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,


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

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 If you have any questions, please contact Jovan Reyes, hiring manager, at 817-717-7235.


Faculty News: Christine Sneed’s Debut Novel

In Faculty News, congratulations to Prof. Christine Sneed. This week marked the release of Sneed’s debut novel, Little Known Facts. From the official press release:

sneed_little_known_factsThe people who orbit around Renn Ivins, an actor of Harrison Ford-like stature—his girlfriends, his children, his ex-wives, his colleagues in the film industry—long to experience the glow of his flame. Anna and Will are Renn’s grown children, struggling to be authentic versions of themselves in a world where they are seen as less-important extensions of their father. They are both drawn to and repelled by the man who overshadows every part of them.

From Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Christine Sneed comes the debut novel LITTLE KNOWN FACTS (Bloomsbury / February 12, 2013 / $25, hardcover), which peels back the layers of fame, family, and identity surrounding a charismatic Hollywood star. With each chapter from the point of view a different person caught in Renn’s web of celebrity, Sneed shows us the man in full and the effects of fame on the people to whom he is closest. Will, in his late twenties, is unmoored, has never had a real job. Anna is an earnest and hardworking medical intern who eventually falls for a married man of her father’s age. The first Mrs. Ivins can’t seem to keep a relationship going in the years since her marriage fell apart because no man can stand in Renn’s shadow. The second Mrs. Ivins has just published an expose titled This Isn’t Gold. Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects—the fallout of fame and fortune on family members and others who can neither fully embrace nor ignore the superstar in their midst.

With Little Known Facts Christine Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass.

Little Known Facts is juicy enough to appeal to our prurience but smart enough not to make us feel dirty afterward…Sneed is such a gifted writer…Her depiction of both proximity to  celebrity and celebrity itself had me totally convinced.” – Curtis Sittenfled, New York Times Book Review (cover)

“An entertaining, formally inventive read …the world that Sneed creates in Little Known Facts — a blend of truth and fiction that weaves real life actors and directors into Renn’s everyday life — makes for a clever take and a fun read.” – Los Angeles Times

 “Sneed follows her award-winning short story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, with an ensnaring first novel that delves into the complex challenges and anguish of living with and in the shadow of celebrity. Sneed’s wit, curiosity, empathy, and ability to divine the perfect detail propel this psychologically exquisite, superbly realized novel of intriguing, caricature-transcending characters and predicaments…As Sneed illuminates each facet of her percussively choreographed plot via delectably slant disclosures––overheard conversations, snooping, tabloids, confessions under duress, and journal entries, among them—she spotlights ‘little known facts’ about the cost of fame, our erotic obsession with movie-star power, and where joy can be found.” – Booklist, starred review

Book reviews and Q&A’s with Sneed have been popping up everywhere from the Tin House blog to Time Out Chicago. You can read them all at

Women and Children First bookstore, located at 5233 N. Clark Street, will be hosting a release party for Little Known Facts tonight, Thursday February 21st, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Sneed will also be reading from Little Known Facts on DePaul’s campus on Wednesday, March 13th as a part of the DePaul Humanities Center’s New Voices in the Humanities series. Join her at 5:30 p.m. in the DePaul Student Center room 314 for a reception; the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. More information and a flyer to come!

Poetry Night, Love on the Road, and a Publishing Job

Design Cloud would like to invite the Depaul English department to join them on Thursday, February 21st for their first ever Poetry Night.

poetrynightPoetry Night will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scheduled readings will fill the first hour and any and all interested poets are invited to read their work during an open mic portion during the second hour. Featured Readers include Matthew Corey, Susan Hogan, Paul Luikart, Jason Noah and Mylo Reyes.

There will be a $5 suggested donation.

Design Cloud describes themselves as, “an innovative space, a collective resource, a culture which allows our best work to be realized. At our core we are passionate creatives doing what we love. Our studio is also an art gallery fostering rising Chicago artists and curators. The intersection of art and design is our source of constant inspiration.”

