Olivia Aguilar '12 edited the 2012 edition of Harbinger, "Full Disclosure." She is now a publicist for Northwestern University Press. 

 

Kristine Somerville, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing: What did you learn from your experience as a Harbinger editor?

That being an editor is a lot of work! But that’s what I really liked, too. From composing the giving letter, to writing the foreword, to overseeing everyone’s participation in reading and rating the submissions, to leading the launch party, it was fun to take charge and collaborate with some amazing team members!

 

What do you love about your current job? What are the challenges?

Northwestern University Press publishes scholarly works as well as quality works of fiction, drama, nonfiction and poetry. I love being a publicist because every day is different, and I get to work with authors and reviewers directly. In that same vein, the challenges are always different, but the rewards are worth it. 

 

What advice would you give to English and Creative Writing majors?

I would encourage graduating ENG/CW majors to keep their options open! I started out in editorial, but I made the decision to switch to marketing and publicity six years ago, and I’ve really found my niche. I would also encourage them to attend readings and literary events in their communities (both virtual and in person). Whether you’re a writer or a professional working in publishing, or both, it’s important to have an idea of the literary landscape. 

 

What is your favorite book, movie, and song?

This is always so difficult! I’m answering this during spooky season, so I’ll go with Jane Eyre. Favorite film is Phantom Thread and favorite song: in the spirit of witchy season, "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.

 

Please share an inspirational quote from one of your most admired people. 

“There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” – Leslie Knope 

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Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut,
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