Meet the New GA’s (Part 2)

You asked and Ex Libris delivers! Today we are happy to bring you Part 2 of “Meet the New GA’s”. If you missed part one, you can read about Matt, Julia, and Claire here. Please join me in congratulating all seven new GA’s.

Tracey HulsteinTracey Hulstein

Program & year: MAWP, first year
GA role: UCWbL Productions (formerly Multimedia) Team Leader

Bio: Tracey is originally from Rochester, MN, but somehow ended up living in Iowa for the past seven years. She graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, double-majoring in Theatre and Writing with a focus in Rhetoric. Tracey spent the past few years developing a fear of retail customers before dabbling in human resources at Pearson Assessments. She and her husband attempted to move to Chicago at the end of May but their moving trailer caught fire and they had to buy a bunch of new stuff. They actually moved to Chicago in June and, after experiencing the five stages of grief, love having a literal fresh start. Tracey has a rather obsessive personality, but her main obsessions are the Beatles and cats. She promises that she’s normal.

Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Chronicles of Narnia, Wishful Drinking
Authors who have inspired Tracey: Anne Lamott, Natalie Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, John Lennon
Favorite reading genre: Biography and memoir
Favorite writing genre: Creative nonfiction
Tracey’s dream job: Getting paid to tell stories (maybe in Japan?)

Mark JacobsMark Jacobs

Program & Year: MAE, first-year
GA role:
assistant website and technology coordinator in the UCWbL
Mark received his BA in International Studies and Creative Writing from DePaul this past June.  After moving here from South Bend, IN, four years ago, he’s excited to continue at DePaul in the MAE program.  He’s a fan of the Chicago music scene and likes to ride his bike everywhere.

Favorite author: Mark has spent the last year wading his way through all of Don DeLillo’s works, and hasn’t grown bored with him yet.
Mark’s dream job
: Marketing strategist for Allende Burritos Tacos y Mas (which, incidentally, Mark wants us all to know, has the best food to be found near campus)

Jennifer FinstromJennifer Finstrom

Program and Year: MAWP, second year
GA role:
Assistant Coordinator for Outreach in the University Center for Writing-based Learning
Jennifer came to DePaul University as a returning student in the summer of 2008 and received her B.A. in English in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in various literary publications, including Atlanta Review, Rhino, Wisconsin Review, and most recently, Threshold. In addition, she has been the poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine, an online literary quarterly, since October of 2005. Jennifer also enjoys attending writing center conferences and joining in the conversation about peer tutoring theory.

Favorite Authors: Margaret Atwood (both poetry and fiction), J.R.R. Tolkien, the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Jane Austin.
Books Jen Recommends to Everyone:
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Favorite writing genre:
Poetry, speculative fiction, creative nonfiction

Maria HlohowskyjMaria Hlohowskyj

Program & Year: MAWP, first year
GA Role: Editor of Ex Libris, with a little UCWbL tutoring on the side
Bio: Maria was born to two biologists and grew up in Downers Grove, a mid-sized Chicago suburb which voted the apostrophe out of its name in the late 1800s. Maria graduated from Loyola University Chicago with majors in English and Spanish and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2010 with membership in three honors societies, one of which has a secret handshake. Maria made it for a year working part time as a research assistant/landscape technician and part time in a Downers Grove yarn shop before she realized how much she missed academic life. She is incredibly happy to be once again living in Chicago and studying writing.

Favorite Books: The Sparrow, The Art of Political Murder, Interpreter of Maladies, White Teeth, A Thousand Acres, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, etc., etc.
Author Who Inspires Maria: Rachel Carson
Wait, did you say yarn shop?: Yes! Maria is an avid knitter and crocheter and had taught lots of crochet classes. If you ask nicely she might teach you.
Maria’s Dream Job: Writing about the amazing urban nature in Chicago, and the many wonderful, under-appreciated wild places in Northern Illinois
Fun Fact: Maria is editing this very blog post right this minute! And on that note, I want to wish all my readers a very happy weekend!


Filling Up the Calendar

*REMINDER: Tomorrow, Sept. 30, is the LAST DAY to apply for Partial Tuition Scholarship Awards

AND Saturday, Oct. 1 is the deadline to apply for Degree Conferral for Autumn 2011. Apply on Campus Connect and contact Nora Durkin at CLA&SS Graduate Services at with any questions*

In just two days we get to flip our calendars and datebooks over to a new month. Chances are you’ve already got some things written in there, but just in case your days are looking a little bare, we’ve got a great list of October events for you today.  Hope to see you there!

