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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Reformation of the EGSA

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Ex Libris is proud to announce the reformation of the English Graduate Student Association.

The founding members met last Friday at John Barleycorn and elected, through a lengthy and sudsy process, a board of officers. Without further ado please welcome your new English Graduate Student Association officers.

President Brandon Haskey

Vice President Ryan Daily

Treasurer and Event Coordinator Kate O’Brien

Social Network Chair Bridgette “Tigz” Tar

Secretary Josh Fisher

Attendees discussed future events and hope to include weekly happy hours, trips to Second City, engaging conferences, and writing workshops in the programming. Check in with Ex Libris to stay on top of EGSA news and stay tuned for their next event.

Published Students, Writing Contests, and More

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Today’s news comes in on the Pony Express from the land of published MAWP students.

However, that’s not the only good tidings in the mailbag: there are writing contests, association kickoffs, and visiting authors stuffed in this Ex Libris satchel. Read on, spread the news, and cheer for the Friday finish line is now in sight.

Congratulations Tim Rolph

When you see Tim on campus over the next few weeks shake his hand and offer him a hearty congratulations on the publication of Global Poverty Alleviation: A Case Book. Tim acted as part of a three member editorial team to publish a book that, “Provides examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships that aim to create sustainable enterprises for both the for-profit sectors and for individuals who live in conditions of poverty […] The cases are arranged thematically and cover a broad array of solutions in diverse countries […] that focus on bringing about substantive shifts in the conditions of life for those living in poverty.”

Be sure to pre-order Global Poverty Alleviation: A Case Book on Amazon.

Hektoen International Writing Contests

Writers who enjoy throwing a bit of the science and the technical into their prose should take a few minutes to explore the Hektoen International Writing Contests. The organization is hosting two medical humanities contests with fast approaching deadlines.

o  The Vesalius Prize – for $1,000—to commemorate the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius and his spirit of excellence and inquiry.

Participants may write for any section of the Hektoen Briefs:

  • Art Flashes: art and disease, and medical themes in the visual arts.
  • Physicians of Note: portraits of famous physicians.
  • Moments in History: notable events relating to medicine.
  • Literary Vignettes: extracts with commentaries related to medicine and literature.
  • Famous Hospitals: articles about historical or current hospitals.

Articles should not be longer than 800 words and only one image is allowed. Each participant may submit only one piece. Articles must be received by December 1, 2013. The winner will be announced by email on April 1, 2014 and published in the Spring 2014 issue. Selected others will be featured in the Hektoen Briefs section.

Please send your submission to contest@hektoeninternational.org by December 1, 2013 and write “VESALIUS” and the title of your piece in the subject line of your email.

o  The Hektoen Essay ContestSuggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible.

They will be offering two prizes:

  • The Hektoen Grand Prix, for the winner – $1,500
  • The Hektoen Silver Prize, for the runner-up – $1,000

Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words and up to three images are allowed. Each participant may submit only one piece. Articles must be received by March 1, 2014. The winner will be announced by email on June 1, 2014 and published in the Summer 2014 issue. Selected others will be featured throughout the year.

Please send your submission to contest@hektoeninternational.org by March 1, 2014 and write “ESSAY” and the title of your piece in the subject line of your email.

Jane Hamilton flyerJane Hamilton Visits DePaul University

Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, The Short History of a Prince, and other favorites will be coming to DePaul on Friday, October 11th from 2 pm to 3pm. Hamilton will read from one of her books, and lecture as well. All students are encouraged to attend. The Honors Program can help you join or set up a small group discussion following the lecture and reading.

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.

RSVP HERE

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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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.

Three Fast Approaching Deadlines

Today’s news flits by in three tight paragraphs packed to the brim with important dates. Don’t let the deadlines sneak by without marking your calendar.

