Meet the GAs: Matthew Fledderjohann

Program: MAE

Graduate Assistant Role: Tutor, Receptionist, Research Team Leader in the Writing Center

Favorite Authors:  Chaim Potok, David James Duncan, Oscar Wilde

Matthew is a first year student in the M.A.E. program and a Graduate Assistant in the Writing Center.  He completed his undergraduate degree in 2007 from Purdue University with majors in English Literature and General Communications.  After graduation Matthew joined the Peace Corps and lived for over two years in northwestern Kazakhstan teaching English, learning Russian, and eating horsemeat.  He is pleased to have reentered the Western academy and is looking forward to spending his next two years tutoring, reading Shakespeare, and exploring pop culture’s influence on classic literature.

Stay tuned for more graduate assistant profiles in this series.


Upcoming DePaul Author Events

Mark your calendars! DePaul professors and authors will be participating in readings around the city this fall. Don’t miss out on these fabulous opportunities below:

TONIGHT: Thursday, September 30

Amina Gautier, a new assistant professor of English, joins author Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry) and other writers for a discussion entitled “Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Heroines–A New Paradigm for the Modern Heroine.”

                       Women & Children First Bookstore
                       5233 N. Clark St.
                       7:30 p.m. panel

Tuesday, October 12: Rebecca Johns Trissler, another new assistant professor of English, launches her latest novel, The Countess, with an event at the Sulzer Public Library in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.

                        Sulzer Library
                        4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
                        7 p.m. reading

Tuesday, October 19: Toni Morrison

 This event is sold out, but the DePaul English Department is offering an opportunity for students to win a free general admission ticket for this One Book One Chicago Keynote Lecture. See Cathy Clark at the English Department for details.

                         Symphony Center
                         220 S. Michigan Ave.
                         7 p.m. lecture

Thursday, October 21: Amina Gautier & Rebecca Johns Trissler

Please welcome the two newest members of our tenure-track faculty. This event, sponsored by the Visiting Writers Program, will celebrate Amina’s recent Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award, as well as the publication of Rebecca’s new novel, The Countess.

                            McGowan South 104
                            1110 W. Belden
                            6 p.m. readings
Tuesday, October 26: Michele Rubin, a literary agent at Writer’s House in New York, will give a talk on “The Future of the Book.” This event, sponsored by the DePaul Humanities Center, should be of great interest to all creative-writing students.

                            DePaul Student Center 314
                            2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
                            6 p.m. lecture

Wednesday, October 27: Reginald Gibbons

In an event sponsored by the DePaul Humanities Center, Gibbons, a recent National Book Award finalist, will read from his new collection, Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories.

                            Richardson Library
                            Dorothy Day Room, 400Richardson Library
                            2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
                            6 p.m. reading

Meet the GAs: Kim Anderson

Program: MAE

Graduate Assistant Role: Writing Center Outreach Team Leader, Writing Center Tutor

Accomplishments: First place in American Literature and Film Critical Essay at the 2009 Sigma Tau Delta Conference

Favorite Period of Study: Medieval Literature

Favorite Genre of Writing: This is a tough one – I really enjoy long fiction, but I also enjoy short non-fiction.

Plans for the school year: I’m a part of EGSA, I’m helping organize the Illinois Medieval Association Conference, I will attend the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies in May, 2011, and I will be applying to PhD Programs.

I’m a weird combination of interests and ambitions. I love Medieval literature, from The Dream of the Rood to the Canterbury Tales, but I’m also attracted to gothic novels like Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein, as well as modern works like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Infinite Jest. Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Walt Whitman, and Zbigniew Herbert rock my poetry world, and I’ve even been known to rave about Paradise Lost. My music preferences are rather scattered, too. My favorite band is Blue October, followed closely by Jack’s Mannequin. But you can find all sorts of artists on my iPod: Enya, Liz Phair, Nada Surf, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Vertical Horizon, Oasis, Styx, Pachelbel Canon, and plenty of others. The thing to know is that I’m not a total art groupie. I’m actually a pretty decent athlete, and I’m often training for a half or full marathon.

