A Three Course Meal of News, Literature, and Events

Dishes served at The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the Hancock Building are renowned for their exquisite flavor. Each dish, a balanced masterpiece, is served above the city and placed on the white tablecloths many pedestrians will never see. It’s the combination of different flavors, not to mention the ambiance, that gives each dish its particular character. Every note is accented, recognized as being an important part of the meal, the whole. Today’s Ex Libris is a happy compendium of news from all over the department. Read on to discover writing announcements, new publications, and cocktail parties. The beginning of the quarter is a tantalizing time filled with different flavors demanding student and faculty attention. It’s the fusion of all these different happenings that makes the Department of English a dish that rivals any on the 95th.

Academic Reminders

Today, September 17th, is the last day to add fall classes. This is it, last day, no turning back.  Go forward into that young book and discover.

Next Tuesday, September 24th, is the last day to drop fall classes.  If students drop a class before the 24th, it is not included in their tuition and will never appear on their transcript.  If students drop a class after the 24th, they pay for the course and it appears on their transcript as a Withdrawal (W).

October 29th is the last day to withdraw from fall classes.  Any student still on the roster after October 29th must earn a letter grade.

Partial Tuition Scholarships

The M.A. in English and M.A. in Writing and Publishing programs are offering Partial Tuition Scholarships (PTS) to recognize outstanding academic achievement of students in the English department’s two graduate programs. Partial Tuition Scholarships provide a partial reimbursement for tuition paid for 2013 autumn graduate courses in English taken toward the MAE and MAWP degrees.

To learn more about the requirements for the PTS click here.

The deadline for applying for PTS awards for the 2013 Autumn Quarter is Monday, September 23. All requests for PTS awards must be made electronically, and they must be sent to Ms. Hickey via email. Copies of this memo and of the application can be found on the MAE and MAWP D2L sites under “Content.”

The Guild Complex Writing Contest

Prose Contest 2013 (digital final) (2)The Guild Literary Complex has opened submissions for their Annual Prose Awards.  Each fall, the Guild recognizes emerging and established writers.  Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the historic Chopin Theatre in Chicago. Judges include Cristina Henríquez and our very own Prof. Miles Harvey.

Writers of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit, and all themes and subjects are welcome. Illinois residents 18 years old and older should submit a single piece of short fiction or non-fiction of no more than a 1,000 words typed, to contest@guildcomplex.org. There is a $5 submission fee payable via the pay pal donation button on this page. Submission fee also includes admission to the live event. All applications must be completed by 5 pm on October 1, 2013

Newberry Center of Renaissance Studies Call for Papers

The Newberry Center of Renaissance Studies is calling for graduate papers for their 2014 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for maturing scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.

Chosen papers will be published in a peer edited online conference proceedings page. The 2014 conference has expanded to accommodate 72 different presenters.

Abstracts for 15-minute papers from master’s or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe or the Mediterranean or Atlantic worlds must be submitted by midnight, Tuesday October 15th. Complete this submission form.

The early conference registration fee will be $30 for students from consortium member universities and their guests and $40 for those from other institutions. Late registration (after January 10) will be $45 and $55, respectively.

New Publications

Kathleen Rooney has published a collaborative chapbook with Elisa Gabbert entitled The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go. The chapbook has been released by feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl. Learn more about the publication and even order a copy from Hyancinth’s website. To tempt you, here is a poem from the book.

SOME NOTES ON REMORSE

Beware of people whose motto is “No regrets.” They are violent innocents. Ravaged by love.

I want a point of view that isn’t mine to tell me that what I did wasn’t wrong. And permission to be sorry for the outcome, but not the event.

If you can’t feel remorse, you may be a sociopath. This isn’t all bad. If you feel called to live your life like a dirty free-for-all, you can.

They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, but you make me wish I’d never been born.

Guilt is associated with the sound of bells tolling; remorse, the sound of wind through trees.

I would never say I’m sorry in a dream. However, I might set my most regrettable moments in the sky like a starry galaxy, and try to detect a pattern.

To show more remorse, lower your eyes. To show less, fix them up and ahead like an equestrian statue. In general, be blue-eyed and statuesque.

Don’t even try to tell me that swans mate for life. Do swans seem normal to you?

You may be sorry now, but you’ll be even sorrier if you get tear stains all over those satin sheets.

I was working my way up to an apology when a songbird lit upon my shoulder. Something in his tune made cruel jilting sound sweet. If my present self is the sum of my past actions, how can I be sorry?

Remorse smells like tallow soap and agony, but you can never wash it off. It does get fainter over time, like an exceptionally tenacious perfume.

To express remorse you must compose a detailed account of whatever offense you committed. Choose your font wisely; serifs are more emotive.

Thanks for the sympathy, but “buyer’s remorse” doesn’t really compare. Unless what you bought was from Satan.

We name our daughters by the traits we hope they’ll possess; she chose to name hers Rue.

The mental compartment where I store my remorse is the haunted garret in a mansion full of otherwise pleasant rooms.

Some people say there are five languages of apology.

I’m sorry you feel that way.

The EGSA Needs You

The English Graduate Student Association is celebrating the new school year with cocktails and beer at John Barleycorn on September 27th. Come revel in the great literary tradition of Dylan Thomas, Dos Passos, and Hemingway while meeting like minded graduate students looking to bring renewed passion to the EGSA. The event will kick off at 6:30 pm, and all are invited to attend.EGSADePaulFlyer1

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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.

Job Openings at the UCWbL, Two Upcoming Conferences, & More

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) is now hiring undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2013/2014 academic year. Please visit depaul.edu/writing/who/join_staff to learn all about this unique opportunity for student employment and get the complete application instructions.