MAE Capstone and Thesis Information Session

Students in the MAE program who will be presenting a capstone or thesis must attend an information session on September 21st from 10:00 to 12:00 pm. The session will be hosted in the SAC in room 240. After two short hours you’ll be prepared with the information you need to successfully pursue your thesis or capstone project.

Degree Conferral

Students preparing to graduate must have their applications in for degree conferral by October 1st. Remember to apply online through the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Follow this link to review the seven quick steps to degree conferral.  Be sure to check with Jan Hickey before applying to make sure you meet all of the requirements.

Visiting Writer

Michael Paterniti comes to campus 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. Look to Ex Libris in the coming days as there has been a room change. We’ll be sure to let you know where Michael Paterniti will be once we have a location.

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Greetings Fall 2013

On behalf of the graduate faculty in the Department of English, we would like to welcome the fifty students who will begin their master’s studies this warm September.

For our friends and students returning to DePaul after a summer of adventure, literature, and stories, we extend a warm greeting and a blank page. We’re very excited to read the new poems, stories, and ideas summer break has inspired.

Prof. Ted Anton

I’m delighted to fill in for Prof. Michele Morano as Acting Director of the MA program in Writing and Publishing this fall and look forward to working with all of you. This year we have a particularly robust slate of courses in both areas of our program, from fiction, poetry, nonfiction and multi-genre workshops to classes in digital publishing, literary editing, and the independent press.exlibris2 We’re also thrilled to welcome back professor and poet Chris Green as our dedicated internship coordinator. Prof. Rebecca Johns-Trissler is putting together a terrific slate of visiting writers for the year, and we’re planning a number of events to showcase the work of both graduate students and faculty members. Keep an eye on Ex Libris for campus events and meetings, and consider becoming involved in the English Graduate Students Association (EGSA). In the meantime, please stop by my office in 312-23 Arts and Letters Hall and say hello.

Prof. John Shanahan

This is an exciting time in the Master’s in English program. We are running innovative new literature seminars this year such as Prof. Marcy Dinius’ “Topics in Digital Humanities,” Prof. Rich Squibbs’ course on the relations between the country and the city in the long 18th century, and Prof. Anne Clark Bartlett’s “Topics in Medieval Literature: Women Writing, Writing About Women.” We will continue to offer more courses in literature of all periods and in teaching topics. I believe that a vibrant and rigorous Master’s degree is a vital resource in today’s economy, and a report on the Master’s degree in English issued in June 2011 by the Modern Language Association confirms that our curriculum, for which training in pedagogy is stressed as well as original research, is ahead of the curve of national practice. I intend in the coming years to do all that I can to enhance the program further and to continue to foster excellent scholars and teachers. We can look forward this year to visiting writers, student socials and readings, faculty lectures, and the Spring Conference. Please feel free to make an appointment to speak with me so we can discuss your academic plans.

ExLibrisOneJosh Fisher, a first-year student and Graduate Assistant in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing, is the new editor of Ex Libris. He will be in charge of keeping the online newsletter and magazine up to date. Share any information or news on yourself, programs, events, and organizations that would interest students and faculty in the MAE and MAWP programs. He is excited to announce that Ex Libris will be experiencing a facelift this year. The new design will make it easier to access resources and news from your mobile device and computer. If you have any new features or ideas that you believe would take Ex Libris to the next level or may interest students, feel free to email Josh at JFISHE33@depaul.edu

Graduate students are being called to rally behind the English Graduate Student Association. There will be exciting developments in the coming weeks and the EGSA is looking for new members. Those looking to take on a leadership role are encouraged to apply. For information about EGSA activities, check the Ex Libris blog.

Best wishes for a successful fall quarter and an exciting, rewarding academic year. Graduate study is hectic, challenging, draining, but also exhilarating, fulfilling, and all too short. Come June 2013 (2014, 2015, …) we will see you cross the stage at the commencement ceremony to receive your Master of Arts degree. With this you will commence the next stage of your life as a thinker, scholar, reader, and writer.

Very best wishes,
John Shanahan and Ted Anton

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.