Invitation to a Special Steppenwolf Performance and More

How Long Will I Cry March 18 Invitation

For the past two years, creative writing students from DePaul have been traveling all over the city to interview Chicagoans about youth violence. This undertaking—part of a unique partnership between DePaul and Steppenwolf Theatre—is finally coming to fruition.

How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre this week. The play was recently written up in Time Out Chicago magazine, and you can read the article at timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/16052251/how-long-will-i-cry-at-steppenwolf.

The English Department would like to invite you and a guest to a special performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. This event—sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity—will honor those who made the oral-history project happen: our own creative-writing students, as well as the people from all over Chicago who welcomed them into their lives and their hearts.

Admission is free for DePaul guests—but seating is extremely limited. Reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, March 8th. If you are certain that you will attend, follow the attached instructions and reserve your seats right away. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Because supply is so limited, out of respect for other guests, please refrain from reserving seats unless you’re absolutely certain you’ll be able to attend.

Tickets can be reserved at: steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/Calendar/RSVP.

If the March 18th event doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can attend the play at one of the other public showings, either at Steppenwolf Theatre or on tour at Chicago Public Library branches in areas affected by youth violence. Tickets for all performances are going fast, so please act quickly. You can find out more here:steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=572

Many other narratives from this project are being used in the book, also entitled How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, which will be published by DePaul’s new Outreach Press this spring. Please keep an eye out for more information about that project in the coming weeks.

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Award-winning poet Debra Bruce will be reading from her latest collection, Survivor’s Picnic, at Northeastern Illinois University on Monday, March 4th, along with several NEIU alumni poets–including current MAWP student David Mathews.

David, along with Laura Jean Bailey, Larry Dean, Elisa Karbin, Lani Montreal, Valerie Pell, and Maggie Ward, will be reading with Bruce at 7:15 p.m. in the Golden Eagles Room of the NEIU Student Union, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago IL 60625. This event is free and open to the public.

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Crab Orchard Review is now accepting entries to its 2013 Student Writing Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. One winner will be chosen in each category (fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry). The three category winners will each receive an award payment of $500 and be published in the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review.

Guidelines: The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled (at the time of the submission period) full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but an entry is ineligible to win if accepted for publication elsewhere.

All entries must be submitted online by March 18th, 2013 (entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Central Time)). All entrants will be notified of results by email.

Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: up to 4000 words for fiction or for literary nonfiction. Poetry entry length: one poem only, up to 3 pages in length. Entrants may only submit one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem. Do not submit work in more than one genre.

Entry Fee: Beginning in 2013, there will be a small processing fee ($3.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. All entries must be made online.

You can find complete guidelines and submit your work at craborchardreview.submittable.com/submit.

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Threshold’s Extended Deadline, Alumni News, and More

Threshold, DePaul’s annual literary arts journal, is extending their deadline for submissions through March 8th, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines are the same as before and can be found on Threshold‘s tumblr account, as well as the previous Ex Libris call for submissions. This is your last chance to send your work in to DePaul’s award-winning student-run publication!

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In Alumni News, Rita Leganski (MAWP ’09) wrote a short story for Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009 and then turned it into a novel that was bonaventurearrowacquired by HarperCollins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts on February 26th in wide release. It was selected as the March Indie Next Pick by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the April Next Pick by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an Adult Book for Teens and is listed in Academic One File. Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a Book of the Month Club selection.

Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.  Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow has already received significant praise, including the following:

“Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski’s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent.” — Booklist

“Lyrical.” — Publishers Weekly

Congratulations, Rita!

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historyconfDePaul’s History Department has issued a call for papers for the Ninth Annual Student History Conference on April 26th, 2013. Every year the history department invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their historical research of any kind—papers, posters, digital projects—for inclusion in the day-long conference. Work does not have to be completed in a history department course, it just has be historical in nature.

You can submit any historical work you have done in any undergraduate or graduate course at DePaul University from Spring Quarter 2012 through Winter Quarter 2013. In particular, you can send them:

  • Primary-source-based research papers
  • Historiographical papers
  • Copies of history posters or web pages

The deadline to submit your work is Friday, April 5th. Information about the conference can be found at the “Student History Conference” page under “Student Resources” on our department website.

Prizes will be awarded for the best papers and projects. In addition, a selected paper will be published in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences journal Creating Knowledge.

