Printers Row Lit Fest & ASK Networking Breakfast

Printers Row Lit Fest is this weekend, June 8th from 10:00a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and June 9th from 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, Printers Row Lit Fest features over 250 authors and 150 booksellers and this year welcomes famed young adult author Judy Blume, celebrity chef Rick Bayless over 250 authors and 150 booksellers. Some headliners have sold out but there are still openings for many other great local author conversations and live demos.

Printers Row Lit Fest is held in the historic Printers Row neighborhood between Dearborn and Polk Streets, More information about this year’s presenters and other frequently asked questions can be found at: printersrowlitfest.org.

Also, the event is still in need of last-minute volunteers, so if you want to get behind the scenes and get front and center with the Chicago Tribune and the authors as well as a free lunch, now’s your chance. The volunteer application can be found online at: trib.in/ZE9azZ.

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DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge is eager to toast the end of the school year with the last ASK Networking Breakfast of the academic year.

ASK Networking Breakfast: 21st Century Skills in the Workplace is taking place on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Loop Campus, DPC, 11th Floor, DePaul Club.

“Back in the day, we used to do that by hand.”

Continuous innovation in technology has enhanced our work processes across job functions.  What used to take days now only takes minutes.  What used to require five people, now only requires one.  With easy access to abundant information and rapid changes in tools, “tech-savvy” is a quality that is no longer reserved for IT professionals nor the “young ones.”  No matter what your age or discipline is, your world of work is evolving.

How are employer expectations changing in response to these innovations?  What skills should you build to stay competitive in the modern workplace?

Join us at the ASK June Networking Breakfast as we gain insights on what employers look for.  Leading the discussion will be ASK mentors and career development pros Jennifer Kopczynski and Alma Mendez Ceballos.

Enjoy light breakfast, lively conversation, and open networking with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students.

ASK Networking Breakfasts are open to all DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

To register for this event and view other upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/DePaulASKEvents.

For speaker bios and further details on this event, visit http://bit.ly/ASKBreakfastJune2013.

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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.

Another Publishing Internship Opportunity, Alumni News, & More

Current students, have you done your Online Teaching Evaluations? You have until midnight tonight, November 13th to (anonymously) tell the DePaul English Faculty how they’re doing. Check your email or Campus Connect for links to your evaluations.

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Wicker Park Press, a ten-year-old independent book publisher in Chicago, has an internship opportunity available for students interested in small/independent presses.  Wicker Park Press is looking for energetic self-starters who can help utilize a great website platform and put some creative campaigns and web marketing tools together to promote the company’s books.

Site to work is 363 W Erie St Suite 4W Chicago, IL 60654. Hours flexible. Contact Eric Miller at 773-391-1199 or email eric@3ibooks.com

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in receiving academic credit for this or any other internship, please check your email for instructions and contact Prof. Chris Green at cgreen1@depaul.edu with any other questions or concerns.

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In Alumni News, those familiar with DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) may have noticed a familiar name on the organization’s blog today. Marcy Ferrey (M.A.W.P. 12) is a new ASK mentor and has written a piece for their blog on the value of internships.  You can read Marcy’s post, in which she shares the lessons she learned through her undergraduate and graduate internships, at bit.ly/ASKMarcyFarreyNov2012.

Marcy is in the ASK directory, available through DePaul.Experience, and students and alumni can connect with her or any of the other ASK mentors (all DePaul alumni in a variety of fields) directly for one-on-one mentoring. For more information on how to connect with an ASK mentor, please visit ask.depaul.edu/Students/MentoringandAdvice.

Important MAE Reminder, Sheri Holman on Campus, and ASK Networking Breakfasts

Important reminder for current MAE students: The first Information Session for the Capstone Portfolio Requirement will be held this Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the SAC 232. Prof. Shanahan will explain the requirements for the Portfolio–which is replacing the Comprehensive Exam as the final requirement for the degree of Master of Arts in English for all current and future students effectively immediately–, describe how to submit your Portfolio materials using Digication, and answer any questions that you might have.

If you have not already RSVP’d to Ms. Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu, please check your email for instructions on how to do so by the end of the day TODAY, September 12th.

If you are unable to attend this session, please contact Prof. Shanahan at jshanah1@depaul.edu to set up an individual appointment. For more information about the Capstone Portfolio Requirement, see this page.

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Next week’s on-campus event with bestselling author Sheri Holman has officially been assigned a room. Please join the English Department and the University Honors Program on Friday, September 21st from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in SAC 154 for a reading and reception with Holman.

 

To learn more about Holman’s work and the topic of her conversation on the 21st, please see Ex Libris’s original post about the event.

 

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Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) is DePaul’s network of committed alumni and friends who serve as career mentors, working with students one-on-one, in practice interviews and at job fairs, and speaking at networking events and open houses throughout the university.

One such event is the ASK Networking Breakfast Series, which kicks off next Tuesday, September 18th  from 8 to 9 a.m. at DePaul’s Loop campus with food, networking, and a presentation entitled “Building Your Professional Image.” Click on the attached flyers to see the full schedule of ASK Networking Breakfasts and how to RSVP. For more information about the ASK program, including events and mentoring, visit ask.depaul.edu.