Master Class with Eileen Pollack at DePaul, South Africa’s Poet Laureate in Chicago, and More

The MAWP is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for graduate students in both fiction and creative nonfiction to work with visiting writer Eileen Pollack. In addition to her reading on the evening of April 12, Pollack has agreed to conduct a Master Class, in which she will discuss the work of three graduate students in the MAWP.  Anyone may attend the actual class, but the work of only three graduate students will be discussed.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Master Class with Eileen Pollack
Location (on Lincoln Park campus) TBA

Reading by Eileen Pollack
6:00 p.m.
Location (on Lincoln Park campus) TBA
Free & open to the public

Eileen Pollack is the author of the new novel, Breaking and Entering, which was awarded the 2012 Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. In addition to writing novels and short stories, Pollack is a gifted nonfiction author whose textbook, innovative textbook and anthology, Creative Nonfiction: A Guide to Form, Content, and Style, with Readings, was published in 2009 by Wadsworth/Cengage.

If you would like to submit work for consideration for this Master Class, please email an essay or single piece of short fiction to Miles Harvey ( by Friday, April 6th.  And even if you don’t submit, mark your calendars!  Everyone will benefit from hearing the response of a successful author to these drafts.

Eileen Pollack is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic And Other Stories, a novel, Paradise, New York, and a work of creative nonfiction called Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull, which won a 2003 WILLA finalist award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.


Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile, the Poet Laureate of South Africa, will be in Chicago on Tuesday, April 10th.  All are invited to a poetry reading and poetry workshop that Professor Kgositsile will conduct at the UIC Daley Library. The Poetry Reading is at 4pm and the Poetry Workshop is at 6pm.

Creative writing students who would like the opportunity to have Professor Kgositsile workshop a poem of theirs must submit a one–page poem along with your name, email address, university affiliation and phone number to by April 6th. For complete instructions, click to view the flyer on the left.


Story Club, Chicago’s open mic for stories, will have their next show on April 5th at Uncommon Ground in Wrigleyville.

The show, which will center around the theme, “Fire,” is featuring stories by director/actor/writer Kelly Anchors, and actor/writer Andy Marikis. In addition, five open mic participants will get a chance to burn it up by sharing their own 1st person stories. Open mic sign up starts at 8pm, names are drawn from the hat, participants are given 5-8 minutes.

Also – new this show – everyone who attends will have the opportunity to put their name in the hat for our Story Challenge.  The audience picks the theme, chance picks the performer, and that lucky person has a month to create their story and present it at May’s Story Club. Challenge accepted.

The show is free but dinner reservations in Uncommon Ground’s music room guarantee seating – call 773-929-3680. The seats go fast so reservations are highly recommended.


SouthWest Writers is seeking entries for their annual writing contest. First through third place winners will be awarded in twelve categories of fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, screenplays, and poetry. All first place winners will automatically compete for the grand prize, the Storyteller Award. The entries must be original, unpublished and in English. You do not have to be a member of SouthWest Writers (SWW) to enter.

Entries must be submitted by mail and must be postmarked by May 1st, 2012. To see a complete list of categories and submission instructions, and to download application materials, please visit


EGSA Conference Deadline Extended, Career Event for Creative People, and Francesca Royster on Michael Jackson

DePaul students, if you haven’t already heard, the deadline to submit proposals to the EGSA 2012 Spring Conference has been extended to this Friday, March 30th at midnight. This is your last chance to get those proposals in! Make sure to check the EGSA Spring Conference 2012 page on Ex Libris to download the application materials and remind yourself of all the details.


Those with the aspirations to make your current literature or writing degree into a career should take note of an upcoming DePaul Career Center event: Career Paths for Creative and Unconventional People. This networking/panel event will take place on Friday, April 13, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Campus DePaul Art Museum. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, writers, entrepreneurs, freelancers and other creative folks. Discover how they’ve navigated a nontraditional career path and find out how to pursue your passion and pay the bills.


Closing the Humanities Center’s year-long series on Literature and Music, Francesca Royster, Associate Professor of English and Chair of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul, will present “Michael Jackson, Queer World Making and the Trans Erotics of Voice, Gender and Age.” The event will take place Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at the DePaul Student Center, room 314. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Dramatic Literature Course, Philosophy Conference, and New Writing Contests

It’s the second day of the quarter, and hopefully by now all you grad students have your classes picked out, but if you’re making last minute adjustments or looking for something different, please note that Rachel Shteir, one of DePaul’s 2011-12 Humanities Fellows, is teaching a special topics course in the spring on Chekhov and Beckett. The course is THE 436, Seminar: Topics in Dramatic Literature and carries A&L domain credit. It has been approved as an elective for both MAE and MAWP students. Please contact your program director if you are interested in taking this class for an elective.


