Spring Break Hours

Next week, the English Department, along with the rest of DePaul, will be on Spring Break. We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing break. Please note that the English office will be open at the following times next week:

Monday, March 25th- Thursday, March 28th: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 29th: CLOSED

Spring Quarter will begin on Monday, April 1st.

Jay Baron Nicorvo on Campus, Faculty News, and More

The Visiting Writers Series would like to invite you to their next on-campus reading. Jay Baron Nicorvo will be reading from and discussing his debut poetry collection, Deadbeat, on Thursday, April 4th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richardson Library room 115.

Nicorvo’s debut collection, Deadbeat, revolves around a central character of the same name—descendant of John Berryman’s Mr. Bones, Marvin Bell’s Dead Man and Ted Hughes’ Crow, to name an irrepressible few. Nicorvo’s compassionate yet relentless portrait—of Deadbeat, an absent father and husband, and Nicorvo2 (2)the family that goes on without him—weaves together a domestic narrative in which we witness Deadbeat muddle through courtship, marriage, estrangement, divorce, and, of course, fatherhood.

The book opens at a child support hearing— “Take a good look at your future,” the mother tells the young boy—and the poems that follow careen back and forth in time chronicling a downtrodden life, from the courtroom to the budding romance between Deadbeat and his bride to Deadbeat’s grown son and his own child. “What’s all this about love / when need strikes first fires,” we are asked, while layer upon complex layer is added to what we think we know about Deadbeat. Calling upon other well-known figures as in-absentia fathers—far-flung Odysseus, President Obama’s father, and even God in the poem “Deadbeat on High”—Nicorvo allows us to glimpse, with a surprising tenderness, the humanness of this man who “stripped the screw holding heaven together” and “mistook the window / for the world.” An effigy for America and our

Jay Baron Nicorvo’s poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in The Literary Review, Guernica, The Iowa Review, and The Believer. Four Way Books published his debut poetry collection, Deadbeat. He’s served on editorial staffs at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center, and worked for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. He teaches at Western Michigan University where he’s faculty adviser to Third Coast, and he lives on an old farm outside Battle Creek with his wife, Thisbe Nissen, their son, Sonne, and a dozen vulnerable chickens.

All Visiting Writers Series events are free and open to the public.

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In Faculty News: Please join the DePaul English Department in congratulating Amina Gautier on her receipt of a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Mass.  The AAS is one of the nation’s foremost research libraries for American history, literature, and culture through 1876.  The Hearst Foundation Fellowship provides support for writers, performers, and artists to do research for their creative projects in the AAS’s collections.  Prof. Gautier is currently at the AAS conducting research for a historical novel titled Band of Gideon about three black female members of Gideon’s Band, a group of Northern idealist seminary students, school teachers, and abolitionists who traveled south to help slaves on the South Carolina Sea Islands.

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Willow Books, the literary imprint of Aquarius Press, in Partnership with the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University is hosting the Second Annual Willow Books LitFest on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Chicago State University.

The Willow Books LitFest is not only a chance to network and commune with your fellow writers, it’s a chance to celebrate all that is great about literature. Work with top writers in the field, make connections and hone your craft.

Opportunities at the Willow Books LitFest will include workshops, networking, a book fair, manuscript sessions, panel discussions, public readings, an open mic, and the Willow Books Literature Awards finalists’ reading and ceremony.

Kelly Norman Ellis, Director of the MFA Program at Chicago State University will be available to meet with prospective students, and DePaul MAWP alumnus Zhanna Vaynberg will be holding manuscript sessions.

Most events are free and open to the public but require registration, as seats are filling quickly. To register, download the registration packet at willowlit.net/willow-books-litfest. You can also download a complete schedule of the day’s events at the same site.

Rita Leganski to Give Keynote Speech at Spring English Conference & More

Rita Leganski ap1 credit Neil GormanWe are excited to announce that Rita Leganski will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Spring English Conference. Leganski is a 2009 graduate of DePaul’s MAWP program, and this February she celebrated the release of her first book The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, which started out as a short story in Dan Stolar’s fiction class. We are honored to have Leganski speak at the conference, and we hope her presence encourages participation in this great student-run event.CFP flyer

As a reminder, the Spring English Conference is taking place on the afternoon of May 3rd, 2013, in Arts & Letters Hall. The keynote speech will begin at 7:00 p.m. The submission deadline is April 2nd, so we hope you keep the conference in mind while working on your finals week revisions! Visit the 2013 Submission Guidelines page for complete details.

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All DePaul students and alumni are invited to the next ASK Networking Breakfast, the subject of which is “Lifelong Learning,” on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., in the Loop Campus, DPC, 11th Floor, DePaul Club.

