MS in Publishing Award Winners for 2013

 

Jennifer Clare

 

Congratulations to Pace University MS in Publishing students, Jennifer Clare, Diana Cavallo, and Lindsey Ljungquist  on receiving the prestigious departmental Publishing Award for 2013.  These students were selected on the basis of their high GPA’s, contributions to the department, and outstanding academic experiences.

 

 

 

 

Diana Cavallo

Each of these young women took advantage of all that the program had to offer them and made a significant impact on all of the lives they touched during the course of their studies.   Their futures are as brightas they are and we  look forward to hearing about all of their future successes as they move ahead in their careers.  Jennifer Clare was also awarded the DYSON Award, an award given to an outstanding DYSON student who has excelled in every aspect of her studies and embodies Pace’s motto of OPPORTUNITAS. 

 

 

 

Lindsey Ljungquist

Each recipient has written a thank you note to express their gratitude for winning the Publishing Award.  Click on their names if you would like to read their Thank You Notes: Jennifer ClareDiana Cavallo, Lindsey Ljungquist. We are very proud of  Jennifer, Diana, and Lindsey, and wish them the best of luck in the future!

Pace Publishing Professor Quoted in Smartphone App Article

Pace MS in Publishing Professor Aaron Goldsmid was quoted in a very interesting article about a new Facebook messaging system that involves talking heads. Prof. Goldsmid teaches PUB 622J, the “Seminar on Books & Magazines: Practical Applications of Product Management in Digital Media” course with Professor Christine Ford, which offered during the Summer I class session.  Prof. Goldsmid currently works as a Digital Product Manager for Facebook.

 

  The Verge article by Ellis Hamburger chronicles the story of Facebook product designers, Joey Flynn and Brandon Walkin, who developed “Chat Heads.”  “Chat Heads” was designed to allow people to send text messages while doing other things on their smartphones.  Your contact’s face will appear in a bubble across the top of any smartphone app being used and allow you to effectively multitask!

 

Click here to read the full article from The Verge about how “ChatHeads” are becoming the future of Facebook messaging, and what Prof. Goldsmid thinks about it!

By: Diana Cavallo

A New Editor for The New York Times Book Review!

While The New York Times Book Review constantly changes its reviewed titles, it has recently been announced that a change has also been made in the Review’s editor.  Pamela Paul, the former features editor and children’s book editor, will succeed long-time editor, Sam Tanenhaus.  Paul is an award-winning author and journalist, and also contributes to other sections of the Times including Styles and Arts.  In an article for The Daily Beast, Tanenhaus said this of the new Review’s new editor: “I’m delighted Pamela will be the next editor…She’s an inventive, inquisitive journalist with a great feel for the changing moment and also for deep cultural currents. No less important, she is a wonderful colleague much respected by the TBR staff.” 

 

As a future member of the publishing industry, it was interesting to read about the new editor’s thoughts about the publishing industry from an interview with the Beast’s Steve Kettmann.  When asked about the future of books, Paul offers an opinion that comforts professionals worried about changing publishing trends: “a book, to my mind, is still one of the best ways to tell stories and deliver information and I don’t think it’s going anywhere. I think that’s a part of human nature.” She also cites her mother, who was also a writer, as a main source for her love of books, and goes on to say that she is currently reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  Paul brings an unique perspective to the New York Times Book Review editor position, since she has experienced her own reviews as an author.  To read the rest of her interview, click here.

By: Diana Cavallo

2013 Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship

At the Spring 2013 Advisory Board meeting, the MS in Publishing prorgam awarded the first Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship to a graduate student.  Award recipient, Diana Cavallo, will be graduating from the program this May.   This scholarship was created to recognize the achievement of a student in the study of financial aspects of publishing, and will be awarded annually.

 

Allan Rabinowitz worked as a finance and accounting professional, a Professor of Accounting and Publishing at Pace University for 50 years, and a MS in Publishing Advisory Board member.  This scholarship was funded by very generous Advisory Board members after Prof. Rabinowitz announced his retirement last year.

