Last spring, the StoryCorps mobile tour made a stop in Jackson. UPM took advantage of the opportunity and recorded a conversation between Editor in Chief Craig Gill and Director Emerita Seetha Srinivasan.
Longtime colleagues, Craig interviews Seetha in a wide ranging conversation that covers how Sirinivasan got her start in publishing, her early days at UPM (including a promotion from student worker to acquisitions editor in just six months), significant changes in publishing, her influences and mentors, and the accomplishments that she's most proud of.
Srinivasan retired in 2008 after a 29-year career at UPM, with 10 of those years as director of the Press.When Srinivasan came to UPM in 1979, the Press was only 10 years old and slowly beginning to distinguish itself nationally. Almost three decades later, Srinivasan’s editorial vision and leadership drove to the forefront of the university press publishing world.
As an acquisitions editor Srinivasan elevated the Press to a level of international recognition. Included among the works she developed for publication are Photographs by Eudora Welty, three titles by noted historian Stephen Ambrose, a retrospective of the work of artist William Dunlap, and a a collection of nonfiction by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
Srinivasan’s drive and dedication have allowed her to make contributions in the national publishing world as well. In 2002 Srinivasan was awarded the Association of American University Presses Constituency Award for Outstanding Service to the University Press Community. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the AAUP. And from 2003 Srinivasan served as president of the AAUP. During her term as president she traveled to Berlin to address the Congress of International Publishers Association on “The Future of the Academic Book.”
The audio of the interview is embedded below.