Time to Apply for Teaching Internships

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Alumni Published in Midwestern Gothic and Teaching Internships

“And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” Said Chaucer of his clerk in the The Canterbury Tales.  MAWP and MAE students interested in lending their knowledge and expertise to two-year colleges should heed that line. Students interested in pursuing a teaching career in academia should consider this as an opportunity to get some real world experience.  Interns work alongside an experienced two-year college professor who guides them through a 16 week semester. The internship is for the Winter Quarter.

Interns must register with Professor Green for ENG 509 in order to pursue the internship. More information on the process is available on the department’s website.  All interested graduates should contact Dr. Goffman by email before sending in application materials.

Published Alumni

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Masters in Writing and Publishing alumni Michael Van Kerckhove and David Mathews are celebrating their respective publications in the fall 2013 issue of the Midwestern Gothic literary journal. Michael and David are authorial pioneers in the journal’s first foray into creative nonfiction.

Copies of the journal are available in various e-book formats for $2.99. If you have your heart set on a print copy you can pick one up from Amazon for $12.99. Those who are unable to purchase a copy should consider sharing the journal’s page on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to help Michael and David get recognition for their outstanding work.

Don’t miss Michael’s personal essay, “Dance of the Ring” and David’s poem, “Sketches of Northwest Side of Chicago Parish Carnival”. Pick up a copy of the Midwestern Gothic Journal today.

EGSA Events

The EGSA is going to Uptown Poetry Slam at The Green Mill! One of Chicago’s most famous jazz clubs, The Green Mill sponsors a Poetry Slam night every Sunday from 7pm-11pm. As lovers of all things literary, we are planning an official EGSA event to go on Sunday, October 13th at 7pm. Cover is $7. We hope to see you there!

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Share Your Passion for Literature

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Do the grey clouds hanging overhead portend a storm?

Will the onset of October herald a cool, cold rain? Hardly. October’s grey doldrums are kindled by the cardinal reds, yellows, and oranges of graduate opportunities tumbling from the trees.

Working in The Schools

Writers and students interested in aiding those in our community should pursue the Working in The Schools (WITS) mentoring opportunity. English faculty, staff, and students mentor fourth through sixth grade students from a Chicago Public School that is at least 90% low-income. Mentors do not have to leave campus to help students. WITS will bus the students to Arts & Letters Hall each Thursday, beginning October 10th, from 3:30-4:30, in Arts & Letters #412.

Two mentors usually work with a single student. During the mentoring hour you will take turns reading to one another and then spend the remaining time working on the student’s homework.

Training Session: Thursday, October 3rd, 3:30-4:30, Arts & Letters Hall #412, Tovah Burstein from WITS will lead a training for all potential English Dept. volunteers. She will help us understand the mentoring process. This training will also be an opportunity for you to be paired with another volunteer.

Fugue Opens Submissions

Fugue Literary Journal, a magazine run by English and Creative Writing graduate students at the University of Idaho, Moscow has opened for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. The Journal just celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, and looks forward to publishing quality writing from new and established writers.

General Submissions

Submissions are accepted online only. Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction submissions are accepted September 1 through April 1. All material received outside of this period will neither be read nor considered for publication. General submissions must be submitted along with a required submission fee of $2.00 per submission. Multiple submissions will be considered with a separate submission fee for each. All contributors to Fugue receive payment, via check, for their work and two complimentary copies of the journal in which their work appears.

Fugue requests that  contributors send no more than six poems, two short-shorts, one story, or one essay per submission.

Submissions in more than one genre should be submitted separately and require separate submission fees. Fugue will consider simultaneous submissions (submissions sent concurrently to another journal or journals) as long as you notify them immediately if a piece you submitted simultaneously has been accepted elsewhere.

To submit either a General or Contest submission, please click here. FUGUESubmissionsOpen

Build a Week of Words

Tuesday comes rolling off the assembly line with all the parts you need to build a fantastic week of words.

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paternitiMichael Paterniti Tonight!

Michael Paterniti comes to Arts and Letters Hall on Tuesday, September 24th. Paterniti is a New York Times bestselling author of The Telling Room and Driving Mr. Albert: A trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.  His work has appeared in many different publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ. He has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award and is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and two MacDowell fellowships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a well-traveled writer and entrepreneur who constantly seeks out new stories and ways to promote literature. Paterniti will be presenting in ALH 103.

Threshold Calls for New Editors

THRESHOLD posterThreshold, DePaul University’s award-winning all student journal of literature and art is looking for editors for their 2014 issue.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a journal the Department of English publishes with pride.  To learn more about Threshold, drop by the Department of English on the second floor and take some time to read through the 2013 issue.

Candidates should write a 1-2 page application letter describing relevant experience, their commitment, as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich at her campus address by Noon on Monday, October 7th.

The EGSA Kickoff Drink Specials

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 6:00 and go until 9:00 in the evening, and all are invited to attend.

We’ve set up a drink special for the event.  For $20 all graduates and faculty will be able to enjoy well liquor, domestic drafts, and wine to their heart’s content for three hours.