Critical to the success of a modern career is one’s own drive for continuous learning and development. But what does lifelong learning look like? Leading a discussion on this question at the March ASK Networking Breakfast will be ASK mentors Michelle Dash and Colleen Fashing.

ASK Advisory Board Member and ASK Mentor Michelle Dash is a User Experience Lead at Roundarch Isobar. She facilitates the planning process of various web sites by researching user needs, organizing information and developing web site strategies. She received an MS degree in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  ASK mentor Colleen Fashing is Associate Director of Alumni Relations at DePaul University. She is also an adjunct faculty member in DePaul’s College of Communication. Colleen oversees alumni career services and volunteer opportunities. She obtained a BA from Eastern Illinois University and MA from Governors State University and she currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association.

Enjoy light breakfast, lively conversation, and open networking with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students.  Open to DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/DePaulASKEvents. You can read more about the event at http://bit.ly/ASKBreakfastMarch2013.

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Chicago magazine, the nation’s largest city monthly, is seeking an Assistant Editor to assist the editor in chief and edit and produce content for the culture section. If you consider yourself to be creative, organized, hard worker, and a self starter and have the desire to work for the best magazine in the Midwest, then please apply now!

Responsibilities:

  • Perform standard assistant duties for the editor in chief, including answering his or her phone; making appointments and travel arrangements; and doing his or her expense reports.
  • Draw up some contracts for freelancers; prepare a report every month on how the edit budget was spent.
  • Help to assign, edit, produce, and possibly write some departmental content (especially for Go, the back-of-the-book culture section, under the supervision of the Senior Culture Editor).
  • Be available to help fact check stories and pitch in with reporting stories if necessary.
  • Handle some general office administrative duties, such as ordering office supplies.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in the liberal arts; a journalism graduate degree preferred but not required.
  • Internship experience at a major magazine, newspaper, or website is preferred.

Apply for this job at corporate.tribune.com/pressroom/?page_id=2600.

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Quiddity International Literary Journal has a position open for a managing editor. The position is full-time and salaried with benefits. The start date is June 1st, 2013.

Summary:

  • Manage the production of Quiddity‘s international literary journal (print and electronic components), radio program, and website, upholding all quality, calendar, and budgetary expectations; manage and advance the distribution of Quiddity‘s international literary journal and public-radio program through traditional and emerging venues.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the submission systems (electronic and traditional) and acquisition processes for the print journal reading series, and radio program, including the coordination of query and galley correspondence as well as reading series proposals and contests
  • Coordinate and execute all editing and production schedules for the journal, radio, and website; coordinate the production schedule for the public-radio program; coordinate editorial board and staff meetings; support editorial board and staff through production processes
  • Advance Quiddity‘s subscriber base, listener base, readership, and distribution using established and emerging resources
  • Perform the layout for the journal’s interior print pages and its electronic format(s), design covers and promotional materials, manage web design, and expand web content
  • Supervise and mentor student interns and cultivate Quiddity‘s internship program, as well as other duties as assigned relative to academic affairs

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • MA, MFA, or MSc in Creative Writing, English, Communications, or related field
  • At least one year of experience with a print publication or journal of national distribution
  • Teaching experience with potential to supervise internships

Specific Skills:

  • Must possess savvy graphic design skills and be well versed in user-friendly, multimedia web development and social media
  • Proficiency in web design software and CSS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Audition (or similar software) Outlook, Excel, Access, File Transfer Protocol
  • Exceptional reading, writing, and proofing skills
  • Outstanding professional communication skills
  • Established track-record of organizational management and follow-through
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work outside of regular business hours when necessary
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate student interns enrolled in Quiddity’s internship program

Other Functions:

  • With the approval of both the division chair and the supervisor, may teach courses in the Writing and Publishing and Communication Arts degree programs for an additional stipend at the qualifying adjunct pay rate

Working Conditions:

  • Twelve-month position, forty hours per week performed in-office, on-campus

Send resume or CV and letter of application detailing experience to Quiddity, 1500 N 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62702

Review of applications begins immediately.

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Mental Floss is looking for a few new freelance contributors for their website in history, science, language, movies, literature, and other topics. Here are some recent favorites they have selected to give you an idea of what the site is all about: stumbleupon.com/lists/482127620363011216.

Mental Floss typically pays $100 per web story. Many of their web writers go on to write for the magazine, which might be more exciting and definitely pays better, but right now they are only hiring for the site.

If you’re interested, send links to three great stories you’ve written to deputy editor Erin McCarthy (erin@mentalfloss.com), and include one pitch (a headline and a paragraph to convince the editors they absolutely need it).

