Summer Literary Seminars Contest, Two Job Openings, and More

Earlier this week, we announced the release of Prof. Francesca Royster’s new book. We’re excited to add that Dr. Royster will be on WBEZ tomorrow morning, discussing her book, Sounding Like a No-No, about the post-soul music of the 1970s and 1980s, with Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele.  Tune into 91.5 FM between 9:15 and 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21st to hear the interview!


Summer Literary Seminars is very excited to announce their 2013 unified (Lithuania and Kenya) literary contest for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. It will be held this year in affiliation with Fence Magazine and The Walrus, as well as online magazines Joyland, Branch, and DIAGRAM. This year’s contest will also feature new prizes sponsored by the Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review, and the esteemed Graywolf Press. Judging the contest are award-winning writers Mary Gaitskill (fiction), Eileen Myles (poetry), and Ander Monson (non fiction).

This year the contest entry will include a one-year subscription to Fence Magazine.

By popular demand and due to multiple requests from those attending the AWP Conference in Boston (look for SLS there with their contest partners), SLS has decided to extend the contest deadline to March 9th, 2013.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction and poetry will have their work published in print in Fence, and online in The Walrus. Additionally, they will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2013 programs – in Vilnius, Lithuania (summer 2013); or Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya (December).

Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice, and publication in online magazine Joyland (fiction) or Branch (poetry). Third-place winners will receive a 50% tuition discount and publication in Joyland (fiction) or Branch (poetry).

The contest winner in the category of non fiction will be published in DIAGRAM, and will have the choice of attending (airfare, tuition, and housing included) any one of the SLS-2013 programs.

Please visit the official contest page for complete rules, submission guidelines, and information about five other affiliated contests.

Entries can be submitted electronically to A $17 reading fee must accompany each entry. Multiple entries are permissible, as long as they are accompanied by separate reading fees. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Fence Magazine.


The College of DuPage is seeking a full-time, tenure track faculty member to teach English Composition courses. Opportunities to teach other English courses, such as Technical and Creative Writing, based on credentials and availability.  Additional duties include advising students, curriculum development and committee work.  Opportunities may exist to teach a flexible schedule that may include teaching assignments days, evenings and weekends. Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in English and experience teaching at the college level.

This position is available August 2013.  Starting salaries are dependent on education and experience. College of DuPage also offers a generous benefits plan.

Teaching at College of DuPage is enhanced and enlivened through institutional support of faculty creatively engaging in instructional development, research to improve student learning and remaining current in their field of specialty. The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. College of DuPage is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its faculty.

To apply please submit your electronic application, unofficial transcripts, a cover letter including a list of three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and current curriculum vita at No application deadline has been set, but the committee is already reviewing applications.


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of International Education has announced an open position for an English Language Support Coordinator. The starting date is March 18th, and they will review applications as they arrive and continue to do so until the position is filled. Download or view the position description [PDF].


This position develops and coordinates all aspects of programming and curriculum for two semester-long and one summer full-time Intensive English Program (IEP) per year, involves overall responsibility for the academic and financial success of the IEP, provides direct academic assistance to and support for self-selected international and domestic students in need of English Language (EL) assistance, and develops and implements Short-term Visitors Programs (fee-for-service programs offered to assist units on campus in hosting student, faculty and other groups from abroad).

This position reports to the OIE Director; prior to each formal evaluation, the Center for Academic Resources (CAR) Director may also provide input.  This position requires evening and weekend responsibilities, especially while guests are on campus.  Travel is a possibility but is not guaranteed.  There are no secretarial or support staff associated with this position; student support is a possibility contingent on budget.


  • M.A. in applied linguistics, ESL, TESOL or related area with formal preparation in models, methods, and major interventions developed for EFL/ESOL students
  • Ability to serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Assistant Responsible Officer (ARO) for F & J student programs (U.S. citizen or permanent resident, per federal regulations)
  • Demonstrated experience in intensive English program development, management and supervision; methods of assessing English proficiency; curriculum development; and implementation of learning experiences that enhance critical thinking and metacognition
  • Significant EFL/ESOL-related teaching experience and demonstrated ability to guide reading, writing, grammar and discussion and to utilize techniques that can assist in providing successful learning experiences for EFL/ESOL students
  • Ability to fluently read, write, and speak in English; excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact diplomatically with a diverse group of individuals, to develop rapport quickly and to communicate clearly and effectively with non-native speakers of English, all in a service-oriented environment
  • Initiative and ability to work independently without close supervision
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks, performing successfully and with composure
  • Ability to independently address & solve complex issues through teamwork and consultation
  • Ability to make decisions with potential impact on international students and the University’s ability to fulfill federal mandates
  • Commitment to record-keeping, documentation and data management
  • Intermediate or Advanced proficiency in MS Office 2000 (Word, Excel, Access); ability to learn additional software packages as required


