End-of-Year Remarks and Congratulations

The academic year is nearly at an end, and although some of you will be back next week for summer classes, many of us, including Ex Libris, are taking the summer off. Ex Libris will resume posting at the beginning of the Fall Quarter, in the first week of September. In the meantime, you may continue to email Maria (mhlohows@depaul.edu) with announcements, news, and guest post ideas for the fall, but any urgent questions should be directed to Ms. Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu. Before signing off for the summer, however, congratulations are in order for many of our friends, faculty, and students:

In student news, we would like to congratulate MAWP student Rhiannon Falzone, who had a piece published in the online magazine ChicagoSide earlier this week. Rhiannon’s article, “Where Are The Women In Chicago Sports Media?,” originally started as a piece for Gioia Diliberto’s Magazine Editing course. You can read it at chicagosidesports.com/where-are-the-women-in-chicago-sports-media.

Rhiannon will also be talking about her piece on The Lakeshore FM Radio at 11:10 a.m. this Friday, June 8th. Listen in at www.thelakeshorefm.com.


Congratulations also to the four DePaul undergraduates who are semi-finalists for The Guild Literary Complex’s 19th Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. Student poets Quintin Collins, Clayton Guse, Stephanie Rose Perez, and Samy Sabh will perform their work on Monday, June 18th, at 7 p.m. at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division (at Ashland and Milwaukee).  Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for the general public.


In faculty news, congratulations are due to Christine Sneed and Gioia Diliberto, who both made Newcity Magazine‘s “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2012” list of top writers and “on-the-page creators” in Chicago. Also recognized is DePaul Visiting Writer Achy Obejas. Congrats to Prof. Sneed, Prof. Diliberto, and all the rest! Read the entire list here: lit.newcity.com/2012/06/07/lit-50-who-really-books-in-chicago-2012.


And last but certainly not least, a heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates! We hope you had a wonderful two (or three or four…) years in the DePaul English Graduate Programs. We wish you luck in your endeavors, and please keep in touch– we love posting alumni news on the blog!

To read the full list of 2011-2012 graduates, including those who graduated and passed the comps with distinction, visit the 2011-2012 Graduates Page, and make sure to congratulate your classmates on their achievements!


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 guildcomplex.org/illuminate-the-guild-literary-complexs-second-annual-benefit


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: americanshortfiction.org/short-shorts

Meg Kearney at DePaul and Guild Complex Events for April

Reminder to current students: Tomorrow, April 6th, DePaul University will be closed and classes will not be held. See you Monday!


Presenters of Enlightenment Through Spoken Word (POETS), the DePaul student poetry club, has invited poet Meg Kearney to read on Lincoln Park Campus next week. Kearney will read from 6 to 7 pm in Munroe Hall 115/116 on Wednesday April 11th.

The reading will be followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all DePaul students.


The Guild Literary Complex has released their schedule of events for April. We’ve already posted about the Teaching Artist Series Premiere with a University Student Showcase which will feature two DePaul MAWP students. Other upcoming events include:

  • Palabra Pura “Lives Between Love and Darkness”: Wednesday, April 18th at 7:30-9:00 pm at La Bruquena restaurant 2726 W Division, Chicago
  • Third Annual Benefit “Illuminate”: Tuesday, May 8th, RSVP deadline April 13th, at 6:30-9:00 pm at the DePaul Art Museum 935 W Fullerton, Chicago

Click on the poster for complete details on all three events.

DePaul Students Featured at a Guild Complex Event and a Langston Hughes Performance

Yesterday on Ex Libris we featured an event hosted by the Guild Literary Complex which called for students from each of Chicago’s creative writing graduate programs to read at an open mic. Today we are happy to announce that two students have stepped forward to represent DePaul’s MAWP: Mellissa Gyimah and Jim Shadid. Please join the Guild Complex for this open mic event (see yesterday’s post and/or the flyer for details) on Wednesday April 11th to support Jim and Mellissa– and bring a student ID!


