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Re-Establishment of 46-Year Literary Archive

Project: 12
Name: Kathleen Volk Miller | kvm@drexel.edu
Department: English and Philosophy

Description

Painted Bride Quarterly is the only literary magazine of its longevity that has a full pdf archive of its 46-year history. During a recent renovation of the site, the archive "dropped off" and needs to be re-established. The student candidate does not need to begin the project with the technological skills to recreate the archive - one can be easily trained to upload the files correctly.

In addition to the resurrection of the archive itself, the ideal candidate will also conduct guided research in order to compile a list of organizations, venues, library services and authors who should be contacted about the archive's existence. As a top-tier magazine, it is vital that the archive have public access.

Gained Experience

  • The student will learn valuable technological skills and some basic copyright law. The student will experience a deep immersion in literary publishing, gaining familiarity with literary magazines and the importance of archive
  • The student will also learn a great deal about promotion to target audiences, and social media branding
  • The student will receive project planning and management experience, as well as experience with the back end of a public interface

Outcome

The expected outcome is to return the archive to public accessibility. The archive is an important, valuable literary archive, containing such notable authors as Etheridge Knight, Charles Bukowski, Rita Dove, and more contemporary prize-winning authors such as Gregory Pardlo and Major Jackson. As such, we frequently receive requests from scholars who need access to earlier issues of PBQ. PBQ has been asked to exist on J-STOR, and this step should be completed first.

Tasks

  • Uploading content to an existing website, thereby gaining experience in digital publishing
  • Research of important literary venues, organizations, library services and authors
  • Promotional/awareness building of the archive's existence via a social media campaign and targeted letter writing

Location

The work will be done on Drexel's campus, and remotely if necessary.

Possibility to Work Post Fellowship

If the student comes to the project with interest in learning about the publishing industry, the student can decide to work for Drexel Publishing Group vis a vis WRIT 405. A publishing consortium is a possibility, and the student could work on that as well. The student will gain familiarity with the publishing "scene" in Philadelphia, so the possibilities are vast.