TESTIMONIALS  “Leslie offers excellent editing services based on your wants and needs. She is transparent, honest, and works in a timely manner. She definitely helped me develop my writing in a short time frame as deadlines approached and gave me the confidence to finish. I plan to use her services as long as I can through my academic career. You will not regret investing in her as your editor!” - Assistant Professor Nichole Garcia, PhD  “Thank you for all your feedback and edits to my dissertation. Your comments really helped me think through the conceptual blockages in my arguments.” - Michael Ishimoto, PhD  “You were the first and only person I thought of to edit this for me.” - Professor Damien Sojoyner, PhD  “I was extremely pleased with the services that Leslie provided. Leslie was meticulous and provided prompt useful feedback that ensured I passed my defense and completed my dissertation with little to no revisions.” - Ed Rice, III, PhD

MOST RECENT TESTIMONIALS

“Leslie offers excellent editing services based on your wants and needs. She is transparent, honest, and works in a timely manner. She definitely helped me develop my writing in a short time frame as deadlines approached and gave me the confidence to finish. I plan to use her services as long as I can through my academic career. You will not regret investing in her as your editor!” - Assistant Professor Nichole Garcia, PhD

“Thank you for all your feedback and edits to my dissertation. Your comments really helped me think through the conceptual blockages in my arguments.” - Michael Ishimoto, PhD

“You were the first and only person I thought of to edit this for me.” - Professor Damien Sojoyner, PhD

“I was extremely pleased with the services that Leslie provided. Leslie was meticulous and provided prompt useful feedback that ensured I passed my defense and completed my dissertation with little to no revisions.” - Ed Rice, III, PhD


Courses  |  Workshops  |  Seminars

Courses | Workshops | Seminars

students’ take on my instruction

Evaluation Results (RISING 11th GRaders):

VIP Scholars (Summer Residential Cohorts 5 - 13) at UCLA

Course: Writing and Critical Thinking | Theme: Social Justice

Evaluation Results (College freshmen):

Freshman Summer Program (Bruin Classes of 2018 - 2022) at UCLA

English Composition 2 for Math/Science Cohort | Theme: Psychology of Survival