DePaul SWS Looking for New Hosts!

Don’t forget– TOMORROW May 25th, is the Threshold  Release Party from 3:00-6:00PM at DePaul Art Museum on the 2nd Floor. Pick up a free issue of the magazine and grab some refreshments as you listen to Threshold’s exceptional authors read from their work.


Among those who will be graduating from the DePaul English Graduate Programs in a few short weeks are DePaul Student Writers Series’s two talented co-hosts, Marcy Farrey and Colin Harris. Fortunately, the folks at Radio DePaul would like to keep the DePaul Student Writers Series going next year, and they would like to fill the positions now.

DePaul Radio is looking for two students to co-host the DePaul Student Writers Series, an hour-long show featuring original creative writing by DePaul students that airs every other Friday on the award winning college radio station, Radio DePaul.  The new positions will start in the Fall Quarter.   Apply to Professor Dan Stolar with an application letter less than a page stating your qualifications and any ideas for the show by Wednesday, June 6th.  Put the letter in Prof. Stolar’s mailbox on the 3rd Floor of Arts and Letters Hall or e-mail him at  To find out more you can visit the show’s blog at


Watch and Listen: Three Recommended Links

While everyone is busy with the mid-quarter workload and getting ready for registration or Commencement, allow us to recommend a few links to DePaul/literature/writing-related content around the web. Enjoy!


Two weeks ago, DePaul University welcomed five University of Alabama poets to campus as part of an exchange program between DePaul and the University of Alabama, and luckily for us, DePaul Radio’s Student Writer Series was there to document it. DePaul SWS recorded the five University of Alabama poets reading some of their own work, and talking about their small press, Slash Pine Press for this very special episode. They also talked to four DePaul students who had visited the University of Alabama in February.

DePaul Student Writer Series airs every Friday at 10 a.m., and you can listen to previous episodes archived at at any time. The episode about the visiting University of Alabama poets can be found here.


Thank you to everyone who participated in and/or attended any of the One Book One Chicago events hosted by the Chicago Public Library and DePaul University for Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. For those of you who weren’t able to attend any events with the author or would like to hear more, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, has posted an audio recording of Yiyun Li’s conversation with DePaul’s Achy Obejas at the Chicago Public Library on April 19th.

You can listen to the conversation here:


And finally, DePaul’s Arts & Letters Hall, home of the English graduate programs, has made its YouTube debut. This 6-minute video takes viewers on a hi-def tour of the building with commentary from DePaul faculty and staff. Prospective students and alums who haven’t gotten the chance to visit campus since the building opened in January will find the video especially helpful, but current students might also enjoy the chance to send the link around to friends and family to show off your academic home.

Dagoberto Gilb at DePaul and More

Acclaimed fiction writer Dagoberto Gilb will be reading at DePaul next WEDNESDAY, February 29th. The event–co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Latino Research–will take place at 6 p.m. in room 115 of the library, a lovely new reading space on the main floor.

Gilb is the author of The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña and The Magic Blood, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award. He wrote his new collection of stories, Before the End, After the Beginning, in the months following a stroke Gilb suffered at his home in Austin, Texas, in 2009. The result is a powerful and triumphant collection that tackles common themes of mortality and identity. A sampling of praise for the book:

“Stark, realistic, and told in mostly gritty matter-of-fact prose . . . Gilb portrays his characters simply and powerfully, without apology; even his unnamed characters represent the plight of not only every working-class Mexicano but Everyman.” —Boston Globe

“Dagoberto Gilb’s mission in Before The End, After the Beginning is not to dazzle and amaze, but to implode myths and misconceptions, to expose us to forgotten and subterranean characters in constant transition and exile; characters inured to injury and pain, heartbreak and woe—yet who never jettison hope for a better life, nor a future uncertain, yet still very much possible. These Chicano dreamers are lovelorn and love-tossed, broken-yet-healing, but most of all, on the road to recovery from an America that shuts its eyes and ears at their very existence. Gilb shows us that every man, woman and child is a citizen of hope, succors the birthright of love and freedom in their hearts, and sin fronteras, can, and will, emerge victorious. Make no mistake about it, by the end of Before The End, After the Beginning, you will be dazzled. And amazed.”—ZZ Packer


Several DePaul English Graduate students have gotten the chance to share their work on the radio via Radio DePaul’s Student Writers Series. If you’ve enjoyed this or any other Radio DePaul program, consider voting for Radio DePaul in the annual MTV Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station. Radio DePaul has already made it into the top 25, so all you have to do is click over to and click one more time to cast your vote! This round of voting ends Monday, February 27th.


