Another Publishing Internship Opportunity, Alumni News, & More

Current students, have you done your Online Teaching Evaluations? You have until midnight tonight, November 13th to (anonymously) tell the DePaul English Faculty how they’re doing. Check your email or Campus Connect for links to your evaluations.


Wicker Park Press, a ten-year-old independent book publisher in Chicago, has an internship opportunity available for students interested in small/independent presses.  Wicker Park Press is looking for energetic self-starters who can help utilize a great website platform and put some creative campaigns and web marketing tools together to promote the company’s books.

Site to work is 363 W Erie St Suite 4W Chicago, IL 60654. Hours flexible. Contact Eric Miller at 773-391-1199 or email

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in receiving academic credit for this or any other internship, please check your email for instructions and contact Prof. Chris Green at with any other questions or concerns.


In Alumni News, those familiar with DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) may have noticed a familiar name on the organization’s blog today. Marcy Ferrey (M.A.W.P. 12) is a new ASK mentor and has written a piece for their blog on the value of internships.  You can read Marcy’s post, in which she shares the lessons she learned through her undergraduate and graduate internships, at

Marcy is in the ASK directory, available through DePaul.Experience, and students and alumni can connect with her or any of the other ASK mentors (all DePaul alumni in a variety of fields) directly for one-on-one mentoring. For more information on how to connect with an ASK mentor, please visit


New Job & Internship Info

All are encouraged to attend a RESUME AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP FOR ENGLISH STUDENTS on Wednesday, May 30th from 5:00-6:00p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall Room 308. The workshop will by run by Ed Childs of the DePaul Career Center.


Current MAE and MAWP students looking for a summer internship should check their email for six summer internship opportunities available exclusively to DePaul students at this time.


In These Times has a job opening for a Web Editor. In These Times, a not-for-profit national monthly magazine based in Chicago, seeks an editor to manage and guide the magazine’s continued expansion into the digital frontier. Who are we looking for? A journalist and digital strategist who:

  • loves to think big about how serious journalism can survive on the Internet.
  • has experience managing a journalistic website, and knows what CMS and SEO stand for
  • has edited everything from blog posts to 3,000-word feature stories—quickly.
  • wants to play a multifaceted role in a mission-driven progressive organization.
  • is comfortable managing writers and interns.

The person hired will also help edit the print edition of the magazine. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to In These Times’ mission is required. The successful applicant is expected to be fully involved in working with the staff in planning the magazine’s expansion and growth. HTML/CSS and photo editing skills strongly preferred.

Salary based on experience. Four-weeks paid vacation. Employer matched 401(k). Employer-paid medical and dental benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples and two editing samples to No phone calls. This Chicago-based position will remain open until filled. In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply.

Reminders, Two-Year College Teaching Internships, and Job Openings at the Writing Center

Welcome back, students and faculty, from what was hopefully a very relaxing spring break! In case you did a little too much relaxing and forgot what was posted on Ex Libris before the break, here are a few reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines.


Applications for a Fall 2012 Internship in Teaching English in the Two-Year College are due to Prof. Carolyn Goffman by Friday, April 20th at 5 p.m.

To Apply:

Please provide PAPER COPIES of the following:

  • One-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship. Include information about your availability (scheduling restrictions, other jobs or responsibilities) and transportation (that is, do you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation?)
  • C.V. ,including names of references (you do NOT have to provide letters of reference unless requested later)

Please send these ELECTRONICALLY:

  • Writing Sample (in Word format)
  • Transcripts (unless you prefer to send hard copies). If you are NOT in the MAE or MAWP programs, please include undergraduate transcripts. They do not have to be official versions; a photocopy is fine.

If you have any questions about the internship or the Teaching English in the  Two-Year College Certificate, please email Prof. Goffman at


The University Center for Writing-based Learning at DePaul is looking for empathetic and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2012/2013 academic year. Applications are due on April 23rd, 2012 at noon.

