Anna graduated from UTSC with a double major in English and Philosophy and then pursued a Master’s degree in English Literature. During her Master’s degree at York University, she focused on Victorian gothic literature and wrote a major research paper on the emergence of urban gothic literature amidst sanitary and social concerns of 1850s England. During her two degrees she studied a wide variety of texts and presented her work at the UTSC Humanities Conference as well as the Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Albuquerque, NM.
After completing her academic work, Anna consulted with two of her UTSC professors Andrew Westoll and Maria Assif to figure out her next steps, when they suggested that she explore the publishing industry. Her research led her to the Book Publishing certificate from Ryerson University where she quickly discovered an industry where her passion for literature could be used in a creative and fulfilling way. Shortly after completing the intensive publishing program at Ryerson, she secured an internship in the publicity department at Penguin Random House Canada in the fall of 2016 where she got to work with Donna Morrissey, Zadie Smith and Margaret Atwood, as well as many other authors. She is currently interning once again in the Digital Advertising department at Penguin Random House and constantly working on finding new and innovative ways to promote some of the top books in Canada.
“My advice to undergrads – get to know your professors. Sit down with them, talk to them, and share your passions with them. When you need guidance they will be there to help you find your direction. Stay focused on what drives you and the right career will present itself.”