Meet The Interns: Kimberly Singleton

Kimberly Singleton is in her junior year at ASU as well as a student of Barrett, the Honors College at ASU’s West campus. After completing her undergraduate studies in English and Public Relations, Kimberly would like to attend graduate school for an interdisciplinary emphasis in English studies, encompassing Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Literature. This past June, Kimberly had an opportunity to present a paper that exemplified her interests in this interdisciplinary approach at Duquesne University’s Communication Ethics Conference. Kimberly currently tutors at the ASU West Writing Center and is the assistant to the editor for an academic book series through Purdue Press. This is the second issue of Superstition Review that Kimberly has had the privilege to work on.

Superstition Review: What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

Kimberly Singleton: As one of the Interview Editors for Superstition Review, my main responsibility is to craft at least five interviews with distinguished or emerging authors. First, I am responsible for contacting authors for a potential interview. If they agree to an interview, I research their work and create questions based on my results. The questions are then sent to the author for their responses.

SR: Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?

KS: Superstition Review has allowed me the opportunity to experience a career in publishing as a young, emerging professional. By becoming involved with the magazine, I am able to see if this career is one I would pursue after graduation. Furthermore, an internship with such a notable magazine helps me to mature in my understanding of professionalism, integrity, dedication, and time management in the workplace.

SR: Besides interning for Superstition Review, how do you spend your time?

KS: The majority of my time is devoted to my other courses at ASU. I am also a tutor at ASU’s West campus Writing Center and the president of a student organization at the West campus. Both of these positions and the internship keep me very occupied during the week and even on the weekends. When I’m not busy with school-related activities, I enjoy salsa dancing and drinking coffee with my mom.

SR: What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?

KS: Although I have not received formal training in art history, design, or creation, I enjoy experiencing various pieces of art and would enjoy trying out the Art Editor position. My understanding of artwork has come from conversations with other artists, exploring art venues, and my vast interest in aesthetic theory.

SR: Describe one of your favorite literary works.

KS: One of my favorite literary works is E.M. Forster’s delightful book, A Room with a View. Although I have read it countless times, each reading brings additional discoveries from the text. It is a rich piece of literature with multiple layers of meaning and symbolism that concern aestheticism, philosophy, gender politics, and social values.

SR: What are you currently reading?

KS: I am currently reading Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time for one of my courses. It is a dense philosophic piece that takes the entire history of Western Philosophy into question by challenging Cartesian ethics and instead maintaining our “Being-in-the-World” as the fundamental point for human knowledge.

SR: Creatively, what are you currently working on?

KS: Right now I am preparing to begin my thesis for Barrett, the Honors College which will serve as my writing sample when applying for graduate programs next fall.

SR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

KS: In 10 years I hope to be finished with my PhD and working in some capacity with a university whether it’s teaching, public relations, or publishing.

Meet the Interns: Kimberly Singleton, Nonfiction Editor

Kimberly Singleton is a sophomore at ASU studying English and Public Relations.

Superstition Review: What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

Kimberly Singleton: As one of the Nonfiction Editors, I’m responsible for researching and creating a list of nonfiction authors to solicit. After the solicitations, I read the incoming submissions and respond to the postings. My responsibilities also include writing interview questions for two different nonfiction authors.

SR: How did you hear about Superstition Review and what made you decide to get involved?

KS: Through e-mail I received the notice that Superstition Review was seeking interns for the spring semester. As an English and Public Relations major, I wanted to gain as much job experience within my areas of study, so SR seemed like a great opportunity to do this. I was excited about the firsthand experience SR offered to their interviewees.

SR: What are you hoping to take away from your Superstition Review experience?

KS: SR has already been a rewarding experience in terms of learning about the publishing industry. Moreover, I have especially gained insight into how an online literary magazine works. This is great a great experience for getting a taste of publishing careers on a foundational level. I am honored to be working with such a nationally recognized and respected magazine.

SR: Describe one of your favorite literary or artistic works.

KS: One of my favorite works of literature is EM Forster’s A Room with a View. This is an enchanting story that constantly reminds me why I’m an English major. These are the artifacts of our culture that are worth remembering…ones that transport us to a world outside our own. And it is such with A Room with a View. Its rich story and breathtaking narration draw me in at every moment into another time and place.

SR: What are you currently reading?

KS: I’m currently reading Azar Nafisi’s memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran. From my nonfiction author research, I became very interested in the nonfiction genre and have been reading many pieces in that area.

SR: What is your favorite Superstition Review section, and why?

KS: I’m really liking the nonfiction section so far. Before working with SR, I would have said fiction every time, but I have learned a lot about the nonfiction genre that makes me like it more and more.

SR: Who would be the Superstition Review contributor of your dreams?

KS: Let’s see…I think Lorrie Moore would be fantastic for the fiction section. She has a unique voice that makes ordinary life beautiful.

SR: What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?

KS: Probably Solicitation Coordinator and Interview Coordinator would be interesting to try. I like working with people and practicing my professional communication skills.

SR: Besides interning for Superstition Review, how do you spend your time?

KS: School, school, and more school…I’m taking a pretty heavy load this semester, so I don’t have a lot of free time. In my very spare moments, I like to read, watch old movies, and hang out with my sister.

SR: What is your favorite mode of relaxation?

KS: During the school year my relaxation is mindless television entertainment. Reality TV for those really awful days: Project Runway, Millionaire Matchmaker, America’s Next Top Model. Then there’s Bones, Burn Notice, and Gilmore Girls re-runs for the Friday nights in.