  • Significant experience teaching, living or studying abroad
  • Proficiency in at least one second language which is not a native language (this may be English)
  • Demonstrated ability to assess instructional staff performance
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a given budget
  • Experience serving culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Familiarity with historical, deep level cultural and educational issues relevant to at least one recent immigrant group in the United State



Terms of Appointment

Full-time, twelve-month fixed-term terminal

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins immediately, and continues until position is filled.

How to Apply

Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, and:

  • The letter of application must address the required and preferred qualifications for this position
  • A written statement describing your philosophy on EFL/ESOL support at the university level
  • Examples of materials and/or evidence of effective skills
  • The name, title, relationship to you, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for three to five professional references, one of which must be your current or most recent direct supervisor

Applications can be sent to:

Vicki Anderson
Office of International Education
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI  54901


Faculty News: Book Release for Francesca Royster

Don’t forget, today is the deadline to submit your work to Threshold! Email it in by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT for your chance at having your work published in DePaul’s annual student-run literary arts magazine!


BookLaunchforRoysterfinalIn Faculty News (and on-campus readings!): Congratulations to DePaul English professor Francesca Royster on the release of her new book, Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era.

Please join the English Department, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies in celebrating Dr. Royster’s new book on February 19th, 2013, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Rosati Room 300 of the Richardson Library for a reading and reception.

Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post–civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians influenced by the cultural changes brought about by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, who through reinvention created a repertoire of performances that have left a lasting mark on popular music. The book’s innovative readings of performers including Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique, a way to reclaim imaginative and corporeal freedom from the social death of slavery and its legacy of racism, to engender new sexualities and desires, to escape the sometimes constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community, and to make space for new futures for their listeners. The book’s perspective on music as a form of black corporeality and identity, creativity, and political engagement will appeal to those in African American studies, popular music studies, queer theory, and black performance studies; general readers will welcome its engaging, accessible, and sometimes playful writing style, including elements of memoir.

This event is free and open to the public.

Faculty News, A Short Fiction Contest, and More

Faculty News:  The PEN/ O.Henry Prize Stories 2012 Anthology has just hit the shelves, and DePaul English grad students will recognize a familiar name in the list of prize winners. Congratulations to Professor Christine Sneed, whose short story “The First Wife” is among those stories selected for inclusion.  Prof. Sneed’s story will appear alongside other winners, including Dagoberto Gilb, Yiyun Li, Alice Munro, John Berger, and Salvatore Scibona, and the collection can be found at any of your favorite bookstores.


Reminder: The final installation in the DePaul Humanities Center’s year-long series on Literature and Music, Francesca Royster‘s presentation on “Michael Jackson, Queer World Making and the Trans Erotics of Voice, Gender and Age,” is this coming Monday, April 23rd, in the DePaul Student Center, room 314at 6:00 p.m. (a reception precedes). See the original post for complete details.


Students interested in attending the Guild Literary Complex’s third annual benefit, “Illuminate,” to be held  Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-9pm  are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon. Writers and graphic novelists Chris Ware, Nicole Hollander, Audrey Niffennegger & C. Spike Trotman will be projecting their work and talking together about drawing, narrating, the visual/textual culture of the graphic novel…  Plus food and drink in a beautiful space: the new DePaul Art Museum.

Student tickets are only $20, but availability is limited and payment must be made online at


And finally, a writing contest: The quarterly literary journal American Short Fiction invites all writers to submit their work to the American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The contest’s judge this year is Michael Martone, author of the Four for a Quarter, Racing in Place, and Unconventions, among other books. First prize in the contest receives $500 and publication; second prize receives $250 and publication. All entries are considered for publication.

The contest deadline is May 1st. You can find the complete guidelines here:

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.