For more examples of recent stories, follow @mental_floss.

The Power of Story and “How Long Will I Cry?”: Guest Post by Lisa Applegate

Over the past few years, many of our DePaul English Graduate students have been involved in an ongoing oral history project, collecting stories of youth violence from those affected by it throughout Chicago. Lisa Applegate (MAWP) is one of those students, having participated in Miles Harvey’s Oral History class as well as an Independent Study on the project. Last month, a play comprised of a few of the stories collected for this project titled “How Long Will I Cry?:Voices of Youth Violence” debuted at the Steppenwolf Theater, and Lisa was one of the first to see a performance (for more information about the play, see this previous post on Ex Libris). The following is a special guest post Lisa wrote about her experience working on this project after watching the play. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Lisa.

It didn’t take long to feel it, maybe a few minutes after the lights dimmed. Up there on stage I saw Joy, Frankie, Ora, Jaime. I heard their words again, heard them recount their memories again, and I felt that tightness in my throat, again. These were people I felt I knew, and I almost couldn’t bear hearing about their pain again. But I did, and so did the rest of the audience, because we all knew how important these words were, to our city and to the youth who were no longer able to speak for themselves.

I watched “How Long Will I Cry,” written by Professor Miles Harvey and currently showing at Steppenwolf Theatre, and realized two things. First, I was proud of the collective effort that created such a powerful piece of storytelling. Like many of you, I had the honor of contributing a small part to Prof. Harvey’s project, which involved dozens of students and more than seventy interviews. We all spent hours transcribing those interviews, arranging them into narratives, editing the finished work. At first, I couldn’t fathom how these many stories — gathered from young and old, parents and siblings, gang members and healers all across Chicago — could coalesce into a coherent work. They did, beautifully, in both the play and an upcoming book to be published by DePaul.

When I first moved to Chicago eight summers ago, I remember being shocked at how complacent residents seemed about the numbers of young people dying by violence — the highest in the country. But after week upon week of headlines, I, too, became desensitized, feeling powerless to make any difference. Prof. Harvey’s project, and the support of DePaul in general, revived my anger and gave me an outlet to at least help raise awareness about what so many of our neighbors suffer through.

Which leads me to the other thing I learned watching “How Long”: the power of story. I know, it’s an oft-used phrase in our program, but I had never experienced the power at such a deep level. As a writer, I have interviewed many people and a few have stayed with me, but not like this. I got to transcribe the interviews with Joy McCormack, the mother of former DePaul student Frankie Valencia, who was killed at a 2009 Halloween party. I will never forget her description of waiting for hours at the hospital and finally getting to see her firstborn, only to find him cold and the sheets soaked with blood. I got to read many other transcriptions and still recall the details of their lives — the boy who hid his gun under his bed so his young siblings couldn’t find it, the girl who spoke encouraging words to herself because she didn’t have any role models to say them for her. It took time for these details to emerge — these were two, three, four hours’ worth of recordings — and that’s what makes their stories so compelling. Through the details of their unique experiences, I gained a level of empathy I couldn’t have in any news story or sound bite. I brought friends with me to see “How Long,” and they agreed: They thought they understood what was happening in Chicago’s neighborhoods, they thought they were angry about the senseless deaths, but the play took it all to another level.

After being involved in this project, I no longer skip the headlines when a young person has been killed due to violence. Every time, as I read the story to its end, my throat tightens and I swallow tears. I have never actually lost a loved one to violence, and I would never claim to fully comprehend such devastation. But I still consider myself a member of this vast family of Chicagoans who ache for these killings to end. I am one of them because I care, even about people I don’t actually know. People like Joy and Frankie, Ora and Jaime. And that is the power of story.

Do you have an idea for the next Ex Libris guest post? Email Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu.

Faculty News: Barrie Jean Borich Releases New Memoir

In today’s Faculty News, we extend our congratulations to Prof. Barrie Jean Borich. Borich joined DePaul’s creative writing faculty last fall, and this spring she is celebrating the release of her third creative nonfiction book, Body Geographic. Body Geographic is published by the University of Nebraska Press and was selected for inclusion in the American Lives Series, edited by Tobias Wolff.

From the official press release:

A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself.

One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and bodygeographicthe other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of Midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian— Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.

