Important Reminders and a Lecture Invitation

REMINDER: in order for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to verify the completion of academic requirements, students must apply for degree conferral (graduation) in advance to have a degree posted and to receive a diploma.

If you plan on graduating in June of 2013, the deadline to apply for degree conferral as well as the Commencement ceremony is this Friday, February 1st.

Applications for degree conferral and Commencement are both done online. Please visit the English Graduate Student Resource Page for links to the applications for both degree conferral and Commencement, as well as other useful information about graduation requirements.


Registration for Spring and Summer courses begins next week! Please note that although Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 schedules have been posted on Ex Libris for some time now, they have recently been updated with course descriptions and last-minute changes. You can register for classes via Campus Connect.


ingeman 02-6-13The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite you to the next event in their ’12-’13 series exploring Digital Humanities. On Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 6:00 pm in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center, Steve Ingeman will present: “’Frequently the Messages Have Meaning’: What Claude Shannon and Neil Postman can tell us about the Digital Humanities.”

Advances in the Digital Humanities—the “semantic web,” high-throughput computing, affective computation, etc.—hold out the promise of exciting new avenues of research and scholarly activity. But they also call into question what it is that we do when we do humanities scholarship. New technologies generally have an effect on their culture which is not additive but rather ecological, as they reorder power relationships, import hidden assumptions, and change the questions we ask. Drawing from Walter Benjamin, Michel Serres, Neil Postman and others, we find that the Digital Humanities’ emphasis on collaboration and on the processing of large volumes of data changes—for better or worse—not only what we think the humanities are or should be, but also what we think information is. This change is dramatic enough to unhinge information from human meaning and the human life world, with wide-ranging repercussions.

Steve Ingeman received his MA in philosophy from Indiana University and his MLIS from the University of Tennessee. Now a professional librarian, he still works in areas of ancient Greek philosophy, critical thinking, information theory, and the philosophy of technology. He currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia.


Student News, Call for Papers, and Gulf Coast Writing Contest

Today in Student News, congratulations to MAWP student Raul Palma, who has won first place in the Mary Mackey Short Story contest for his story “Amaranthus.” As the first place winner of this competition, Raul has been invited to read his story in San Francisco in March and was awarded a $100 prize. As we posted earlier in Student News, “Amaranthus” is also scheduled to be published in 34th Parallel Magazine. You can find out more about the Mary Mackey Short Story prize and other contests in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition at

Congratulations as well to Paul Byrd and Marie Pabelonio, both MAWP, who have just finished their first book editing project. The Cobbler and the Cricket and Other Tales of Faith by George Reynolds, OP was published last week by New Priory Press. Paul served as project editor and Marie was copy and design editor. You can learn about and purchase the book at


The 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference has issued a Call for Proposals and Participation: In cooperation with Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18th, 2013. The submission deadline for the conference is in just one short week, February 1st, 2013. Conference registration is now available at

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities for discussions and presentations, takes place at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping with tradition, the two-day format will include plenty of opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.

In honor of the reopening of the long-closed main entrance bridge to the Allerton Park, the theme will be Bridging the Divides, in the context of articulation in English Studies at two- and four-year institutions. This year’s theme challenges participants to bridge some of the traditional gaps or divides we face by investigating, discussing, and perhaps even deconstructing binaries such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • composition vs. literature
  • practice vs. assessment
  • teaching vs. administration
  • dream vs. reality
  • rural vs. urban
  • white vs. minority
  • traditional vs. nontraditional
  • print vs. digital
  • community college vs. university
  • student preparation vs. teacher expectation
  • collaboration vs. confrontation
  • public perception vs. faculty experience
  • career-oriented vs. life-long learning
  • process vs. product

Millie Davis, Director of the Division of Communications and Affiliate Services for NCTE, will be giving the keynote address, “The Case for College Composition: Bridging the Divide Between What the Public Things and What the Faculty Knows.”

Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, culture and diversity, English education, film, genre, literature, reading communities, and technology. Rather than formal paper-reading, Allerton envisions more informal discussion and interaction. Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, proposals for both panel and individual presentations are invited, as well as discussion roundtables, which will then be grouped topically into a series of 50-minute roundtables and panels.

Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your roundtable or panel presentation proposal to by February 1st, 2013. Those accepted will be notified by March 1st, 2013.

You can also find the Allerton Conference on Facebook (Friends of Allerton English Conference) for conference planning updates and conversations with participants past and present.


The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest is now accepting entries in Fiction, Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, and Poetry. This year’s judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay)!

The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on Gulf Coast’s website as Online Exclusives. All three of last year’s winners were from creative writing programs.

The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2013, and all entrants receive a free year-long subscription to Gulf Coast with their entry fee. Gulf Coast accepts submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail. Please see below for more contest details or visit


  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre, but each submission must be uploaded separately as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.
  • After submitting your work you will be redirected to PayPal to authorize your $23 reading fee, which includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. You do not need a PayPal account to submit to the contest; PayPal accepts all major credit cards for payment. We will contact you if there are any issues with your payment.


  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre. Remember to pay the additional entry fee each time.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:

Gulf Coast
ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $23 reading fee for each entry, payable to “Gulf Coast.”

Last year’s winning pieces, chosen by Joyelle McSweeney (Poetry), Victor LaValle (Fiction), and Jenny Boully (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay), are available at Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Poetry, Lo Kwa Mei-en; Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Fiction, Geetha Iyer; and Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, Emily Watson.

Two Summer Teaching Opportunities

This month, the DePaul English Department is holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The third and final Student Information Session will be held this Monday, January 28th, with Megan Cook. Cook’s background includes:

  • August 2011-present: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English, Bowdoin College
  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Pennsylvania, August 2011
  • M.A., English and American Literature, New York University, May 2005
  • B.A., Political Science and English Literature, University of Michigan, May 2003
  • Dissertation: The Poet and the Antiquaries: Renaissance Readers and Chaucerian Scholarship

The student Q&A with Cook will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Duke University’s African and African American Studies and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality is accepting applications from interested high school English teachers for a Summer Institute for High School Teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The African American Literature and Social History Summer Institute for High School Teachers will take place on July 8 – 26th, 2013 at Duke University. The proposed summer institute will provide the opportunity for 25 secondary school teachers to study both well-known and less familiar but significant works in African American literature and to examine the interplay between fictional narratives and social, historical, and philosophical frames. NEH summer scholars will be encouraged to integrate literary analysis and criticism with insights drawn from research in social history using readings of African American literature with social, historical and philosophical writings relevant to the frame and context of the fictional works.

Duke University’s African and African American Studies and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality are now accepting applications for this program. Online applications can be found at The deadline to apply is March 4th, 2013, but summer positions tend to fill up by mid-February. To participate in the interview process, be sure to submit an application on the website by the end of January.

Please contact the Research Network at (919) 681-4976 with any questions.


The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2013 teaching positions. They are seeking applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline, and provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Their classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

The Institute is looking to hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

You can submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at:

Author Lois Leveen on Campus, & Two Calls for Papers

Telling Secrets_DePaulThis Monday, writer Lois Leveen will be speaking at an event sponsored by The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies. Leveen is the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, a recent novel about a historical figure, Mary Bowser, a freed slave who later became a Union spy.

Leveen’s talk, entitled “Telling Secrets: Mary Bowser, Race, Gender, and American History,” will take place this Monday, January 28th, at 4 p.m. in the Rosati Room (room 300) of the Richardson Library. This event is free and open to the public. Click to enlarge the flyer for more information.



The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is pleased to extend an invitation for proposals to their annual student conference, “Spread the WoRD.” This year’s conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students from all academic departments looking for a forum to share their original research and projects. As a department invested in language practices, past topics have been shaped by students’ wide-varying professional and academic goals and have included presentations, panels, projects, or demonstrations on the following topics:

  • Global English Usage
  • Rhetorical Analyses of Political and Professional Acts
  • Technical Communication
  • Multimodality
  • The Analog Book and Craft
  • Digital Storytelling in Organizations
  • Rhetoric
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Web Design or Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Essay Writing
  • Social/Political Movements
  • Writing Center Pedagogy
  • Gender and Identity
  • Social Media

Contributors should plan for their presentations to be about 15-20 minutes long. Spread the WoRD is dedicated to providing students with a critical and productive forum for academic growth and professional development. As a student-run conference, Spread the WoRD presents students with a low-stakes opportunity to gain experience presenting in a conference, while receiving feedback from peers and faculty. It’s also a great way to mingle and collaborate with fellow students working on innovative and exceptional projects.