Oct. 3rd — Are you a DePaul graduate student who is 24+ and/or a veteran? Do you enjoy free food and massages? The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Student Services Office is co-hosting an event with the office of Adult Student Affairs to help you relax and take a break from the stress of midterms. Join them for a break in your day for food and massages. The event is this coming Monday from 4pm-6pm and will be held in the 990 W. Fullerton Building, Room 125, Ste 100 in Lincoln Park.

Oct. 4th– Chicago’s acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble will perform Black Violet (Act 1), an original story of the Black Plague told through classical music, with Fifth House Ensemble Black Violetimages by graphic novelist Ezra Clayton Daniels at our very own Cortelyou Commons, from 7-8:30pm. Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create transformative cross-media performance experiences that bring together elements as diverse as storytelling, physical theatre, graphic novels, and fashion design. The event is free and open to the public. Get more details at, including a Black Violet trailer.

Oct. 6th– Writer Michael Ondaatje, author of five novels including The English Patient, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and eleven books of poetry, presents his new novel, The Cat’s Table, at Fullerton Hall in the Art Institute of Chicago.  The event will take place at 6pm and a booksigning will follow. Visit or any Art Institute ticket counter for tickets, or call (847)307-4242.


DePaul Humanities presents Audrey Niffenegger

Oct. 12th– For the next DePaul Humanities Center event, Audrey Niffenegger, Columbia College creative writing professor and author of the novels The Time Traveler’s Wife, and  Her Fearful Symmetry and the graphic novels The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile, will be reading, answering questions, and signing books in the SAC rm. 254 from 6-7pm. The event is free and open to the public.



Oct. 15th-16th– All are welcome to participate in Women’s Voices Weekend, presented by Women and Children First bookstore. Workshops with DePaul’s own Achy Obejas, as well as Dorothy Allison, Nami Mun, Esther Hershenhorn, and Donna Seaman will be held at the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark. Workshops are $35 each for students and are limited to 15 people each, so sign up soon! A cocktail party with the featured authors will be held on the 15th from 6:30-8 at Women and Children First, $10 per ticket. And the weekend will finish with a Reading and Conversation with Achy Obejas, Dorothy Allison, Nami Mun, and Donna Seaman on the 16th from 4:30 to 6pm at the Swedish American Museum, also $10 per ticket. More details at

EDIT: This post was updated on 10/6 to include a change in lineup. As of this week, Dorothy Allison will replace Stacyann Chin as a participant, and events have been added or altered to acommodate this change. Ex Libris now features the updated information including the latest version of the flyer. Click on the flyer for a full-sized version, and visit the Women and Children First website for any questions.

Oct. 19– Take some time to network. The DePaul Career Center presents Making Connections: Careers in Communication & Writing. A panel of successful communication professionals and writers will share insights and provide guidance to those who wish to pursue a career in journalism, creative writing, technical writing, media studies, and more. Details available on the event page.

Get these dates in your calendar now and take advantage of some excellent writing events this October.

Faculty News, an Internship Opportunity, and a Call for Papers

Hopefully everyone has taken a few minutes to read the DePaul Magazine article “When the Teacher is an Author” that we posted about on Monday, because today we are happy to post two more exciting accomplishments of the DePaul English Department faculty.

It has just been announced that faculty member Jim Fairhall is the 2012 winner of Crab Orchard Review’s John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize for his memoir, “Núi Khê Revisited.” The essay is about his recent trek through a forest in Vietnam in quest of a site of memory, Khê Mountain. “Núi Khê Revisited” will be published in the 2012 winter/spring issue of Crab Orchard Review. The Guyon Nonfiction Prize has been awarded annually since 1997. This is the second time a faculty member in the department has garnered this prestigious award; Prof. Michele Morano won the Guyon prize in 2006.

The  Society for the Study of Early Modern Women has selected Paula McQuade‘s article, “A Knowing People: Early Modern Motherhood, Female Authorship, and Working-Class Community in Dorothy Burch’s A Catechism of the Several Heads of the Christian Religion,” Prose Studies 32.3 (December 2010): 167-86, as the winner of the 2011 SSEMW Essay and Article Award.  This award is given each year to the best essay published on early modern women writers.  Paula will travel to the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in October to receive the award.

