Photos from the EGSA Spring Conference 2012

If you were at the 2012 EGSA Spring Conference in April, you may have noticed a photographer wandering the conference and documenting some of the panels. That photographer was Ryan Jones of RJ Photography, and he has graciously sent us the photos he took of the conference to share with everyone in the program.




You can see a selection of the photos from the EGSA conference featuring DePaul English graduate students and professors throughout the day’s events on the DePaul English Graduate Programs Flickr page, in the set titledEGSA Spring Conference 2012.” You may download the photos from Flickr for your own personal use. For more information about RJ Photography, please visit



Once again, thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the EGSA 2012 Spring Conference and made it a great success. Special thanks to the members of EGSA who volunteered so much of their time and energy to put it all together!


Have any pictures of your own of the 2012 EGSA Conference that you’d like to share with your fellow grad students on Flickr? Email them to Maria at


Student News: MAE and MAWP Students to Present at EGSA Conference

Twenty-four MAE and MAWP students have been selected to present at the upcoming EGSA Spring Conference on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Organized by Trudie Gauerke (MAWP), Michael Hernandez (MAE), Jessica Saltiel (MAE), and Angel Woods (MAWP), the conference features fifteen panels of student presenters and a keynote address by Mahmoud Saeed.

In the spirit of academic fellowship, we welcome everyone to attended the event and support the presenters. The conference will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the keynote address beginning at 7:15 p.m. on the fourth floor of Arts & Letters Hall, and refreshments will be provided. For more information on the event, including the complete schedule and presentation topics, please visit the EGSA Spring Conference 2012 page.

Please join the English Department in congratulating the graduate student presenters, listed below:

  • Jessica Olson (MAE)
  • Sam Piccone (MAWP)
  • Zachary Poelker (MAWP)
  • Angel Woods (MAWP)
  • Barbara Joyce (MAWP)
  • Joanna Krynski (MAWP)
  • Jessica Saltiel (MAE)
  • Lauren Thompson (MAE)
  • Andrea Pelose (MAWP)
  • Annie Newby (MAWP)
  • Julia Harding (MAE)
  • Meredith Silverman (MAE)
  • Michael Hernandez (MAE)
  • Amanda Fowler (MAWP)
  • Jennifer Finstrom (MAWP)
  • Trudie Gauerke (MAWP)
  • Marie Pabelonio (MAWP)
  • Adam Kivel (MAE)
  • Kevin Johnson (MAE)
  • Angela Ames (MAWP)
  • Matthew Fledderjohann (MAE)
  • Katie Hunsberger (MAWP)
  • Maria Hlohowskyj (MAWP)
  • Michael Pfau (MAE)

One Book One Chicago Kickoff, EGSA Conference Keynote Speaker Announced, and More

*REMINDER* Today, Monday April 9th, is the last day to drop a class with no penalty. After today, a “W” will appear on your transcripts if you withdraw.


The deadline for submissions to the April 12th master class with Eileen Pollack has been extended until 9 a.m. TOMORROW, TUESDAY APRIL 10th. This is an exciting opportunity for graduate students in both fiction and creative nonfiction. Pollack is the author of the new novel, Breaking and Entering, which was awarded the 2012 Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She is also a gifted nonfiction author whose innovative textbook and anthology, Creative Nonfiction: A Guide to Form, Content, and Style, with Readings, was published in 2009 by Wadsworth/Cengage.

If you would like to submit work for consideration for this Master Class, please email an essay or single piece of short fiction to Miles Harvey ( by 9 a.m. tomorrow.


This year’s One Book, One Chicago programming kicks off this week, and DePaul is hosting the first One Book, One Chicago event of the season:

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl in Conversation
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library
Room 300 (The Rosati Room)
2350 North Kenmore Avenue

All are invited to join DePaul University Department of English professors June Chung, Jim Fairhall, Rebecca Johns-Trissler, and James H. Murphy as they offer a roundtable discussion exploring the affinities between Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and a variety of contemporary and canonical authors, including William Trevor and Anton Chekhov.

Remember to check back with Ex Libris as well as the One Book One Chicago Tumblr site for more OBOC events at DePaul and all around the city.



Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is presenting a reading and workshop by novelist Joe Meno tomorrow, April 10th, at 6pm in the Brownstone Annex on first floor of the DePaul Student Center. All students are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer for more information.







This Friday, April 13th is the 2012 EGSA Spring Conference. The day of panels presented by DePaul English graduate students will conclude with a keynote speech by writer and visiting professor Mahmoud Saeed.

EGSA is honored to present Mahmoud Saeed, who will participate in a reading and discussion of his work. He is an award-winning Iraqi writer of more than twenty short story collections and novels including Saddam City and The World Through the Eyes of Angels. The event will take place in the auditorium of Arts & Letters Hall at 7:15, immediately following the conference panels.

All EGSA Conference events, including the Keynote speech, are free and open to the public. Please see the flyer for more details.

EGSA Conference Deadline Extended, Career Event for Creative People, and Francesca Royster on Michael Jackson

DePaul students, if you haven’t already heard, the deadline to submit proposals to the EGSA 2012 Spring Conference has been extended to this Friday, March 30th at midnight. This is your last chance to get those proposals in! Make sure to check the EGSA Spring Conference 2012 page on Ex Libris to download the application materials and remind yourself of all the details.


Those with the aspirations to make your current literature or writing degree into a career should take note of an upcoming DePaul Career Center event: Career Paths for Creative and Unconventional People. This networking/panel event will take place on Friday, April 13, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Campus DePaul Art Museum. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, writers, entrepreneurs, freelancers and other creative folks. Discover how they’ve navigated a nontraditional career path and find out how to pursue your passion and pay the bills.


Closing the Humanities Center’s year-long series on Literature and Music, Francesca Royster, Associate Professor of English and Chair of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul, will present “Michael Jackson, Queer World Making and the Trans Erotics of Voice, Gender and Age.” The event will take place Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at the DePaul Student Center, room 314. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will follow at 6:00 p.m.

EGSA Conference Reminder, Story Week, and a Teaching Job

There’s only one week left until the EGSA Conference paper submission deadline of midnight on Monday, March 19th. EGSA needs your Poetry, Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, Literary Analysis/Critical Approaches, Pedagogical and Literary Theory, and other writing on Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work, get a line on your CV, and have fun with your classmates.

While we’re still waiting for the EGSA Conference’s keynote speaker to be announced, there has been another conference development: EGSA is going to be collecting used books during the conference to donate to the nonprofit Open Books organization in support of their literacy programs. Save your pre-loved books for the April 13th conference to support this great organization.

For complete details on the 2012 EGSA conference and the materials necessary to submit your writing, please visit EGSA’s Ex Libris page.


Story Week Festival of Writers, presented by Columbia College Chicago’s Fiction Writing Department is taking place March 18th-23rd throughout the Loop. All events are free and open to the public and the full schedule can be viewed here.

Be sure to take note of the reading/panel Portraits of an American Dream: The Female in Contemporary Fiction, which will take place on Tuesday, March 20th at 6 p.m. in the Harold Washington Public Library (400 S. State St., Chicago) which will feature DePaul professor Christine Sneed along with writers Nami Mun, Bonnie Jo Campbell and Sam Park.


University Liggett School, a private high school in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, is looking to hire graduates with a Literature degree to teach upper school English (grades 9-12). In the words of the Department of English Chair: “Our English program is completing its transition from a traditional, teacher-centered approach to a model based more upon student inquiry and facilitated student seminar. Ideally, we’re looking for candidates who would relate well to high school students, who would enrich the professional discussion within the department, who are interested in progressive teaching and learning models, who would tolerate a little ambiguity while helping to shape an evolving program, and who would be able to assist with extracurricular duties (like coaching, club advising, academic advising, etc.) that private schools require of their teaching faculty. Liggett does not require its teachers to be state certified (in fact, I’ve often found degrees in literature to be preferable to degrees in education), so that would not present a hurdle to any candidate who is otherwise qualified to take on an English teaching assignment.”