Poetry Night is being held in conjunction with the Peculiar Poetics exhibition, February 1st – March 5th, 2013. Peculiar Poetics is an exhibition showcasing artists who reinvent the ordinary functions of objects into situations and moments of visual poetry, likewise poets use language to create visuals.  Poetry Night is an effort to show the importance of visual and verbal expression in both creative practices.


An new literary project called Love on the Road has issued a call for submissions. Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about making LOTR2013connections, from heartfelt ones ending in weddings to less high-minded ones ending in beds (or wherever). Half the stories will be about travelers meeting people far from home, and the other half about people meeting travelers passing through.

Writers can submit their 5,000-word stories any time before March 31st, 2013. There is a $10 reading fee. Two editors will choose the best 12 stories for publication and send them to a panel of judges, which includes writers and literary agents. They will pick the stories that will win the cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.

You find out more about this anthology and how to submit at


And finally, a job opening: Chicago Review Press is seeking a Project Editor. This is a full-time position with benefits.

The project editor handles book production from approved manuscript to print for approximately 20 books a year. He or she coordinates with acquisition editors, authors, copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, and designers to shepherd books through the production process. The project editor is responsible for following schedules to meet publication dates and is directly supervised by the managing editor. He or she is expected to participate in meetings to evaluate proposals, titles, and covers. The ideal candidate has strong communication, organizational, and project/time management skills and is detail-oriented, fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel, and an experienced user of the Chicago Manual of Style. A minimum of one year of publishing experience is required. Interested candidates should forward a resume to Cynthia Sherry, Publisher, Chicago Review Press, 814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610, e-mail

Call for Papers & A Short Story Contest

At Play in the Space Between, 1914-1945
The 15th annual conference of the multidisciplinary society
The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
June 20-22, 2013, DePaul University, Chicago IL

The 15th annual conference of the Space Between Society will explore the multifaceted subject of play as it relates to literature, art, history, music, theater, media, and spatial or material culture in any country between 1914 and 1945. From surrealist games to improvisational jazz, from Mrs Dalloway’s party to Archibald Motley’s Nightlife, from the exploits of the “Bright Young People” to the political games of wartime, play figures prominently in the arts and culture of this period. We invite proposals for papers considering any aspect of play—light or dark, free or controlled, experimental or entertaining. Papers that complicate or challenge conventional notions of play are also welcome. Topics might include:

  • studies of comedy, parody, burlesque, satire, laughter, or humor
  • formal or linguistic play in literature, music, art, and other media
  • theories of play or games in relation to the arts
  • representations of games or sports
  • dark, serious, subversive, or transgressive forms of play or humor
  • cultures of entertainment, leisure, or recreation
  • constructions of the interwar period as the “Jazz Age” or the “Long Weekend”
  • political or imperial games
  • play and the irrational as resistance to bourgeois culture or militarism
  • playing games with readers, spectators, listeners, or audiences
  • occasions for play: parties, salons, celebrations, flirtations, holidays, weekends, entertaining the troops
  • spaces for play: pubs, hotels, resorts, casinos, racecourses, country houses, nightclubs, music halls, picture palaces, dance halls, circuses, parks, schools
  • objects for play/playful objects: toys, games, equipment, whimsical design
  • figures associated with play: flappers, dandies, flaneurs, playboys, gamblers, speculators, athletes, children, tourists, entertainers, celebrities
  • playing with identity: costumes, disguises, impersonation, drag, passing,queering
  • hoaxes, pranks, cons, jokes, puzzles, riddles, tricks, lies, deception, propaganda
  • literature, art, or music produced by or for children or inspired by childhood

Keynote speaker: Dickran Tashjian, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California at Irvine, a leading scholar of New York Dada and Surrealism.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a short biographical statement to Rebecca Cameron at by 7 December 2012.
The Conference Organizing Committee includes Rebecca Cameron, Department of English, DePaul University; Analisa Leppanen, Department of History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University; Patrick Deer, Department of English, New York University; Christina Hauck, Department of English, Kansas State University.