Congratulations to Prof. Fairhall and Prof. McQuade!


There in an internship opportunity available at Think Glink Publishing IMMEDIATELY, so act fast!

Think Glink is publishing and launching the fiction novel of first-time author Andrea Kayne Kaufman in November and would like a marketing intern immediately. They are looking for a smart, thoughtful, passionate student who is interested in learning the book publishing process and participating in this exciting public relations campaign.

Responsibilities include:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Online community outreach (Posting, updating, organizing data, fact-checking)
  • Pitching the book to news sources
  • Planning launch parties
  • Website admin and maintenance

Location: Glencoe, Illinois (public transportation accessible)

Applicants must have online experience and know how to use a variety of web admin tools, including Word Press, Constant Contact, Google Docs, Google Analytics, as well as be adept at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Hiring now! Need interns to start ASAP. Book Launches November 17, 2011.

If you’re interested in applying, please send your cover letter, résumé and any relevant clips as well as questions about the project, job requirements, or location to Claire Young at or call (847) 242-0550.

If you are interested in earning academic credit for this internship, please contact Chris Green at


Graduate students who have not yet presented at a conference are invited to submit papers for the Emerging Scholars Symposium, one of two debut panels of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Papers are welcome on any topic in theatre history, theory, or dramatic literature. Papers that complement the conference theme of “Work” are encouraged, but not required.

Up to three participants will be selected for each panel, and each panelist will have fifteen minutes to deliver his or her paper. Students whose papers are accepted will receive free conference registration, free admission to the conference luncheon, a one-year membership in MATC, and a cash prize of $50. The conference will take place March 1-4th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (1750-2500 words), and will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of their writing and research, and their critical/theoretical sophistication.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Your name and the name of your academic institution
  • Contact information
  • A brief bio
  • Indication of whether you are submitting to the Undergraduate or Graduate Debut Panel
  • COMPLETED paper (no abstracts, please)

Please e-mail all submissions as Microsoft Word attachments to the symposium co-chairs, Kate Roark ( and Jeff Grace ( Submissions must be received by Oct. 15th.


And finally just a reminder that the first One Book One Chicago event on DePaul’s campus this year is taking place TONIGHT! Hope you can make it to Chicago Fiction, Chicago Film: A Conversation!

A Writing Contest, a Job Fair, and Four Faculty Writers

While going through Ex Libris announcements this afternoon, it occurred to Jan Hickey and me that were someone so inclined, one could easily attend a writerly event almost every single day in October. It’s just a good time to be an English Graduate student!

Check back frequently for events, writing contests, and other news as they are flooding the Ex Libris inbox, and we want to share them all with you! Here’s today’s batch:

The Guild Literary Complex is having a writing contest, and they want to give away some award money! Fiction and non-fiction writers are invited to enter the Annual Prose Awards in Short Fiction and Non-Fiction. Not only will the winner in each category receive a $250 prize, but this year’s winners will be chosen by Alex Kotlowitz (non-fiction) and Rosellen Brown (fiction). The final judged winners will be announced for the first time live at the recognition event itself, and the audience will vote that night to name this year’s Audience Favorite. Submission deadline is Oct. 14th, and the awards event will take place Nov. 2nd. For full details and submission guidelines, visit the Guild Literary Complex contest page.

580 Split, the annual graduate literary journal housed at Mills College in Oakland, California, is pleased to announce a Call for Submissions for Issue 14, “A Gathering of Voices”. Submission deadline is Oct. 31st for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual arts. Guidelines and details can be found at

There’s a brand-new literary magazine gearing up for a mid-2012 launch, and they are looking for submissions from “fantastic new voices.” The Ingo Village Review is currently accepting submissions of creative writing in all genres. Details and submission guidelines can be found at

Get your suits to the dry cleaners this week, because the Fall Job & Internship Fair is taking place on Friday, Oct. 07 from 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM at the LPC Student Center. For details and a full list of employers, visit the event page. (Note: This event is open to DePaul students and alumni ONLY.)

And finally, if you haven’t already, take a look at the Fall 2011 issue of DePaul Magazine in which four MAWP faculty are featured in the article “When the Teacher is an Author.” Bayo Ojikutu, Achy Obejas, Hannah Pittard and Christine Sneed share their insights on meshing two careers and how one informs the other. Read this very inspirational article at and if you are lucky to have one of these four professors, make sure to give them a big congratulations!