If you are interested in learning more about this position, including a sample Course Description list and how to apply, please contact Prof. Miles Harvey at, who can get you this information and put you in touch with Liggett’s English Department Chair.

EGSA Spring Conference, Martha Nussbaum at DePaul, and More

The upcoming EGSA Spring Conference now has its own home page– right here on Ex Libris! Check out EGSA Spring Conference 2012 for all of the most up-to-date information about how to apply, including the downloadable application form. Don’t miss a great chance to participate in a conference and share your work with your friends and classmates. The deadline to apply is March 19th, so get your papers, poetry, and prose ready. And check back soon for more updates, including this year’s very special keynote speaker.


The DePaul Humanities Center invites everyone to attend an upcoming lecture by prominent scholar and public intellectual Martha Nussbaum, who will discuss the crucial role of the Humanities in the contemporary university.

On Thursday, March 8th, 2012 (6-7:30 p.m.; Cortelyou Commons; there will also be a reception preceding at 5:30) Nussbaum will present: “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities,” based on her 2010 book by the same name.

About Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities:

In this short and powerful book, celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. Historically, the humanities have been central to education because they have rightly been seen as essential for creating competent democratic citizens. But recently, Nussbaum argues, thinking about the aims of education has gone disturbingly awry both in the United States and abroad. Anxiously focused on national economic growth, we increasingly treat education as though its primary goal were to teach students to be economically productive rather than to think critically and become knowledgeable and empathetic citizens. This shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world. In response to this dire situation, Nussbaum argues that we must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Rather, we must work to reconnect education to the humanities in order to give students the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world.

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is the author of many books, including The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy, Love’s Knowledge, Poetic Justice, Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education, and Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach.


All are welcome to attend a lecture at the University of Chicago on Wednesday, March 7th. The lecture, entitled “Sortes Vergilianæ” will be given by Randall McLeod, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Toronto at 5:00 pm, Special Collections Research Center (in Regenstein Library, at the University of Chicago). From the event description:

 “Sortes biblicæ and sortes Vergilianæ involve opening at random the Bible or Vergil and letting one’s finger fall blindly on a passage, to read as an oracle.  In this lecture, McLeod will consult the 1501 Aldine edition of Vergil, the first book printed in italics.  By total accident, his finger will fall on the blank area at the bottom of the last page of the Eclogues!  Trying again, his random finger will fall on the blank bottom of the title page!!  Surrendering to destiny, McLeod will then voluntarily investigate all the blank areas of this edition, and an hour will scarcely suffice to analyze his startling findings: for all such white spaces in this Vergil, as in the whites of most Renaissance printed books, are not really blank.  This lecture will show you how to read and interpret texts hidden there.  They are the body language of the book.”

Reception to follow.


The University of Saint Thomas Graduate English Department is hosting its annual conference on FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012, 12:30-8 P.M and has issued a call for papers. While papers addressing any aspect of literature and culture will be considered, the graduate program particularly welcomes proposals for papers exploring the topic of “Writing as a Public Act.”

As an election year is before us, the idea of how writing is used in the public forum comes to the forefront, and with it a set of more particular questions of how the activity or the vocation of writing as a creative or artistic endeavor might be understood in this context.  For instance:

  • How can we distinguish between the “public” and the “political” dimensions of a literary text, or of the activity of attempting to bring such a text into being and to share it with readers?
  • How do writers influence political rhetoric?  How do they raise consciousness about central social concerns?  What is the role, historically and today, of protest poetry, postcolonial narratives, satires and cultural critiques?  Does writing polemically or advocating for social justice strip literary art of its artistry?
  • Many writers of the past and today see their role as advocating for certain viewpoints within their art; others think that art must somehow remain “universal” or depoliticized; how are we to understand / balance / adjudicate among the claims of the ethical, the rhetorical, and the aesthetic in our consideration of the literary or cultural text?

UST invites writers to submit papers that focus on these themes in their broad contexts.  What are the theoretical challenges of reading texts that deal with these concerns? Analysis of literary, cultural, cinematic texts that explore themes concerning “writing as a public act” in their political, psychological, social, economic, or philosophical contexts are encouraged.

