Judy Ashkenaz has worked in the printing and publishing industry since 1971, starting as a typesetter and later shifting to editorial work, including a stint as manager of editorial services at Stratford Publishing Services and, before that, as proprietor of an editorial-services company in Brattleboro. Since 2005 she has been an editor in psychology at Pearson Education. Her articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, professional publications, and magazines, including Yankee and Bennington Magazine.