You can sumbit your papers here.

Faculty News: Christine Sneed’s Debut Novel

In Faculty News, congratulations to Prof. Christine Sneed. This week marked the release of Sneed’s debut novel, Little Known Facts. From the official press release:

sneed_little_known_factsThe people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature—his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, his colleagues in the film industry—long to experience the glow of his flame. Anna and Will are Renn’s grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less-important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.

From Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Christine Sneed comes the debut novel LITTLE KNOWN FACTS (Bloomsbury / February 12, 2013 / $25, hardcover), which peels back the layers of fame, family, and identity surrounding a charismatic Hollywood star. With each chapter from the point of view a different person caught in Renn’s web of celebrity, Sneed shows us the man in full and the effects of fame on the people to whom he is closest. Will, in his late twenties, is unmoored, has never had a real job. Anna is an earnest and hardworking medical intern who eventually falls for a married man of her father’s age. The first Mrs. Ivins can’t seem to keep a relationship going in the years since her marriage fell apart because no man can stand in Renn’s shadow. The second Mrs. Ivins has just published an expose titled This Isn’t Gold. Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects—the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst.

With Little Known Facts Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass.

Little Known Facts is juicy enough to appeal to our prurience but smart enough not to make us feel dirty afterward…Sneed is such a gifted writer…Her depiction of both proximity to  celebrity and celebrity itself had me totally convinced.” – Curtis Sittenfled, New York Times Book Review (cover)

“An entertaining, formally inventive read …the world that Sneed creates in Little Known Facts — a blend of truth and fiction that weaves real life actors and directors into Renn’s everyday life — makes for a clever take and a fun read.” – Los Angeles Times

 “Sneed follows her award-winning short story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, with an ensnaring first novel that delves into the complex challenges and anguish of living with and in the shadow of celebrity. Sneed’s wit, curiosity, empathy, and ability to divine the perfect detail propel this psychologically exquisite, superbly realized novel of intriguing, caricature-transcending characters and predicaments…As Sneed illuminates each facet of her percussively choreographed plot via delectably slant disclosures––overheard conversations, snooping, tabloids, confessions under duress, and journal entries, among them—she spotlights ‘little known facts’ about the cost of fame, our erotic obsession with movie-star power, and where joy can be found.” – Booklist, starred review

Book reviews and Q&A’s with Sneed have been popping up everywhere from the Tin House blog to Time Out Chicago. You can read them all at www.christinesneed.com.

Women and Children First bookstore, located at 5233 N. Clark Street, will be hosting a release party for Little Known Facts tonight, Thursday February 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Sneed will also be reading from Little Known Facts on DePaul’s campus on Wednesday, March 13th as a part of the DePaul Humanities Center’s New Voices in the Humanities series. Join her at 5:30 p.m. in the DePaul Student Center room 314 for a reception; the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. More information and a flyer to come!

Summer Literary Seminars Contest, Two Job Openings, and More

Earlier this week, we announced the release of Prof. Francesca Royster’s new book. We’re excited to add that Dr. Royster will be on WBEZ tomorrow morning, discussing her book, Sounding Like a No-No, about the post-soul music of the 1970s and 1980s, with Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele.  Tune into 91.5 FM between 9:15 and 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21st to hear the interview!

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Summer Literary Seminars is very excited to announce their 2013 unified (Lithuania and Kenya) literary contest for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. It will be held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine and The Walrus, as well as online magazines Joyland, Branch, and DIAGRAM. This year’s contest will also feature new prizes sponsored by the Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review, and the esteemed Graywolf Press. Judging the contest are award-winning writers Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Eileen Myles (poetry), and Ander Monson (non fiction).

This year the contest entry will include a one-year subscription to Fence Magazine.

By popular demand and due to multiple requests from those attending the AWP Conference in Boston (look for SLS there with their contest partners), SLS has decided to extend the contest deadline to March 9th, 2013.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in print in Fence, and online in The Walrus. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2013 programs – in Vilnius, Lithuania (summer 2013); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December).

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and publication in online magazine Joyland (fiction) or Branch (poetry). Third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount and publication in Joyland (fiction) or Branch (poetry).

The contest winner in the category of non fiction will be published in DIAGRAM, and will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2013 programs.

Please visit the official contest page for complete rules, submission guidelines, and information about five other affiliated contests.

