Watch and Listen: Three Recommended Links

While everyone is busy with the mid-quarter workload and getting ready for registration or Commencement, allow us to recommend a few links to DePaul/literature/writing-related content around the web. Enjoy!


Two weeks ago, DePaul University welcomed five University of Alabama poets to campus as part of an exchange program between DePaul and the University of Alabama, and luckily for us, DePaul Radio’s Student Writer Series was there to document it. DePaul SWS recorded the five University of Alabama poets reading some of their own work, and talking about their small press, Slash Pine Press for this very special episode. They also talked to four DePaul students who had visited the University of Alabama in February.

DePaul Student Writer Series airs every Friday at 10 a.m., and you can listen to previous episodes archived at at any time. The episode about the visiting University of Alabama poets can be found here.


Thank you to everyone who participated in and/or attended any of the One Book One Chicago events hosted by the Chicago Public Library and DePaul University for Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. For those of you who weren’t able to attend any events with the author or would like to hear more, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, has posted an audio recording of Yiyun Li’s conversation with DePaul’s Achy Obejas at the Chicago Public Library on April 19th.

You can listen to the conversation here:


And finally, DePaul’s Arts & Letters Hall, home of the English graduate programs, has made its YouTube debut. This 6-minute video takes viewers on a hi-def tour of the building with commentary from DePaul faculty and staff. Prospective students and alums who haven’t gotten the chance to visit campus since the building opened in January will find the video especially helpful, but current students might also enjoy the chance to send the link around to friends and family to show off your academic home.


Literary Agent at Northwestern and Irish Newspaper Archives at Depaul Libraries

Don’t forget: registration for summer and fall classes opens next week! Check Campus Connect for your registration time, and check the “Classes” section of Ex Libris over the next few days as more professors send in their course descriptions.


TONIGHT, April 26th at 7 p.m., Northwestern University in Evanston, IL is hosting Literary Agent Sara Megibow, who will be speaking on what it takes to get published. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at University 101. Visit for directions. The event is hosted by No Strangers to Fiction and sponsored by the Center for Writing Arts.


Any DePaul students doing research on (or with an interest in) Irish history or literature have a new resource on hand: The DePaul Libraries now subscribe to the Irish Newspaper Archive.  All current students can access the archive via the A to Z Database list or using the link below. Irish Newspaper Archive is a digital archive project dedicated to the complete digitization of Ireland’s newspaper heritage. This archive includes the Irish Independent (1905 – current), Sunday Independent, The Freeman’s Journal, the Nation and many of Ireland’s leading regional newspapers.

Final OBOC Spring Event, Spoken Word For Poetry Month, and Call for Submissions

This Friday, April 27th is the final One Book One Chicago Spring event at DePaul. Details are as follows:

Chinese Literary Forms and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue, Room 300 (Rosati Room)

James Shea (Nebraska Wesleyan University) and Dorothy Tse Hiu Hung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) discuss classical literary forms as background to the stories in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. Shea’s lecture, “Classical Chinese Poetry and Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl,” explores the Chinese quatrains that were popular during the Tang dynasty (618-907), and is followed by an informal poetry-writing exercise. In her lecture, “Another Kind of Beauty: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl in the Cultural Revolution,” Tse provides background to Li’s collection by investigating the characterization and plot structure found in revolutionary “model operas.”

The event is free and open to the public.


DePaul POETS (Presenters of Enlightenment Through Spoken Word) are celebrating the end of National Poetry Month with two final events this week. There are only 6 days left of National Poetry Month, and POETS wants to send it out with a bang.

Thursday, April 26th, from 6pm-9pm there will be a screening of the spoken-word poetry documentary Louder than a Bomb followed by a reading from poet Kevin Coval.

And on Friday, April 27th, from 7pm to 9pm POETS will end their Journeys to Justice series with a poetry slam and open mic. See the flyer for more details.


Foothill, a graduate poetry journal from Claremont Graduate University, is seeking submissions of up to five unpublished poems composed in any poetic genre or form are welcome from poets actively enrolled in a graduate program located in the United States. Submissions are read year-round and they accept simultaneous submissions.