Please visit to learn how and why to apply for a job at the DePaul UCWbL. Any questions can be directed to UCWbL Director Dr. Lauri Dietz at

Certificate in Teaching English in the Two-Year College Info Session and Upcoming Career Events

Special update! It has just been confirmed that the guest writers on tomorrow’s DePaul Student Writers Show are English graduate students Bethany Brownholtz and Michael Van Kerckhove. Tune in to hear them read their work on Radio DePaul,, this Friday from 10:00-11:00 a.m.


Current students, are you interested in an internship at a two-year college or maybe even the Certificate in Teaching English in the Two-Year College? Then mark your calendars for an upcoming information session on Internships at Two-Year Colleges and the Certificate in Teaching English in the Two-Year College. The information session will take place on Tuesday, February 7th, from 5:00-6:00p.m. in the new Arts & Letters Hall Rm. 210-11 (Student Resource Center). This will be a great chance to hear about the program from Prof. Carolyn Goffman and discuss any questions you may have with her.


The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a special opportunity for current students interested in careers in Writing and Publishing as a part of their Dinner on DePaul series. Dinner on DePaul is a free dinner event in which 3 alumni in a specific professional field share a dinner with 15-20 students who are interested in that professional area. On Tuesday, February 7 at 6 pm in the Alumni Center (2400 N. Sheffield) on the Lincoln Park Campus, Dinner on DePaul will feature alumni who currently work in careers in Writing & Publishing. The alumni who will be in attendance include:

  • Bill Gorman (COM ’50), Founder, Gorman Publishing Company
  • Jennifer Olvera (LAS ’97), Freelance Writer, Blogger and Editor
  • Kelly McNees (MED ’06), Author and Manuscript Consultant

This event would be relevant for any student interested in a career in Writing & Publishing. Anyone who would like to attend can RSVP by contacting or via phone at 773-325-8941 by Thursday, February 2nd. 


DePaul’s Winter Career Fair is coming up on February 10th! This fair is open to DePaul students and alumni only. Current students have already been emailed the complete list of participating employers, although these can also be found at

And don’t forget that you can prepare for the career fair before you go:

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration (through DePaul.Experience “Calendar” section) is open until Wednesday, February 8th.

PREPARE FOR THE FAIR: 1. Attend the “Maximize Your Job & Internship Fair Experience” workshop. This FREE 1-1 ½ hour session teaches job seekers how to effectively showcase their skills and abilities at a fair. Workshops will be held:

  •  Tue., Jan. 31, 11:30am-1:30pm LPC, Stu. Center 313
  • Mon., Feb. 6, 11:30am-1:30pm LOOP, DPC 8002
  •  Wed., Feb. 8, 5:00-7:00pm LPC, Stu. Center 313

Pre-register for one of these sessions through DePaul.Experience “Calendar” section.

And, of course, you can practice your interviewing skills and have your resume reviewed at the DePaul Career center.

Welcome Back Winter 2012

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all our graduate students starting their Winter 2012 classes this week! And a special welcome to all new students starting their English Graduate classes at DePaul for the first time this quarter.

Like many of you current students, Ex Libris has accumulated quite a few announcements in our inbox over winter break, so be sure to check in frequently this week so you don’t miss anything, and please be patient if you are waiting for a response from us.

As always, if you’re an alum or current student with good news about a publication or job or an announcement about an event, conference, contest, or journal that you’d like to share with the DePaul English Graduate community, send us an email.

We are also always looking for students or alumni interested in writing guest posts for Ex Libris. Do you have something interesting to say about an event you attended, an internship experience, an organization or cause you’re involved in, something you researched for class, or even a great book you read? If you think other DePaul English grad students would enjoy what you have to say, send your ideas to

And now, a few upcoming deadlines:

Creative Coworking in Evanston, is seeking a student intern with design skills and an aptitude for marketing and communications.

– design brochures
– update/redesign company websites
– help manage social media platforms
– develop business portfolios
– photography and video work
– public relations and brand awareness
– business blogging

– gain experience working with multiple entrepreneurs
– develop, execute, and evaluate marketing campaigns
– get connected to the Evanston business community
– work in an office space in the heart of Downtown Evanston

This is a paid internship ($15/hr undergrad, $20/hr grad student), 2-3 days per week for a minimum of two months, with an option to extend. Candidate could start in January 2012.