 

Prof. Rabinowitz graduated from Pace as a Public Accounting major and became an Auditor for an international CPA firm.  He later held many different positions including, Vice President of Finance at Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.,Vice President of Finance of Family Weekly, which is now known as USA Weekend, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer, and then President, of The Scribner Book Companies. 

 

As a Professor, he taught the Financial Aspects of Publishing since the program began and designed it around his personal experiences in magazines, books and newspaper industries’ accounting and finance departments.  The course introduces students to the basic concepts of accounting and finance, as it applies to the industry and helps them understand the budgeting process and how to read financial statements.

Read the rest of Allan Rabinowitz’s past interview with Prof. Denning.

 

 

Below is Diana Cavallo’s Award Acceptance Letter

I am very proud and honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship.  First I would like to thank the Advisory Board and Professor Sherman Raskin for granting me this honor.  The opportunity to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the financial sector of the publishing industry has been invaluable.  I am very grateful to Professor Edward Monagle, for guiding me through the Financial Aspects of Publishing course and sharing his industry insights with the class.  He made exploring the finance world engaging and applicable to our future careers. 

 

Having grown up in New York City in an Italian-American immigrant family, my dream was to join the talented group of people who created the books that filled my childhood years.  The opportunities afforded to me by Pace University and Allan Rabinowitz Scholarship have helped me work toward achieving this goal.  As a Student Aide in the Publishing office, I am privileged to assist with our informational and engaging Publishing Blog and help facilitate program events. My recent experiences as a Simon & Schuster intern have allowed me to observe the inner workings of a very reputable publishing house and expand my knowledge of the Children’s and Young Adult genres.  As a Youth Representative to the United Nations for the Women’s National Book Association, I work to promote literacy, women’s rights and the important causes of the United Nations.

 

Thank you for acknowledging my commitment to academics and the publishing industry.

Sincerely,

Diana Cavallo

Pace University, ‘13

News from Pace Students and the WNBA

 Pace University Publishing students have been lending their talent and ingenuity to the New York City chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.  The following are three articles that showcase what students have been learning from WNBA Career Panel events, positions they have acquired within the organization and how they have become involved with the United Nations through the WNBA.

 

 

 

WNBA Career Skills Panel Report

By Heather Allen

Heather Allen is in her second semester of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. She is the Social Media Coordinator for the WNBA-NYC, Social Media/ Marketing Intern for Touchstone

Books at Simon & Schuster, and holds a part-time editorial assistant position at Thieme Medical Publishers.

 

On Tuesday, a panel of six industry professionals spoke to an intimate group of publishing hopefuls. The panelists were:

  • Melissa Rosati, Co-Leadership Trainer, Pace University MS in Publishing Program
  • Alexis Bressler, Human Resources Specialist, Macmillan Publishers
  • Pauline Hsia, Literary Agent Assistant; WNBA-NYC Member, Young to Publishing Group
  • Justin Krass, Career Counselor, Pace University Career Services Center
  • Amy Saxon, Editorial Assistant at Bedford/St. Martin’s

 The night’s moderator was Andrea Baron ( WNBA-NYC Student/Young Professional Outreach Chair and Adjunct Professor, Pace University MS in Publishing Program).  Click here to read about the WNBA’s Career Panel. 

 

 

WNBA Member Monday: Meet Tqwana Brown!

Tqwana Brown, a former high school English teacher, is currently in her second semester of the M.S. in Publishing Program at Pace University. She is currently interning at a literary agency and will be taking over as Blog Intern for the WNBA-NYC Chapter.  The following is an interview about her experiences, conducted by Hannah Bennett, an alumni of the MS in Publishing Program and WNBA member.



Hannah: Congratulations on becoming the new Blog Intern for the WNBA-NYC blog!  How did you come to be involved in the world of publishing and in the WNBA?

Tqwana: Thank you! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I first heard of the organization last semester. I attended a few events, but it wasn’t until the blog editor position became available that I became an official member. Growing up, publishing wasn’t a career that anyone in my family even knew existed.  I entertained the idea briefly right after I completed undergrad (though it was magazines at the time), but nothing came of it. In fact, that’s when I first learned of Pace. After teaching high school for several years, the idea came back to me that this is where I’d rather be.