The Summer Literary Seminars writing contest has extended its deadline. By popular demand and due to multiple requests from those attending the AWP Conference in Chicago, they have decided to extend the contest deadline to March 6th, 2012. Look for Summer Literary Seminars at their table at the AWP book fair.


And finally, it has just been announced that acclaimed Iraqi author Mahmoud Saeed, a writer in residence at DePaul will be teaching a literature course this Spring quarter. In MOL 309-301: The Novelist’s World, atudents will study his own works, in English. The class will be held at the Lincoln Park Campus T/TH 4:20-5:50pm. If you are interested in obtaining special permission to enroll in this unique class, please see your program director for more information.

DePaul Student Writers Series on WordPress & DePaul Faculty Poets Reading

Wish you could follow DePaul Radio’s exciting new Student Writers Series, but have other obligations on Friday mornings? Well you’re in luck! As promised, DePaul Radio SWS hosts Colin Harris and Marcy Farrey have created a blog where you can listen to previous episodes at your leisure. The first two episodes, which feature DePaul English graduate students Danielle KillgoreZhanna Vaynberg, Bethany Brownholtz, and Michael Van Kerckhove are up now on DePaulSWS’s first blog post!

Visit the DePaul SWS blog at— or better yet, add it to your reader of choice so you don’t miss another episode.

If you can listen in on Friday mornings, the next show will take place tomorrow, February 3rd, with guest Amanda Fowler, another English grad student! Tune in to at 10 a.m. to hear the show live.

You can also follow DePaul University English Graduate Programs on Facebook for more timely reminders of SWS radio shows, events, and more!


And just a reminder that tonight is the Visiting Writers Series‘ latest reading: DePaul Faculty Poets featuring Kathleen Rooney, Mark Turcotte, Chris Green, and David Welch.

Afterwards, current MAWP students are invited to join some of the faculty at Kelly’s Pub at 949 W. Webster Ave. for an informal meet-and-greet.


Submit to Threshold and DePaul Radio Student Writer Showcase

It’s that time of year– time to send in your writing to Threshold. See the following message from Threshold editor Meredith Boe for more information including how and when to submit:

Threshold is DePaul’s literary and arts journal in its 32nd year. It is student-produced and features outstanding work from DePaul students. It is a non-intimidating way for students to get their work published!

We have exciting news for writers who want feedback!

In the past, Threshold has given writing workshops through which students could come and get feedback from editors on their writing. This year, instead of workshopping students’ work, we are offering direct feedback from the editors to each writer who submits by Feb. 10th. Writers will receive an email from an editor with helpful feedback (the sooner you submit the more feedback you’ll get!)

How to submit:

  • We accept poetry, fiction, dramatic literature, and creative non-fiction, and you may only submit ONCE to EACH genre, with the exception of poetry, in which we will accept up to three poems.
  • All submitted work can be of any length and may include portions or chapters of novels/plays, but the work should stand on its own as a whole piece.
  • You may send your submissions electronically to, with the category of your submission as the subject, i.e. “poetry submission,” “fiction submission,” etc.
  • The email of your submitted work should contain two documents:
    • Contact Page: Include first and last name, the genre to which you are submitting, email and/or phone number, and the title of your piece.
    • Creative Work: Document of your work with ONLY the title. (No indications of the author’s identity should appear anywhere on the piece.)
  • The work must be submitted in a .doc or .docx format only.

