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.


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