Career Panel for English Students

Curious about the current literary job market? Don’t miss this conversation with three publishing professionals on

Tuesday, November 1, 6:30-7:30 PM
Arts & Letters Hall, room 103

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Panelists include:

joined the team at Albert Whitman & Company in May 2014 after working for 5 years on the sales team at IPG, a Chicago-based distributor for independent publishers. Prior to IPG, she worked on retail and consumer marketing at Random House Children’s Books, focusing her efforts on branded properties such as Barbie, the Berenstain Bears, and Thomas the Tank Engine. She started her career in children’s book publishing in the subsidiary rights department at HarperCollins Children’s, where she closely managed the licensing of permissions and various rights for such classics as Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, Little House on the Prairie, and the estate of Shel Silverstein. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a graduate of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute.

is a writer and editor whose interviews, book reviews, and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity and Bookslut. She’s the editor-in-chief of Curbside Splendor and the managing editor of featherproof books. Naomi is the director of Book Fort, an organization that creates opportunities for independent presses to reach unique communities, and is the co-founder of two reading series, The Marrow and Lies! In 2017, Naomi will curate Printer’s Ball. She’s at work on a novella and a collection of short stories.

has ten years of publishing experience as an editorial expert with a passion for fantastic reads. Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She’s worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she’s been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and the ebooks on it, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends—when she’s not reading—cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.