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“I work on projects once they’ve been acquired. I work on them from when they are being prepped to when they go to the copy editor, through all the iterations of proofing, making them as polished and refined and basically as beautiful as we can get them.” —Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Project Manager/Editor
Darja is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and came to IU in 2000 for graduate school where she obtained master’s degrees in folklore and English and ABD status for a PhD in English. She learned about IU Press while she was a grad student because the Press publishes many folklore titles.
As Project Manager/Editor, she has the opportunity to work with books when they start out as Word files to the finished product. One of her favorite books to work on has been A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana: 119 Unique Places to Explore.
When she’s not working at IU Press, Darja is a published writer and poet. She writes fiction and is currently in the final stages of revising a supernatural dystopia that she has been writing for three years. “It takes place in Bloomington 70 years from now. I’m hoping to get it out soon while the popularity of dystopian fiction is still strong.”
What she loves most about IU Press is working with people that are very dedicated to their research. “You work with so many people who are passionate about their work and are so insightful and eager to communicate what they have learned. I love helping them see their work to fruition.”
Proud member of IU Press since 2012.
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