HR@Harvard

Interns

Harvard Review offers a number of literary publishing internships. This is an opportunity for undergraduates at Harvard to gain work experience with a professional literary journal and learn how the world of literary publishing works. If you are interested, please contact us at info@harvardreview.org.

Readers

Harvard Review receives hundreds of unsolicited submissions, and we are always looking for new readers. If you are interested in becoming a manuscript reader for Harvard Review, please email info@harvardreview.org, and we will contact you with more information about the vetting process.

Book Reviewers

Although we do not accept unsolicited book reviews, we are always on the lookout for new reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing for Harvard Review, please send an email to reviews@harvardreview.org describing the kind of books you would be interested in and enclosing one or more recent clips (roughly 500–1000 words).

INTERNS AND READERS

Rachel Silverstein

As a concentrator in English and Linguistics with a secondary in Folklore & Mythology, I love to be surrounded by words and stories. An interest in learning the ins and outs of publishing brought me to Harvard Review as a reader in my freshman year, and I became an intern as a sophomore. I have loved this opportunity to learn my way around a database, read submissions, query bookstores, participate in book festivals, and more. I will miss Harvard Review during my upcoming semester abroad in Edinburgh, but come senior year I'll be ready to dive back in.

Camille Schmidt

In an attempt to submerge myself in all things literary, I joined the Harvard Review family my junior fall. I’m an English concentrator here at Harvard and have loved working with Chloe, Christina, and Rachel, reading submissions, editing the website, catching little tasks around the office, while in a ridiculously literary way watching the fall burn the Lamont-side oaks red at their tips. I am kept around for my master poster-designing skills, and unbeatable door-unlocking abilities. Next semester, I will be abroad in Paris where I will be studying writing and music, but still reading for Harvard Review. I am already looking forward to coming back!

Virginia Marshall

I started reading fiction submissions from the slush pile as a freshman at Harvard and became an intern in the office my junior year. As an intern, I learned about the workings of the review, answered contributor queries and helped Christina edit book reviews. It was a great opportunity to learn about another aspect of the writing world, outside of the writing and editing I did for The Crimson, WHRB, and Speak Out Loud. Throughout college, I've found the people at the review incredibly helpful and encouraging. Since graduating in May 2015, I've been working as a freelance radio producer at WBUR in Boston and I continue to help out at the Review as editorial assistant.

Caitlin Ballotta

A love of books and a desire to learn more about the publishing industry brought me to Harvard Review as an undergraduate. Serving first as an intern and then as an editorial assistant, I spent my days opening and sorting mail, logging submissions, typesetting copy for upcoming editions—and, last but not least, tackling what are fondly referred to as “special projects.” I'm now just across the street, working as Associate Producer and Lead Content Developer for the Poetry in America Project at Harvard. In this capacity, I help Professor Elisa New of the English Department to develop and administer online courses centered on American poetry. I'm excited to begin work on our team’s next project: Poetry in America for public television!

Mark Chiusano

After I continued showing up unasked at Harvard Review's Lamont Library doorstep, Christina and Laura were kind enough to let me hang around inside the office too. Everything I've learned about writing and the publishing industry started with them, from the basics of editing to how to write a rejection letter. My InDesign abilities have not improved but that's no fault of theirs. After college I went to work as an editorial assistant at Knopf, later moving to Vintage as an assistant editor. Last year I published a collection of stories, Marine Park, one story of which Christina was kind enough to publish (and edit, and improve). Now I'm an editorial writer at amNY and Newsday. If you want to hear all about New York City politics and culture, from MTA trash policy to mayoral fun and games, check out @mjchiusano.

Victoria Zhuang

I joined Harvard Review as a sophomore in spring 2013. Since then I have done many kinds of work here, from reading submissions to writing book reviews and helping to publicize events. My memorable experiences with HR taught me much about editing and publishing. I am now a freelance writer based in the Boston area.

Kevin Hong

My involvement with Harvard Review began my freshman year, when I applied to be a fiction reader. Through much of my college career I read manuscripts, commented on them, and forwarded them to the fiction editor for final review. HR gave me a great opportunity to cut my teeth as a reader and editor, and I used a lot of this experience while serving as Publisher of the Harvard Advocate, Harvard's undergraduate literary magazine, my junior and senior years. I recently completed an M.Phil in English at the University of Cambridge, and currently teach Humanities at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain.

Rumur Dowling

I joined Harvard Review in 2012 as a literary publishing intern, assisting the editorial board with submissions, events, publicity, and subscriber outreach. After graduating from Harvard in 2014, I received a Henry Fellowship to pursue a Master's in English at Oxford University, where I wrote a thesis about mechanical models of the mind and the history of literary form. The following year, I returned to my hometown of New York and became a staff writer at Fabled Films. I'm currently writing a volume in the company's forthcoming Nocturnals book series.

Alex Méndez

My time at Harvard Review gave me an invaluable window into the life of a literary magazine. Sorting the mail was perhaps my favorite task, because I got to see the wide variety of submissions that the magazine received, often from faraway places. After graduating in 2013, I spent a year in Sevilla, Spain researching and writing a historical novel with a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship. I am now in my third year of the Ph.D. program in Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where I study early modern narratives about the New World. I'm also a graduate fellow/editorial intern at Public Books, where I have been commissioning reviews of Spanish-language books and working to connect the review with Spanish-language academics, readers, and publishers.

Sezen Unluonen

I became involved with Harvard Review when I was a sophomore at Harvard College in 2011. During my term-time internship there, I became acquainted with nearly all aspects of publishing a journal. Initial evaluations of submissions, correspondence with writers, and management of online databases are just a few of the many tasks in which I gained experience. After I graduated from college in 2013 with a BA in English, I worked as a freelance translator and editor in Turkey for two years. I have a novel in Turkish that is coming out in 2017 and I am currently a Ph.D. student in English at Harvard.

Erik Fredner

I started at Harvard Review in my freshman year in order to learn about contemporary publishing and see what was being written now. I read for the Review throughout my time at Harvard, which informed both my coursework and my own creative writing. In fact, I think the Review offers its interns some important opportunities that Harvard's humanities coursework doesn't: Cultivating judgment and taste. I'm working on my Ph.D. in the English department at Stanford, where I study the American novel and the Digital Humanities.

Birgit Larsson

I was an intern at Harvard Review my senior year at Harvard (2003–4). I was panicking about what in the world I'd do with an English degree and wrote to Harvard Review in the middle of the night asking if I could intern. I was incredibly lucky that Christina took me on because it not only resulted in an interesting year learning about publishing, but also a friendship I've really valued. After graduation, I spent two years in college publishing at W. W. Norton. I then took a career break to get a masters in English literature from the University of Edinburgh, where I volunteered for a restorative justice group. I returned to New York but switched over to work as a mediator, exploring storytelling in a different format. I currently live in the UK, where I moved to pursue a creative writing fellowship at the University of East Anglia. I stayed on to do a PhD in social science. I followed that up with postdocs and I'm now an assistant professor at the University of East Anglia. I also have a five-month-old son, two Siamese cats, an English husband, and a novel in (slow) progress.