Hannah: What are some of your goals for the WNBA-NYC blog? What most excites you about this position?

Tqwana: Getting more member participation. Not just interviews, but guest blogs  and event reports. Members should feel like this is their blog, and the best way to do that is to get them contributing more. I want to increase visibility to the organization and grow our numbers. The majority of people currently entering and working in the field are female and our numbers should reflect that. I also want to work closely with Heather (social media coordinator) to help with that.

Click here to learn about Publishing student, Tqwana Brown’s involvement in the WNBA as the new Blog Intern.

 

 

 

News from the UN Youth Representative CornerUNCorner  

By Diana Cavallo and Jenna Vaccaro  


(The Women’s National Book Association is a
Non-Governmental (NGO) member of the
United Nations, supporting the UN in its goals.)

  

 Provisional Winter/Spring 2013 NGO Briefing and Events Calendar January–June 2013

 
“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
 
“As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must look back on a year of shocking crimes of violence against women and girls and ask ourselves how to usher in a better future.
 
One young woman was gang-raped to death. Another committed suicide out of a sense of shame that should have attached to the perpetrators. Young teens were shot at close range for daring to seek an education.”
 
Click here to read the rest of Diana and Jenna’s article.  Please go the UN website to continue reading the Secretary-General’s full message.

WNBA United Nations Youth Advocates

The WNBA-NYC chapter is happy to announce our two new WNBA DPI/NGO United Nations Youth Representatives for 2013, two Pace MS in Publishing Students!

Diana Cavallo is a graduate student in Pace University’s Masters in Publishing program. She completed her undergraduate education at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. Diana was the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Pforzheimer Honors College newsletter, SCHOLASTICA, and a featured writer in VOX Literary & Arts magazine. She has held publishing internship positions with The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Diana will also begin an exciting Social Media internship with Simon & Schuster in the spring of 2013.

Diana is very grateful to have been chosen as a Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association to the United Nations. She was interested in this position because of her longtime passion for reading and writing, and desire to help others through charity work. Diana greatly respects the Women’s National Book Association’s literacy and awareness objectives and their emphasis on educating youth about developments in the book community. As a young woman entering publishing, she hopes to use this proactive outlet to help the voices and concerns of female readers be heard and appreciated. In her future career, she plans to focus on the editorial, publicity and marketing aspects of the field, in both book and magazine publishing. Ultimately, Diana hopes to become a bestselling novelist and children’s book author.

Jenna Vaccaro is a Graduate Assistant at Pace University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Publishing. She explored her passion for news, politics, and media through her undergraduate attendance at American University in Washington DC. She ultimately graduated with a major in Law and Society, and a minor in Sociology.  Throughout college, Jenna worked part time at the Smithsonian’s Asian art museums, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art. Her first experience with professional publishing was through a college internship at the American Humanist Association. As an intern for the magazine The Humanist, Jenna learned about the role of an editor, the design of a magazine, and the circulation of a periodical.

Jenna is absolutely ecstatic to be working with the Woman’s National Book Association as one of its Youth Representatives for the United Nations. After working in an international museum exploring different cultures, this is a perfect outlet to focus those years of research, work, and study. With her interest in government and society, there is no better way to combine all of her past intellectual interests into one perfect internship. Jenna hopes to learn more about working with other NGOs, spread the message of the United Nations and the Department of Public Information, and meet other motivated young people. As a member of the Woman’s National Book Association, Jenna cannot wait to start empowering women home and abroad through literacy and publishing.

IN THE NEWS: Publishing Article Round-Up

The M.S. in Publishing Blog wants to keep students, faculty and alumni up to date with the latest publishing industry buzz. “In The News” is a new blog feature  that rounds up interesting publishing articles to share with readers!  This installment features two articles discussing the future of book publishing and recent cover design winners. 