Foothill regrets they cannot pay for work, however, authors will receive a free copy of the print journal. The journal is also available online at

In your cover letter please include your name, e-mail address, title(s) of poem(s) submitted, the name of the university and program you are enrolled in, and a brief description of your field of study and research interests (to be included alongside your work). Accepted poets are also invited to send audio or video files of them performing their work, which will be embedded alongside their poems on our website.

Send your poetry as a Word “.doc” file attachment to with “poetry submission” written in the heading. For more information, click on the poster for a full-sized version, or visit the submission page.

Donate Your Old Computer and Attend a Student Poetry Reading

Do you have an old computer lying around and don’t know what to do with it?  Then you should consider donating it to a local nonprofit. DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning is collecting old and less-than-perfect computers on behalf of Mujeres Latinas en Accion (Latina Women in Action), a nonprofit that can put any donated computers to use in their Project Youth and Peace Program initiatives.

Donating your computer through the UCWbL is easy: just fill out this form and someone will contact you shortly. Also, feel free to share this form to others who may be interested. Please note, however, that the process will be significantly easier for people in or near Chicago who can bring their computers to one of DePaul’s two campuses.


Tonight, April 24th, DePaul Libraries and the English Department will host an undergraduate poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. The event will take place at 6pm in the Richardson Library Resource Room/event space (Rm. 115, where the old art museum was). Undergrads Quintin Collins, Cassandra Gillig, Brianna Low, Jamie Perry, and Samy Sabh will read from their original poems.

Threshold Literary Award Winners and Childe Harold Conference at DePaul

This morning, DePaul’s literary journal Threshold announced the winners of the 2012 Threshold Literary Award for Excellence, and we are pleased to say that two of the winners are our own English graduate students. Congratulations to Angel Woods who will be receiving the Nonfiction Award for her piece, “A Lesson About Detours” and Zhanna Vaynberg who will be receiving the Dramatic Literature Award for her play for “What It’s Never About”. Both are students in the MAWP.  The fiction and poetry awards this year go to two undergraduate students: Alec Moran for “Table Manners”and Emsie Bartsch for “Gretel”. Congratulations to all!
Threshold’s launch party for this year’s issue is set for Friday, May 25th from 3-6pm at the DePaul Art Museum. All are invited to attend to support the judges, contest winners, and everyone who submitted their work– and of course to receive free copies of the published journal!

Threshold is also hosting a reading from the contest judges on Thursday, May 10th at 6pm at the Richardson Library on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus. Three of the four judges will be reading their own work: Eileen Favorite, Kimberly Dixon, and Victor Giron.

More information about these events is forthcoming. Check back soon!


On Monday, April 30th, DePaul University will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the poem that made Lord Byron famous, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Cantos I and II. Begun at Lawrence’s hotel in Lisbon, Portugal and published in the spring of 1812 in London, the poem charts the 24-year-old poet’s response to war-torn Europe, Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and Portugal, Britain’s response, the Convention of Cintra, and the struggle of Greece to live up to its heroic past. The poem helped launch what we now refer to as the “Byronic hero” and influenced paintings by Turner and music by Berlioz, as well as numerous British, Russian, and French writers such as Pushkin, Lermontov, and Lamartine.

In celebration, DePaul is hosting a day-long conference sponsored by the DePaul Humanities Center, the University Honors Program, and the Department of English. The conference will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Cortelyou Commons (2324 N. Fremont Street) on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.

There will be two keynote addresses: Peter W. Graham (Virginia Tech), author of Don Juan and Regency England, winner of the Elma Dangerfield prize in Byron Studies, will speak on the Byronic hero in Childe Harold and the character of Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Christine Kenyon Jones (King’s College, London) will address Byron’s treatment of animals in Cantos I and II, drawing on her book Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing.

The conference also features a presentation by one of our own graduate students: MAWP student Jennifer Finstrom will address the topic of James Thomson’s The Castle of Indolence and its influence on Byron’s poem at 12:20 p.m. Congratulations Jennifer, and best of luck presenting!

All are welcome to attend this conference. For complete details, click on the flyer for a full-sized version, and download the conference agenda here.

Faculty News, A Short Fiction Contest, and More

Faculty News:  The PEN/ O.Henry Prize Stories 2012 Anthology has just hit the shelves, and DePaul English grad students will recognize a familiar name in the list of prize winners. Congratulations to Professor Christine Sneed, whose short story “The First Wife” is among those stories selected for inclusion.  Prof. Sneed’s story will appear alongside other winners, including Dagoberto Gilb, Yiyun Li, Alice Munro, John Berger, and Salvatore Scibona, and the collection can be found at any of your favorite bookstores.


