Introducing Jamin Mike, Sales and Marketing Assistant
Jamin is the most recent recruit at University of Regina Press. Below, he tells us about his passion for storytelling and literature:
Having completed the Indian Communication Arts (INCA) certificate with the First Nations University, I’m now working towards earning a B.A. in English as I enjoy studying all sorts of literature. Before working for U of R Press, the City of Regina’s 150 Stories Oral History Project hired me to be their lead interviewer. And now as the Sales and Marketing Assistant, I take care of general press-house duties while assisting the marketing team in all things relevant to making U of R Press a great place to publish books. The press grants me the opportunity to learn what creating scholarly and trade books entail. From receiving manuscripts to submitting books for reviews and awards, this shows me why books are important, and I especially enjoy contributing knowledge to the world and preserving it for future generations to come. In addition, books give me the chance to escape from the real world and into the minds of great writers.
The most influential people in my life happen to be writers, too. The late Richard Wagamese’s book Indian Horse inspired me to be a story-telling Indigenous person myself. Many non-Indigenous titles like the The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, the very first book I’ve read cover-to-cover, showed me that historical fiction will always have a special place in my heart. I’m not much of a television person, but Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show.
One personal motto I always reference when in doubt is simple, but hits home when considering my family’s history --“Reclaim red thought”.