 

 The Huffington Post article, The Future of the Novelby Warren Adler, discusses a topic that countless readers have come to consider “normal,” the genre changes made to the modern novel.  “With the tsunami of e-books where traditional and self-published writers are beefing up reading choices to astounding levels,” Adler says, “the book business has become a competing stew of infinite taste sensations that are offered up increasingly sliced and diced, and composed for an increasing segmented reading public.”  The reading population has certainly seen a rise in new book categories stemming from the once traditional genres.  Fiction’s romance aspect can now be further broken down into Romantic Interest, Paranormal, Regency, Suspense, and Young Adult to name a few.  Adler notes that authors try to “skew their stories to a series approach, attempting to “hook” a reader to a character…to keep readers engaged and sales perking.”  Authors are using their writing and content to help the crucial sales and marketing departments bring success to a title and publishing house.   Famous writers like James Patterson pioneered this movement, building what Adler and other industry professionals would call a “book factory that churns out products on multiple platforms.”  Often, ghostwriters are included in this process, expanding a book idea or plot.  Commercial book publishers will rely on the emerging technological developments and reader-based trends to discover where the industry is headed next!

 

In the Best Book Designs 2011: Design Observer Names Winners,” we honor a category of publishing often, subconsciously, overlooked- design.  The Best Book Designs are named by a 35-person advisory panel from ‘Design Observer’, a leading website in design criticism.  ‘Design Observer’ announced the “50 Books / 50 Covers” competition last year to help discover the best innovative book designs.  Scribner’s book “Bed” by David Whitehouse, made the list, which uses a simple photograph of the word “bed” spelled out in different color pillows.  “Better By Mistake,” featuring three chunky erasers with the titled printed on, was selected from Riverhead Books’, written by Alina Tugend.  Other winners include “A Man of Parts” by David Lodge, Scholastic’s “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick, “The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace and Alfred A. Knopf’s “Adam and Evelyn,” by Ingo Schulze.  Of the impressive list, my favorite cover design was “Debt,” a Melville House title, by David Graeber.   The minimalistic cover displayed a bright red background and printed receipt.  Now that the 2011 Winners have been revealed, the competition has begun for the 2012 designs.  It should be very interesting to watch the change in design and observe the trends from year to year.

By: Diana Cavallo

Introducing the New M.S. in Publishing Graduate Assistants and Student Aides!

The M.S in Publishing blog would like to officially welcome and introduce you to the Graduate Assistants and Student Aides for the 2012-2013 academic year.   Learn more about your classmates and their positions within the department.

 

Diana Cavallo

Student Aide, Publishing Office

I graduated from Pace University, Pleasantville in May of 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing.  I’m very proud to say that at Commencement, I was given the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior, the Trustee Award.  During my undergraduate education, I was the editor of the Honors College newsletter, SCHOLASTICA, and contributor to VOX  Literary & Arts magazine. I have held three internship positions, two within the publishing at The Association of American Publishers and Nancy Yost Literary Agency.   I am still undecided as to whether I would like to work in magazine or book publishing, but am very interested in the editorial, publicity and marketing fields.  Ultimately, I would like to become a novelist and children’s author.

 

 

Jennifer Clare

Graduate Assistant, Pace Press

I graduated from Ramapo College with a BA in Communication Arts concentrating my studies in writing.  I have had many great internship experiences working for TWIST Magazine, Nickelodeon, Cosmopolitan, and now Pace University Press. My internships have opened up my career interests to include editorial, production, design, and marketing in both books and magazines. I also have a lot of interest in digital aspects of publishing.

 

 

 

Trey Prothro

Graduate Assistant, Pace Press

My name is Trey Prothro, and I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In May 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism in Magazine Editing from the University of Missouri at Columbia. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to work as a staff reporter for the Columbia Missourian, staff writer and section editor for Vox magazine, editorial intern at ALIVE Magazine (a monthly lifestyle publication in St. Louis), and TIWIMUTA magazine (an annual art fashion magazine published by Andre Walker and based in New York City). My publishing passion is with magazines. Although most of my experience and background is on the editorial side of publishing, I would like to learn more about the business aspects of publishing to be an overall more strategic publisher in the future. I’m new to the city, and this is my first semester in the M.S. Publishing program. I’m beyond excited to be here!

