Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.
This post is from Maria, who is interning with Haymarket Books.
Hi Shimerians! I hope that all of you find yourselves well and reading a book! I am here to blog about my participation in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship Program at a Not-for-Profit publishing company called Haymarket Books! I am excited to share my experience through this blog! Now-a-days blogging is a popular tool to express thoughts on many different topics and I am glad to get into it too! Before I go on, I should say a bit more about myself. I am Maria Gomez. I transferred to Shimer a couple of years ago, and I am happy to say that I will (hopefully!) be graduating next year with degrees in the Humanities and Social Sciences. I have been a political activist for five years, I think. This led me to read a whole different set of literature on activist politics, consequently, meeting workers from Haymarket Books. They publish and distribute literature that informs activists about history, political philosophy, and political theory on social justice issues and struggles. I felt that they put Paulo Freire’s strategy for changing the world into practice: praxis, action and reflection (Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 87). HB encapsulates the two because they assist the activist with the reflection part of the formulation.
This is me looking intently at the camera:
I first encountered Haymarket Books at an event they had with Howard Zinn in the winter of 2009. More recently, I met Amy Goodman and Malalai Joya, both in events that HB organized. Thus, making me a fan of this book publisher!
Here is a picture of me with Goodman at the release event of her book, The Silenced Majority:
And here is one with Joya at an event on her book, A Women Among Warlords:
I started working about three weeks ago, and it has been a great learning experience. The people there make me feel like I am part of the team. It was extremely exciting to be at a few of their staff meetings, where a lot of the work is talked out, to get everyone on the same page. I was there when a cover design for a book was discussed and it was decided that it had to be modified. There is simply something exciting about knowing the back story to the composition of the book cover! Additionally, I definitely feel like part of the team when we all go on a yogurt run.
While everything that I’ve done is fun, there are two highlights: the first is helping with the HB table at an Eduardo Galeano event; and the second, mailing desk copies to professors in Argentina, Canada and several places is the US. I felt that I was literally disseminating great literature to change the world.
Thus far, being an intern at Haymarket Books has been extremely exciting, and my hope is that I continue to learn about publishing companies and disseminating great literature. I will keep you posted on this endeavor on here.