Early November Events

There’s one last chance to enter the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s 27th Annual One-Act Play Contest, which is accepting submissions until November 1st, 2012.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is looking for never-produced one-act plays with a small cast that run no more than one hour in length.Finding fresh literary talent of all genres is at the heart of the Festival’s mission. The contests have nurtured writers at the start of their careers–and helped them move on to further publications, book deals, and in one case, a Pulitzer Prize.

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • A staged reading at the 2013 Festival
  • A full production of the winning script in 2013
  • VIP All-Access Pass for both 2013 and 2014 ($1,000 value)
  • Publication in Bayou

For more details, read the guidelines and submission.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is also accepting submissions for its 5th Annual Fiction Contest. The deadline for the fiction contest is November 15th, 2012.

For this contest, the Literary Festival is accepting unpublished short stories, up to 7,000 words, by writers who have never published a book of fiction. The fiction contest will be judged by Michael Cunningham, author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, and Specimen Days.

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 2013 Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value)
  • Public reading at the 2013 Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature

Read the full guidelines and submission.

There is an entry fee of $25 for both contests.


The DePaul Humanities Center has two events coming up in the first week of November. First, on Friday, November 2nd, Anne K. Knowles will present “Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities.” See our previous post for complete details.

Next, on Monday, November 5th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center (a reception will precede at 5:30 p.m.), DePaul Humanities Center Faculty Fellow James H. Murphy will welcome Queen’s University Belfast Professor Eamonn Hughes to discuss Writing Belfast.”
From the Humanities Center’s description:

Belfast presents the writer with a number of problems. Its reputation as a place of violent political conflict necessitates a response from its writers. Its anomalous status as the only fully industrialised city in Ireland makes it difficult to frame such responses in the conventional terms established in other forms of Irish writing. Belfast, it seems, is very much a place apart and one which resists representation. However, during the period of the Troubles and their aftermath, Belfast has produced a number of remarkable writers. While their work was often a response to political violence, it also stretched imaginatively beyond the Troubles and in doing so began to fi nd alternative versions of Belfast and links between Belfast and other places. What contemporary writers such as Ciaran Carson (in, for example, The Star Factory, 1997) or Glenn Patterson (in, for example, The Mill for Grinding Old People Young, 2012) have come to recognise is that the apparently distinctive problematic of Belfast raises key questions about the nature of the urban and its representation.

Dr. Eamonn Hughes is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Assistant Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He specializes in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, on which he has published widely, and his current interests are in Irish autobiography and concepts of place in Irish writing.

He is the editor of several volumes, including A Further Shore: Essays in Irish and Scottish Studies (2008), Ireland (Ulster) Scotland: Concepts, Contexts, Comparisons (2003), and Northern Ireland: Culture and Politics 1960-1990 (1991). His current projects are a book on Irish autobiography from the seventeenth century to the present, and a book on ideas of place in contemporary Northern Irish poetry. In addition to his academic work he also organizes the English Society and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Between the Lines literary festival since its inception in 1996.

The event is free and open to all in the DePaul community.


Finally, please join the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum for a reading from the new book Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams and just published by Chicago’s own CityFiles Press. Maier, a Chicago-area nanny and amateur photographer whose work–more than 10,000 negatives in all–was discovered after her death in 2009, has recently garnered national attention, including an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. The new book presents 275 of her photographs alongside interviews with those who knew her best.

Some students may remember authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, who gave a talk on campus last fall sponsored by the Visiting Writers Series about their experiences founding a new small press in Chicago. Frustrated by the creative constraints of working with traditional publishers, Cahan and Williams decided to set out on their own. Since 2005, they have been publishing wildly ambitious and stunningly beautiful books. This talk should be of interest to any student who wants to learn about the challenges and potential of starting an independent press.


Get Involved in the DePaul Student Literary Scene!

Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning, student-run literary magazine is recruiting!

As new co-editors, Rachel Harthcock (undergraduate) and Borja Cabada (graduate, MAWP) are excited about the prospects of putting together a terrific team that will help them create another great issue this year. They are looking for committed students (both graduate and undergraduate) to fill the editor positions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic literature. Candidates should have relevant experience in their own fields as well as an eye for literary criticism. If you’re interested please send them your resumé, a brief cover letter, and a link to digitally published work, portfolio, blog and such to the following email address (threshold.depaul@gmail.com) by Monday, November 5th. Please indicate in the subject line which genre you are applying for.

