Threshold Release Party, Two Job Postings, & More!

All are invited to the release of Threshold’s 33rd edition!

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The Threshold release party will be held at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Along with free copies of the publication, there will be music provided by members of the DePaul Jazz Ensemble, readings and performances from the publication, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres.

Please join Threshold in celebrating this issue and honoring the work of its student contributors and staff.

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DePaul’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program has extended the call for papers deadline for the upcoming national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Conference to August 1st, 2013.

The theme of the conference, which takes place Oct. 10-12th, 2013 in Chicago, is “Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City.” They welcome presentation proposals that cross the disciplines from both faculty and graduate students; the conference will include Graduate Liberal Studies Programs throughout the US and Canada, and presents an excellent opportunity to showcase DePaul’s dynamic graduate students, faculty and programs.

For more information, see Ex Libris’s post on the original call for papers.

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Northwestern University Press is hiring an Assistant Acquisitions Editor to handle the manuscript submission process from initial inquiry through transmittal to the manuscript editorial department.  This position prepares, proofreads, and executes book contracts.  The Assistant Acquisitions Editor oversees the process of working with authors as the authors secure permissions.  This position tracks, organizes, and distributes photos and illustrations.  The Assistant Acquisitions Editor works closely with authors to ensure submission of clean manuscript files for transmittal to manuscript editorial.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Tracks manuscripts through the acquisitions process from submission through transmittal to manuscript editorial;
  • Works with authors and volume editors in preparation of electronic files;
  • Prepares, proofreads and executes contracts for new books and reprints;
  • Tracks status of contracts, digitizes and files them;
  • Communicates all relevant contract information to the Business Office;
  • Oversees payments of authors, publishers, agents, readers and translators, while working closely with the administrative assistant;
  • Maintains acquisitions schedule pre- and post-Press Board approval, tracking all manuscripts throughout the acquisitions process;
  • Maintains database of submissions;
  • Inputs information into the title management database and updates as necessary;
  • Creates and maintains detailed text and photo/illustration permission records;
  • Inputs all relevant data into Title Management databases and updates as needed;
  • Reviews unsolicited manuscripts prior to review by acquisitions editors or series editors;
  • Manages rejection process, including mailing and database;
  • Manages the peer review process for two full-time and two part-time acquisitions editors;
  • Follows up as needed with authors, series editors and editor-in-chief;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Experience with contracts, permission and copyrights, superb attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities, publishing experience.

Visit the job posting page to get more details and apply.

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The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring a key writer and researcher for its Communications and Policy team. This staffer will conduct issue research and write press releases, reports, policy papers, fact sheets, briefing and outreach materials. They will also help disseminate our publications and educational materials on various platforms, from brochures to our website.

Requirements:

  • Minimum B.A. in Journalism, Communications, Political Science, Public Policy or related field, plus 3 years experience
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • Experience with online communications (i.e. website editing, blog publishing, Constant Contact) and research tools (i.e. Survey Monkey)
  • Social networking skills (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

A background in issues pertaining to voting rights and democracy or similar public policy debates is a plus. Bilingual candidates who can speak and write Spanish are encouraged.

Please provide a cover letter, resume and two writing samples bundled in one pdf. Preferably, the writing samples should demonstrate different capabilities.

Standard Cook County benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please email your application packet to countyclerk.hr@cookcountyil.gov with the subject line: “Policy and Press Secretary.”

Applications are due by June 18th, 2013.

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Open Mic Poetry Night, A Job Opening, & a Faculty Fellows Event

All are invited to an Open Mic Poetry Night hosted by MAWP students Meredith Boe and Maria Hlohowskyj this Thursday, May 30th, at the Bourgeois Pig Cafe, 738 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. If you are interested in reading, arrive a few minutes early to sign up, and have a short poetry selection prepared. Fiction and nonfiction are also welcome, as long as selections are under five minutes long.

For more details, you can join the Facebook event at facebook.com/events/327394267388656.

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Triumph Books, the country’s leading sports book publisher, seeks an ultra-organized, proactive Acquisitions Coordinator to join its dynamic publishing team in Chicago. This is an entry-level position that supports all aspects of new title acquisitions. Primary responsibilities include maintaining a database of information on recently contracted and under-consideration titles, managing flow of title information between acquisitions and other departments, processing contracts and managing royalty advance payments, responding to unsolicited book proposals, researching sales of competitive titles, and a variety of other administrative tasks. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a passion for sports, who is also deadline-oriented and can happily multitask under tight deadlines. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is a must. Interested candidates should forward their résumés, cover letters, and salary expectations to Linda Matthews at lmatthews@ipgbook.com. No phone calls, please.

