Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one's everyday work; and how building a world where everyone is able to find and utilize their gifts is key to her way of imagining otherwise.Continue Reading
Meet the New IoF Team Members: Summer McDonald, Emma Warnken Johnson, & Christopher Persaud
As you might have heard, we’ve been hiring lately here at Ideas on Fire. We’re excited to welcome three new folks to the team and introduce them to you!
Summer McDonald is joining us as an editor and indexer, and will be helping our interdisciplinary scholar clients hone their arguments and create powerful work that resonates with readers. Summer is a former developmental editor at the Great Books Foundation. Summer is also a freelance writer and was selected as a member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Emerging Critics inaugural cohort. Her writing explores literature, race, sports, and popular culture and has appeared in the Black Youth Project, Specter Literary Magazine, and the Literary Hub. Summer received her MA in English from the University of Chicago and her BA in English from Purdue University.
Emma Warnken Johnson is joining us as an editor and indexer, and will ensure our clients have clear and powerful prose as well as kick-ass indexes to reach diverse audiences. Emma is a former production manager at the Canadian Scholars Press/Women’s Press, is a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, and has worked at several other publishing houses, including Random House and Oxford University Press. Emma holds an MA in Archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, a BA in Anthropology and Classics from McGill University, and a publishing certificate from Ryerson University’s Publishing Program.
Christopher Persaud is our new digital media associate and has been creating fantastic digital content, particularly for our Imagine Otherwise podcast. Christopher is a writer and scholar curious about the sociocultural dimensions of digital media. His research interests play at the intersection of science and technology studies, queer theory, and digital game studies. He has worked on the LGBTQ Video Game Archive as well as been an undergraduate summer research fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Christopher is passionate about intersectional social justice advocacy work, particularly concerning the lives of queer people of color. Christopher received his BA in Sociology, French, and LGBT Studies from Temple University.