Entries can be submitted electronically to sls.contest@gmail.com. A $17 reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Fence Magazine.

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The College of DuPage is seeking a full-time, tenure track faculty member to teach English Composition courses. Opportunities to teach other English courses, such as Technical and Creative Writing, based on credentials and availability.  Additional duties include advising students, curriculum development and committee work.  Opportunities may exist to teach a flexible schedule that may include teaching assignments days, evenings and weekends. Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in English and experience teaching at the college level.

This position is available August 2013.  Starting salaries are dependent on education and experience. College of DuPage also offers a generous benefits plan.

Teaching at College of DuPage is enhanced and enlivened through institutional support of faculty creatively engaging in instructional development, research to improve student learning and remaining current in their field of specialty. The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. College of DuPage is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its faculty.

To apply please submit your electronic application, unofficial transcripts, a cover letter including a list of three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and current curriculum vita at cod.edu/hrjobs/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=2675. No application deadline has been set, but the committee is already reviewing applications.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of International Education has announced an open position for an English Language Support Coordinator. The starting date is March 18th, and they will review applications as they arrive and continue to do so until the position is filled. Download or view the position description [PDF].

Responsibilities

This position develops and coordinates all aspects of programming and curriculum for two semester-long and one summer full-time Intensive English Program (IEP) per year, involves overall responsibility for the academic and financial success of the IEP, provides direct academic assistance to and support for self-selected international and domestic students in need of English Language (EL) assistance, and develops and implements Short-term Visitors Programs (fee-for-service programs offered to assist units on campus in hosting student, faculty and other groups from abroad).

This position reports to the OIE Director; prior to each formal evaluation, the Center for Academic Resources (CAR) Director may also provide input.  This position requires evening and weekend responsibilities, especially while guests are on campus.  Travel is a possibility but is not guaranteed.  There are no secretarial or support staff associated with this position; student support is a possibility contingent on budget.

Requirements

  • M.A. in applied linguistics, ESL, TESOL or related area with formal preparation in models, methods, and major interventions developed for EFL/ESOL students
  • Ability to serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Assistant Responsible Officer (ARO) for F & J student programs (U.S. citizen or permanent resident, per federal regulations)
  • Demonstrated experience in intensive English program development, management and supervision; methods of assessing English proficiency; curriculum development; and implementation of learning experiences that enhance critical thinking and metacognition
  • Significant EFL/ESOL-related teaching experience and demonstrated ability to guide reading, writing, grammar and discussion and to utilize techniques that can assist in providing successful learning experiences for EFL/ESOL students
  • Ability to fluently read, write, and speak in English; excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact diplomatically with a diverse group of individuals, to develop rapport quickly and to communicate clearly and effectively with non-native speakers of English, all in a service-oriented environment
  • Initiative and ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks, performing successfully and with composure
  • Ability to independently address & solve complex issues through teamwork and consultation
  • Ability to make decisions with potential impact on international students and the University’s ability to fulfill federal mandates
  • Commitment to record-keeping, documentation and data management
  • Intermediate or Advanced proficiency in MS Office 2000 (Word, Excel, Access); ability to learn additional software packages as required

Preferences

  • Significant experience teaching, living or studying abroad
  • Proficiency in at least one second language which is not a native language (this may be English)
  • Demonstrated ability to assess instructional staff performance
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a given budget
  • Experience serving culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Familiarity with historical, deep level cultural and educational issues relevant to at least one recent immigrant group in the United State

Salary

Competitive

Terms of Appointment

Full-time, twelve-month fixed-term terminal

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins immediately, and continues until position is filled.

How to Apply

Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, and:

  • The letter of application must address the required and preferred qualifications for this position
  • A written statement describing your philosophy on EFL/ESOL support at the university level
  • Examples of materials and/or evidence of effective skills
  • The name, title, relationship to you, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for three to five professional references, one of which must be your current or most recent direct supervisor

Applications can be sent to:

Vicki Anderson
Office of International Education
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI  54901
920.424.0775
oie@uwosh.edu

Alumni News and a Digication Workshop

In Alumni News: Lindsay Branca (MAWP ’12) is happy to share that she was recently hired as a Proposal Writer at GTECH, whose world headquarters is located in Providence, RI. Congratulations, Lindsay! You can read more about GTECH and what they do on their website.