Proposals should include: name, contact information, degree program, and year of the presenter(s), and a 300-word-max abstract of the presentation with title. Please note what format your presentation will take and what technological accommodations you’ll need.

If you are interested in receiving feedback on a presentation idea or have questions, please email WRD’s Graduate Assistant Amy Hubbard at

Please send proposals and inquiries to: or visit

All proposals are due April 15th, 2013.


The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research, a branch of the DePaul Writing Center, is accepting proposals through April 15th, 2013, for their annual e-magazine, Global Voices.  Click on the flyer below to see the complete Call for Papers outlining the kind of material accepted.

Global Voices CFP

Submissions from all students, staff, and faculty are welcome. As a showcase for multilingual writers, Global Voices accepts a broad range of genres. Please direct any questions to You can view the previous issue of Global Voices at:

Two Friday Events and a Call for Submissions

This month, the DePaul English Department is holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The second Student Information Session will be held this Friday, January 25th, with Megan Heffernan. Heffernan’s background includes:

  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, expected March 2013
  • Dissertation, “Each Part Together Sought: Inventing the English Poetry Collection, 1557−1640,” defended on December 5, 2012
  • B.A. (Honors), English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 2004

The student Q&A with Heffernan will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Michael Raleigh readingThe DePaul Honors Program is pleased to announce an upcoming reading by Michael Raleigh, an instructor in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department and the Honors Program, and author of eight novels.  Raleigh will read from his latest book, The Conjurer’s Boy, followed by discussion and Q & A.

The reading will take place on Friday, January 25th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at 990 W. Fullerton, room 1405. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Afterimage:The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, a publication of the Visual Studies Workshop, a non-profit media arts center located in Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce that the Inklight project is currently seeking new submissions. Inklight offers a unique opportunity for photographers to share their most compelling image, which, if chosen, will be posted on the journal’s web site. Writers (who, ideally, were not formerly familiar with the imagery) will then have the chance to respond to the image in prose or poetry.

Visit and submit your response to one image in prose or poetry. No critical responses, please. Size limit for prose: 750 words, for poetry: 25 lines. One of the written works will be selected to be published along with each original photograph on the Afterimage website.

Please send images and creative written responses to

The project’s web page, and examples of previous works can be found at:

Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry & More

The LAS Technology Center has been making some changes to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences website. Now, graduate students can apply for the Graduate Research Funding (GRF) Program online. Follow the link and log in with your DePaul ID to learn more about GRFs and how to apply.


As of today, January 18th, there is still room available for the upcoming Dinner on DePaul featuring alumni working in Writing & Publishing. This program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center (2400 N. Sheffield). Registration at or via phone at 773-325-8941 is required by Tuesday, Jan 22 – space is limited.


Old Dominion University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are proud to offer the 2013 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is an annual prize alternates among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction genres. The 2013 prize will be offered for poetry. One prize will go to a single poem, which will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. One honorable mention will also be selected to receive $200.00 and publication.

The final judge for the 2013 competition is poet David Wojahn, born in St. Paul, Minnesota and educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona. His first collection, Icehouse Lights, was chosen by Richard Hugo as a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, and published in 1982. The collection was also the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award. His second collection, Glassworks, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1987, and was awarded the Society of Midland Authors’ Award for best volume of poetry to be published during that year. Pittsburgh is also the publisher of four of his subsequent books, Mystery Train (1990), Late Empire (1994), The Falling Hour (1997) and Spirit Cabinet (2002). Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004, published by Pittsburgh in 2006, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is currently Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is also a member of the program faculty of the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of the Fine Arts. The Academy of American Poets recently awarded him the 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his book World Tree (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).


  • Submissions are through Barely South Review’s Submittable page, available at:
  • Submissions are read blind. Please do not put your name in the file with your poems or in the “Title” field in Submittable.
  • Submit 1 to 3 poems, up to ten pages, in one document with 12-pt Times New Roman and 1” margins. Please ensure no identifying information is in this file.
  • Please take a minute to fill out the survey. Address and phone number are required.

