End of Fall Quarter

As the quarter comes to an end, we would simply like to remind everyone that there are no graduate classes over the December Session, and that Winter 2013 classes begin on January 7th. Ex Libris will resume posting on January 7th as well.

The English Department will remain open for the majority of winter break, but please note that all university offices will be closed November 22-23rd and December 21st – January 1st.

Have a relaxing break and a wonderful holiday season!


Call for Papers & A Short Story Contest

At Play in the Space Between, 1914-1945
The 15th annual conference of the multidisciplinary society
The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
June 20-22, 2013, DePaul University, Chicago IL

The 15th annual conference of the Space Between Society will explore the multifaceted subject of play as it relates to literature, art, history, music, theater, media, and spatial or material culture in any country between 1914 and 1945. From surrealist games to improvisational jazz, from Mrs Dalloway’s party to Archibald Motley’s Nightlife, from the exploits of the “Bright Young People” to the political games of wartime, play figures prominently in the arts and culture of this period. We invite proposals for papers considering any aspect of play—light or dark, free or controlled, experimental or entertaining. Papers that complicate or challenge conventional notions of play are also welcome. Topics might include:

  • studies of comedy, parody, burlesque, satire, laughter, or humor
  • formal or linguistic play in literature, music, art, and other media
  • theories of play or games in relation to the arts
  • representations of games or sports
  • dark, serious, subversive, or transgressive forms of play or humor
  • cultures of entertainment, leisure, or recreation
  • constructions of the interwar period as the “Jazz Age” or the “Long Weekend”
  • political or imperial games
  • play and the irrational as resistance to bourgeois culture or militarism
  • playing games with readers, spectators, listeners, or audiences
  • occasions for play: parties, salons, celebrations, flirtations, holidays, weekends, entertaining the troops
  • spaces for play: pubs, hotels, resorts, casinos, racecourses, country houses, nightclubs, music halls, picture palaces, dance halls, circuses, parks, schools
  • objects for play/playful objects: toys, games, equipment, whimsical design
  • figures associated with play: flappers, dandies, flaneurs, playboys, gamblers, speculators, athletes, children, tourists, entertainers, celebrities
  • playing with identity: costumes, disguises, impersonation, drag, passing,queering
  • hoaxes, pranks, cons, jokes, puzzles, riddles, tricks, lies, deception, propaganda
  • literature, art, or music produced by or for children or inspired by childhood

Keynote speaker: Dickran Tashjian, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California at Irvine, a leading scholar of New York Dada and Surrealism.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a short biographical statement to Rebecca Cameron at rcameron@depaul.edu by 7 December 2012.
The Conference Organizing Committee includes Rebecca Cameron, Department of English, DePaul University; Analisa Leppanen, Department of History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University; Patrick Deer, Department of English, New York University; Christina Hauck, Department of English, Kansas State University.


The Bristol Short Story Prize has recently launched their 2013 short story competition and would like to encourage all creative writing students to submit their stories. The 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by mail. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story. The deadline for entries is April 30th 2013.


  • 1st – £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
  • 2nd – £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
  • 3rd – £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card

17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will also be published in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched. Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes. The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

The judging panel includes Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor), Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic), Anna Britten (author and  journalist), and Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor).

Full details and rules at www.bristolprize.co.uk.

Another Publishing Internship Opportunity, Alumni News, & More

Current students, have you done your Online Teaching Evaluations? You have until midnight tonight, November 13th to (anonymously) tell the DePaul English Faculty how they’re doing. Check your email or Campus Connect for links to your evaluations.


Wicker Park Press, a ten-year-old independent book publisher in Chicago, has an internship opportunity available for students interested in small/independent presses.  Wicker Park Press is looking for energetic self-starters who can help utilize a great website platform and put some creative campaigns and web marketing tools together to promote the company’s books.

Site to work is 363 W Erie St Suite 4W Chicago, IL 60654. Hours flexible. Contact Eric Miller at 773-391-1199 or email eric@3ibooks.com

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in receiving academic credit for this or any other internship, please check your email for instructions and contact Prof. Chris Green at cgreen1@depaul.edu with any other questions or concerns.


In Alumni News, those familiar with DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) may have noticed a familiar name on the organization’s blog today. Marcy Ferrey (M.A.W.P. 12) is a new ASK mentor and has written a piece for their blog on the value of internships.  You can read Marcy’s post, in which she shares the lessons she learned through her undergraduate and graduate internships, at bit.ly/ASKMarcyFarreyNov2012.

Marcy is in the ASK directory, available through DePaul.Experience, and students and alumni can connect with her or any of the other ASK mentors (all DePaul alumni in a variety of fields) directly for one-on-one mentoring. For more information on how to connect with an ASK mentor, please visit ask.depaul.edu/Students/MentoringandAdvice.

DePaul Humanities Center Announces Winter Events

Winter quarter may seem ages away, especially to those of us preoccupied with finals, but the DePaul Humanities Center is pleased to announce to the DePaul and Chicago communities to their Winter 2013 Events, featuring selections from three current series: New Voices in the Humanities, Nostalgia and the Age of Enlightenment, and Digital Humanities.

This quarter the DePaul Humanities Center’s events will:

  • Welcome two acclaimed authors, who will read from just-published works of fiction, including DePaul English professor Christine Sneed, reading from her forthcoming novel, Little Known Facts.
  • Offer two forays into Nostalgia and the Age of Enlightenment: a public and participatory discussion about questions of value, excellence and merit in art (and beyond) in a fully-ironic postmodern age, and an examination of the problem of the past in English socialism.
  • Explore how the practice of Digital Humanities can alter our understanding of what constitutes information–unhinging it from human meaning–and what consequences may arise as a result.