But the really important stuff: purple is my favorite color, I have two tattoos and 6 piercings, I’m a cat and a dog person, I have unfulfilled dreams of learning ballet, and I think red roses are trite.

Stay tuned for more graduate assistant profiles in this series.

Meet the GAs: Jessica Block

Program: MAWP

Graduate Assistant Role: Tutor and Webmaster at the Writing Center

Accomplishments, Publications: Learning to write CSS and HTML over the summer, most recent publication in 2010 issue of Threshold

Favorite Author or Genre of Writing: poetry, but my favorite author is Milan Kundera

Plans for the school year: continuing to pursue publication in various fields of study and finishing my degree in June

Jessica earned her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University where she majored in English-writing (specializing in poetry) and minored in History. She enjoys cooking and plans to open a diner upon retirement. Until that time, Jessica hopes to work in web-based PR or marketing and possibly, after a hiatus from school, pursue an M.F.A. or doctoral degree in English.

Stay tuned for more graduate assistant profiles in this series.

What We Missed: Faculty News

Professor Ted Anton’s essay, “Riff,” will appear in a book that just received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, called One Word: Writers on the Words They Love and Loathe, (Sarabande Books, due November 2010).

Professor Amina Gautier won the 2010 Flanner O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Read more here:

Professor Rebecca Johns Trissler is anticipating the launch of her new novel, The Countess, published by Crown. She also has a forthcoming story, “Perpetua in Glory,” appearing in the winter 2010-11 issue of Ploughshares.

Meet the New Faculty: Rebecca Johns Trissler

Rebecca Johns’s first novel, Icebergs, was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her second, The Countess, is forthcoming in October from Crown Books. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Mississippi Review, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, and Seventeen, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Missouri School of Journalism, she is thrilled to join the English Department at DePaul.

Rebecca is teaching ENG 484: Feature Writing during the Winter 2011 quarter.

What We Missed: Student News

Our students have been busy this summer and fall! Check out the great accomplishments and publications from current MAE and MAWP students below. Have your own announcements? Email to see your accomplishments on Ex Libris!

Teaching Internships in Two-Year Colleges

The following students are currently doing the 2-Year College Teaching Internships: Heath Black (MAE), Harold Washington College; Steve Bogdaniec (MAWP), Wright College; Erin Carr (WRD), College of Lake County; Jennifer Davis (MAE), College of Lake County; Kevin Lyon (WRD) Wright College; Shabnam Mahmood (MAWP), Wright College; Jennifer McKinney (MAE) College of Lake County.

Steve Bogdaniec

Steve Bogdaniec (MAWP) is a contributing author to Pop Bunker, a pop culture website that covers movies, television, comics, books, and music.  Steve writes the column “Sequel City,” which presents and discusses the oft-maligned art form that is the movie sequel.  (Recent articles have taken a look at Police Academy 3: Back in Training and Batman Forever.)

Steve presented poetry and a one-act play at the 2010 EGSA Spring Conference, held at DePaul in May 2010.  He was also the Nonfiction Head Editor for the 2010 edition of Threshold, DePaul’s literary magazine.

Steve’s Pop Bunker author’s page:

Greg Shumaker

Greg Shumaker (MAWP) wrote an essay about his love for Madonna in Professor Mark Turcotte’s Urban Essay workshop, which is now featured on the website Read the article, titled “Guilty Pleasure: Personal Revelations Through The Material Girl.”

Molly Tranberg

Molly Tranberg (MAWP) recently published an article she wrote in Professor Ted Anton’s Science Writing course. The article, titled “Prowling Owls Proves a Hoot,” appeared in the Michigan Audubon Society’s bimonthly magazine, The Jack-Pine Warbler, last spring.