End-of-Year Remarks and Congratulations

The academic year is nearly at an end, and although some of you will be back next week for summer classes, many of us, including Ex Libris, are taking the summer off. Ex Libris will resume posting at the beginning of the Fall Quarter, in the first week of September. In the meantime, you may continue to email Maria (mhlohows@depaul.edu) with announcements, news, and guest post ideas for the fall, but any urgent questions should be directed to Ms. Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu. Before signing off for the summer, however, congratulations are in order for many of our friends, faculty, and students:

In student news, we would like to congratulate MAWP student Rhiannon Falzone, who had a piece published in the online magazine ChicagoSide earlier this week. Rhiannon’s article, “Where Are The Women In Chicago Sports Media?,” originally started as a piece for Gioia Diliberto’s Magazine Editing course. You can read it at chicagosidesports.com/where-are-the-women-in-chicago-sports-media.

Rhiannon will also be talking about her piece on The Lakeshore FM Radio at 11:10 a.m. this Friday, June 8th. Listen in at www.thelakeshorefm.com.


Congratulations also to the four DePaul undergraduates who are semi-finalists for The Guild Literary Complex’s 19th Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. Student poets Quintin Collins, Clayton Guse, Stephanie Rose Perez, and Samy Sabh will perform their work on Monday, June 18th, at 7 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division (at Ashland and Milwaukee).  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for the general public.


In faculty news, congratulations are due to Christine Sneed and Gioia Diliberto, who both made Newcity Magazine‘s “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2012” list of top writers and “on-the-page creators” in Chicago. Also recognized is DePaul Visiting Writer Achy Obejas. Congrats to Prof. Sneed, Prof. Diliberto, and all the rest! Read the entire list here: lit.newcity.com/2012/06/07/lit-50-who-really-books-in-chicago-2012.


And last but certainly not least, a heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates! We hope you had a wonderful two (or three or four…) years in the DePaul English Graduate Programs. We wish you luck in your endeavors, and please keep in touch– we love posting alumni news on the blog!

To read the full list of 2011-2012 graduates, including those who graduated and passed the comps with distinction, visit the 2011-2012 Graduates Page, and make sure to congratulate your classmates on their achievements!


Alumni News, A Job Fair, & More

REMINDER: TOMORROW, June 6th, is the deadline to apply for a position as one of next year’s hosts of the DePaul Radio Student Writers Series. See this post for details.


Today in Alumni News, we would like to congratulate John Moss (MAW ’08), who has just gotten a story published in Newcity Magazine. John’s story, titled “Smashing the Resistance: Billy Corgan is Back in a Whole New Arena,” has its roots in a piece he wrote for the Personal Essay course while at DePaul.

You can read John’s story online at newcity.com/2012/05/10/smashing-the-resistance-billy-corgan-is-back-in-a-whole-new-arena.


The “Just In Time” Job Fair at DePaul is taking place next week, on Tuesday, June 12th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Students and alumni are encouraged to pre-register for this event through the DePaul.Experience “Calendar” section. On-site registration will also be available the day of the fair.

Please note: This fair is NOT open to the public. Only DePaul students and alumni will be admitted. Professional dress is strongly recommended at all recruiting events. Graduate students should check their email or DePaul.Experience for a full list of employers recruiting at the event.


Spheres Executive Coaching, a small Lincoln Park counseling and coaching center, is currently looking for a part-time employee (10-20 hours/week) to do some writing: writing copy brochures and blogs for the website, contracts, increasing our social media presence, etc. You can learn more about Spheres Executive Coaching at flcoaching.com. To apply for the position, please contact HR Coordinator Patrick Fox at 773.529.1200 x2 or at pfox@flcoaching.com.


To Think, To Write, To Publish, an National Science Foundation grant-funded project developed by Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes in partnership with the Writer’s Center and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation are pleased to invite writers, scientists, and policy-makers to the project’s keynote event in Washington, D.C. on the evening of October 6th, 2012.

Attendees will hear from editors from Harper’s, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Publisher’s Weekly, Issues in Science and Technology, and Narrative Matters–with a special guest appearance by and discussion with Virginia Morell, contributing correspondent for Science and author of the upcoming book Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures and three previously published and celebrated books. The New York Times awarded Morell Notable Book of the Year to Ancestral Passions, her dramatic biography of the famed Leakey family and their notable findings. Blue Nile, about her journey down the Blue Nile to Sudan, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Travel Book, and The Washington Post listed Wildlife Wars, which she co-authored with Richard Leakey, as one of their Best Books of the Year.  More guests to be announced!

To Think, To Write, To Publish is also accepting applications from writers who wish to participate in its fellowship program. The application deadline is June 15th, 2012.  More information is available at: www.thinkwritepublish.org.