Applications for this position should be sent to Please include a cover letter explaining why you would be a good match for this internship.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2012 teaching positions.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 300 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

Qualified applicants:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

Submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at

Escape Into Life is excited to announce its First Annual Fiction Contest, judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

In addition to cash prizes, five finalists will receive art from Escape Into Life artists as well as have their stories nominated for at least one nationally recognized award in 2012 (Best American, Pushcart, O’Henry, Story South, or Sundress).

Submission deadline is January 7, 2012. Visit for more details and submission instructions.

Kweli Journal, an online literary journal that celebrates the shared cultural experience of people of color, is currently seeking literature of occupation for its January 2012 social justice issueKweli Journal invites submissions of short stories, poetry, and essays that represent the day to day realities and frustrations of the poor working class and middle class living on the edge.

Kweli accepts:

  • Fiction: short stories or self-contained novel excerpts.  Prose should be double-spaced.  Submit one prose piece at a time.
  • Nonfiction: personal essays or self-contained memoir excerpts.  Prose should be double-spaced.  Submit one prose piece at a time.
  • Poetry: submit three poems at a time.  Submissions should be single spaced and set as you want it to appear on the printed page.

Submission deadline is January 7, 2012.  Submit your work at Payment is upon publication.

The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, is seeking submissions for a conference on the construction of nations and empires in 16th- and 17th-century Europe. This conference will engage with the idea of emerging and changing national identities in this period. More specifically, it will investigate the particular social dynamics that characterize negotiations between categories such as the foreign and the domestic or the individual and the state. How is the status of the nation and its inhabitants defined? How does the cultural production of nation engage with shifting political realities? Do changes in geographical borders or ideologies produce new discourses of difference in terms of race, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and/or disability?

The colloquium is seeking papers that examine how early modern writers, collectives, and cultures grappled with these questions within a series of interrelated realms—e.g., academic, artistic, economic, epistemological, geographical, legal, medical, occult, philosophical, private, public, religious, scientific, and theatrical. Potential topics might include radical religious dissent, the rise of Protestantism and/or the Counter-Reformation, colonialism and expansion in the Americas, the beginnings of the slave trade, the shift from monarchy to commonwealth in seventeenth-century England, relations between the East and West, or European interactions with the Ottoman Empire.

Please send a 250-word abstract to Cordelia Zukerman ( and Leila Watkins ( by January 15, 2012.

Faculty News, Radio DePaul, and More

Two exciting Faculty News updates today:

Congratulations are due to Christine Sneed, who has just sold a novel, Little Known Facts, to Bloomsbury. And her short story, “The First Wife,” which appeared in the December2010/January 2011 issue of the New England Review, has been selected for this year’s O. Henry Prize Anthology.

Congratulations also to Lesley Kordecki on the publication of her new book, Ecofeminist Subjectivities:  Chaucer’s Talking Birds, which analyzes the interaction between gender and species in Chaucer’s poetry and interprets his adaptation of medieval genres through an ecofeminist lens. The book is a part of Palgrave Macmillan’s New Middle Ages series.

Next time you see Prof. Sneed and Prof. Kordecki, make sure to congratulate them on these outstanding accomplishments!

Radio DePaul is looking for two Co-hosts for a show featuring creative writing students reading their work on air.  It will be the hosts’ responsibility to work with the student programmers at Radio DePaul to shape the show, to host the show on the air, and to select student readers for each show. They are anticipating doing a one hour show every other Friday morning.   Please submit a 1-page application letter to Professor Dan Stolar’s mailbox in McGaw by Wednesday, Oct. 26 if you are interested.

Note:  it is likely that there will be overlap between applications for these positions and for the Threshold Co-editor positions.  Please feel free to re-use materials from that application.  The same people will not be chosen for both in order to give more students an opportunity.

Currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient Chicago Shakespeare Theater  is seeking qualified and enthusiastic interns for the Advancement, Education and Marketing/PR Departments for at least a 10-week period between January and June of 2012. Preference will be given to candidates who can work a minimum of 25 hours per week. A small weekly stipend will be provided.  Current students, graduates and early career professionals are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received by Monday, Nov. 14th.

View the detailed posting for each position here, and the full internship descriptions and qualifications on the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website.

Faculty News, an Internship Opportunity, and a Call for Papers

Hopefully everyone has taken a few minutes to read the DePaul Magazine article “When the Teacher is an Author” that we posted about on Monday, because today we are happy to post two more exciting accomplishments of the DePaul English Department faculty.

It has just been announced that faculty member Jim Fairhall is the 2012 winner of Crab Orchard Review’s John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize for his memoir, “Núi Khê Revisited.” The essay is about his recent trek through a forest in Vietnam in quest of a site of memory, Khê Mountain. “Núi Khê Revisited” will be published in the 2012 winter/spring issue of Crab Orchard Review. The Guyon Nonfiction Prize has been awarded annually since 1997. This is the second time a faculty member in the department has garnered this prestigious award; Prof. Michele Morano won the Guyon prize in 2006.

The  Society for the Study of Early Modern Women has selected Paula McQuade‘s article, “A Knowing People: Early Modern Motherhood, Female Authorship, and Working-Class Community in Dorothy Burch’s A Catechism of the Several Heads of the Christian Religion,” Prose Studies 32.3 (December 2010): 167-86, as the winner of the 2011 SSEMW Essay and Article Award.  This award is given each year to the best essay published on early modern women writers.  Paula will travel to the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in October to receive the award.

Congratulations to Prof. Fairhall and Prof. McQuade!


There in an internship opportunity available at Think Glink Publishing IMMEDIATELY, so act fast!

Think Glink is publishing and launching the fiction novel of first-time author Andrea Kayne Kaufman in November and would like a marketing intern immediately. They are looking for a smart, thoughtful, passionate student who is interested in learning the book publishing process and participating in this exciting public relations campaign.

Responsibilities include:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Online community outreach (Posting, updating, organizing data, fact-checking)
  • Pitching the book to news sources
  • Planning launch parties
  • Website admin and maintenance

Location: Glencoe, Illinois (public transportation accessible)

Applicants must have online experience and know how to use a variety of web admin tools, including Word Press, Constant Contact, Google Docs, Google Analytics, as well as be adept at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Hiring now! Need interns to start ASAP. Book Launches November 17, 2011.

If you’re interested in applying, please send your cover letter, résumé and any relevant clips as well as questions about the project, job requirements, or location to Claire Young at or call (847) 242-0550.

If you are interested in earning academic credit for this internship, please contact Chris Green at


Graduate students who have not yet presented at a conference are invited to submit papers for the Emerging Scholars Symposium, one of two debut panels of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Papers are welcome on any topic in theatre history, theory, or dramatic literature. Papers that complement the conference theme of “Work” are encouraged, but not required.

Up to three participants will be selected for each panel, and each panelist will have fifteen minutes to deliver his or her paper. Students whose papers are accepted will receive free conference registration, free admission to the conference luncheon, a one-year membership in MATC, and a cash prize of $50. The conference will take place March 1-4th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

Papers should be 7-10 pages in length (1750-2500 words), and will be evaluated on their originality, the quality of their writing and research, and their critical/theoretical sophistication.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Your name and the name of your academic institution
  • Contact information
  • A brief bio
  • Indication of whether you are submitting to the Undergraduate or Graduate Debut Panel
  • COMPLETED paper (no abstracts, please)

Please e-mail all submissions as Microsoft Word attachments to the symposium co-chairs, Kate Roark ( and Jeff Grace ( Submissions must be received by Oct. 15th.


And finally just a reminder that the first One Book One Chicago event on DePaul’s campus this year is taking place TONIGHT! Hope you can make it to Chicago Fiction, Chicago Film: A Conversation!