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Do the grey clouds hanging overhead portend a storm?

Will the onset of October herald a cool, cold rain? Hardly. October’s grey doldrums are kindled by the cardinal reds, yellows, and oranges of graduate opportunities tumbling from the trees.

Working in The Schools

Writers and students interested in aiding those in our community should pursue the Working in The Schools (WITS) mentoring opportunity. English faculty, staff, and students mentor fourth through sixth grade students from a Chicago Public School that is at least 90% low-income. Mentors do not have to leave campus to help students. WITS will bus the students to Arts & Letters Hall each Thursday, beginning October 10th, from 3:30-4:30, in Arts & Letters #412.

Two mentors usually work with a single student. During the mentoring hour you will take turns reading to one another and then spend the remaining time working on the student’s homework.

Training Session: Thursday, October 3rd, 3:30-4:30, Arts & Letters Hall #412, Tovah Burstein from WITS will lead a training for all potential English Dept. volunteers. She will help us understand the mentoring process. This training will also be an opportunity for you to be paired with another volunteer.

Fugue Opens Submissions

Fugue Literary Journal, a magazine run by English and Creative Writing graduate students at the University of Idaho, Moscow has opened for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. The Journal just celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, and looks forward to publishing quality writing from new and established writers.

General Submissions

Submissions are accepted online only. Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction submissions are accepted September 1 through April 1. All material received outside of this period will neither be read nor considered for publication. General submissions must be submitted along with a required submission fee of $2.00 per submission. Multiple submissions will be considered with a separate submission fee for each. All contributors to Fugue receive payment, via check, for their work and two complimentary copies of the journal in which their work appears.

Fugue requests that  contributors send no more than six poems, two short-shorts, one story, or one essay per submission.

Submissions in more than one genre should be submitted separately and require separate submission fees. Fugue will consider simultaneous submissions (submissions sent concurrently to another journal or journals) as long as you notify them immediately if a piece you submitted simultaneously has been accepted elsewhere.

To submit either a General or Contest submission, please click here. FUGUESubmissionsOpen

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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

MAE and MAWP Students Presenting at the Spring English Conference

Twenty-five MAE and MAWP students have been selected to present at the upcoming Fourth Annual Spring English Conference, which will be taking place on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Organized by Maria Hlohowskyj (MAWP) and Emily Todd (MAE), the conference features fifteen panels of student presenters and a keynote address by MAWP alumnae Rita Leganski. 

In the spirit of academic fellowship, we welcome everyone to attended the event and support the presenters. Panels will run from 1:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on the fourth floor of Arts & Letters Hall, with refreshments provided. The keynote address will begin at 7 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall’s first floor auditorium.

A complete schedule of panel presenters will be posted on the conference page soon.

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

  • Jared Gerling MAWP
  • Jillian Merrifield MAWP
  • Amanda Diana MAWP
  • Christine Roche MAE
  • Raul Palma MAWP
  • Sara Patek MAWP
  • Stephanie Sylverne MAWP
  • Katie Hunsberger MAWP
  • Dara Miller MAE
  • Emily Todd MAE
  • Amanda Stewart MAE
  • Carrie Mocarski MAE
  • Maria Hlohowskyj MAWP
  • Vincent Moyet MAE
  • Meredith Boe MAWP
  • Michael Van Kerckhove MAWP
  • Tiffany Scarola MAE
  • Tracey Hulstein MAWP
  • Lisa Applegate MAWP
  • Mame M. Kwajie MAWP
  • Tim Hillegonds MAWP
  • Mirna Velic MAWP
  • Maria Genovese MAWP
  • David Mathews MAWP
  • Alia Neaton MAWP

Keep your eyes and browser windows open for more details. We hope to see you there next week!

Student News, Sister Helen Prejean on Campus, and a Job Posting

Today in Student News, we are happy to announce that MAWP student and GA Mark Brand will be heading to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Fall 2013 where he’ll will be working on a PhD in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Mark will be studying with Liam Callanan and Valeria Laken in their fiction-writing faculty and working toward a new novel as a creative dissertation. Congratulations, Mark!

Also in Student News, congratulations to Rhiannon Falzone on her most recent publication in ChicagoSide online magazine. Rhiannon’s article, ‘Girls on the Run’ Gets Chicago Kids Moving In The Right Direction, is part one of a series of two articles on the subject, and Rhiannon is planning the next part for June when she covers the organization’s 5K.

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DePaul is once again bringing award-winning social activist and nonfiction writer Sister Helen Prejean to campus for two events happening next week.

DeadManWalkingPlayPerformance

This Monday, April 22nd, DePaul students, faculty and staff will be performing the one-act play adaptation of Prejean’s Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, with the author in attendance.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the one-act play performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion and book signing with Prejean at 8:00 p.m.

Attendance is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MemoirWritingBreakfast

On Thursday, April 25th at 8:30 a.m., the English Department, the MAWP program, and Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring a “Memoir Writing Breakfast” with Sister Helen Prejean. DePaul Professors Ann Stanford and Michele Morano will lead a discussion with Prejean about memoir writing, her archives, literature as a tool for social change, and her newest memoir, River of Fire. She will be available to autograph books after the event.

A light breakfast will be served. Once again, attendance to this event is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The Chicago Tribune is looking for an Assistant Events Producer to join its newsroom events team in a role that combines storytelling, multimedia production, event planning and stage management. The Tribune’s Trib Nation reader-engagement program produces about 100 events a year – from intimate workshops to high-profile public forums. As an extension of the Tribune’s journalism, most events feature the newspaper’s signature columnists and writers paired with newsmakers and in the past year have included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, David Byrne, Elie Wiesel, Junot Diaz, Sheryl Sandberg, Rick Bayless and many more. The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience in a mix of event planning, journalism, TV/radio production, theater or similar, a passion for storytelling and live events and an interest in working on a tight-knit, ambitious and creative events team.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • 4-year college degree in journalism, or equivalent studies with focus on marketing, theater, broadcast, events management or similar
  • 2 years experience in a production-focused environment (event production, radio/TV, theater, marketing, etc.)
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, Word
  • Familiarity with EventBrite
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Creative mind, collaborative spirit and enthusiasm for working with a team
  • Solution-focused approach to challenges
  • Ability to work evenings and unconventional hours
  • Perfectionist’s drive to make events flawless
  • Sense of humor in high-pressure situations

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Lara Weber, Newsroom Events Editor, Chicago Tribune, at lweber@tribune.com.

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.

Alumni News and a Digication Workshop

In Alumni News: Lindsay Branca (MAWP ’12) is happy to share that she was recently hired as a Proposal Writer at GTECH, whose world headquarters is located in Providence, RI. Congratulations, Lindsay! You can read more about GTECH and what they do on their website.

If you’re an alumni or current student of DePaul’s English Graduate Programs with news to share about a job, publication, conference, or anything else related to your degree, please contact Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu!

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-HANDS ON TRAINING FOR DIGICATION E-PORTFOLIOS-

If you’re an MAE student graduating this year, you’re probably already working on your Digication e-Portfolio. The English Department is happy to offer hands-on training on how to make your Digication e-Portfolio a work of art!

All MAE students are welcome. Whether you know the basics of Digication or not, this workshop can help you take advantage of advanced design principles.

This workshop for MAE students, led by experienced Digication designers, will teach advanced skills for portfolio creation and expansion. The workshop instructors will help you create new modules, materials, and media.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2013, from 10-11:30 a.m., in SAC 240 (Computer Lab).

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.