The Bristol Short Story Prize has recently launched their 2013 short story competition and would like to encourage all creative writing students to submit their stories. The 2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by mail. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story. The deadline for entries is April 30th 2013.


  • 1st – £1000 plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
  • 2nd – £700 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
  • 3rd – £400 plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card

17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 6. The winning story will also be published in Bristol Review of Books magazine.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2013 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched. Any shortlisted writers unable to attend the awards ceremony will be sent their prizes. The awards ceremony will be part of the 2013 Bristol Festival of Literature.

The judging panel includes Ali Reynolds (literary consultant, former Random House editor), Bidisha (writer, broadcaster, critic), Anna Britten (author and  journalist), and Chris Wakling (novelist, Creative Writing tutor).

Full details and rules at

DePaul Humanities Center Announces Winter Events

Winter quarter may seem ages away, especially to those of us preoccupied with finals, but the DePaul Humanities Center is pleased to announce to the DePaul and Chicago communities to their Winter 2013 Events, featuring selections from three current series: New Voices in the Humanities, Nostalgia and the Age of Enlightenment, and Digital Humanities.

This quarter the DePaul Humanities Center’s events will:

  • Welcome two acclaimed authors, who will read from just-published works of fiction, including DePaul English professor Christine Sneed, reading from her forthcoming novel, Little Known Facts.
  • Offer two forays into Nostalgia and the Age of Enlightenment: a public and participatory discussion about questions of value, excellence and merit in art (and beyond) in a fully-ironic postmodern age, and an examination of the problem of the past in English socialism.
  • Explore how the practice of Digital Humanities can alter our understanding of what constitutes information–unhinging it from human meaning–and what consequences may arise as a result.

Please see the flyer for event details. Further descriptions will be posted closer to the time of each individual event.

An Internship Opportunity, Free Creative Writing Classes, & a Call for Book Reviews

Academy Chicago Publishers is currently looking for two or three interns for an unpaid winter internship in the publishing industry. Zhanna Vaynberg, a recent MAWP graduate, is the managing editor at Academy Chicago Publishers in charge of finding interns, making this an especially promising opportunity for current DePaul English graduate students looking to get a foot in the door at a local independent publishing company.

Academy Chicago Publishers provides a laid-back office environment where interns can pick their hours to work around their schedules. Tasks vary from marketing & social media to reading submissions, proofreading galleys, updating the website, and more. The variety in tasks looks good on a resume and can help the intern figure out exactly which part of publishing they enjoy doing the most.

Email resumes and short (3-4 sentences) cover letter about why you’d like to join Academy Chicago Publishers to Zhanna at

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in getting academic credit for this internship, please contact Internship Director Chris Green at, or check your inbox for more information.


The weekend of December 1st and 2nd, the Northwestern MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program will offer free writing classes for the public for the eighth year. “The Apprentices: Free Community Creative Writing Classes” will take place at 405 Church St., at Northwestern’s Evanston campus. All workshops are taught by Northwestern graduate students.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 1st

  • 9 a.m. Turn off Your Brain: Using Automatic Writing for Inspiration (Patrick Bernhard)
  • 10 a.m.  From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Work in Front of an Audience (Dana Norris)
  • 11 a.m. A Past that Bears Repeating: Writing Historical Scenes (Rebecca Bald)
  • 12 p.m. Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper: Generating Ideas & Welcoming Creativity (Heather Cunningham)
  • 1 p.m. It’ll Be Funny Someday: A Dark Humor Workshop (Michelle Cabral)
  • 2 p.m. Embracing Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry About Art (Dane Hamann)
  • 3 p.m. It’s Not Stealing if it’s a Cento: a Poetry Workshop (Aaron DeLee)