E-mail two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or for panels of three to Catherine Craft-Fairchild (

Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.



And finally, a friendly reminder that the Career Panel for English Students is TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 6, 5:30-6:30, Arts & Letters Hall #413. The panelists will focus on editing and publishing jobs.

EGSA Spring Conference Call for Submissions & More

Today we are happy to announce the 3rd Annual English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Spring Conference and its call for papers. This isn’t your ordinary conference announcement and call for papers; the EGSA Spring Conference is held each year at DePaul, organized by DePaul English graduate students involved in EGSA, and features DePaul students as panelists and presenters. Read the following announcement from EGSA to get all the details:

EGSA is pleased to announce its third spring student conference, to be held in the late afternoon and early evening of April 13th at the Arts and Letters Hall on the Lincoln Park Campus. All students in the graduate English program are invited to submit academic papers and creative work for presentation to fellow graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty. This event is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work, prepare for PhD programs and publication, and promote fellowship and intellectual exchange.

We invite submissions for panel sessions in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Short Story or Excerpt from Long Fiction
  • Literary Nonfiction (magazine writing, memoir, literary essay, humor/satire, travel writing, science writing, etc.)
  • Literary Analysis/Critical Approaches
  • Pedagogical and Literary Theory
  • Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices

Poetry submissions should be a selection of poems that can be introduced and presented in no more than 12 minutes. All other submissions will be presented, in full or in abbreviated form, in 15-minute time slots (a 15-minute paper is about eight double-spaced typed pages). Works accepted for the conference will be grouped into panels according to genre and/or theme, and a 15-minute question and answer session will conclude each panel. All works submitted must be original, and we encourage writers to submit recent work.

In the spirit of academic fellowship, we encourage all attendees to stay for the duration of the conference and to celebrate at the reception following.

Please email your submissions to The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 19th. All of those who submit will be notified of acceptance decisions no later than Monday, April 2nd.

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

  • Each writer must include an official submission form, which you can access in the email that will be sent out shortly.  Download and fill out the form, and save as a MS Word document. When submitting your work, attach both the submission form and the work(s) as discrete documents in an email to, using the subject line “EGSA Conference 2012 Submission”.
  • DO NOT include your name or any other identifying information on the work you plan to submit. Insert your 7-digit DePaul student ID in a header that appears in the upper-left corner of every page. Include a page number in the upper-right corner of every page.
  • You may submit up to 2 works, and these may be in the same category. And although both submissions may be accepted, this is not guaranteed.
  • For poetry submissions, put each poem on a separate page.

All current English graduate students will receive an email shortly containing these instructions as well as the submission form. If you do not receive this email or have trouble opening the attachments, please contact Maria at Questions about the conference itself and/or submission procedure should be directed to


And, if you need a little break from all the work you’ll be doing on your conference submissions, EGSA has that covered, too.

“On February 17th, EGSA will be hosting a movie night in Room 203 in Arts and Letters Hall. They will be showing Midnight in Paris. In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an extremely charming movie, directed by Woody Allen, about an American writer whose midnight strolls around Paris take some unexpected turns. If you’ve seen it before, it’s definitely worth a second viewing. The movie will start at 7pm, and some refreshments will be served. All are invited, and should feel free to bring friends along!

Here are the details one more time:

Midnight in Paris
Friday, February 17 at 7pm
Arts and Letters Hall, room 203

Hope to see you there!”


Students who are considering applying to an MFA program now have another school to add to their list of places to research. The University of Central Arkansas will be launching its brand new studio MFA program this fall. Here are the details:

“We are starting a brand new studio MFA program in creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Fall 2012, so for any BA, BFA or MA students in creative writing looking for a progressive and intensive graduate program, this information might be of interest. Our application period is open until March 15, so there is still plenty of time to apply. Assistantships are available and class sizes will be small. The program will train students in publishing and pedagogy and poise them for an increasingly global job market where creative imaginations are in demand. We are located just outside of Little Rock, we’re near two beautiful mountain ranges (the Ozarks and the Ouachitas), and we have a growing and exciting literary arts culture. For more information, please go to or write our program director Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice at”