Invitation to a Special Steppenwolf Performance and More

How Long Will I Cry March 18 Invitation

For the past two years, creative writing students from DePaul have been traveling all over the city to interview Chicagoans about youth violence. This undertaking—part of a unique partnership between DePaul and Steppenwolf Theatre—is finally coming to fruition.

How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre this week. The play was recently written up in Time Out Chicago magazine, and you can read the article at timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/16052251/how-long-will-i-cry-at-steppenwolf.

The English Department would like to invite you and a guest to a special performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. This event—sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity—will honor those who made the oral-history project happen: our own creative-writing students, as well as the people from all over Chicago who welcomed them into their lives and their hearts.

Admission is free for DePaul guests—but seating is extremely limited. Reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, March 8th. If you are certain that you will attend, follow the attached instructions and reserve your seats right away. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Because supply is so limited, out of respect for other guests, please refrain from reserving seats unless you’re absolutely certain you’ll be able to attend.

Tickets can be reserved at: steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/Calendar/RSVP.

If the March 18th event doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can attend the play at one of the other public showings, either at Steppenwolf Theatre or on tour at Chicago Public Library branches in areas affected by youth violence. Tickets for all performances are going fast, so please act quickly. You can find out more here:steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=572

Many other narratives from this project are being used in the book, also entitled How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, which will be published by DePaul’s new Outreach Press this spring. Please keep an eye out for more information about that project in the coming weeks.

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Award-winning poet Debra Bruce will be reading from her latest collection, Survivor’s Picnic, at Northeastern Illinois University on Monday, March 4th, along with several NEIU alumni poets–including current MAWP student David Mathews.

David, along with Laura Jean Bailey, Larry Dean, Elisa Karbin, Lani Montreal, Valerie Pell, and Maggie Ward, will be reading with Bruce at 7:15 p.m. in the Golden Eagles Room of the NEIU Student Union, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago IL 60625. This event is free and open to the public.

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Crab Orchard Review is now accepting entries to its 2013 Student Writing Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. One winner will be chosen in each category (fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry). The three category winners will each receive an award payment of $500 and be published in the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review.

Guidelines: The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled (at the time of the submission period) full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but an entry is ineligible to win if accepted for publication elsewhere.

All entries must be submitted online by March 18th, 2013 (entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Central Time)). All entrants will be notified of results by email.

Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: up to 4000 words for fiction or for literary nonfiction. Poetry entry length: one poem only, up to 3 pages in length. Entrants may only submit one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem. Do not submit work in more than one genre.

Entry Fee: Beginning in 2013, there will be a small processing fee ($3.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. All entries must be made online.

You can find complete guidelines and submit your work at craborchardreview.submittable.com/submit.

Threshold’s Extended Deadline, Alumni News, and More

Threshold, DePaul’s annual literary arts journal, is extending their deadline for submissions through March 8th, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines are the same as before and can be found on Threshold‘s tumblr account, as well as the previous Ex Libris call for submissions. This is your last chance to send your work in to DePaul’s award-winning student-run publication!

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In Alumni News, Rita Leganski (MAWP ’09) wrote a short story for Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009 and then turned it into a novel that was bonaventurearrowacquired by HarperCollins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts on February 26th in wide release. It was selected as the March Indie Next Pick by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the April Next Pick by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an Adult Book for Teens and is listed in Academic One File. Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a Book of the Month Club selection.

Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.  Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow has already received significant praise, including the following:

“Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski’s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent.” — Booklist

“Lyrical.” — Publishers Weekly

Congratulations, Rita!

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historyconfDePaul’s History Department has issued a call for papers for the Ninth Annual Student History Conference on April 26th, 2013. Every year the history department invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their historical research of any kind—papers, posters, digital projects—for inclusion in the day-long conference. Work does not have to be completed in a history department course, it just has be historical in nature.

You can submit any historical work you have done in any undergraduate or graduate course at DePaul University from Spring Quarter 2012 through Winter Quarter 2013. In particular, you can send them:

  • Primary-source-based research papers
  • Historiographical papers
  • Copies of history posters or web pages

The deadline to submit your work is Friday, April 5th. Information about the conference can be found at the “Student History Conference” page under “Student Resources” on our department website.

Prizes will be awarded for the best papers and projects. In addition, a selected paper will be published in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences journal Creating Knowledge.

You can sumbit your papers here.

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 www.christinesneed.com.

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.

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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 loveontheroad2013.com.

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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 csherry@chicagoreviewpress.com.

