As we celebrate another new year at the press, we’re excited to introduce our three newest team members: Carmen Torrado Gonzalez, Jennifer Savran Kelly, and Ellen Murphy. To kick off your 2018 reading list, we asked each of them to share the top book or books that influenced their desire to enter the publishing field.
Carmen A. Torrado Gonzalez is the marketing assistant at CUP, assisting the marketing director with administrative tasks related to the marketing of all CUP books. She also assists the Publicity manager with tasks such as author and media outreach.
“I’ve wanted to be in publishing for a long time, and after graduating from Kalamazoo College last June, decided to turn my desire into reality. Upon moving back to my hometown of Ithaca, New York, I applied for a position at Cornell University Press and luckily here I am today! So far, publishing is living up to my every expectation—challenging, wildly interesting, and fulfilling.”
“I struggle to choose a single book that influenced my desire to pursue a career in publishing. I have always been an avid reader, and curious about the life of a book beyond the complete, published and available version. The first book I remember breathing life into that curiosity is Native Son by Richard Wright. I read it in high school and found it hard to believe that one book, one story, could be so captivating, urgent and beautifully ugly. Native Son encouraged me to look beyond the book as well as consider the book in its entirety. Understanding how a story goes from idea to physical book became a great interest and passion of mine.”
Jennifer Savran Kelly is a production editor at CUP, responsible for overseeing the editing of manuscripts and guiding them along their journeys toward becoming bound books.
“I’ve been working in publishing and communications for most of my career – from my first job out of college as an editorial assistant at Addison Wesley Longman in New York City to my more recent tenure as managing editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art at Cornell. I’m thrilled to be part of the manuscript editing department at CUP. When I’m not in the office, you can probably find me binding books or curled up with my cats, who like to help me write fiction.
“The book that’s had the greatest influence on me is Beowulf. Though admittedly I never enjoyed reading it on my own, I had a college professor who read it aloud so passionately that she brought a lecture hall filled with a thousand students to tears. It was while listening to her read Beowulf that I made the decision to become an English major – a decision that both shaped my career and inspired me to write.”
Ellen Murphy is an acquisitions assistant at CUP, assisting two of the acquisitions editors and the press director with the process of acquiring and transmitting manuscripts. She also oversees subvention grant applications.
“I graduated from Le Moyne College in May of this year, but I’ve known since my sophomore year that this was what I wanted to do. I walked into the career advising office at Le Moyne and said, ‘I want to work in publishing. How do I make that happen?’ I interned here at the press during my senior year of college, and fell in love with it. I am so incredibly happy that I am now able to work here.”
“It’s hard to choose just one book that has influenced me personally and in terms of my career. Every book I’ve read has in some way shaped who I am, and I have to give my mom, my high school teachers, and the incredible English faculty at Le Moyne credit for developing my love for both the content and physical form of books. But if I had to choose just one I would say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was the first book in high school that I really fell in love with and it is still one of my all-time favorites. My original from high school is all marked up due to an annotation requirement, but I cannot see it in a used bookstore without buying it, so I think I have five or six different copies at this point.”