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mars robinson.

I am a publishing assistant and graduate student at DePaul University with experience in scholarly publishing and communications.


University of Cincinnati

Spring 2023

Bachelor's of Arts (GPA: 4.0)

Major: Creative Writing  

Major: Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Certificate of Copyediting and Publishing

Minor in Asian Studies

DePaul University

Exp. 2025

Master's of Fine Arts

Program: Creative Writing and Publishing


Graduate Assistant 

Big Shoulders Books
DePaul University

August 2023–Present

  • Publishing Assistant Duties

    • Proofreading and copyediting

    • Copywriting

    • Event planning

    • Production coordination​

  • Social media management (Instagram, Facebook)

  • Editorial Duties (Research and coordination for upcoming projects

  • Digital organization and file management

Open Access Publishing Assistant

University of Cincinnati Press

December 2021–April 2023

  • Develop infrastructure for new grant program, managing the applicant process

  • Creating reports summarizing open access trends and departmental successes

  • Writing copy for the Press's "Leading the Open Agenda" initiative

  • Creating training materials for recipients of the grant program

  • Managing open educational resource creation

  • Manage the Press websites using Adobe Experience Manager and SharePoint

  • Create promotion materials promoting the use and development of open access materials and accessibility compliance

As a production assistant:

  • Manage production schedule for projects (trade and academic titles)

  • Proofreading & copyediting

  • Correspondence between freelancers, vendors, and the Press

Editorial Student Worker

Acre Books
Fall 2022–Spring 2023

Reading unsolicited prose submissions and judging submissions using existing tone and mission guidelines

Communications Intern

Summer 2022 Internship

Generating marketing campaign ideas, assisting with the planning and completion of fundraising events

Research Assistant

Dr. Kristen Iversen
Spring 2022

Organize research for a literary biography of Nikola Tesla by Dr. Kristen Iversen

Fiction Coordinator

Short Vine Literary Magazine 

Fall 2022

Submission reader and coordinator for Fiction team

Volunteer Experience

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)


  • Write detailed team communications and court reports

  • Form recommendations using case interviews and record review

  • Maintain continuing education and training requirements

Awards and Publications

“white christmas” (Short Story) | Short Vine Literary Journal, Undergraduate Literary Journal, Fall 2021

“al sharpton” (Essay) | Robinson Essay Prize, Third Prize, University of Cincinnati Outstanding Essay Prize, Spring 2022

“you’ve never been more of an ocean…” (Poetry) | Short Vine, Undergraduate Literary Journal, Spring 2023

“pendeja” (Poetry) | Runestone, Undergraduate Literary Journal, Vol. 9, 2023

“birth/baptism” (Poetry) | Outrageous Fortune, Undergraduate Literary Journal, 2023

“complaint v3” (Poetry) | Outrageous Fortune, Undergraduate Literary Journal, 2023

“sea star.” (Poetry) | Crook & Folly, Arts & Literary Journal, 44 ed., Spring 2024

Skills & Interests


Project Management

Developmental Editing
Copyediting & Proofreading
Sensitivity Reading

Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Audition, Premiere Pro, Adobe Experience Management (AEM)

Microsoft: Word, Excel. PowerPoint

Web Design (HTML)

Web applications: WordPress, Wix, Canva
Google: Docs, Drive, Forms, Sheets, Sites, Slides

TTRPGs (D&D, Pathfinder)
Literary Criticism
Fantasy & Poetry
National Novel Writing Month Participant
Annual Reading Challenges


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