What Will You Do with the Last Weekend in September?

Like it or not, summer is officially over and we’re coming up on the last weekend in September. Not sure how you’re going to spend the weekend yet? Don’t worry, Ex Libris has some suggestions for you!

1.) Work on your Two-Year College Teaching Internship Application

Are you working on your Two-Year College Teaching Certificate and interested in an internship at a local two-year college this Spring? The application deadline is October 14. These internships are for Spring SEMESTER, which runs January to mid-May. (The exception to this calendar is Robert Morris University, where an internship runs from early December to late April.)

If you are interested in a two-year college teaching internship and you have NOT yet spoken with Dr. Carolyn Goffman, please do so before you apply. Contact her at to signify your interest in the program and to arrange a meeting to talk about how it will fit into your course of studies; or, of course, contact her simply to find out more about this program.

If you have already talked with Dr. Goffman, you may go ahead and EMAIL the following materials to her:

  1. Cover letter, explaining your interest in two-year college teaching
  2. Transcripts from graduate and undergraduate programs (unofficial copies are fine)
  3. Curriculum Vitae that includes names of two references (you do not need to provide letters at this time)
  4. Writing Sample: a recent course paper or other non-fiction writing is fine.

2.) Consider nominating yourself for Graduate Student Representative

The English Department is seeking two graduate students to represent English students in departmental discussions and decisions. The student representatives will join faculty on the department’s Personnel Committee to help evaluate the teaching any professors up for tenure or promotion. Student representatives typically attend Personnel Committee meetings and relevant department, college, and university meetings; visit professors’ classes and write brief reports on their teaching; and write a formal report representing the views of former students. They may also be asked to attend one or two recruitment events.

Nominees should have some familiarity with the department, its students, and its faculty and must be at DePaul for the entire academic year, since meetings will take place in each quarter.

Self-nominations should be submitted by email to Professor John Shanahan ( by Tuesday, Sept. 27th. Include your name, contact information, and a very short statement explaining your interest in and qualifications for being a student representative

Nominees’ names and statements will be posted in McGaw Hall and emailed to all current English graduate students for a vote. The vote will take place via email between Sept. 28th and Oct. 3rd, 2011.

If you have any questions about the student representative’s responsibilities or the nomination process, please contact Prof. Shanahan at

3) Get your tickets for a One Book One Chicago event at the Biograph Theater

Augie March, the titular protagonist of this year’s One Book One Chicago selection, takes the stage– literally– this Monday Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm right in the neighborhood at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. for I Am Augie: A Staged Reading.

Some of Chicago’s theater companies, including Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and Teatro Vista, come together for a remarkable gathering of talent, all reading from The Adventures of Augie March. Hear Augie’s voice from Deanna Dunagan, Eddie Torres, Martha Lavey, Andrew White, Tanya Saracho and others.

Tickets are only $6, so call Victory Gardens at (773) 871-3000 or go to to get yours before they’re gone.

4) Enjoy a great Chicago museum– for free!

Didn’t think this post could get better than $6 theater tickets? How about free museum admission?

This Saturday, Sept. 24 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, where you can print off a free pass and get into any of the participating museums for free, and there are over twenty museums participating in the Chicagoland area. Check out the Illinois page to print your pass and see the full list of participating local museums.

Meet the New GA’s (Part 1)

First order of business: Winter and Spring 2012 schedules have been UPDATED. The updated schedules can be found right here on Ex Libris under “Classes” and are also available in PDF form to download or print on d2l under “MA in English/Writing and Publishing” > “Content”> “Course Lists”.

And now for the fun part: Meet the new GA’s! This year we have seven new GA’s in the English Department. Welcome and congratulations, all!

Claire Rooney

Program & year: MAWP, second year
GA role: Assistant Coordinator for Writing Groups at the UCWbL
Bio: Claire graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in English and a minor in psychology. After graduation, she spent two years as a copy editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica, where she worked on everything from chemistry articles to history books for children. When she’s not writing she’s cooking, and will probably make you chocolate chip cookies if you ask.

