Ghenet Harvey '05

Ghenet sits on couch and smiles for the camera.

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In 2017, Ghenet Harvey ’05 was hired by Bloomsbury Publishing, New York, to proofread Memento Mori, the eighth novel in the bestselling “Medicus” series by Ruth Downie. Bloomsbury, with offices in London, New York, Sydney, Oxford, and New Delhi, is perhaps most famous for publishing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

“The lead for the job came from a fellow member of People Of Color In Publishing. It is a great group that works in a myriad of ways to showcase, encourage, support, and promote minorities in the publishing industry.”

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, this English and Spanish double major consistently earned a place on the Dean’s List at Wesleyan, and in 2002 was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. In 2007, Ghenet earned her master’s degree in applied translation studies from London Metropolitan University, one of the oldest colleges in London. “I chose London Met for its renowned translation degree program and the fact that I would travel to England. I have always used my education to move myself around the world.” Applying that philosophy, Ghenet later studied French at Alliance Française de la Jamaïque, then completed a seven-month language assistantship in the small village of Loches in France. There she helped high school seniors hone their English skills and prepare for BAC English exams. 

Today, Ghenet works at Hachette Audio Productions, a leading producer of award-winning audio books. Hachette produces more than 700 books per year and, among other things, Ghenet manages the company’s SoundCloud page which hosts excerpts of upcoming titles. “There are all kinds of great perks to working with audio books. I took pictures with Bill Clinton when he came to record for The President is Missing, his book with James Patterson, and with Karyn Parsons who starred as Hilary Banks in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ when she came to record her children’s book. Also, I brought Sally Field a Coke when she recorded her memoir In Pieces!

Ghenet’s own poetry can be found in the anthology So Much Things To Say that includes “Keeping My Milk,” a poem written in response to a high school geography teacher who claimed that women who did not have children were not real women. 

This article ran in WESmag Spring 2019 issue.

 

   
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