In addition, the UCWbL will be hosting two open house events where prospective employees can find out more about working at the UCWbL and meet members of our staff and administration:

  • Loop Campus: Monday, April 15th | 4-5:30pm | 1600 Lewis
  • Lincoln Park Campus: Tuesday, April 16th | 4-5:30pm | 250 McGaw

Applications are due on April 29th, 2013 by noon.

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DePaul’s Office of Adult, Commuter, and Veteran Students Affairs is pleased to announce their upcoming Conference for Students with ASA Conference for Students 0189_8 5 x 11Children. This half-day mini-conference on May 4th will allow students that have children to network with other like students and gain valuable information and resources through keynotes, sessions, and much more.

At the conference families will participate in a number of activities and workshops. Topics will include early childhood education, managing stress, spirituality, long term planning, and pursuing your passion while you parent. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring
their family members. Child friendly activities to be announced, and free child-care will also be available.

The keynote speaker will be Art Munin, author of Color by Number: Understanding Racism though Facts and Stats.

This event is free and open to all students who have a child and their immediate family guests, but registration is required by April 29th.

More information and registration can be found at: studentaffairs.depaul.edu/adultstudentservices/Students_with_Children_Conference

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DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies & Master of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies programs would like to announce a call for papers and presentations for their 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago, Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City. The conference will take place from October 10-12th, 2012, in Chicago, and proposals are due on June 1st, 2013.

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Cities have always been gateways to new dreams. For past and present global migrants, ethnic enclaves beckon with foods, houses of worship, and shops that provide the atmosphere of home, and buffer the transition to hybrid identity. But how does the immigration experience differ today from that of the past? What factors drive immigration today, and what new forms of urban culture do they create? How do economic, political and social issues impact the urban immigrant experience?

The 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago invites papers that explore immigrant life in cities large and small through history, the social sciences, literature and the arts. Papers may be based in particular disciplines, but special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are
welcome.

Presentations should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Visual and other media are welcome where appropriate, but prospective presenters are reminded to rely on PowerPoint only when it offers an appropriate enhancement to the material.

Please complete the Presentation Proposal Form found at aglsp.org including a 1-2 page Abstract. Please supply all the required information, save the form to your file and attach it to an email to David Gitomer (dgitomer@depaul.edu), MALS & IDS Director at DePaul University, by June 1st, 2013. Additional information about the conference can be found at aglsp.org.

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fuguecontestFugue Literary Journal is currently accepting submissions for their annual writing contest. Our judges are Claudia Emerson (poetry) and Duff Brenna (prose). First place in each genre will receive $1,000, and all entries are considered for publication.  The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2013, and more information can be found on their website at www.fuguejournal.org.

Extended Deadline, Visiting Writers Program, & More

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If you haven’t yet submitted your work to the Fourth Annual Spring English Conference, you’re in luck!

The submissions deadline has officially been extended to Monday, April 8th, at 11:59 p.m.

Submission guidelines remain the same and you can find them here.

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The Visiting Writers Program has two exciting on-campus readings taking place this week.

On this Thursday, April 4th, poet Jay Baron Nicorvo will be reading from his book Deadbeat at 6:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Richardson Library. You can read the complete details on our previous post.

On Monday, April 8th, the Visiting Writers Program will host a reading with DePaul’s own Prof. Ted Anton. Anton will be reading from his new book, The Longevity Seekers, at 6:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Richardson Library.

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Anton has spent years interviewing and working with scientists at the frontier of longevity science, and his book offers a behind-the-scenes look at their state-of-the-art research and the impact it might have on global health, society, and even our friends and family. Brenda Fowler, author of Iceman, describes The Longevity Seekers as, “A lively and at times humorous account of the search for the ‘longevity genes,’ told from the perspective of the pioneers in the field. Anyone with an interest in the new science of aging or the ways in which business and the media influence science is sure to enjoy this book.”

All Visiting Writers Series events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), a Chicago-area youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people by offering free after-school enrichment, mentoring, clinical counseling, and crisis intervention to more than 850 low-income youth annually, is pleased to announce its Inspire Fellows Program for the summer of 2013. The fellowship offers graduate and upper-undergraduate students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.’s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one of three areas: arts and literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics.

Primary responsibilities of Inspire Fellows include:

  • Develop and facilitate youth activities in your chosen area that promote academic, social, and emotional development
  • Supervise youth activities in a safe, sensitive, developmentally appropriate, positive manner
  • Maintain positive, supportive relationships with youth
  • Nurture supportive relationships with parents, school administrators, teachers, students, and community representatives
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and volunteers within Y.O.U., and with others in the community who offer information about, resources for, or services to young people in Evanston
  • Maintain timely and accurate records concerning youth participation and outcomes
  • Identify and recommend opportunities for continuous improvement in Y.O.U. programming

The Fellowship experience offers a unique opportunity for growth for students thinking about a career in youth development, education, the arts, or non-profits. Fellows have close supervision of their work and are provided with both formal and informal feedback to help them grow. In this way, fellows develop their leadership skills, enhance their understanding of youth development, and build their non-profit management skills.

The Fellowship runs full time from June 10 through August 16. The first week offers Fellows a comprehensive orientation and training on Y.O.U., non-profit management, and positive youth development. The next nine weeks consist of high-impact summer programming.

The Fellowship offers a stipend of $1,000. (Y.O.U. is also glad to provide documentation to any students who receive support from their universities for summer employment with a non-profit organization).

For more information and to apply, visit www.inspirefellowsprogram.org. For questions, contact Kathryn Cai at kathryn.cai@youevanston.org or 847-866-1200 ext. 247.

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.

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.

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.