Submissions for the 2012 Edition of Threshold will be accepted through Friday, February 10th at 5pm

Visit the Threshold website:


How would you like to read your writing on live radio? Well this might just be your chance! Here’s the call for submissions from co-hosts Marcy Ferry and Colin Harris:

This Winter Quarter, Radio DePaul will be showcasing DePaul student writers (graduate and undergraduate) every other Friday morning at 10 am.  We’re looking for students who are willing to read live on-air and do a short interview afterward.  Each show will feature two student writers, so you won’t be alone!  We welcome work from all genres, so if you are interested, please send us an e-mail with the work you’d like to share.  We ask that each submission be no more than 10 pages double-spaced.  If you are not available on Friday mornings, there is still a chance that we could include you in a prerecorded segment.  Of course, we would love to give everyone a chance to read, but we only have a few shows each quarter.  Not everyone will be able to participate this winter.  Be sure to try again in future quarters if you don’t hear from us right away!  Please e-mail us at

Even if you don’t want to read, be sure to tune in and hear what your fellow students are up to!

We look forward to reading and sharing your work!

— Marcy Farrey and Colin Harris

Check back with Ex Libris for reminders to tune in and hear your classmates each episode. And, for those of us who can’t tune in on Fridays, there is a website in the works where previous episodes will be hosted so you can listen to them at any time and share them with all your friends.


And finally, there are two fantastic readings taking place in Chicago this weekend… and they’re both FREE and both feature DePaul’s own Christine Sneed!

Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Square’s Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, (773) 293-2665 – Support a local book store and enjoy some award-winning fiction at a reading and awards ceremony for the winners of the Chicago Writers Association Books of the YearChristine Sneed will be reading from her story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, which won in the traditionally published fiction category.  The other winners – Pamela Ferdinand (nonfiction, traditionally published), James Finn Garner (fiction, self-published) and Krista August (non-fiction, self-published) will all briefly read from their books as well.

And on Sunday, Jan. 15, doors at 6 p.m.: Come Home Chicago, a hip event featuring two local bands and three local writers – Stuart Dybek, WGN’s Rick Kogan and Christine Sneed – organized by fiction writer Don De Grazia (American Skin), that will take place at the Underground Wonder Bar, 710 N. Clark St, Chicago (ID required).

Faculty News, Radio DePaul, and More

Two exciting Faculty News updates today:

Congratulations are due to Christine Sneed, who has just sold a novel, Little Known Facts, to Bloomsbury. And her short story, “The First Wife,” which appeared in the December2010/January 2011 issue of the New England Review, has been selected for this year’s O. Henry Prize Anthology.

Congratulations also to Lesley Kordecki on the publication of her new book, Ecofeminist Subjectivities:  Chaucer’s Talking Birds, which analyzes the interaction between gender and species in Chaucer’s poetry and interprets his adaptation of medieval genres through an ecofeminist lens. The book is a part of Palgrave Macmillan’s New Middle Ages series.

Next time you see Prof. Sneed and Prof. Kordecki, make sure to congratulate them on these outstanding accomplishments!

Radio DePaul is looking for two Co-hosts for a show featuring creative writing students reading their work on air.  It will be the hosts’ responsibility to work with the student programmers at Radio DePaul to shape the show, to host the show on the air, and to select student readers for each show. They are anticipating doing a one hour show every other Friday morning.   Please submit a 1-page application letter to Professor Dan Stolar’s mailbox in McGaw by Wednesday, Oct. 26 if you are interested.

Note:  it is likely that there will be overlap between applications for these positions and for the Threshold Co-editor positions.  Please feel free to re-use materials from that application.  The same people will not be chosen for both in order to give more students an opportunity.

Currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient Chicago Shakespeare Theater  is seeking qualified and enthusiastic interns for the Advancement, Education and Marketing/PR Departments for at least a 10-week period between January and June of 2012. Preference will be given to candidates who can work a minimum of 25 hours per week. A small weekly stipend will be provided.  Current students, graduates and early career professionals are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received by Monday, Nov. 14th.

View the detailed posting for each position here, and the full internship descriptions and qualifications on the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website.