Jolene Brink - Class of 2009
When I graduated with my B.A. in English in 2009, I knew I wanted to travel and write.
In the summer of 2009 I helped organize a bike tour from Minneapolis to Washington D.C. Our group travelved 1,500 miles in 34 days. That fall I traveled to India to volunteer as a poetry teacher at the Neerja Modi School in Jaipur. I also spent a larger portion of time traveling solo through northern India talking with people about environmental issues in their communities.
I returned to the states in the spring of 2010 for a marketing internship with Graywolf Press. I originally applied for their editorial internship, but I was excited to realize early on that I enjoyed the marketing side of publishing (and all of the free books that come with the job).
My experience at Graywolf led to a series of freelance jobs with women who owned small businesses. I worked for a business coach, a gourmet candy bar company, and a high-end matchmaking service writing copies for their websites, coordinating email marketing campaigns, and managing their social media accounts. The freelance work allowed me to work remotely and eventually, I moved to the north shore of Lake Superior where I volunteered at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. In the summer of 2011, I returned to Minneapolis and landed an interim publicist position at the University of Minnesota Press. Despite my limited experience working with the media at that point, I was put in charge of promoting their frontlist regional titles and organizing author events around the country. I loved it.
When my position at the University of Minnesota Press ended, I accepted a job at the University of Minnesota College of Design where I'm currently responsible for publishing our alumni magazine twice a year (http://design.umn.edu/emerging), coordinating all of the written content for the College of Design blog and social media sites, and working closely with local and national media outlets to promote the best student and faculty projects coming out of our college. I'm also in the process of redesigning our website and leading a project to improve our prospective student communication materials.
Next fall, I'll be an M.F.A. Creative Writing student at the University of Montana where I plan to study poetry and environmental writing. I am grateful for the all of the support and guidance I received during my time at the College of St. Benedict. The opportunities to participate in Pseudonym, the Literary Arts Institute, the Writing Center, and my time as a student worker in the English Department were important in laying the groundwork for a lifelong love of literature and writing (especially poetry).