All are invited to the 19th annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference at DePaul this Saturday, March 31st.  The conference’s theme this year is ‘Revolution’, and the keynote speaker will be Gabriel Rockhill of Villanova University. Click on the image for a full-size version, which includes the location, the complete schedule, and descriptions of the presentations.


Fugue, a journal of new literature edited by graduate students within the University of Idaho’s English and Creative Writing Programs, is proud to announce its 11th annual writing contest. This year they will be accepting submissions of poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction). The deadline to submit is May 1st, 2012.

Submissions should be 3-5 poems (ten page max) or 1 essay/story (8,000-word max). Please note that the contest entry fee is $15, which covers the cost of reading ONE submission. Contestants are welcome to submit more than once, but each submission must be accompanied by a payment of the entry fee.

Complete submission instructions are available at First place winners receive $1,000, publication and a year’s subscription. Runners-up will be considered for publication and will receive a year’s subscription.


A new writing website,, is looking to collaborate with DePaul. is a portal for fiction writing and offers both the emerging writer and the professional author a chance to enter writing contests, develop their writing skills, and read quality writing.

One of the main goals of the site is to broaden the avenues for writers to sell their writing and find venues for them to have their work read. is partnering with organizations and media sources to create gateways for aspiring writers and those with writing experience to showcase their work, and would welcome the opportunity to partner with DePaul University in creating writing contests that would benefit students.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the site, or are interesting in getting involved, please contact Assistant/SMO Sarah Vonnegut at or 847-213-9078.


In preparation for their upcoming Jung in the Heartland conference (Sept 2013), The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis is inviting submissions of essays or creative non-fiction on the theme of the conference, “Healing through the Numinous,” for a writing contest. Winners will read their writing at the 2013 conference, and will receive monetary prizes of: First Place – $1000, Second Place – $500, and Third Place – $250.

Entries must be 4,000 words or less and previously unpublished, and there is a $20 entry fee. The deadline to submit is October 1st, 2012. Complete details can be found at:

Reminders, Two-Year College Teaching Internships, and Job Openings at the Writing Center

Welcome back, students and faculty, from what was hopefully a very relaxing spring break! In case you did a little too much relaxing and forgot what was posted on Ex Libris before the break, here are a few reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines.


Applications for a Fall 2012 Internship in Teaching English in the Two-Year College are due to Prof. Carolyn Goffman by Friday, April 20th at 5 p.m.

To Apply:

Please provide PAPER COPIES of the following:

  • One-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship. Include information about your availability (scheduling restrictions, other jobs or responsibilities) and transportation (that is, do you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation?)
  • C.V. ,including names of references (you do NOT have to provide letters of reference unless requested later)

Please send these ELECTRONICALLY:

  • Writing Sample (in Word format)
  • Transcripts (unless you prefer to send hard copies). If you are NOT in the MAE or MAWP programs, please include undergraduate transcripts. They do not have to be official versions; a photocopy is fine.

If you have any questions about the internship or the Teaching English in the  Two-Year College Certificate, please email Prof. Goffman at


The University Center for Writing-based Learning at DePaul is looking for empathetic and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2012/2013 academic year. Applications are due on April 23rd, 2012 at noon.

Please visit to learn how and why to apply for a job at the DePaul UCWbL. Any questions can be directed to UCWbL Director Dr. Lauri Dietz at

Anthony Grafton at the Chicago Humanities Festival and Chicago Shakespeare Internships

The Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting an upcoming event with Anthony Grafton on the past, present, and future of the book. It will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm at First United Methodist Church (77 West Washington Street).

Grafton, a distinguished writer, author, and professor of history at Princeton University, will be giving a lecture entitled, “The Book: Past, Present, and Future,” which the event page describes as:

“Many of us love a good cliffhanger, but today we find ourselves in a state of suspense about the book itself. What happens next for the beloved bound volume? Future generations may well live without books, consuming text on various electronic devices networked to infinitely large databases. Anthony Grafton, professor at Princeton University, is a leading historian of the book. Admired for definitive accounts of the libraries, book trade, and humanistic scholarship of the early modern period, he is best known to a larger public as the author of the bestseller The Footnote: A Curious History and as a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.  In the age of the e-book, Grafton addresses the crux of the book’s future: are the coming days a techno-utopia, the entire library of world culture at our fingertips, or cause for anguish at the loss of the iconic artifact of learning?”

The venue for the event is very large (almost 1,000), which means that there is an unusually high number of available seats. So the Chicago Humanities Festival has decided to admit DePaul students free of charge. Simply show up at the venue with a valid student ID a half an hour before the start.


There are new internships available at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Casting, Advancement, Education, and Marketing/PR. Applications are due on April 9th. Visit this link for complete internship descriptions and how to apply.


Happy Spring Break to all our current students! Ex Libris will be back on Monday, March 26th.

