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Intern’s Report: Still Life with Poem

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    2016 Literary House Press Intern, Caroline Harvey '18

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

May 05, 2016
2016 Literary House Press Intern Caroline Harvey ’18 recounts her experiences assisting in the editing and publishing of LHP’s forthcoming anthology, Still Life with Poem.

 

Literary House Press Internship Style Sheet (arranged in order of appearance)

 

From FALL SEMESTER 2015

  • General Thanksgiving Broadside [a Saturday afternoon spent with Lindsay Lusby and Jehanne Dubrow printing broadsides for the school / the smell of ink and kerosene / asking questions about the Spring press internship in between the thwacks of the Vandercook]
  • Literary House Press Internship” acceptance email [forwarded to my mother the minute I received it]

 

From LYNDA COURSES ON INDESIGN

  • David Blatner [first he is nasal / then he is unbearable / then he is useful]
  • nifty keen [the only acceptable adjective for drop shadows / preceded the niftier keener transparency effects in InDesign]
  • 12h 37m [duration of time spent watching tutorials and following along with the exercises / duration of time before I am really ready to pry apart Still Life with Poem]

 

From STILL LIFE WITH POEM, DRAFT 3

  • yellow highlighter [what I used to indicate any words that might be spelled wrong or used incorrectly / I also used this to point out moments that confused me: punctuation gone wrong, a capital letter misplaced, a repeated word]
  • style sheet [the document in which I recorded every instance of confusion, every moment important enough to be questioned]
  • 27 pages [the length of the style sheet for the first twenty pages of the collection, which included the table of contents, introduction, and twenty-five poems]
  • 107 pages [the length of the final style sheet after every term, every question, had been defined or answered / weeks of reading and rereading every poem, every word and line]

 

From COVER ART

  • Jennifer Clarvoe [the fantastic photographer and poet who sent us our cover image / I was CCed on the email to her asking to use her image as our cover, the first moment I felt like I was really a part of the SLWP process]
  • Gary [the name of the grasshopper who graces the cover of the anthology / I already love insects, but this one has a special place in my heart]

 

From STILL LIFE WITH POEM: CONTRIBUTOR PROOF (RESPONSE NEEDED) EMAILS

  • 80 [number of emails I sent over the course of three hours on one Thursday afternoon]
  • Don Share [editor of Poetry magazine / I emailed him and didn’t give it a second thought after I hit send]
  • one name [I misspelled exactly one name in my emails / she told me “no worries” when I apologized / I’m still worrying about it]
  • 79 [number of email responses I received by the end of the process approving or editing the proofs]

 

From SLWP INTERIOR_DRAFT 8_FINAL.PDF

  • “That person’s in Still Life with Poem!” [the exclamation I make every time I look at collections of poetry or “Suggested Books” on Amazon / the exclamation I make every time I read the posters covering the walls of the literary house like a second skin]
  • two days [the amount of time it takes for 48hr Books to send us the proof copy of the book / the amount of time I spend excitedly waiting to see our work in physical form]
  • the week preceding finals week [this is the final week of my stint as the Spring 2016 Literary House Press Intern / this is the final week of my reading and rereading the proof documents until I am positive that there are no errors / this is the final week of having a digital-only version of Still Life with Poem / this week is bitter]
  • the weeks following finals week [haven’t happened yet / my predictions: I will go home with five copies of Still Life with Poem / I will go home with a copyright credit in a Literary House Press publication / I will go home having proofread 174 pages and assisted in laying them out in InDesign / I will go home with 80 poets in my pocket to follow long after my internship ends / I will go home and I will miss every day of the Still Life with Poem process]

 

From STILL LIFE WITH POEM: CONTEMPORARY NATURES MORTES IN VERSE

  • the book [will be released October 18, 2016 / the culmination of a semester-long internship and the hard work of Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby / something physical to help me remember the impact this opportunity had on me—giving me the chance to be a part of a publication process, exposing me to spectacular contemporary poets, a rollicking good and exhausting time, a feeling of pride I can only hope to replicate in the future]

 


Last modified on May. 5th, 2016 at 4:09pm by Lindsay Lusby.