Or rather, the perfect place to post my greatness without sounding like an ass. 🙂

—Educational Background—

2004-07       BA Literature and Media Studies.

Nottingham Trent University, School of Arts, Communication, and Culture

Nottingham, NG11 8NS

2008-011     MFA Writing, Concentration: Fiction.

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, 90045

 

—Work Experience—

May 2012 – To Present 2012, Kimberley Cameron & Associates, Tiburon, CA

Absorbed into KC & A as a new Literary Agent. Looking for submissions that fit my profile guidelines.

 

December 2011 – May 2012, Kimberley Cameron & Associates, Tiburon, CA

My internship at the literary agency requires me to answer to my two senior agents. I check their mailboxes, help them downsize the number of emails they receive, read manuscripts to find possible gems, reject the ones that do not make the cut, give suggestions and revision pointers to those that show promise, and communicate with the authors of the manuscripts. I also file contracts, financial documents, and press releases into respective folders, insert new information into our database, and help with mail collection once a week. An additional perk recently has been to accompany an agent to USF for a writer’s panel discussion last month, where I got to network with other agents, publishers, student writers, and literary magazine editors.

 

August 2008 – May 2010, Otis University Press, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Worked as an Associate Editor and Proofreader for Or, the quarterly poetry periodical published by the Otis Graduate Writing Department. Screened submitted manuscripts of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for Seismicity Editions, a publication also put out by graduate students at the writing department at Otis. Proofread and edited them for publication once approved.

 

February 2008 – April 2008, NDTV, New Delhi, India (Prime News Channel)

Interned for two months for Profit NDTV, which is the financial broadcasting sector. Among some of the tasks I had to do, I also kept track of the changing trends in the stock markets, reviewed raw broadcast feed, accompanied senior reporters on interviews, and edited the raw feeds into short and medium sized cuts for airing.

 

July 2005 – September 2005, Gulf Weekly (A weekly supplement), Al Hilal Publishing, Dubai

Interned as a trainee journalist for two months. During this time, I covered stories, conducted interviews, transcribed tapes for senior journalists, attended events and wrote short pieces on them, came up with ideas for future stories, and attended press releases.

 

July 2004 – September 2004, Woodpecker Ltd.

Worked as a part-time receptionist, carrying out some basic administrative duties, like, answering the phone, filing, typing up reports, writing emails, and taking messages.

 

—Volunteering Experiences—

June 2012 – Present, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Centre.

I volunteer at the playroom once a week. My primary responsibilities are keeping an eye on the children who come in, while their parents are participating in the necessary services provided by the agency, and being available to them—whether it is to offer them an ear to talk to, a hug, help with their homework, or someone to play with. In my short time here, I’ve learnt that play is extremely important. Through techniques of Reflection, Empathy, Empowerment, & Choice, play is a perfect tool with which we volunteers are trained to impart knowledge and techniques that will help the children to communicate better with other children & adults, while giving them a chance to let off some steam.

 

June 2012 – Present, San Francisco Animal Care & Control.

I volunteer as a dog walker on Saturdays. My duties consist of taking the shelter dogs out, giving them much needed love, attention, necessary exercise, and a chance to relieve themselves. I also try and practice the impulse control techniques that are taught to all volunteers to help aide dogs in becoming more adoptable. As and when new training is provided, I try to attend, in order to provide better services and feel more confident as a dog walker.

 

June 2006 – July 2006, i-to-i Volunteering.

Volunteered at a non-profit school for slum children in a village on the outskirts of Bangalore, India.  As a volunteer, I was responsible for a group of eight children between the ages of 8-12. I taught them Science, Math, Social Science, Civics, and English. My main challenge was to keep the children engaged and motivated, despite the problems they faced in their homes.

 

November 2004 – May 2005, BASE.

Volunteered as an assistant teacher on Saturdays at a support school run by a British African Church for children with learning difficulties. I was responsible for a batch of children between the ages of 4 – 11, and 14 – 16. I tutored them in vocabulary, grammar, English, and basic Math.

 

Extracurricular Activities—

Have a strong command over the English language, a good command over Hindi and Malayalam.

Won the Runner-Up prize for ‘The Diversity Writer’ in 2005, Student Media Awards hosted by The Guardian, London. The links for which are below:

http://media.guardian.co.uk/studentmediaawards/story/0,,1607523,00.html
http://education.guardian.co.uk/students/news/story/0,,1636154,00.html
http://media.guardian.co.uk/studentmediaawards/story/0,,1575208,00.html

During my second year, I was the news editor for my undergraduate university magazine, ‘Platform’.

Attended various conferences as part of my position as a member of the Junction Volunteering Committee at Nottingham Trent University.

Worked as an Assistant Editor for the publications—Or and Seismicity Editions. Two of my college’s literary magazines

 

On an end note: I’m a voracious reader, music and movie enthusiast, fiction/non-fiction writer, traveler, and a virtual sponge of odd and interesting information.

 

3 responses »

  1. hi Pooja,,just took a sneak peek into your blog and found a very interesting person(mallu….Right?!).i just love reading and writing…… and am fascinated by different ways in which people juggle with words .

  2. Hello Pooja Menon,
    A member of my RWA chapter (FTHRWA) posted the URL of your blog on our forum today along with several lines taken from your agent bio, and I’m glad she did! I’ve made note of several lines taken from your agent bio for future reference which concern historical novels, unexplored time periods and international flavor. Then too, I enjoyed reading your entire eatlovewritelive blog and revisiting California’s west coast with your excellent photos.
    Be well and happy!
    ECM

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