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The final DePaul Faculty Fellows Series event of the year will be taking place on Saturday, June 8th, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, University of Chicago, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. All are welcome to attend as Faculty Fellow Black Hawk Hancock presents: American Allegory: Ralph Ellison and the Question of American Identity.

hancock 6-8-13 (2)“Black Hawk Hancock’s American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination, forthcoming spring 2013 from the University of Chicago Press, is an ethnographic study of two forms of social dance—the Lindy Hop and Steppin—which draws its inspiration from the cultural criticism of Ralph Ellison. In doing so, it brings to the surface the racial tensions that surround white use of black cultural forms. Focusing on new forms of appropriation in an era of multiculturalism, American Allegory underscores the perpetuation of racial disparities and offers Ellisonian insights into the intersection of race and culture in America.

In celebration of the book’s publication, a colloquium will be held to discuss this Ellisonian inspired work, as well as Hancock’s Ellisonian infused work that has followed from it as a Fellow of the DePaul Humanities Center. This later work takes up three central themes of Ellison’s thought: the diverse ways Ellison approached issues of race, culture, music, literature, and politics in relation to American identity; the centrality of the seemingly ordinary, those often unheard and unseen aspects of African-American life, and American life more generally; and the Ellisonian conviction that American Identity is of a whole.

Taking Hancock’s work as a whole, this event brings together senior scholars Paul Willis, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and Mary Patillo, Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, as interlocutors for an informal open-ended conversation about Ralph Ellison, race, culture, and the question of American identity.”

Black Hawk Hancock is an associate professor of sociology at DePaul University. His research focuses largely on issues of race and culture. His ethnographic work has appeared in Ethnography, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Perspectives, and Qualitative Sociology. His book American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination is forthcoming spring 2013 from the University of Chicago Press.

English Departmet Updates

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the annual DePaul Fest Concert taking place on campus TODAY, May 24th, 2013, Public Safety will be closing Arts and Letters Hall at 5:30 p.m.  The English department offices will close at 5:30 as well.

And don’t forget, the University and English Department Offices are closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no Monday classes, and the office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 28th.

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Sigma Tau Delta’s Open Mic & Poetry Reading with Debra Bruce has been rescheduled, and will now be taking place on Friday, May 31st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall, room 404. The first hour will be an open mic at which all are invited to participate. The second hour will feature a guest reading by Debra Bruce.

For more information, follow the link above to our previous post, or join the Facebook group at facebook.com/events/155132487992980/

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An additional graduate-level English course has been approved for the Summer I schedule. The course, a combined 309 Topics in Writing/484 Writing Workshop: The Art of Revision, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:15 p.m. and will be taught by Prof. Dan Stolar.  The course is currently not listed in the registration system, but please continue to check Campus Connect as it will be added soon. You can see the course description here.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Prof. Stolar at dstolar@depaul.edu.

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Have a fun and restful Memorial Day Weekend; we’ll see you next week!

Student News, H. Peter Steeves on Campus, & More!

Today in Student News, we’re excited to announce that not one but two current MAWP students will have poems published in After Hours Issue 27, Summer 2013.

Congratulations to David Mathews on the publication of his poem “Urban Archer.”

And congratulations as well to M.R. Byrd on the publication of his poem, “Athena.”

The Summer 2013 issue will be released at the Printers Row Book Fair, June 8-9th; if you’re at the fair, stop by the After Hours table to pick up a copy and check out David and M.R.’s poetry!

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Steeves May 22The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite you to its next on campus event. H. Peter Steeves will be presenting “The About Time Show” on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the DePaul Student Center, room 120.

From the flyer: “The About Time Show is an interdisciplinary, multimedia investigation of temporality and the physics and metaphysics of time. We are all in the midst of time, at its mercy, held “green and dying,” hoping at best to sing in our chains like the sea. Yet what is time? It does not seem to be something in itself that we can experience, though it is necessary for there to be experience at all. We do not experience time, but rather we experience events taking place in time.

