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2016 Fellowship Winners

Wyleesha Bradley is an aspiring publicist with a deep passion for language and literature. She's a graduate of City College's Publishing Certificate Program and has interned at Penguin Random House and Bloomsbury Publishing.






A graduate from the City College class of 2016, Brianna Madrigal majored in English with a concentration in
Creative Writing and completed the Publishing Certificate Program. She loves all forms of storytelling, particularly
Japanese anime, manga, and literature. In 2015 she received the opportunity from the Gilman Scholarship Program to study in Japan. She aspires to someday start an independent comic press.



 2015 Fellowship Winners

AMBER OLIVER was born and raised in New York City and is a 2015 graduate of City College. She majored in English, with a concentration in creative writing and completed the Publishing Certificate Program after interning at Akashic Books as an editorial assistant this past Spring. Amber has also done freelance writing for Allwomenstalk, an online women's magazine. While at City College, she was also involved with the Black Student Union as Secretary. Amber has a deep love of literature and writing, and looks forward to connecting with publishing professionals and fostering relationships within the industry. This summer, she is working as an intern at Inkwell Management.



 DENISE CONEJO was born and raised in Harlem, where she’s spent the past 24 years of her life falling in love with literature, from sci-fi to fantasy to the classics. She is in the process of getting her BA in English, with a concentration in Literature, at City College where she is also completing the Publishing Certificate Program. Her expected graduation date is May 2016. Afterwards she hopes to work closely with children’s and young adult books— writing them, publishing them and, of course, reading them. Denise is currently working at Idlewild Books & Language School, a travel and language bookstore and school, where she gets to fulfill her love of travel and literature. This summer she will be interning for Puffin, part of Penguin Random House.

2014 Fellowship Winner

WMG is thrilled to welcome 2014 Fellow Chrisinda Lynch. If you would like to be a "30-Minute Mentor" to Chrisinda this summer, please contact Moira Bailey ([email protected]) and Kris Puopolo ([email protected] ) and we’ll make it happen.

Chrisinda Lynch was born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire. She currently attends Macaulay Honors College at City College. Chrisinda is majoring in English, with a concentration in creative writing, minoring in journalism, and completing CCNY’s Publishing Certificate Program. She is an undergraduate editor for the college’s literary journal, Promethean. Chrisinda has interned at two publishers in her home state—Cobblestone Publishing and Hobblebush Books—and she looks forward to her managing editorial internship at Knopf Doubleday this summer. After graduating next spring, she hopes to stay in the city and work in the managing editorial department of a publishing house.


2013 Fellowship Winners

TAI NYCOLE HARRISS was born and raised in Queens. She graduated from CUNY Queens College in 2010 and will complete the Publishing Certificate Program at CUNY City College following her internship with John Wiley & Sons Publishing this summer. She credits her grandfather for her appetite for reading and is excited to become a publishing professional. Tai hopes to land an editorial position in a publishing house. As a Women’s Media Group Fellow, Tai is eager to learn from and network with her mentors. She also hopes to have a chance to mentor other up-and-coming publishing professionals.


CHRISTEN PRUITT was raised in Highland Park, NJ and currently lives in New Jersey with her daughter. She began her professional career in fashion as a design student and worked in fashion retail. In 2006, she changed careers and began working with high school students as a Program Coordinator for the NYC Mission Society. Her work encouraging students to pursue higher education compelled Christen to enroll at City College in 2008. When she joined the Publishing Certificate Program, Christen found publishing an ideal career choice – combining her love of books and aesthetics with her passion for collaborating on ideas and projects. As she concludes her CCNY experience, Christen looks forward to jump-starting her publishing career through her summer internship with John Wiley & Sons and with the Women’s Media Group Fellowship.

2012 Fellowship Winners

TessaTessa Crosby was born and raised in small-town Upstate New York. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in English, she ventured to the Bronx in hopes of pursuing a career in publishing. She is now completing the Publishing Certificate Program at City College and finishing up an internship at The Robbins Office, Inc., a literary agency. In her free time, Tessa can be found rock climbing, cooking up vegetarian cuisine, or, of course, reading a book in the park. 

WMG Fellowship goals: As a recipient of the Women’s Media Group Fellowship, I am most eager to interact with great women in the publishing industry. I have known for years that I belong in publishing, but I believe that my association with the WMG will expose me to more career opportunities and help me find an ideal niche. My ultimate goal is to produce the best books possible and to ensure that they reach the largest audience possible, and I’m greatly looking forward to being connected with a network of women with the same objective 


Saveeta Andrea Persaud is an Indian-American writer, and a beginning entrepreneur. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where her love of literature began with fairy tales and English classics. Her family moved to San Antonio when she was 8, and then again to Phoenix, Arizona, where she spent her adolescent years. She attended Xavier College Preparatory and graduated in 2001, along with being named the most likely to write the next “Feminine Mystique.” In the fall of 2001 she entered Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and came to the city three years later to pursue her love of writing. In 2004, at the young age of 21, she made her literary debut with the publication of her short erotic story, “Rendezvous in Monte Carlo” in Penthouse magazine, under the pen name “Ava Firdausi.” She is currently a Publishing Certificate Program and master’s history student at City College of New York, and is working on her own digital literary projects. Saveeta will be at Simon and Schuster Children's division this summer.

WMG Fellowship goals: 

  • Connect with editors and PR representatives of leading influential New York magazines and blogs promoting literature and the arts 
  • Gain knowledge about how publishing companies operate and maintain their distribution channels
  • Learn about potential opportunities with publishers working toward changes in the author-publisher relationship, one in which the author's granted more autonomy 
  • Learn about the most cutting edge advancements in e–book content development

2011 Fellowship Winner

We’re delighted to announce that we have selected the 2011 recipient of the WMG Fellowship, Norma Perez-Hernandez. 

Norma was born in raised in the Bronx. She recently graduated from the City College of New York (CCNY) summa cum laude, majoring in English Literature and minoring in Theatre. Norma also completed the Publishing Certificate Program at CCNY, where she took courses including Books for Young Readers and The Editorial Process. Norma is currently a full time editorial intern with Kensington Publishing Corp. When she isn’t digging through the slush pile, Norma is usually on a stage near you—she can next be seen in the play Unburdened, premiering at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre later this June.

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