 

Dan Shao

Lab Assistant

I graduated from Zhe Jiang Gong Shang University in 2010, and my undergraduate major was editing and publishing. I am interested in book publishing, copyright, digital publishing and magazine as well.

 

 

Jenna Vaccaro

Graduate Assistant, Lab

Jenna Vaccaro graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society.  In college she interned with the publication The Humanist, a magazine for critical social inquiry. Jenna spent 4 years working at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art as a publications and events assistant, working on exhibition catalogs and the scholarly journal Ars Orientalis. Jenna is interested in working with current events and pop culture, news-based publications, and science-fiction. In her spare time, she plays guitar and plans vacations.

“What Are You Reading?”: New Blog Feature


A Call for Readers and Writers!

The M.S. in Publishing Blog invites all students, faculty and alumni to contribute to a new blog feature called “What Are You Reading?This monthly feature is designed to uncover page turning Books, and interesting Magazines, Articles, Blogs and Websites across different channels of reading, print or electronic.  Share your thoughts on these new literary trends with the M.S. in Publishing community.  Basically, let us know what you’re reading!

If you would like to submit a post for “What Are You Reading?please email Diana Cavallo at puboffice@pace.edu if you are interested in writing an article.

 

I’ve written the first feature sample about a publishing blog I recently discovered.  I hope you enjoy it and am are looking forward to all of your submissions!

 


What Are You Reading?: “The Book Deal”

By: Diana Cavallo

 

Lately, I find myself reading intruging articles from the publishing blog, “The Book Deal,”  geared for writers and publishing professionals. Many of these articles are written by Alan Rinzler, a longtime editor and publisher at companies like Bantam Books, Rolling Stone Magazine, John Wiley & Sons, Grove Press and Macmillan.   This semester, I am taking some editorial classes and working on my thesis about book publishing, titled “The Making of A Bestseller,” so Rinzler’s articles are both relevant and interesting to my place in the program.  His September 17, 2012 article, “Ask the editor: An agent said my novel needs emotional glue. Help!” exposes a sensitive subject for authors and editors, the emotion of a manuscript.  He defines the “emotional glue” as acharacter’s internal reactions, ruminations, and anticipated responses to the dialogue and action of the story…the unspoken ideas and feelings that focus and hold together the narrative and keep the reader right there with you.”   From a reader’s perspective, it is interesting to understand and acknowledge the thought process behind building a novel’s emotional glue that both the author and editor (and sometimes agent) goes through.  Most readers don’t take into account that developmental editors, like Rinzler, have spent countless hours working with authors to add or erase dimensions of a character and ultimately, the story. What I thought was the most important of Rinzler’s advice to editors and authors was to be clear and aware of a novel’s message during the writing process and to make effective use of details that show readers emotion and importance, not tell them.

 

The beauty of Rinzler’s blog is that he touches on so many different aspects of publishing.  In an article titled, “Big-6 publisher jumps on the indie bandwagon,” Rinzler helps his readers become aware of a change regarding the relationship between self-publishing and a Big-6 publishing house, Penguin Group.  The publisher acquired Author Solutions Inc (ASI), a leading provider of services for self-publishing writers.  Since the boom of self-publishing, some publishers have been walking a thin line as to whether they should stay clear of self-publishing authors, or draw the most talented of them into their creative circles.   I was surprised to read that Penguin had taken such a leap on this new aspect of publishing.  John Makinson, Penguin’s CEO, looks as the acquisition as a largely positive and proactive move for the company.  “Self-publishing has moved into the mainstream of our industry over the past three years,” he said, “It has provided new outlets for professional writers, a huge increase in the range of books available to readers and an exciting source of content for publishers.”  Essentially, Penguin has widened the pool from which they can find new authors and manuscripts.  This acquisition will also provide these authors with the new ability to be part of the resources of “publishing machines,” from the detailed marketing and publicity campaign, to innovations in production and distribution.   From the article, it seems that both parties would benefit from this new arrangement, but not all of the industry experts that Rinzler interviewed felt the same about this acquisition and the role model that it may have set for other publishers.

Summer 2012 Internship Report!