They are also looking for a web developer to design Threshold‘s new website, so feel free to shoot them an email if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing for the magazine.

Please consider this great opportunity to get involved with the DePaul student literary scene, work with fellow DePaul English students, and get some editing experience on your resume!


This Friday, November 2nd, join DePaul student writers for the first-ever installment of the DePaul Student Reading Series, an off-campus event organized and created by MAWP student Meredith Boe and MAWP alum Colin Harris. The first reading will feature four current MAWP Students: Mark R. Brand and Jared Gerling, both reading fiction, Mellissa Gyimah, reading creative nonfiction, and Shane Zimmer, reading poetry.

The reading will take place at Lincoln Perk Coffee House, 612 W Wrightwood Ave (at Clark St), less than a mile from campus. The event will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Lincoln Perk is BYOB with food purchase.

Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Writing Contest

Please note that Ex Libris has made a few changes to the way that MAE course requirements are listed on the “Classes” pages. The new information reflects the fact that MAE course requirements are based solely on time period regardless of country, as well as the program’s more recent decision to replace the term “Modern” with “20th/21st Century.”

And as always, we continue to add more course descriptions for Winter and Spring quarters as they come in, so if you’re still wondering what classes to take, have a look!


There’s just one week left to enter the Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below writing contest! Narrative is inviting all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, between eighteen and thirty years old, to send in their best work. Narrative is looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary: poems, short stories, short shorts, essays, memoirs, photo essays, audio and video stories, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction.

Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prize winners and finalists will be announced in Narrative. All entries will be considered for publication.
All 30 Below entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2013 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week.

This year’s 30 Below is open to all young poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, photographers, graphic artists, filmmakers, and performers.

You can read the complete guidelines and  Narrative Magazine is committed to paying our authors, to providing excellent editorial support, and to encouraging a wide audience for good writing.

Writing for International Students, Grad Student Services on Facebook, & More

If you didn’t already hear the news on the DePaul English Graduate Programs Facebook page, the LAS Graduate Student Services now has their own Facebook page, where they’ve been posting updates from their office regarding degree conferral, registration, commencement, university events, and other important reminders for  graduate students.


A new graduate course in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (WRD) may be of interest to international students in the MAE and MAWP programs. On Tuesday evenings (6:00-9:15 p.m.) in the Winter Quarter, Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse will offer WRD 587, Academic Writing for International Graduate Students.  The course is specifically for international students who write English as a second language.  While the course will address features of grammar and style, it is not intended as a remedial writing course, but as an opportunity for students to self-consciously identify and practice Western academic writing competencies through an analysis of genres in their own disciplines.  Such an approach can lead to improved general competency in written English when supported by content-area instructors and augmented by visits to the University Writing Center.  See the attached flyer for a full description.

The course will be taught by Dr. Jason Schneider, who holds a PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition, and an MA in Applied Linguistics, for which he wrote a thesis on ESL pedagogy.  Professor Schneider has taught Intensive English here in the US, and he’s taught English as a second language at the International Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt, and at the International House Language School in Krakow, Poland. Dr Schneider teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in WRD as a full-time faculty member.

WRD 587 will be accepted for course credit in both the MAE and MAWP programs; please consult with your program director for details.


A few weeks ago, Ex Libris posted about the new Black Graduate Student Community and their upcoming first event. This Mix and Mingle event will still be held on Nov. 2nd, however, the location has been changed. The event will now be held in the Rosati Room 300, Richardson Library from 6:30p-7:30 p.m.  A revised flyer has been posted.

Call for Papers: Humanities and Social Change at Purdue University

REMINDER: Tomorrow, October 23rd, is the last day to drop a Fall Quarter class. See Campus Connect for more information.


Purdue University is pleased to invite all interested graduate students, scholars and professionals to submit abstracts for the 13th Annual Graduate Symposium, “Humanities and Social Change: How Literature Impacts Class, Gender and Identity.” The symposium will take place March 1-2, 2013, at Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus. This year the Symposium Committee is honored to welcome Dr. Raúl Coronado from the University of Chicago as keynote speaker.