Alumni News, WRD conference, and a New Literary Magazine

In Alumni News: Molly Tranberg (MAWP ’11, and former Ex Libris editor!) was recently hired as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant to the Publisher in the Reference Division at Oxford University Press in New York. She assists the publisher in day-to-day tasks and works to bring new online reference materials to life.

According to Molly, “It’s a great first job in publishing because it’s a very traditional print publisher, but the reference division is moving into an all-online territory.” She also has some encouraging words for current students and recent grads looking for a job: “The prestige of my M.A. in Writing and Publishing degree definitely helped me get the job.  It was really great to see the confidence the MAWP degree inspires in interviewers, especially in publishing.” Congratulations, Molly, and thanks for sharing your story with us!

If you’re an MAE or MAWP student or alum and have news about a job, publication, award, etc., that you’d like to share with fellow Ex Libris readers, email Maria at


DePaul’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is pleased to announce a call for presentations for Spread the WoRD, WRD’s annual graduate conference. All graduate students in a writing-related discipline– including MAE and MAWP– interested in sharing your academic work with fellow students and faculty are invited to submit a proposal. Much like our own EGSA conference, Spread the WoRD is a great chance to gain experience presenting papers and receiving feedback from peers amongst professors and classmates right here at DePaul.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching writing
  • digital literacy
  • editing and publishing
  • genre analysis
  • writing center pedagogy
  • style in writing

Students (or groups of students) are encouraged to submit work in a variety of formats and modalities. In the past, students have presented PowerPoint presentations, multimedia projects, posters, and panels, as well as traditional conference presentations.

Proposals should include: name, contact information, degree program, and year of the presenter(s), and a one-page abstract of the presentation with title. Please note what format your presentation will take and what technological accommodations you’ll need.
Deadline for submissions is: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. Please send proposals and inquiries to For more details, click on the flyer to enlarge it, or visit


The Coffin Factory, a new, full-color, print literary and art magazine sold in Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores nationwide, invites submissions from emerging writers both for its regular issues, and its first annual poetry contest.

In their first two issues, The Coffin Factory has published exciting work by César Aira, Osama Alomar, Aimee Bender, Roberto Bolaño, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Milan Kundera, Bonnie Nadzam, José Saramago, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson, and many others. Alongside these literary stars they also publish up-and-coming writers and poets. In fact, in every issue, they publish at least one “undiscovered” prose writer.

Each issue includes fiction, essays, poetry and art from around the world. The Coffin Factory is dedicated to perpetuating reading culture, and invites readers and writers to become part of the conversation and learn more about how they are partnering with writers, readers, book publishers and bookstores at The Coffin Factory website.

For information on the poetry contest, which has a deadline of April 1st, 2012 and an award of $100 and publication in The Coffin Factory, please visit the contest page.

EGSA Conference Reminder, Story Week, and a Teaching Job

There’s only one week left until the EGSA Conference paper submission deadline of midnight on Monday, March 19th. EGSA needs your Poetry, Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, Literary Analysis/Critical Approaches, Pedagogical and Literary Theory, and other writing on Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work, get a line on your CV, and have fun with your classmates.

While we’re still waiting for the EGSA Conference’s keynote speaker to be announced, there has been another conference development: EGSA is going to be collecting used books during the conference to donate to the nonprofit Open Books organization in support of their literacy programs. Save your pre-loved books for the April 13th conference to support this great organization.

For complete details on the 2012 EGSA conference and the materials necessary to submit your writing, please visit EGSA’s Ex Libris page.


Story Week Festival of Writers, presented by Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department is taking place March 18th-23rd throughout the Loop. All events are free and open to the public and the full schedule can be viewed here.

Be sure to take note of the reading/panel Portraits of an American Dream: The Female in Contemporary Fiction, which will take place on Tuesday, March 20th at 6 p.m. in the Harold Washington Public Library (400 S. State St., Chicago) which will feature DePaul professor Christine Sneed along with writers Nami Mun, Bonnie Jo Campbell and Sam Park.


University Liggett School, a private high school in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, is looking to hire graduates with a Literature degree to teach upper school English (grades 9-12). In the words of the Department of English Chair: “Our English program is completing its transition from a traditional, teacher-centered approach to a model based more upon student inquiry and facilitated student seminar. Ideally, we’re looking for candidates who would relate well to high school students, who would enrich the professional discussion within the department, who are interested in progressive teaching and learning models, who would tolerate a little ambiguity while helping to shape an evolving program, and who would be able to assist with extracurricular duties (like coaching, club advising, academic advising, etc.) that private schools require of their teaching faculty. Liggett does not require its teachers to be state certified (in fact, I’ve often found degrees in literature to be preferable to degrees in education), so that would not present a hurdle to any candidate who is otherwise qualified to take on an English teaching assignment.”

If you are interested in learning more about this position, including a sample Course Description list and how to apply, please contact Prof. Miles Harvey at, who can get you this information and put you in touch with Liggett’s English Department Chair.