Advertising Coordinator Kim Jakubowski is an English (Creative Writing) major completing her senior year at ASU. Her short story, “Heartland,” recently won the Randel and Susan McCraw Helms Homecoming Writing Contest, and is being published in an upcoming issue of Marooned. Aside from her internship with Superstition Review, Kim currently works as an ESL tutor. After graduation, she hopes to travel and continue writing, and eventually pursue an MFA or a career in publishing. This is her first semester with Superstition Review.
1. What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?
I am working with Superstition Review as an Advertising Coordinator. Some of my responsibilities include writing press releases, updating SR‘s press kit, coordinating advertisements with other literary magazines, and promoting our reading series, submissions period, and issue launch.
2. Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review ?
I read one of my own stories for Superstition Review during my first semester at ASU, and I talked to an intern there who said that working with the magazine was a fantastic experience. I’m interested in gaining some insight into the publishing process, as I am considering a future career in the publishing industry.
3. How do you like to spend your free time?
I spend a good portion of my free time reading and writing. I also love listening to music, playing guitar, and spending time with my friends and family.
4. What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?
My passion is for reading and writing fiction, so I would love to try the position of fiction editor.
5. Describe one of your favorite literary works.
My favorites change periodically, but if I had to pick one work to bring to that proverbial deserted island, it would be The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel. This is one work that I never tire of; it’s witty and original, and her use of language is incredibly incisive and beautiful. The binding on my book is already falling apart.
6. What are you currently reading?
I can never seem to read just one book at a time, so at the moment I’m reading a collection of short stories by Alice Monroe, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as the Best American Short Stories 2010.
7. Creatively, what are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a couple of short stories, as well as a non-fiction piece.
8. What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people with an enthusiasm for life, as well as people who have the strength and drive to pursue what they love.
9. What are you most proud of?
My writing and academic accomplishments have always been a source of pride for me. I’m proud of my determination to achieve my goals.
10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to be a published writer, or involved in the publishing field as an editor. I also hope to travel extensively, maybe live in a foreign country. My plans are a bit vague at the moment, but I hope that I will be able follow my passions and end up doing something that I enjoy.