Mark Turcotte Selected for Featured Illinois Poet & This Week’s Reminders

Faculty News: One of the duties of Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is to feature outstanding Illinois poets in order to “highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.” We are pleased to announce that Stein’s most recently selected Featured Illinois Poet is DePaul’s own Mark Turcotte.

To mark this occasion, five of Prof. Turcotte’s poems are featured on the state poet laureate Website– including brand new audio recordings of several of them.  You can see Prof. Turcotte’s Featured Poet bio and read and listen to the selected poems at (You can also follow this link to profiles and poems from previous Featured Illinois Poets, including Haki Madhubuti and Richard Jones.) Congratulations, Prof. Mark Turcotte!


Just a reminder that tomorrow, May 15th, this quarter’s Career Panel for English Students is taking place. See the previous Ex Libris post for details.


And one final reminder: because of traffic congestion and disruptions anticipated in and around the Loop during the NATO summit, DePaul’s Loop Campus will be closed from Friday, May 18th, through Monday, May 21st.

During this time, there will be no access to offices, labs or classrooms in the Loop on those days. The Loop Campus is scheduled to reopen and regular classes are to resume on Tuesday, May 22nd. The Lincoln Park, O’Hare and suburban campuses will maintain normal business operations on those days. The DePaul Central Lincoln Park Office will be open on Friday, May 18th and Monday, May 21st. Student services also will be available via phone and Internet.

For more information on the Loop closure, visit


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