You can learn more about Barely South Review at, or follow them at and


Drinking Gourd Launch EventThe Northwestern Poetry and Poetics Colloquium invites you to a celebration of words, music, and dance as they launch the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Chapbook Series. To celebrate the publication of the first annual Drinking Gourd chapbook, Kristiana Rae Colón’s promised instruments, they will be hosing a launch event at the Poetry Foundation’s performance space in downtown Chicago on Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Renowned poet Ed Roberson, author of eight books of poetry and winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, joins poet and playwright Kristiana Rae Colón, winner of the inaugural Drinking Gourd Prize. The evening will include readings from Roberson’s Closest Pronunciation and Colón’s promised instruments; live vocal performances of the great coded songs of the Underground Railroad and other African-American spirituals by Timothy McNair, bass at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University; and contemporary dance with original choreography by Devin Buchanan of Giordano Dance Chicago.

The Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize is a first-book award for emerging poets of color, combining the efforts of Northwestern’s Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Northwestern University Press in celebrating and publishing works of lasting cultural value and literary excellence.

You can find more details about the event on the Poetry Foundation’s website,, and about the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium at Northwestern at

Early Modern English Literature Candidates on Campus & More

In the coming weeks, the DePaul English Department will be holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The first Student Information Session will be held tomorrow, Friday, January 18th, with Evan Gurney of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gurney’s background includes:

  • Ph.D. in English Literature, ABD; Dissertation: “Discontented Charity: Theology, Community, and Hermeneutics, More to Milton” (Adviser: Reid Barbour)
  • M.A. in English, 2007; Thesis: “Donne Redone: Alexander Pope’s Imitation of Satire II” (Adviser: Jessica Wolfe)
  • B.A. in English and Creative Writing (with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction), 2004

The student Q&A will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Engendering Change: The Third Annual Graduate Student Gender and Sexualities Conference to be held on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Chicago has announced an Extended Deadline for submitting abstracts. The deadline is now Tuesday, January 22nd.

Engendering Change is an annual interdisciplinary graduate student-led conference that provides a venue through which graduate students can share their scholarship on gender and sexualities with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area. The conference is free and open to the public.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original research related to the study of gender and sexualities broadly defined. Papers can be based on any aspect of gender and sexualities, including but not limited to: activism, bodies, families, feminisms, identities, health and medicine, masculinities and femininities, media, religion, sexual subcultures, transnationalism, and the workplace.

The conference will start on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 5:30PM with a special keynote event at the Jane Addams Hull House. Graduate student panels, as well as a themed faculty panel, will take place on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at Student Center East.

This year’s conference theme, “Thinking Intersectionally about Gender and Sexualities,” focuses attention on theorizing and researching gender and sexualities through an intersectional lens. In addition to the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that bring intersectional theory in conversation with gender and sexuality studies, reflect on the state and future of intersectionality in gender and sexualities studies, and consider innovative methodological strategies for studying these intersections.

To submit an abstract, please complete the online submission form available at The submission form will ask for an extended abstract with a minimum of 350 words as well as keywords.

All presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1st, 2013. Participants will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference committee by March 1st, 2013.


The literary magazine Palooka is seeking new material for an upcoming issue, and has issued a call for submissions to DePaul English Graduate students.

Palooka is a nonprofit literary magazine seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia. Palooka produces print and electronic versions of the magazine and offers samples of the published materials online.

In the words of the editors, “We’re determined to find those writers and artists who are hungry and relevant, flying under the radar, producing great works that are going unnoticed by other magazines. We read absolutely everything sent to us, word-for-word, right down to the very last juicy sentence. This is a magazine for everyone, but we’re really into publishing the up-and-comer, the underdog in the literary battle royale. Give us your best shot. We dare you.”

Please see the following links for more details and submission instructions:

Previous issues:
How to submit:


And finally, Plume Poetry, the online journal edited by Daniel Lawless, is celebrating the publication of its first print anthology on January 24th at 6 p.m. at POWELL’S at 1218 South Halsted.

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Plume Poetry has extended a special invitation to all DePaul English students to join poets Robin Behn, Stuart Dybek, Angie Estes, William Olsen, Christina Pugh, and Daniel Bosch for a free reading from the anthology and a great kick off for the still new year. You can learn more about Plume Poetry at