Internship in Publishing: Persea Books

Persea Books
ENGL 4950/7950
Gabriel Fried
Course Description

This course is a for-credit practicum in literary publishing, with an emphasis on poetry publishing. Students will do essential work on behalf of the poetry series of Persea Books, a venerable publishing house based in New York City. All student work will be done on MU campus or remotely during the pandemic, if necessarily.

Student projects may include reading and reporting on manuscript submissions, writing press releases, doing web research for book covers and publicity outlets, proofing book galleys, assisting with author tours and promotion, and co-administering contests. Interested students will also have the opportunity to gain familiarity with some practical (and resumé-building) facets of the book publishing business, such as contracts, subsidiary rights, and copyright application.

To apply for Persea internship, please email a one-page cover letter, describing your interest and any relevant experience or coursework in publishing or poetry to  While applications received by November 13 will be prioritized, any received thereafter will be considered on a rolling basis, if space remains available.