Favorite Author(s): Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Flannery O’Connor, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood

Favorite period of study: 19th century British and American literature
Favorite writing genre: novels and short stories
Claire’s dream job: editor at a university press

Matt Albert

Program & Year:  MAE, 1st Year
GA Role:  UCWbL In-Class Workshops Team Leader
Bio:  Matt is from Mokena, a.k.a. that southwest suburb next to Orland Park and Tinley Park that nobody has ever heard of.  He attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and majored in English with a minor in secondary education.  After finishing his undergrad, he taught high school English for three years in the Glenbard, Lincoln-Way, and Monticello districts before coming to DePaul for his MA in English.  Matt is an avid White Sox fan who feels fortunate to have been in the house for the Blackout game, Mark Buehrle’s perfect game, and the infamous Pierzynski-Barrett slugfest.  When he’s not worrying about whether Adam Dunn’s strikeout total will eclipse his batting average or reading about Anglo-Saxon ring structure, Matt spends his free time working as a staff member for the Lincoln-Way East Marching Griffins in Frankfort.

Favorite Book:  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Favorite Period of Study:
Favorite Writing Genre: 
Satirical news stories
Dream Job: 
PA announcer for the White Sox (we all wish that we could have the voice of God just like Gene Honda)
Favorite Actor: 
Peter Sellers
Favorite Vulgar Chef:
  Gordon Ramsay
Favorite Sitcom:  Frasier
Favorite Composer: 
Dmitri Shostakovich

Julia Harding

Program & Year: First year MAE

GA Role: Writing Center Tutor and Faculty Development Team Leader

Bio: Julia is a first year student in the M.A.E. program. She holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Providence College. She spent three years teaching high school English in southeastern Massachusetts before defecting to the professional world, where she dabbled in custom textbook editing and development at a major publishing house. When she’s not beefing up on her trivia knowledge in preparation for the next Jeopardy! online test, you’ll find her wrestling her love-hate relationship with caffeine or compulsively scouring the shelves of the nearest used bookstore.

If you see Claire, Matt, and Julia around make sure to say hello! And yes, there are four more of us, including yours truly… so make sure you keep checking in with Ex Libris for Part 2 of  “Meet the New GA’s” as well as the usual updates on all things MAE and MAWP.

Join a Writing Group and Participate in One Book One Chicago– On Campus!

*Reminder: Tomorrow, Sept. 20 is the LAST DAY TO DROP A CLASS without penalty!*

The University Center for Writing-based Learning invites students to join a writing group. Writing Center GA Claire Rooney sends us the following information:

The Writer’s Guild and Writing Groups by Request

The Writing Groups team at the UCWbL is pleased to announce the expansion of our group offerings at the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses!

The Writer’s Guild

Want to flex your creative writing muscles outside of class? The Writer’s Guild meets every Thursday from 4-5:30pm at the Richardson Library (Room 309) on the Lincoln Park campus. Participants will be able to collaborate both with other writers and an UCWbL peer writing tutor and receive reader-based, revision-orientated feedback on their work. The Writer’s Guild is an excellent way to focus your creative energy and encourage yourself and your fellow group members to keep going on that difficult project. We welcome writers to participate as often as they can, whether that’s once a month or every week.

Writing Groups by Request

Not a creative writer? Can’t make it to the Writer’s Guild? Request a Writing Group! You choose the time and campus; we provide a room and an UCWbL peer tutor. Visit to fill out a request.

For more information about any of our groups, contact us at


One Book, One Chicago has a few events coming up in the next couple weeks, including one right on the Lincoln Park campus.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Chicago historian Dominic Pacyga (Chicago: A Biography)  will be discussing the Depression-era Chicago portrayed in Augie’s adventures in his talk Chicago in the Time  of Augie. And on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Janis Freedman-Bellow and Benjamin Taylor will be in conversation with Jonathan Wilson in a presentation on Saul Bellow’s Letters. Both events will take place at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Library Center at 400 S. State St.

And on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, DePaul University Associate Professor of English Hugh Ingrasci and Richard Moskal, Director of the Chicago Film Office, present Chicago Fiction, Chicago Film:  A Conversation. This conversation will explore the myriad ways in which Chicago is depicted in literature and film, including a specific examination of the city’s role in Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March, as well as a screening of clips from feature films shot in Chicago. It will take place in Rm. 300 (The Rosati Room) of the John T. Richardson Library, located at 2350 N. Kenmore Ave.

And don’t forget, the deadline for the One Book, One Chicago Flash Fiction Contest is Sept. 23!