Please see the flyer for event details. Further descriptions will be posted closer to the time of each individual event.

An Internship Opportunity, Free Creative Writing Classes, & a Call for Book Reviews

Academy Chicago Publishers is currently looking for two or three interns for an unpaid winter internship in the publishing industry. Zhanna Vaynberg, a recent MAWP graduate, is the managing editor at Academy Chicago Publishers in charge of finding interns, making this an especially promising opportunity for current DePaul English graduate students looking to get a foot in the door at a local independent publishing company.

Academy Chicago Publishers provides a laid-back office environment where interns can pick their hours to work around their schedules. Tasks vary from marketing & social media to reading submissions, proofreading galleys, updating the website, and more. The variety in tasks looks good on a resume and can help the intern figure out exactly which part of publishing they enjoy doing the most.

Email resumes and short (3-4 sentences) cover letter about why you’d like to join Academy Chicago Publishers to Zhanna at zhanna@academychicago.com.

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in getting academic credit for this internship, please contact Internship Director Chris Green at cgreen1@depaul.edu, or check your inbox for more information.


The weekend of December 1st and 2nd, the Northwestern MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program will offer free writing classes for the public for the eighth year. “The Apprentices: Free Community Creative Writing Classes” will take place at 405 Church St., at Northwestern’s Evanston campus. All workshops are taught by Northwestern graduate students.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 1st

  • 9 a.m. Turn off Your Brain: Using Automatic Writing for Inspiration (Patrick Bernhard)
  • 10 a.m.  From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Work in Front of an Audience (Dana Norris)
  • 11 a.m. A Past that Bears Repeating: Writing Historical Scenes (Rebecca Bald)
  • 12 p.m. Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper: Generating Ideas & Welcoming Creativity (Heather Cunningham)
  • 1 p.m. It’ll Be Funny Someday: A Dark Humor Workshop (Michelle Cabral)
  • 2 p.m. Embracing Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry About Art (Dane Hamann)
  • 3 p.m. It’s Not Stealing if it’s a Cento: a Poetry Workshop (Aaron DeLee)

Sunday, December 2nd

  • 9 a.m. Back to the Future: How Flashbacks Can Help Your Story  (Ross Ritchell)
  • 10 a.m. Fragmented Narrative in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jesse Eagle)
  • 11 a.m. To Tell True Stories, You Must Lie (Alex Higley)
  • 12 p.m. How I See it: Changing Meaning by Changing Point of View (Lydia Pudzianowski)
  • 1 p.m. Great Expectations: How to Subvert Readers’ Assumptions (Alisa Ungar-Sargon)
  • 2 p.m. Smash-Bang: Increase Your Story’s Impact by Ramping Up Conflict (Michael Anson)
  •  3 p.m. Hookers I Have Loved: Writing Catchy Openings (Eric Grawe)
  • 4 pm. Techniques for Writing About Emotion in Prose (Mercedes Lucero)

Classes are for writers with various levels of experience. Prose writers may find the poetry workshops useful, and vice versa. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to take the classes registration is limited to five or fewer classes per person. You may register for a maximum of five classes. Each is taught by a graduate student in creative writing at Northwestern.

To register, please email Apprentices@U.northwestern.edu with the classes you wish to register for and your phone number, or call 847-491-5612.  Classes are 50 to 55 minutes long. Please bring paper, pen or pencil, or laptop. Classes are free but donations will be accepted to benefit Young Chicago Authors.


Harpur Palate, a biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, has recently begun a Reviews section on its blog, and has issued a subsequent call for submissions. Harpur Palate is now looking for quality reviews of books (or chapbooks) of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Review Guidelines: Harpur Palate welcomes unsolicited, previously unpublished reviews for the web review section of its blog. Reviews may be on recently published short story collections, novels, poetry full-lengths, or poetry chapbooks by emerging or established writers. In terms of length, brevity (2,000 words or less) is optimal, but they will consider reviews up to 5,000-words. The review should merit its length. They will consider reviews written in any style, from the more objective to the unabashedly subjective and narrative. They only ask that reviewers support their conclusions with contextualized text from the work being reviewed. Please avoid plot summaries that don’t illustrate important ideas.

Accepted reviews will be published on Harpur Palate’s blog, noted in the Harpur Palate journal, and promoted on Harpur Palate’s Facebook page.

Submit a review with a brief cover letter via our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

Student News and Adult Student Week at DePaul

In student news, Raul Palma (MAWP), has had a short story accepted for publication at Saw Palm Literary Journal, a publication based out of the University of South Florida’s English Department. Raul’s story, “Obsolescence,” was written in Professor Gautier’s Mentor’s in Craft workshop during the spring term.  It will appear in the 7th issue of Saw Palm. Congratulations, Raul!

Saw Palm was established in 2006 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. Each issue offers an eclectic collection of stories, essays, poems, book reviews, and visual art richly situated in the heart of Florida. Contributors featured in Saw Palm range from Nobel laureates and prizewinners to the best in up-and-coming writers—many of which first published here. You can read more about them at sawpalm.org/about-us.


This week, universities throughout the country celebrate Adult Student Week, and the DePaul Office of Adult Student Affairs will be holding a special Adult Student Week event on the Lincoln Park campus tomorrow, November 6th from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 316. All graduate students are invited to stop by and learn about their Quarterly Scholarships, Professional Development Fund and adult student organization (P.A.S.S., Professional Adult Student Society). Refreshments will be served. See the flyer for more information.