Two New Writing Contests

Just a reminder- as long as you’re getting your work ready to send out to these great new writing contests, don’t forget to submit it to Threshold as well. The deadline to submit to DePaul’s own literary arts magazine is this Friday, February 15th!

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Arcadia Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural short story contest. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia. The deadline for entry is February 15th, 2013.

Fiction writers may submit a short story between 4,000 and 7,000 words, along with a $15 entry fee, via Submittable. There is no required criteria beyond the word limit; stories of any subject or style are eligible. Multiple entries are welcome, but must be submitted separately. All entries will be considered for publication.

Founded in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Arcadia is a print journal published twice yearly in the spring and fall that features the work of both emerging and established writers. In addition to the contest, the magazine accepts year-round submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as cultural criticism, drama, visual art, comics, music, craft essays, and everything in between—including letters, to be included in the new Epistolary feature on the journal’s website. Whatever the form, the editors state on the site, “We want to see it, read it, hear it, and love it. If it kicks ass, we will find a way to publish it.”

Visit the submissions page for complete guidelines.

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Daring Pride is currently soliciting GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning)-related fiction and poetry from talented young writers participating in graduate programs across the country. The Daring Pride fiction/poetry contest is accepting submissions by mail and online from January 16th to August 16th, 2013. Writers can submit work to ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com or to:

Daring Pride Fiction Contest #18
1900 NE 3rd St., Ste. 106
Bend, OR 97701

This is an opportunity for young writers to be seen by potential agents and publishers and to contribute to a new literary journal on glbtbookstore.com. GLBT Books is an Oregon-registered nonprofit which is raising the capital needed to build Stonewall University, the first GLBTQ institution of higher learning in the nation.

Guidelines:

  • A submission is one original short story (maximum 7,000 words) or a poem.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
  • Please include separate cover page with story/poem title and word count as well as the author’s name, address, phone number, and email.
  • Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and single spaced. Please use standard fonts in 12 pt font size.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • Unlimited entries per person allowed. You must use a separate entry payment and submission form for each entry.
  • Fiction and/or poetry must be related to GLBTQ issues.
  • Do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.

Eligibility:

  • This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction or poetry. (This includes self-published books with ISBN numbers.) Those who have published books in other genres remain eligible.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories by both US- and internationally-based writers are accepted.

Deadline:

  • The deadline for online and mailed submission is August 20th, 2013.
  • Winner will be announced by September 30th, 2013.

Entry Fee:

  • $10 per entry. Unlimited entries per person.
  • Submission fees must be paid via money order or check made out to “GLBT Books.

Please email Benjamin Dralle at ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com with any questions or concerns.

The Writers Guild’s Live Student Reading

The Writers Guild, part of the University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writing Groups program, is hosting a student reading next week at the DePaul Student Center.

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The event, titled “Aloud!,” will take place on Monday, February 11th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center atrium, and will feature poetry, fiction, and essays by undergraduate and graduate students in the DePaul English department who have been participating in the Writers Guild. Readers include Emma Cushman Wood, Maria Genovese, Elizabeth Kerper, David Mathews, Jillian Merrifield, Raul Palma, Richard Rodriguez, and Justin Staley.

All are invited to come and support them and hear their exciting new work at this free reading.

Alumni News & A Conference Invitation

jimkrauscatIn Alumni News: Jim Kraus (MAW 2008) is pleased to announce the publication of his 22nd book, a novel entitled The Cat That God Sent. It will be released this spring by Abingdon Press.

His previous novel with Abingdon, The Dog That Talked to God, spent two months on the CBA Best Seller list. Congratulations, Jim.

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The Department of Visual Arts at Western University in London, Ontario, is pleased to present (Re)Activating Objects: Social (Re)Activating-Objects_POSTERTheory and Material Culture, a three-day interdisciplinary graduate conference, and has extended a special invitation to all DePaul graduate students. Taking place from March 1-3, 2013, the conference will bring together presenters from across Canada and the United States to look at the fundamental and theoretical questions about the systemic structure of our socio-cultural-economic worlds.

The weekend will start off on Friday, March 1st with a keynote talk by Dr. Lane Relyea, Chair of Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern University and editor of Art Journal, on social contracts, DIY Culture, and everyday art. Following this, the McIntosh Gallery is hosting a Friday night reception, and everyone is invited to attend. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with 60 conference presentations. For more information about the conference program, check out: reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com/abstracts.

If you are interested in attending, please register online at reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com/registrationRegistration is FREE, and it includes admission to the Friday-night reception, admission to the sessions, and coffee and snacks throughout the weekend.