“Field School Students Take a Bite out of the Big Apple”
During Spring Break 2016 seven undergraduate English majors accompanied Dr. Megan Sexton for a unique domestic Field School program that provided them exposure to the Publishing industry in New York. Students met with literary agent Maria Carvainis in her Midtown offices and learned about the role literary agents play in the industry. Students also attended a meeting with Ben George, senior editor of Little, Brown, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, who discussed how to break into the editing field and the skill sets required for the position. The group also visited the headquarters of HarperCollins, where they were treated to a presentation that encapsulated the many career options available within the company as well as a personal meeting with an editor for their Children’s and Young Adult imprint. Other activities included a visit to the main branch of the New York Public Library, where the head Periodicals librarian lectured on the library’s mission to preserve the history of publication of literary magazines as well as a tour of the historic National Arts Club, founded in 1898 as a private arts club that continues to foster the arts in America.
Students also had a chance to explore the city through organized trips to major landmarks such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, One World Trade Center, and literary specific sites such as Edgar Allen Poe’s House, The Poets House, and literary readings at KGB and Half King.