However, if time can be warped and bent—as must be the case if space and time are essentially the same thing—then time must be some thing in itself. By taking up a philosophic analysis of the scientifi c and ontological issues in a way that engages the arts (especially literature, music, dance, and theatre) and the humanities, The About Time Show proposes to make clearer how we exist outside of eternity, caught up in a realm of Becoming rather than Being, investigating together what it means to be in time and even, perhaps, discovering how to travel backwards in it.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint press, is hiring! They are looking for a Publishing Assistant to join their team. This is an entry-level position based in Counterpoint’s Berkeley, CA offices. If you are interested, please send a cover letter & résumé to: pubasstjob@counterpointpress.com.

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The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms (including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Arts, etc.), is actively looking for new writers. The website is collaboratively built and maintained by its writers. While writing for The Artifice does not pay, the platform has an established audience of millions.

The Artifice is currently expanding and would like to provide an opportunity for students to join their team of writers.

Any questions can be addressed to Alyson Burston at editor@the-artifice.com. To apply online, visit the-artifice.com/write.

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Word Lab flier

826CHI’s upcoming summer ELL workshop, The Word Laboratory, is seeking volunteer tutors to work individually with 826CHI’s youngest learners (1st through 4th graders) as they practice all of the great skills they have gained this school year. Those interested would need to be available to volunteer a few hours a week between July 8th – August 1st, 2013. There are many volunteer slots yet to fill. No previous experience with ELL students or special language skills necessary – just a strong interest in working with kids in a creative/educational setting.

For more information, visit www.826chi.org. To apply, please contact Kendra Curry, Director of Volunteer Services, at Kendra@826chi.org.

Faculty News & Newcity’s Summer Guide

In Faculty News: Please join the English Department in congratulating Kathleen Rooney for being named 2013 winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry for her novel-in-poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012).

A review in Booklist noted the following of Robinson Alone: “Rooney’s syncopated wordplay, supple musicality, and cinematic descriptions subtly embody… Robinson’s sardonic grace under pressure. An intricate, psychologically luminous homage, tale of American loneliness, and enthralling testament to poetry’s resonance.” Congrats, Prof. Rooney!

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Curbside Splendor Publishing is holding their second monthly Salon Splendor event tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30 p.m., and one of the evening’s featured readers is DePaul’s own Christine Sneed. The show will take place at Madame Zuzu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave. in Highland Park.

The theme this month, Passages, will be taken on by authors Christine Sneed, Jac Jemc, and Scott Garson. The night will end with live music by house band Good Evening.

The series is confirmed through October, on the third Thursday of each month. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP at sarah@madamezuzus.com.

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Next week, Newcity, Chicago’s free weekly alternative newspaper, is publishing their annual Summer Guide, and they’re looking for submissions. According to head editor Brian Hieggleke, “It’s one of the most free-wheeling issues we publish all year, on one of our favorite subjects, summer in (and around) the city.”

Newcity is looking for a wide range of meditations on the season, from the trenchant essay to the wistful memoir, from the dream state to the concrete. While they are not actively soliciting poetry, they’re not ruling it out, either.

They are also looking for learned and practical insights into summer (how to pack a proper picnic for Pritzker Pavilion, how to make the perfect summer cocktail, how to bbq on the lakefront), regional travel service pieces (what’s shakin’ at the House on the Rock? Is Detroit really the Chicago of the future?), and even itsy bitsy bon mots about a few of your favorite things about summer in Chicago. Please be specific in your pitch letter.

See summer.newcity.com for an archive of previous summer issues and see their guidelines page for more information. The deadline for copy for the Summer Guide is Saturday, May 18th, but sooner is better.

Printer’s Row Lit Fest Seeks Volunteers & A Reading by Mahmoud Saeed

Chicago Tribune’s annual Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers and featuring over 250 authors and 150 booksellers, is approaching. Events will run all weekend on June 8th – 9th, 2013. The event’s success relies on over 200 volunteers and the organizers are looking for more help!

Benefits of being a Lit Fest Volunteer include free t-shirt, free lunch and rubbing elbows with authors such as Judy Blume, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, celebrity chef Rick Bayless and more.

The volunteer application can be found online at: http://trib.in/ZE9azZ. More information about this year’s presenters and other frequently asked questions can be found at: printersrowlitfest.org.

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The DePaul Humanities Center invites the DePaul community to attend a conversation with author Mahmoud Saeed and translator Kay Heikkenen about the just-released English translation of Saeed’s landmark Arab novel, Ben Barka Lane. Join them on Wednesday, May 22nd from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 400 of the Richardson Library (2350 N. Kenmore Avenue).