If you’re an alumni or current student of DePaul’s English Graduate Programs with news to share about a job, publication, conference, or anything else related to your degree, please contact Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu!

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-HANDS ON TRAINING FOR DIGICATION E-PORTFOLIOS-

If you’re an MAE student graduating this year, you’re probably already working on your Digication e-Portfolio. The English Department is happy to offer hands-on training on how to make your Digication e-Portfolio a work of art!

All MAE students are welcome. Whether you know the basics of Digication or not, this workshop can help you take advantage of advanced design principles.

This workshop for MAE students, led by experienced Digication designers, will teach advanced skills for portfolio creation and expansion. The workshop instructors will help you create new modules, materials, and media.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2013, from 10-11:30 a.m., in SAC 240 (Computer Lab).

Faculty News: Book Release for Francesca Royster

Don’t forget, today is the deadline to submit your work to Threshold! Email it in by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT for your chance at having your work published in DePaul’s annual student-run literary arts magazine!

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BookLaunchforRoysterfinalIn Faculty News (and on-campus readings!): Congratulations to DePaul English professor Francesca Royster on the release of her new book, Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era.

Please join the English Department, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies in celebrating Dr. Royster’s new book on February 19th, 2013, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Rosati Room 300 of the Richardson Library for a reading and reception.

Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post–civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians influenced by the cultural changes brought about by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, who through reinvention created a repertoire of performances that have left a lasting mark on popular music. The book’s innovative readings of performers including Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique, a way to reclaim imaginative and corporeal freedom from the social death of slavery and its legacy of racism, to engender new sexualities and desires, to escape the sometimes constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community, and to make space for new futures for their listeners. The book’s perspective on music as a form of black corporeality and identity, creativity, and political engagement will appeal to those in African American studies, popular music studies, queer theory, and black performance studies; general readers will welcome its engaging, accessible, and sometimes playful writing style, including elements of memoir.

This event is free and open to the public.

Poetry Night, Love on the Road, and a Publishing Job

Design Cloud would like to invite the Depaul English department to join them on Thursday, February 21st for their first ever Poetry Night.

poetrynightPoetry Night will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scheduled readings will fill the first hour and any and all interested poets are invited to read their work during an open mic portion during the second hour. Featured Readers include Matthew Corey, Susan Hogan, Paul Luikart, Jason Noah and Mylo Reyes.

There will be a $5 suggested donation.

Design Cloud describes themselves as, “an innovative space, a collective resource, a culture which allows our best work to be realized. At our core we are passionate creatives doing what we love. Our studio is also an art gallery fostering rising Chicago artists and curators. The intersection of art and design is our source of constant inspiration.”

Poetry Night is being held in conjunction with the Peculiar Poetics exhibition, February 1st – March 5th, 2013. Peculiar Poetics is an exhibition showcasing artists who reinvent the ordinary functions of objects into situations and moments of visual poetry, likewise poets use language to create visuals.  Poetry Night is an effort to show the importance of visual and verbal expression in both creative practices.

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An new literary project called Love on the Road has issued a call for submissions. Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about making LOTR2013connections, from heartfelt ones ending in weddings to less high-minded ones ending in beds (or wherever). Half the stories will be about travelers meeting people far from home, and the other half about people meeting travelers passing through.

Writers can submit their 5,000-word stories any time before March 31st, 2013. There is a $10 reading fee. Two editors will choose the best 12 stories for publication and send them to a panel of judges, which includes writers and literary agents. They will pick the stories that will win the cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.

You find out more about this anthology and how to submit at loveontheroad2013.com.

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And finally, a job opening: Chicago Review Press is seeking a Project Editor. This is a full-time position with benefits.

The project editor handles book production from approved manuscript to print for approximately 20 books a year. He or she coordinates with acquisition editors, authors, copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, and designers to shepherd books through the production process. The project editor is responsible for following schedules to meet publication dates and is directly supervised by the managing editor. He or she is expected to participate in meetings to evaluate proposals, titles, and covers. The ideal candidate has strong communication, organizational, and project/time management skills and is detail-oriented, fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel, and an experienced user of the Chicago Manual of Style. A minimum of one year of publishing experience is required. Interested candidates should forward a resume to Cynthia Sherry, Publisher, Chicago Review Press, 814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610, e-mail csherry@chicagoreviewpress.com.