Reminder: The final installation in the DePaul Humanities Center’s year-long series on Literature and Music, Francesca Royster‘s presentation on “Michael Jackson, Queer World Making and the Trans Erotics of Voice, Gender and Age,” is this coming Monday, April 23rd, in the DePaul Student Center, room 314at 6:00 p.m. (a reception precedes). See the original post for complete details.


Students interested in attending the Guild Literary Complex’s third annual benefit, “Illuminate,” to be held  Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-9pm  are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon. Writers and graphic novelists Chris Ware, Nicole Hollander, Audrey Niffennegger & C. Spike Trotman will be projecting their work and talking together about drawing, narrating, the visual/textual culture of the graphic novel…  Plus food and drink in a beautiful space: the new DePaul Art Museum.

Student tickets are only $20, but availability is limited and payment must be made online at


And finally, a writing contest: The quarterly literary journal American Short Fiction invites all writers to submit their work to the American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The contest’s judge this year is Michael Martone, author of the Four for a Quarter, Racing in Place, and Unconventions, among other books. First prize in the contest receives $500 and publication; second prize receives $250 and publication. All entries are considered for publication.

The contest deadline is May 1st. You can find the complete guidelines here:

Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest and Two Freelance Jobs

Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Fest is coming up on April 28th. Poetry Fest is a free, day-long festival of entertaining poetry readings, workshops, performances and discussions taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center. Join us for a day filled with fresh voices, unique perspectives and compelling artists. For more information about Poetry Fest visit .

Award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca appears as the keynote speaker, replacing Les Murray, at the Chicago Public Library’s 13th Annual Poetry Fest on Saturday, April 28 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street. Baca presents his keynote address at 2:00 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. This program is cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation. (Please Note: Les Murray’s appearance has been cancelled. Chicago Public Library apologizes for any disappointment or inconvenience.)

After being sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison at the age of 21, Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and write and found his passion for poetry. Three of his poems became part of Immigrants in Our Own Land, published in 1979, the same year he was released from prison. Like many Southwestern writers, Baca identifies with the land around him and the myths that are part of his culture. Baca’s memoir, A Place To Stand, won the prestigious International Award. He also is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the National Poetry Award, two Southwest Book Awards and the International Hispanic Heritage Award.


Amy Sprenger is an Author/Blogger looking for a freelance book editor.

In Amy’s words: “I have recently completed an 85,000-word humorous women’s fiction novel and am looking for a freelance editor. The plot revolves around a character who unexpectedly finds out she has a high-risk pregnancy and is placed on strict bedrest for four months while she and her husband are gut-rehabbing their house; hilarity ensues. I am looking mostly for line edits, but would welcome any pacing/plot/character development comments. The copy is relatively clean as I am a former journalist and current blogger. I am hoping to publish this as an ebook this summer.”

Please contact Amy at if interested.


The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation is seeking an editor/project manager who can work on a contract basis for two months, with renewal or permanent position possible. Work  consists of editing and posting the content of 12 Section of Litigation committees and preparing and sending committee e-newsletters. Additional responsibilities include choosing articles for social media release and writing blurbs to suit, copyediting and proofreading materials  prepared by other Section departments, tracking and reporting data, and other tasks for the Section and ABA Publishing as needed.

Skills and attributes preferred:

  • Solid copyediting/proofreading skills as demonstrated by performance on a test
  • Ability to handle numerous simultaneous projects and overlapping deadlines with equanimity
  • Highly developed project management/time management skills
  • Sophisticated  communication skills for daily interaction with lawyer volunteers and cooperative engagement with staff of numerous departments

Experience that is a plus:

  • Producing web content/rewriting editorial for web
  • Working with volunteer contributors/editors
  • Working with freelancers
  • Writing/rewriting headlines and decks
  • Editing legal materials
  • Curating editorial for social media distribution

Minimum of three years publishing experience is required. Please respond by sending a cover letter and resume via email to Monica Buckley (email below–no phone calls, please). Apply asap.

Monica Buckley
Director, Section of Litigation Periodicals
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL60654