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

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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.

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.

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.

English Departmet Updates

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the annual DePaul Fest Concert taking place on campus TODAY, May 24th, 2013, Public Safety will be closing Arts and Letters Hall at 5:30 p.m.  The English department offices will close at 5:30 as well.

And don’t forget, the University and English Department Offices are closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no Monday classes, and the office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 28th.

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Sigma Tau Delta’s Open Mic & Poetry Reading with Debra Bruce has been rescheduled, and will now be taking place on Friday, May 31st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall, room 404. The first hour will be an open mic at which all are invited to participate. The second hour will feature a guest reading by Debra Bruce.

For more information, follow the link above to our previous post, or join the Facebook group at facebook.com/events/155132487992980/

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An additional graduate-level English course has been approved for the Summer I schedule. The course, a combined 309 Topics in Writing/484 Writing Workshop: The Art of Revision, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:15 p.m. and will be taught by Prof. Dan Stolar.  The course is currently not listed in the registration system, but please continue to check Campus Connect as it will be added soon. You can see the course description here.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Prof. Stolar at dstolar@depaul.edu.

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Have a fun and restful Memorial Day Weekend; we’ll see you next week!

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.