Saeed 05 22 13 libraryOriginally banned in Iraq, Ben Barka Lane was later presented with the Iraqi Ministry of Information Award.  It now appears for the first time in English translation.

In Ben Barka Lane we see the Morocco of the late 1960s through the eyes of a young political exile from Iraq—its beauty and misery, its unforgettable people. In this contemporary classic, Mahmoud Saeed offers us a unique portrait of a time and place, and a tale of the passion, politics, vengeance, and betrayal that take place there. “A landmark of the modern Arab novel,” in the words of one critic, Ben Barka Lane is now, at last, in English translation, as compelling today as when first published.

Sharqi, a political refugee from Iraq, comes to Morocco in 1964 and finds work as a high-school teacher in the small city of al-Mohammadiya. But Morocco proves no safe haven: the country is in political and social turmoil, as the state suppresses the recent leftist opposition led by Mahdi ben Barka. The opposition is scattered and the Hassan government is cracking down everywhere. Al-Mahdi himself has been forced to flee and has disappeared; rumor claims he has been killed in France. Sharqi just intends to keep his head down, and ride out the chaos. But he meets Habib, a friend and comrade of al-Mahdi, who, despite a severe heart condition, is considered a threat by the government. Habib is living in a kind of internal exile; his residence is now restricted by the government to this small town. Under these difficult circumstances, Sharqi and Habib form a close bond of friendship. But this brief respite ends with the appearance of Ruqayya, a beautiful young woman whose mysterious motives will divide them, and set off a chain of events and intrigue that no one could foresee.

Mahmoud Saeed, a prominent Iraqi novelist, has written more than 20 novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times and left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Ben Barka Lane (1970), which later won the Ministry of Information Award in 1994. He is an Arabic language instructor and author-in-residence at DePaul University in Chicago. He and his work have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera, and The New Yorker.

Kay Heikkinen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and now teaches Arabic language at the University of Chicago. She is the translator of In the Time of Love by Naguib Mahfouz.

 

A Creative Writing Competition, Two Job Openings, & More!

Don’t forget, the Career Panel for English Students: How to Become a Publisher, featuring Albert DeGenova, Wendy McClure, and Doug Seibold, is happening TONIGHT at 6 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall!

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The Union League Civic & Arts Foundation’s (CAF) 2013 Creative Writing Competition is now accepting submissions.

The competition is open to high school students (division 1), college students (division 2), graduate/postgraduate or young adults under the age of 30 (division 3).

This year CAF will award up to $13,000 in awards for excellence.  In addition to the substantial monetary prizes, this competition is a great opportunity for young writers to get their work noticed.  Past judges have included Golden Apple Recipients and published authors.  There is no application fee for participants.

Applicants can submit online at: civicandarts.org/index.php/arts_competitions. The deadline for application is June 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact administrative coordinator Meghan Phillipp at caf@civicandarts.org or (312) 692-2373.

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StoryStudio, a ten-year-old company which offers more than 150 creative writing and business writing classes each year to more than 1,000 students on Chicago’s North Side, is looking forward to making its first full-time hire.

Follow the Creative Programs Director StoryStudio link to download the complete a job description for the position of Creative Programs Manager. In addition to the qualifications listed, StoryStudio is looking for someone with a great sense of humor to join a small team. Excellent writing skills and positive energy are a must, as well as a creative mind and a love for social media.

Any potential applicants can send a resume and cover letter to Jill Pollack at: jill@storystudiochicago.com

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DePaul’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment is looking for a new Assistant Director for Teaching Support. This position will create and sustain programs and services that will improve the teaching quality of all faculty, especially new and part-time faculty, within departments and colleges as well as across the University.  This position will work with Deans, Associate Deans, department chairs and program directors, University/College/School Committees and individual faculty to promote and support innovative and effective teaching practices. One of the main responsibilities of the position is to oversee the Teaching Commons Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, which is a workshop series that incorporates building portfolios in Digication.

You can see the complete job description and requirements, as well as apply online, at jobs-depaul.icims.com/jobs/17558/job. If you are interested, please apply ASAP.

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It has just been announced that the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference will take place on September 27-29th, 2013. The conference will start out with a kick-off party on the evening of Friday, September 27th. Events on Saturday and Sunday will be held at Harold Washington Library, just a block away from DePaul’s Loop campus.

Registration will open in May. For more information, check the CWC blog for updates, or follow CWC on facebook and twitter.