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Kenyon Review Fellowship Deadline

kenyon2An Introduction to the KR Fellowships

In 2012, The Kenyon Review welcomed the first of its KR Fellows. This initiative was inspired by the great tradition of Kenyon Review literary fellowships awarded in the 1950s to writers such as Flannery O’Connor and W.S. Merwin in their formative years. These fellowships represent a significant fulfillment of one aspect of our continuing mission: to recognize, publish, and support extraordinary authors in the early stages of their careers. We believe that after two years, these KR Fellows will be more mature and sophisticated writers, teachers, and editors. As a result, they will be extremely attractive candidates for academic positions as well as for significant publishing opportunities.

General Information

This two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Fellows will receive a $32,500 stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to:

  • Undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors.
  • Teach one semester-long class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs.
  • Spend approximately 15 hours per week in non-teaching semesters assisting in creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Review and KROnline.
  • Participate in The Kenyon Review Summer Programs.
  • Participate in the cultural life of Kenyon College by regularly attending readings, lectures, presentations, and other campus activities.

Last Day to Drop an Autumn Class

Today is the last day you can drop an autumn class without a penalty. Now, without a penalty in this instance means that the course will not show up on your official transcript.

  • Students who drop from 4 full time classes to 3 will see no change in their tuition bill.
  • Students who drop below 3 classes (i.e., below 12 credit hours) will shift from full time to part-time student status; this will affect tuition and, in some cases, scholarships and financial aid.

Double check with James, your academic adviser, before dropping a class. You don’t want to dip below the full time class limit if you’re counting on scholarships and financial aid.

Lighting the Fuse

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At the beginning of ever year a very long fuse is lit.

The sparks fly as the fuse curves around piles of books, continuing to smolder through vacation, and then onward to the end of the year. What happens at the end of the fuse, when the sparks reach the payload, is up to you. For some, the explosion could be a prismatic nova emblematic of a year’s worth of impressive accomplishments.

Editors Needed

Threshold, DePaul University’s award-winning all student journal of literature and art is looking for editors for their 2014 issue.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a journal the Department of English publishes with pride.  To learn more about Threshold, drop by the Department of English on the second floor and take some time to read through the 2013 issue.

Candidates should write a 1-2 page application letter describing relevant experience, their commitment, as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich at her campus address by Noon on Monday, October 7th.

Grand Opening of the Richardson Library Information Commons

The library is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Richardson Library Information Commons on Sept 24th!  As part of this, from 4:30-5:30 that day, the library will host a gathering for Graduate Students in the Scholar’s Lab.  Head on over to learn about interlibrary loans, citation management, Via Sapientiae, advanced research, as well as a demonstration of the library’s plotter printer for professional wide format color printing.

Michael Paterniti Comes to Arts and Letters

paternitiMichael Paterniti comes to Arts and Letters Hall on Tuesday, September 24th. Paterniti is a New York Times bestselling author of The Telling Room and Driving Mr. Albert: A trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.  His work has appeared in many different publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ. He has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award and is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and two MacDowell fellowships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a well-traveled writer and entrepreneur who constantly seeks out new stories and ways to promote literature. Paterniti will be presenting in ALH 103.

Department of English Kick Off

Last Friday, the Department of English came together for some drinks, a bit of food, and good times. The faculty buzzed with excitement over both the upcoming year and the deli platters.

Professor Spotlight

Professor Barrie Jean Borich has had an engaging interview published by Brevity on her new book Body Geographic. Prof. Borich’s book is a memoir that “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.”

Brevity interviews Prof. Borich about her writing process during the construction of the piece as well as taking creative writing risks.  Readers who are interested in unique forms of narrative and essay construction should pick up Body Geographic.

Read the interview here and then head over to Amazon to check out the book. It is available in paperback and Kindle.

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

Brooksday & Part-time Tutoring Positions

Today is Brooksday, an annual, day-long celebration of the life and legacy of one of Chicago’s literary legends, Gwendolyn Brooks. The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., is hosting a free Brooksday celebration running all day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The works of Gwendolyn Brooks will be read by a rotation of Chicago writers, including DePaul’s own Achy Obejas, Amina Gautier, Bayo Ojikutu, and Mark Turcotte.  Other readers include Michelle Boone, Rosellen Brown, Calvin Forbes, Reginald Gibbons, Rick Hogan, Haki Madhubuti,  Sandra Opoku, Sara Paretsky, Elise Paschen, Avery R. Young.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find out more on their Facebook page, facebook.com/brooksdayjune7.

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Frog Tutoring is looking to hire part-time tutors from all majors to work with students in the Chicago area.

Anyone interested in applying for the tutor position should submit their application and unofficial transcript at gradegetter.com/users/signup/47

Frog Tutoring offers its tutors:

  • Great Pay
  • Flexibility to choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor, create their own work schedule, and work as many hours as they like.
  • Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.
  • Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.
  • Incentives & Acknowledgement, including a tutor of the month award.

You can learn more information about Frog Tutoring at frogtutoring.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jovan Reyes, hiring manager, at 817-717-7235.

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.

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.