Sunday, December 2nd

  • 9 a.m. Back to the Future: How Flashbacks Can Help Your Story  (Ross Ritchell)
  • 10 a.m. Fragmented Narrative in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jesse Eagle)
  • 11 a.m. To Tell True Stories, You Must Lie (Alex Higley)
  • 12 p.m. How I See it: Changing Meaning by Changing Point of View (Lydia Pudzianowski)
  • 1 p.m. Great Expectations: How to Subvert Readers’ Assumptions (Alisa Ungar-Sargon)
  • 2 p.m. Smash-Bang: Increase Your Story’s Impact by Ramping Up Conflict (Michael Anson)
  •  3 p.m. Hookers I Have Loved: Writing Catchy Openings (Eric Grawe)
  • 4 pm. Techniques for Writing About Emotion in Prose (Mercedes Lucero)

Classes are for writers with various levels of experience. Prose writers may find the poetry workshops useful, and vice versa. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to take the classes registration is limited to five or fewer classes per person. You may register for a maximum of five classes. Each is taught by a graduate student in creative writing at Northwestern.

To register, please email with the classes you wish to register for and your phone number, or call 847-491-5612.  Classes are 50 to 55 minutes long. Please bring paper, pen or pencil, or laptop. Classes are free but donations will be accepted to benefit Young Chicago Authors.


Harpur Palate, a biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, has recently begun a Reviews section on its blog, and has issued a subsequent call for submissions. Harpur Palate is now looking for quality reviews of books (or chapbooks) of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Review Guidelines: Harpur Palate welcomes unsolicited, previously unpublished reviews for the web review section of its blog. Reviews may be on recently published short story collections, novels, poetry full-lengths, or poetry chapbooks by emerging or established writers. In terms of length, brevity (2,000 words or less) is optimal, but they will consider reviews up to 5,000-words. The review should merit its length. They will consider reviews written in any style, from the more objective to the unabashedly subjective and narrative. They only ask that reviewers support their conclusions with contextualized text from the work being reviewed. Please avoid plot summaries that don’t illustrate important ideas.

Accepted reviews will be published on Harpur Palate’s blog, noted in the Harpur Palate journal, and promoted on Harpur Palate’s Facebook page.

Submit a review with a brief cover letter via our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

Upcoming Readings Featuring MAWP Students and More

In Student News: Michael Van Kerckhove (M.A.W.P.) will be part of the inaugural line-up of That’s All She Wrote, a brand new entry into the alive and well Chicago live-lit storytelling scene. Michael will be debuting a new personal story at this reading, and you can support him and enjoy the live literature of That’s All She Wrote at Swim Cafe at 1357 W. Chicago Avenue this Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). The event is free and food will be available. Swim Cafe is BYOB.


In honor of the National Day on Writing, The University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writers Guild will present a public reading of original works of non-fiction, fiction, essays, and poetry by its members, and all are invited to attend. The event will take place on Thursday, October 18th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the LPC Student Center in the Performance Area.

Members of The Writers Guild including M.A.W.P. students Raul Palma, David Mathews, and Mark Brand, alum Jennifer Finstrom (M.A.W.P. ’12) and other DePaul undergraduates and faculty members will share pieces of their writing that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. Writers Guild and Writing Groups staff members will be on-hand to share information about our work and how to get involved with the UCWbL and The Writers Guild.


In addition to this reading, the UCWbL will also be hosting a program called National Day on Writing Literacy Narratives on Wednesday, October 17th. Students, faculty, and staff who would like to share their literacy narrative in a recording session can join the UCWbL on this day from 10am-12pm in the LPC Student Center Atrium or from 1-3pm on the 11th Floor of the Loop DePaul Center to record a quick statement on why you write or to describe an impactful literacy experience. These videos will be shared via the UCWbL YouTube page as a celebration for National Day on Writing.


And finally, if you’re looking to do some literary sightseeing this weekend, the Poetry Foundation will once again take part in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 buildings across the city and suburbs. Visitors to the building on Saturday, Oct. 13th and Sunday, Oct 14th from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days will have an opportunity to explore the space over the weekend as well as get a rare glimpse into the making of Poetry magazine, celebrating its centennial in 2012. The Poetry Foundation is located at 61 West Superior Street, and you can find out more about them at