Body Geographic is as astonishingly original as it is profoundly humane. Barrie Jean Borich writes of the body, the psyche, the land, and real life with a reach so grand and a mastery so definitive it clutches the heart. This is a beautiful, bold, blow-your-mind book.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Body Geographic is dizzying in its inward sweep, daring in its out-flung absorption. Barrie Jean Borich tunnels through time, space, sex, and language to give us a new map projection of the North American continent, a distortion that not only clarifies and illuminates but dissolves for good the boundary between personal and public history.”
—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

“Borich maps place and body, time and space, personal history and the history of the American Midwest, in prose that makes me want to follow her daring journey wherever it leads. A glorious new take on the memoir form.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

The Chicago leg of Borich’s Body Geographic book tour starts next month and includes the following events:

Friday, April 12th,  2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Body Geographic‘s Chicago book launch
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Melanie Hoffert reading from PRAIRIE SILENCE
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

Thursday, May 9th,  2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Rachael Hanel reading from WE’LL BE THE LAST ONES TO LET YOU DOWN
The Book Cellar Chicago, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave.

Tuesday, May 21st,  2013 at 6:00 p.m.
DePaul University Writers’ Series
Richardson Library, Room 115

Passionate Professors Flyer

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Borich will also be one of two professors featured in Sigma Tau Delta’s “Passionate Professors” event taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th from 5-7 p.m. in Room 202 of Arts & Letters Hall.

Christine Sneed will be the other featured professor, and both will be discussing their recently released books.

See the flyer for more details.

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Finally, there’s a way to get even more involved in the Body Geographic book launch. From now until March 16th, Borich is asking everyone to create a visual response— a photo, a drawing, etc.,– to the prompt “The Map That Made Me.”

You can email your image to bodygeographic@gmail.com, post the map on the Barrie Borich WHAT IS THE MAP THAT MADE YOU_Nonfiction-Universe Facebook page, or tweet your map with some kind of identifying info @BOOKofBJB.

The goal of the project is to post as many maps as possible, as an “autogeography slide show” online as a visual community conversation about places, bodies, and memories. All invited to participate, and you do not have to be an artist.

Click to enlarge the flyer for complete details.

For more information about Borich, Body Geographic, and “The Map That Made Me,”– including a book trailer– visit barriejeanborich.com.

Rey Andujar on Campus, Teaching Opportunity in Korea, and More

A reminder for MAE students working on their Digication ePortfolios: don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, there will be a special Digication workshop for MAE students in the SAC 240 computer lab from 10-11:30 a.m. Details here.

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7Vientos_FlyerDePaul’s Department of International Studies and 7Vientos Press are pleased to announce an upcoming reception for the release of Rey Andújar’s newest book, Saturnalia, on Friday, March 15th, at 7:30 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont. This event is cosponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, Department of English, Latin American & Latino Studies Program, Center for Latino Research, Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum COE, and Department of Modern Languages.

Saturnalia is a collection of fourteen short stories by Dominican author Rey Andújar which “takes (readers) into the world of the unexpected through the excitement and heartache of expatriation, immigration, music, revenge, and desire.” Andújar will be reading excerpts from his book and answering questions about the writing and translation processes.

Here are a few words from 7Vientos Press about Andújar and Saturnalia:

7Vientos Press is excited to announce the arrival of the collective’s second book: Saturnalia, by Rey Andújar!

7V strives to connect with you as friends who enjoy  alternative ways of thinking and perceiving daily life. Rey Andújar’s work challenges the monotony of our surroundings and when his talent is blended with 7V’s ambitions the result is his provocative, funny, disturbing, sad, and triumphant Saturnalia.

This hardcover collection of fourteen short stories has been translated into English by Kolin Jordan and take us to unexpected destinations. During your travels you will be experience the excitement and heartache related to themes of expatriation, revenge, desolation, immigration, agony, love, desire, music, and alienation. Through it all we get the sense that we are part of world striated by the unexpected.

Rey Andújar is a Dominican writer and performer who lives in Chicago with his wife and newborn daughter. His books have won various awards including The International Award from Casa de Teatro, for his book of short stories, El factor carne (Isla Negra, 2005); Puerto Rican Pen Club Award for his novel, Candela (Alfaguara, 2007); The Story Award from the International Book Fair in Santo Domingo for Amoricidio (Agentes Catalíticos, 2007); The Ultramar Letters Award (New York, 2011) for Saturnalia, and most recently Adújar won the Cuento y Poesía Consenso Award at Northeastern University.

This event is free and open to the public, and all English students are encouraged to attend. You can get more event details and RSVP on their Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/513589385345934/?ref=14.

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Jason Kifer, a DePaul MAE graduate, is currently teaching in a university in Korea, and would like to share with current DePaul English graduate students information about an opening for a Full-Time (non-tenure track) EFL Position at his university, Sogang University.