With its focus on the influence of literature on social change, the Symposium Committee encourages the submission of papers on a variety of topics and disciplines that explore Language, Literature, and Culture. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Formation of nation
  • History and identity
  • Literature and visual arts
  • Performance studies
  • Cognitive approaches to literary texts
  • Politics in literature
  • Social oppression
  • Exile literature

Please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to tgyulami@purdue.edu by December 7th, 2012. In your e-mail submission please specify the presenter’s name, institution of affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number. Please do not include any identifying information on the abstract itself. You will be informed of the committee’s decision after January 10th, 2012. A $30 registration fee will be charged for accepted papers.

Celebrate James Baldwin’s Legacy, Kathleen Rooney’s Book Release, & More!

The DePaul English Department is cosponsoring an event with the LGBTQ Studies Program, “James Arthur Baldwin: Legacy.”  This roundtable discussion on the impact of the thought, writing, and activism of James Baldwin is occasioned by the 50th anniversary of the publication of Another Country and “Down at the Cross,” 25 years after his passing.

Please join Keynote speaker Randall Kenan of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and roundtable panelists Ernest Hardy, Los Angeles based writer‐critic; Bill Johnson Gonzalez, English Literature, DePaul University; Daniel McNeil, Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor, DePaul University; and Lisa C. Moore, Publisher, RedBone Press for this timely discussion. The event will take place from 2:00‐4:30 p.m. in the SAC Room 161 and is free and open to the public.


On October 30th, the Department of English will be hosting a reading for Professor Kathleen Rooney to celebrate the release of her new novel in poems, Robinson Alone. Robinson Alone is based on the life and work of Weldon Kees, and has just been released by Gold Wake Press.

Join Prof. Rooney for a reading and reception on October 30th, at 6:00pm in the Richardson Library on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus in Room 115.  Refreshments will be served.


Call for papers: BEYOND THE MARGINS May 17-18, 2013  at  DePaul University

Beyond the Margins, a graduate student conference hosted by the Media and Cinema Studies program in the College of Communication at DePaul University, invites current graduate students in any discipline to submit proposals focused on the dialectic between the mainstream and the marginal as it occurs within various media. This conference will serve as a forum to bring together graduate students with similar interests to share and discuss his/her work, with the general public welcome in the audience. Panelists are invited to approach the concept of marginality and the media from such critical perspectives as culture and representation, technology and distribution, history and canonization, audiences and journalism, creators and transgression, among other approaches.

Each panelist will be given up to 20 minutes to present their paper. Potential topics for papers and panels include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the academy in ‘reclaiming’ neglected media texts
  • Case studies of marginalized films, programs, texts, etc.
  • The ‘mainstreaming’ of sub-culture
  • The phenomenon of ‘cultural currency’ and media products
  • Cult audiences
  • ‘Trash’ media texts
  • The ‘cross-over’ phenomenon and media audiences
  • Social media and fandom
  • The political economy of marginal media texts
  • Advertising and niche audiences
  • Marginalization and race, gender and/or sexuality in the media
  • Journalism and the formation of ‘the popular’
  • Public relations as advocate for marginalized audiences, publics, and or stakeholders
  • Public relations as a media advocacy tool
  • Marginal media texts and personal identity

Proposals should be between 250-300 words, and should also provide a list of three to five keywords related to your subject along with a brief biography.

Full panel proposals on a single theme are also welcome, and should include a 250-300 word description of the panel’s larger significance/objectives in addition to each panelist’s individual proposal. Panels must consist of exactly four panelists.

Please email your abstract, keywords and biography to Prof. Blair Davis:  bdavis47@depaul.edu. The deadline for proposals is January 15th. Notification of acceptance will be given by February 1st.

The subject line should contain the writer’s last name followed by “Beyond the Margins Abstract.” Please contact Prof. Davis directly if you have any questions or concerns.


The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to announce the interdisciplinary graduate conference (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture in London, Ontario.

They have issued a Call for Papers for the conference, which will take place March 15-17, 2013.

Re)Activating Objects will investigate the ways material culture provide a lens to examine the systemic structure of our socio-cultural-economic worlds. (Re)Activating Objectspulls from a variety of disciplines and approaches that address the fundamental and theoretical questions about social constructions, social politics, and social ethics.

The topic asks candidates to ‘activate’ objects that are under-theorized and/or ‘reactivate’ objects with shifting or multiple ideologies. Ultimately, how do ‘activated’ objects create a productive discomfort that forces us to ask questions about our current worldviews? Furthermore, can they point us toward an imagined future?