All are invited to join DePaul’s Center for African and Black Diaspora Studies for a performance on Tuesday, April 10th, titled DREAMWEAVER: THE WORKS OF LANGSTON HUGHES.  Award-winning actor and poet David Mills will be presenting a one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’s poems and short stories of the 1920s through the 1960s Harlem Renaissance period.  The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm, in Dorothy Day Room 400, at the Richardson Library.

Author of a collection of poems, The Dream Detective, David Mills has performed on stages around the world.  He was featured in the PBS documentary “Slammin” and has recorded his work with RCA Records. For more information, please see the flyer.  The event is free and open to the public and food will be provided.

Spring PTS Awards, Student News, and More

Current MAE and MAWP students, check your email! The English Department is offering Partial Tuition Scholarships (PTS) to recognize outstanding academic achievement of students in its two graduate programs. Partial Tuition Scholarships provide a partial reimbursement for tuition paid for Spring 2012 graduate courses in English taken toward the MAE and MAWP degrees.

You are eligible to apply for a PTS award if:

  • You have already completed at least two English graduate courses toward your MAE or MAWP degree
  • You are enrolled in one or more English graduate classes for the current fall term
  • You have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.7 or higher
  • You are paying your own tuition and fees (without financial assistance from any grant or scholarship agency or employee reimbursement program–student loans are okay.)

Application forms have been emailed to all current MAE and MAWP students, and can also be found on your MAE or MAWP D2L page under “Content.” Completed applications as well as any questions or concerns should be sent to Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 20th.


In Student News: Congratulations to Andrea Pelose (MAWP) for getting a poem published in Burningword literary journal! Andrea wrote her poem, entitled “A Tired Performer in Another Half-Assed Season,” in Prof. David Welch’s Fall multi-genre course, Constraint and Restraint. You can read the poem for free here. Nice work, Andrea!


The Guild Literary Complex  is launching a new series, Teaching Artist Showcase, which explores the creative work of writing teachers. The first event will combine readings from two university professors, Bayo Ojikutu and S.L. Wisenberg, along with a brief Q&A about writing, teaching and learning. As a special addition to this launch event, there will be 18 open mic spots for students from Chicago’s various university creative writing programs. There can be up to 2 participants per school, and each participating student will be allotted 2 minutes. Work shared can be poetry, prose or theater. Please secure your spot with your department coordinator before it’s gone.

This event will take place on Wednesday, April 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone. Admission is free, and a university ID is needed for the contest. Click on the flyer for complete details.


Have you been keeping up with the DePaul Radio’s Student Writers Series? If not, you may want to hop over to their blog and check out several new episodes they have uploaded in the last few weeks, featuring DePaul student writers Jessica Olson, Meredith Boe, Sally Weigel, Bryan Kett and Jared Gerling. Information about submitting your work to the show is also available on the blog.

Alumni News, Michael Warr Reading, and March Guild Complex Events

Reminder: Tonight,Thursday, March 8th from 6-7:30 p.m.; Cortelyou Commons (reception preceding at 5:30) Scholar Martha Nussbaum will present: “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities,” based on her 2010 book by the same name.


Alumni News: DePaul MAE graduate Greg Campbell has just been hired to a tenure-line position at the Community College of Baltimore County. Congratulations, Greg!


If you’re near the Loop Campus tonight, there’s another great reading taking place at the DePaul Center Barnes & Noble.

This Thursday, March 8th, the poet Michael Warr is reading from his new collection, The Armageddon of Funk, at the Barnes & Noble in the DePaul Center downtown. The event takes place at 6 p.m. John Zeigler of DePaul’s Urban Egan Center will be doing the introductions.

Michael Warr’s literary awards include a Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship for Poetry, a Ragdale Foundation US – Africa Fellowship, and The Beat Museum Poet of the Month. His first book of poems, We Are All The Black Boy, was honored by the Illinois Library Association. He is a co-editor of Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago’s Guild Complex. His poems are included in many anthologies.


Another month, another series of free Chicago literary events from the Guild Literary Complex. Join them for:

  • Unnatural Spaces Open Rehearsal on Thursday, March 8th from 7:30-9:00 pm – Get a sneak peak at the creative process behind the Poetry Performance Incubator’s new work-in-progress, Unnatural Spaces. This event will take place at the Incubator’s rehearsal space at 3429 W. Diversey Avenue, Suite 208.
  • Palabra Pura “Forgiveness & Memory” on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30 pm – Our bilingual poetry series continues with a themed evening of “Forgiveness and Memory” curated by Yolanda Nieves and featuring poets Lisa Alvarado and Kristiana Rae Colón. This event will take place at La Bruquena Restaurant (upstairs), 2726 W. Division.
  • Applied Words “Creative Writing as a Tool of Social Activism” on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 pm – The evening will include pre-reading drinks and snacks, an open mic, and featured readers Michelle Boyd, Sage Xaxua Morgan-Hubbard and Brenda Parker. This event is being co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy’s Narrative Nonfiction Working Group at UIC, and the UIC English Department’s Program for Writers. It will take place at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S Halsted, Chicago. Free admission with RSVP to kdixon@guildcomplex.org.

February Literary Events

Believe it or not, tomorrow is the last day of January. Literary-event-wise, it’s going out with a bang with what is sure to be a fascinating reading and reception with author Mahmoud Saeed at the Lincoln Park campus. Luckily, February will be packed with even more great literary events in and around DePaul. Grab your calendars and get ready for these upcoming literary events from the DePaul Visiting Writers Program, the DePaul Humanities Center, the Guild Literary Complex, and more!

February 2nd – DEPAUL POETS DePaul’s own Mark Turcotte, Chris Green, David Welch and Kathleen Rooney will give a joint reading, which promises to be the epitome of awesome. This event takes place at 6 p.m. at the new DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton.

  • Bonus for current students in the MAWP program: After the reading, all MAWP students are invited to head to Kelly’s Pub, 949 W. Webster (just east of Sheffield) for an informal social gathering. People leaving from the reading will get there around 7:30-8pm, but if you have class that evening, you can still stop by afterwards. This is not a university-sponsored event, but rather a fun, informal meet and greet for students and professors to get together and socialize.

February 14th – HAKI MADHUBUTI and AMINA GAUTIER In an event co-sponsored by African & Black Diaspora Studies and the English Department, the renowned poet Madhubuti, author of more than 20 books, reads with our esteemed colleague, Amina Gautier. The fun takes place in room 300 of the Richardson Library, with a reading from 6-7:30 and a reception from 7:30-8.

February 15th – The Guild Literary Complex presents: Palabra Pura featuring Rey Andújar, Jorge Frisancho, & Juan Dicent. Under the theme Mutant Body/Cuerpo Migrante, the evening will present the body as a space for multiple questions related to the state of transition. What does the body leave behind in its translation/transfer? What does it acquire or adapt? In this sense language is an element that determines more than its sensory definition. It will take place at La Bruquena, 2726 W Division Street, at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

February 17th – The DePaul Humanities Center’s Literature and Music Series and the New Music DePaul Series composer and 2011-2012 faculty fellow Kurt Westerberg present: the inaugural performance of Vision and Prayer (after the poem by Dylan Thomas). This unique concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the DePaul Concert Hall (800 W. Belden Ave).

February 29th – DAGOBERTO GILB In an event co-sponsored by the Center for Latino Research and the English Department, Gilb–the award-winning author of The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and The Magic of Blood–reads from his new work, Before the End, After the Beginning. The event takes place at 6 p.m. in Room 115 of the John T. Richardson Library.

Hope to see you out at some of these great events!

NOTE: Last week Ex Libris incorrectly published the time and place of the Writers Guild meetings. The Writers Guild actually meets on Wednesdays from 7:30-9pm in the Arts & Letters lobby. They are always open to new members; review the details here.