Every office needs an intern, but what if there are three? The Vancouver Writers Fest is excited to welcome Negin Nia, Trenton Galozo and Jaiden Dembo as our summer interns, who will be working to support our programming, marketing and operations in the coming months. We found out a little more about each talented new recruit.
As a third-year political science major and law and society minor at UBC, Negin is interested in learning about how global issues affect us in profound ways everyday. She aspires to go into either journalism or public relations in the future. Working with The Festival has deepened her knowledge about different authors and journalists and allowed her to gain experience in marketing through social media.
Previously, Negin was a marketing representative for Victoria’s Secret PINK and a leader for the non-profit organization Me to We at Sentinel Secondary School. On the side, she writes for The Ubyssey, The Borgen Project and Curiocity Vancouver. Outside of writing, Negin loves traveling and plans on studying or working abroad for a year. She would have loved the opportunity to interview Anthony Bourdain, as he was her favourite journalist. She’s currently reading The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.
Trenton is excited to work with The Festival due to his interest in literary events. He is currently completing his Master of Publishing at SFU. Trenton is excited for his placement with The Festival because he wants to share his passion for reading, books and author events with our local community.
Trenton completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia. For four years, he worked in group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. His love of literary events started when he started putting together reading events for local restaurants and pubs. If Trenton could interview anyone, it would be his favourite author, Samuel R. Delany. He’s currently reading How Fiction Works by James Wood.
Jaiden would love to become a writer one day. She completed her undergraduate degree in world literature and minor in print and digital publishing at SFU. Her program has a close connection with the Festival, which led to her desire to join the team. In the fall, Jaiden will be starting her Master of Publishing at SFU. Jaiden knows that The Festival is a perfect stage for writing, and will help her in her future studies.
In the past, Jaiden worked as an intern for author Alan Twigg at the BC Book World. This gave her a taste of what the publishing ecosystem looks like in BC. She’s currently Co-Editor and Chief of the Lyre, Simon Fraser University’s creative arts magazine. Jaiden studied abroad in Prague in 2017. She loved the city’s history and gorgeous architecture. If she could interview one author, it would be Takashi Murakami. He’s a contemporary Japanese artist who just completed an exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but is also a very unique writer. Jaiden is currently reading The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.