Graduate students at the M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. levels have been invited to submit abstracts for presentations and artist talks from the fields, including but not limited to, visual arts, history, museum studies, indigenous studies, gender studies, and theory. (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture will build on existing research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a number of disciplines. The multidisciplinarity of (Re)Activating Objects encourages participants to bring their particular  trajectory and field of study to the conference for a lively and collegial exchange of ideas. Successful candidates will also be considered for a corresponding online publication.

For inquiries, please contact reactivating.objects@gmail.com. The due date for abstract submissions is: December 5th, 2012.

More details can be found at the conference website, reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com.

How to Become an Editor, Grants for Grad Students, & More

Reminder: As current grad students are enrolling in Winter Quarter classes this week, don’t forget to check the course descriptions for Winter 2013 and Spring 2013. Many course times, locations, and descriptions have been updated– some of them very recently!


The English Department is excited to announce their next Career Panel: “How to Become an Editor.” This panel will take place on Tuesday, October 30th from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall room 308.  Panelists will include Donna Seaman, senior editor for Booklist, Jonathan Messinger, co-publisher of Featherproof Books, and Perrin Davis, senior vice president of editorial services at Agate Publishing. All are welcome and snacks will be provided. Click on the flyer for more information about the three panelists.


An important reminder for all MAE and MAWP students: You can request support funds for your research!

In 2010, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences established the Graduate Research Funding program (GRF). The GRF works to support DePaul graduate students in their pursuit of research and scholarship by covering expenses related to the planning, implementation, and dissemination of research and scholarship, both internal and external to the university community. Awards vary in amount up to $1500, depending on research activities: $1500 for international travel, $500 for domestic, and $300 for a research project. All full-time and part-time graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. Students can only apply once in an academic year.

The GRF program helps support graduate students in activities specifically related to research, scholarship, and creative work, such as

  • Short-term travel expenses for research or creative work
  • Travel expenses to present papers at academic conferences

Applications are accepted four times a year during the academic year. The GRF is a re-imbursement system. Original receipts can be submitted both before and after conference presentations.

More information can be found at: las.depaul.edu/Research/Graduate/GrantProgram.asp and by asking MAE Director Prof. John Shanahan (jshanah1@depaul.edu) or MAWP Director Michele Morano (mmorano@depaul.edu).


The DePaul Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity is pleased to announce that DePaul University will again participate in the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship Program. For more than 20 years, the DFI program and its predecessor programs have provided competitive need-based fellowships to underrepresented minority students who are pursuing graduate degrees from a participating Illinois higher education institution. Seven DePaul graduate students currently receive the DFI fellowship and several DFI Alumni serve as faculty or administrators at DePaul.

Students who attended DePaul’s workshops in the past tended to prepare stronger applications. This year’s scheduled application workshops are on the following dates:


  • Monday, November 5, 2012
    10:00 – 12:00 a.m.    
    1 E. Jackson, Suite 8002

Lincoln Park:

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012
    2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 325

You can reserve a space:  Click Here to RSVP for a DFI Application Workshop

The 2012-2013 DFI application will be available in November 2012 on the IBHE homepage www.ibhe.org/dfi. More information about the DFI Fellowship, including eligibility information, is also the website also has eligibility information. DePaul students are required to submit the completed DFI Fellowship application to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, 14, E. Jackson, Suite 800 on or before February 18th, 2013, 4:00 p.m. CST.

Selection of award recipients in this rigorous competition is based on a comprehensive review of the application materials. All academic fields at the master’s and doctoral level will be considered for this award; however, the DFI Program Board has established the following priorities:  applicants interested in obtaining a full-time instructional position in Illinois higher education, applicants in the first year of their graduate program, applicants pursuing degrees in any of the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields, and applicants pursuing a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree.

Full-time enrollment is required during the fellowship period. Fellows must pursue and accept a full-time position in teaching or administration at an Illinois post-secondary educational institution, Illinois higher education governing board, or an educational-related position at a state agency following the completion of their graduate program for at least the same number of years that they receive the fellowship.

Students who apply for the DFI Fellowship must demonstrate financial need. Therefore, they must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before being considered for the award.  The FAFSA for the 2013 academic year will be available online in January 2013, www.fafsa.ed.gov. In order to meet the DFI application deadline, candidates should complete the online FAFSA application by February 1, 2013.