The General Education English Program (GEEP) at Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea) is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates to join their faculty. GEEP offers full-credit required and elective courses within the general curriculum of the university. The starting date is at the end of August, 2013.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should ideally be native English speakers with relevant educational background and experience. Korean citizens with native fluency in English will also be considered. An MA degree in TESOL/TEFL, English, or a closely related field is required.  Applicants with other MA degrees plus TESOL/TEFL certification will also be considered.

DUTIES

Teach 5 classes (15 credits) per semester. Candidates will be required to teach Freshmen English courses and one or two other credit courses (writing, culture, public speaking, business English, literature, etc.). For all courses, you are expected to keep class records, hold office hours (5 hours per week), assist with placement testing, attend meetings, and participate in faculty projects. Actual class time is 15 hours per week.

SALARY

First year: 2.6 to 3.1 million won per month, depending on qualifications and experience

BENEFITS

  • National health insurance
  • Paid summer and winter vacations
  • Housing assistance (for non-Koreans citizens only)
  • Severance pay is available at the rate of one month’s salary for each year completed

Winter vacation is from late December to late February, and summer vacation is from late June to late August.  There is no required teaching during these times.

Studio apartments are available on campus for up to two years from the start of employment at a discounted rate (50%; 300,000 won per month).  Alternatively, for those choosing to live off campus, the school will provide a loan of 10 million won for key deposit.

Travel expenses are not reimbursed.

TO APPLY

Please send the following documents by mail to the address below:

  • A cover letter and CV/resume
  • Photocopies of all degrees and transcripts
  • A photocopy of the first page of your passport and Korean Alien Registration Card (if you have one)
  • 2 letters of recommendations from previous employers with contact information

Eun Sung Park
General Education English Program (J809)
Sogang University
35 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu,
Seoul 212-742, South Korea

The application deadline is Friday April 12th, 2013No email applications will be accepted.  Interviews will be held during the week of April 22-26, and Skype interviews are available for candidates residing outside of Korea.  Candidates invited for an interview should be prepared to provide a short video demo of their teaching.

MORE INFORMATION

http://www.sogang.ac.kr/english (university website)

http://geep.sogang.ac.kr/  (program website)

Any questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Professor Jason Kifer at kiferjason@gmail.com

Call for Papers, Gulf Coast Writing Contest, & More

The DePaul English Department is excited to announce a Call for Papers for the Fourth Annual Spring English Conference. This student-run conference, formerly known as the EGSA Conference, will be held on the afternoon of Friday, May 3rd, 2013 in Arts & Letters Hall.

We encourage all DePaul English graduate students to submit their works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, literary studies, and more by April 2nd, 2013.

Click over to the Spring Conference page on Ex Libris to get complete guidelines on how to submit your work. You can also browse archives of previous years’ conferences…and don’t forget to stay tuned to Ex Libris to hear about our keynote speaker!

The DePaul English Conference is an excellent opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their work among a positive, supportive community of DePaul faculty and peers. If you have never publicly read your work before, consider this student-run conference. We look forward to making it a rewarding event for everyone involved!

Submissions and inquiries can be directed to: depaulenglishconference2013@gmail.com. 

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A final reminder that tomorrow, Friday, March 8th, is the last day to submit your creative work to Threshold, Depaul’s literary arts magazine!

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The DePaul Humanities Center extends its invitation to a reading with author and DePaul faculty member Christine Sneed on Wednesday, March ChristineSneed 03-13-13 finvers feb27fin13th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center. Prof. Sneed will be reading from her new novel, Little Known Facts, recently featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. (You can read Ex Libris’s recent writeup of Sneed’s new book here.)

Christine Sneed teaches creative writing at DePaul University. Her first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, was a 2009 AWP Grace Paley Prize winner, a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award, winner of the 2011 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, and winner of the Chicago Writers Association 2011 Book of the Year. The San Francisco Chronicle also chose Portraits as one of the fifty best fiction books of 2011.  Her short fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals, including PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Meridian, and Pleiades.

All are invited to attend this unique opportunity to hear from a gifted writer, one of DePaul’s own, reading from just-published work for free.

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And finally: There’s only one week left to submit to the annual Gulf Coast Prizes–the Gulf Coast Prize Contest closes March 15th. The contest awards a total of $6,000 to poets, essayists, and fiction writers. This year’s judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay).

The winner in each genre receives $1,500, and there are two $250 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 the Gulf Coast website as Online Exclusives.

Gulf Coast is accepting submissions both via the online submissions manager and via postal mail. The $23 reading fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. 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. Multiple entries (or entries in more than one genre) are allowed, but entrants must pay a separate reading fee each time. Click here for how to enter.