By Professor Jane Kinney-Denning

This summer, there were 20 students enrolled in PUB 699A, Internship I, and interning all over New York City (with one student in Florida) in prestigious internships in both the book and magazine publishing industries.  It has been a very exciting and rewarding summer for all, and certainly a wonderful way for Pace MS in Publishing students to build their resumes and launch their careers.  Below is a list showing where these students interned and what their titles were.  I have also included links to five of the final Internship Essays (one of the requirements of the course) in case any of you are interested in getting a better sense of what the internship experience was like for some of these students.  All of the essays my students submitted were excellent, but the ones attached represent a broad spectrum of experiences and showcase the varied interests and talents of our students.

I am very proud of all of these students and very grateful to the companies who hired them and provided them with such a wonderful educational opportunity.

Students in our program are required to complete one internship for credit (if they are not online students or already working in the industry or another industry) and to write a thesis paper in PUB 699B, Internship II, the following semester.  It is a wonderful way for them to reflect upon the experience and to develop expertise in a particular area of the industry—a useful thing for them to take with them as they begin interviewing for their first entry level positions.

These courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, so if you are a student in the program and interested in doing an internship, please email me at jdenning@pace.edu to set up an appointment.  If you are an employer and have internship positions available and would like to interview some of our students, please email me at the above address anytime.

I believe that our internship program, coupled with courses that students take to complete the MS in Publishing degree, really prepare our students for successful publishing careers.  They enter the workplace with excellent skills, practical, real world experiences, outstanding technological skills, and a strong knowledge of current issues facing a dynamic and evolving publishing industry.

It is a pleasure working with our students and I am looking forward to another exciting academic year!

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James Abbate
Noelle Webster: Agency Intern – Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, http://sheedylit.com/
Liberty Schauf: Sales Intern – HarperCollins’ Distribution Client Services, http://www.harpercollins.com/
James Abbate: Editorial intern – Kensington Publishing, http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/
Read James’s Internship Essay here.
Rakesh Suresh: Production and Manufacturing Intern –
Hachette Book Group, http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/

Diana Cavallo
Zhen Li: Design Intern – Musee Magazine, http://museemagazine.com/
Coleman Bentley: Editorial Intern – Elite Traveler Magazine, http://www.elitetraveler.com/
Diana Cavallo: Agency Intern – Nancy Yost Literary Agency, http://www.nyliterary.com/
Read Diana’s Internship Essay here.
Shao-Chun Kung (Abby): Social Management Intern – classictravel.com, http://www.classictravel.com/

Andrew Villagomez
Mallory Davis: Styling Assistant – Cityist, http://www.cityist.com/
Andrew Villagomez: Editorial Intern – Passport Magazine, http://www.passportmagazine.com/
Read Andrew’s Internship Essay here.
Julia Cuozzo: Editorial Intern – bizbash media, http://www.bizbash.com/, and EMCblue.com, http://emcblue.com/
Yuhan Liu: Fashion/Editorial Intern – New York Monthly Magazine

Natanya Housman
Elyse Rozelle: Production Editorial Intern – Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, http://www.fodors.com/
Timothy Maxwell: Editorial Intern – classictravel.com, http://www.classictravel.com/
Natanya Housman: Social Media Intern – Workman Publishing, http://www.workman.com/
Agency Intern – Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, http://sheedylit.com/
Read Natanya’s Internship Essay here.
Nidale Hosri: Pub Marketing Intern – American Express Publishing, http://www.amexpub.com/

Hannah Bennett
Caroline Perny: Agency Intern – Folio Literary Management, http://foliolit.com/home-9/
Hannah Bennett: Editorial Intern – Tor Books, http://us.macmillan.com/TorForge.aspx
Read Hannah’s Internship Essay here.
Mary Caya: Operations Intern – Rain Publishing, LLC. (part of Fourth Door Creative Media), http://www.rainandgrow.com/
DJ McErlean-Hopson: Research Assistant for Dr. Sarah Blackwood (Pace University) and Professor Janet Neary (Hunter College) on their text, A More Perfect Likeness: African Americans Write Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture