Hannah Pittard Reading, Call for Papers from Purdue, SLS Writing Contest, and DFI Fellowship Information

Join us this THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 at 6 p.m., for a reading by DePaul’s own Professor Hannah Pittard at the DePaul University Bookstore at 1 East Jackson in the Loop.

Prof. Pittard wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way. She is also the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the recipient of a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine.

This event is free and open to the public.


The American Studies Program at Purdue University announces its 37th annual Symposium to be held April 19-20, 2012, and they have just announced an Extended Submission Deadline: January 30, 2012 for the symposium’s call for papers. This event is organized by graduate students and focuses on the presentation of graduate student work. In acknowledging the importance of interdisciplinary studies, the Symposium Committee invites papers from students of all disciplines to engage the theme “National Tragedies: Perceptions, Receptions, and Expectations.”

The theme of “National Tragedies” seeks to interrogate those moments and events in both history and contemporary society, which have affected the American psyche consciously and/or unconsciously. A focus on Perceptions assesses how various peoples in America and even those beyond America’s geo-political borders have defined tragedies and nations, politically, socially, economically, and environmentally. Receptions aims to uncover the varied responses to and reflections upon these tragic moments and decipher what they mean both nationally and transnationally for America. Finally, Expectations seeks to develop and foster an understanding about national tragedies cross-culturally, within and without the nation.

With a focus primarily on past and present transnational developments in America, the theme seeks to initiate scholarly conversations that theorize upon instances within American history which have been instrumental in defining how America views itself as a nation as well as how America is viewed by other nations. Possible proposal topics from interdisciplinary perspectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical Race Theory, Whiteness Studies
  • Cultural Amnesia
  • Cultural Studies, Popular Culture Studies
  • Eco-Feminism, Environmental Studies
  • Education and Pedagogy Studies
  • Gender, Queer Theory and Sexuality Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Othered Social Groups
  • Religious Studies

The Symposium Committee invites all those interested to submit proposals no longer than one page in length for panels, individual papers, workshops, and performances no later than January 30, 2012. Please also submit a biography of no more than 250 words, a current CV with contact information (especially your email address), and a list of any audio and/or visual equipment necessary for your presentation. Submissions must be made electronically to amstsymposium@purdue.edu.


Summer Literary Seminars, a dynamic international literary and cultural program, has announced the upcoming deadline for their annual literary contest. Submit your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction by February 28th, 2012 for what is going to be the largest SLS contest to date:

*Seven places to be published. Five major prizes. Three all-expenses paid trips. Six additional prizes. A considerable number of contest-based fellowships. One contest. Enter today!*

*Enter our 2012 Unified Literary Contest at sumlitsem.org/contest now for your chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to one of our groundbreaking 2012 programs.  Winners will be published in North America’s leading literary online and print journals,  and will receive free tuition (including airfare and accommodations) to a 2012 SLS Program. *

Visit the Summer Literary Seminars website for complete details concerning their programs as well as full contest guidelines.


The DFI Fellowship is an award made available to graduate students with the goal of increasing the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at Illinois’ two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities. DePaul University currently has seven graduate students who receive the DFI Fellowship, and they are generously offering a series of information sessions for current DePaul graduate students interested in applying.

A DFI Fellow must be an Illinois resident and U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien who is a member of an Underrepresented Group. Black/African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, American Indian or Alaskan Native. “Traditionally underrepresented minority group” means any of the minority groups designated in the Public Act which are represented in Illinois post-baccalaureate enrollment at a percentage rate less than the minority group’s representation in the total Illinois population. The Public Act further specifies that to be classified as an Illinois resident, an applicant must possess a high school diploma or postsecondary degree from an accredited Illinois educational institution or have lived in Illinois for at least three years.

For more information, please read DFI Guidelines or visit their website.

The next DFI Fellowship Application Training Sessions are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10:00 am; OIDE Office 14 E. Jackson, Suite 800 (Loop)
  • Thursday, Jan. 26 at 2:00 pm; DePaul Center Room 8002 (Loop)

Private sessions (approximately 30 minutes), scheduled by appointment on a first come first serve basis:

  • Wednesday, February 1 at 1:30 – 4 pm; OIDE Office 14 E. Jackson, Suite 800 (Loop)
  • Friday, February 3 at 1:30 – 4 pm; Center for Intercultural Programs-Founders Room, 2250 N Sheffield Ave, Suite 105 (Lincoln Park)

RSVP to diversitymatters@depaul.edu and indicate the session you’d like to attend. Walk-ins are welcome.


Faculty News and a Short Story Award for New Writers

Congratulations to two of our DePaul English faculty for their recent accomplishments!

Prof. Hannah Pittard’s short story, “Orion’s Belt,” was read as the opening selection at the Selected Shorts event last week at Symphony Space in New York City. The story is one of thirteen commissioned from “emerging writers” to open the Symphony Space events held between October and June.  The event will be broadcast on NPR at a date yet to be announced.

Congratulations also to Prof. James Murphy on the publication of The Irish Book in English, 1800-1891, Volume IV of The Oxford History of the Irish Book.  Prof. Murphy is editor of this impressive volume (which includes 51 chapters divided into 11 sections) and author of the introduction and a chapter on “Novelists, Publishers, and Readers, 1830-1891.”

The deadline for the Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers is coming up soon: November 30, 2011!


  • 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies.
  • 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
  • 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.

Other considerations: Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.

Reading fee is $15 per story.

Results post on January 31. Winning story will be published in Issue 86.

Sumbit online at www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp

One final reminder for current students: Graduating soon? Don’t forget to check Campus Connect for information about your Degree Conferral. Degree Conferral deadline dates for the year have recently been updated. You can view them on the LAS website.

A Writing Contest, a Job Fair, and Four Faculty Writers

While going through Ex Libris announcements this afternoon, it occurred to Jan Hickey and me that were someone so inclined, one could easily attend a writerly event almost every single day in October. It’s just a good time to be an English Graduate student!

Check back frequently for events, writing contests, and other news as they are flooding the Ex Libris inbox, and we want to share them all with you! Here’s today’s batch:

The Guild Literary Complex is having a writing contest, and they want to give away some award money! Fiction and non-fiction writers are invited to enter the Annual Prose Awards in Short Fiction and Non-Fiction. Not only will the winner in each category receive a $250 prize, but this year’s winners will be chosen by Alex Kotlowitz (non-fiction) and Rosellen Brown (fiction). The final judged winners will be announced for the first time live at the recognition event itself, and the audience will vote that night to name this year’s Audience Favorite. Submission deadline is Oct. 14th, and the awards event will take place Nov. 2nd. For full details and submission guidelines, visit the Guild Literary Complex contest page.

580 Split, the annual graduate literary journal housed at Mills College in Oakland, California, is pleased to announce a Call for Submissions for Issue 14, “A Gathering of Voices”. Submission deadline is Oct. 31st for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual arts. Guidelines and details can be found at http://580split.com/news/submission-guidelines-for-issue-14/

There’s a brand-new literary magazine gearing up for a mid-2012 launch, and they are looking for submissions from “fantastic new voices.” The Ingo Village Review is currently accepting submissions of creative writing in all genres. Details and submission guidelines can be found at http://www.mscottcraig.com/p/ingo-village-review.html

Get your suits to the dry cleaners this week, because the Fall Job & Internship Fair is taking place on Friday, Oct. 07 from 11:00 AM — 3:00 PM at the LPC Student Center. For details and a full list of employers, visit the experience.com event page. (Note: This event is open to DePaul students and alumni ONLY.)

And finally, if you haven’t already, take a look at the Fall 2011 issue of DePaul Magazine in which four MAWP faculty are featured in the article “When the Teacher is an Author.” Bayo Ojikutu, Achy Obejas, Hannah Pittard and Christine Sneed share their insights on meshing two careers and how one informs the other. Read this very inspirational article at http://www.depaul.edu/magazine/articles/f11Literature.asp and if you are lucky to have one of these four professors, make sure to give them a big congratulations!

Rooney and Pittard Reading at Lincoln Hall, A Review

Jessica Block (MAWP), a graduate assistant for the Department of English, attended the recent Visiting Writer’s event at Lincoln Hall featuring Professors Kathleen Rooney and Hannah Pittard. In this post, Jessica reviews the event and encourages students to check out future events sponsored by the Department of English.

At 6 p.m. on January 25, Lincoln Hall’s auditorium was filled with over one hundred DePaul students, faculty, and guests who joined to hear readings by Professors Kathleen Rooney and Hannah Pittard.

The event, part of DePaul’s Visiting Writer’s Series, which is organized by Professor Miles Harvey, was co-sponsored by DePaul’s Department of English and Lincoln Hall. Attendees enjoyed complimentary appetizers and a playlist of music from Lincoln Hall’s upcoming acts before settling into their seats as Harvey took the stage to introduce the evening’s stars.

Rooney, a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, called upon the audience to assist her with the first of the poems she read from her book of poetry Oneiromance. “When I say marriage, you say run! Marriage,” read Rooney, and the audience eagerly chimed in: “Run!”

Rooney’s reading also included selections from her prose collection, titled For You, For You I am Trilling These Songs, and some poems written in collaboration with Elisa Gabbert. Rooney’s books are available at Amazon and other retailers for $14 and $14.95, respectively.

Pittard read a captivating section—the antics of teenage boys in a crowded auditorium— from her debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way, which was released that day. A review in Publishers Weekly notes that Pittard’s novel, which depicts the aftermath of a teenage girl’s disappearance and its effects on the boys who knew her, an “intriguing, beguiling debut.”

Published by Ecco, The Fates Will Find Their Way is available in hardcover for $22.99 or in a digital edition for $11.99 from Amazon and additional retailers. Pittard’s fiction has previously appeared in McSweeney’s and 2008 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories.

Rooney and Pittard closed the hour-long event by fielding questions from the audience regarding the publishing process, the writing process, and a variety of other subjects.

DePaul’s Department of English frequently hosts readings and social activities, so if you enjoyed it or are sorry you missed out, consider attending the next Visiting Writer’s Event featuring poet Jack Ridl. Ridl will read from his work on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Rosati Room (300) Richardson Library on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.