Early November Events

There’s one last chance to enter the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s 27th Annual One-Act Play Contest, which is accepting submissions until November 1st, 2012.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is looking for never-produced one-act plays with a small cast that run no more than one hour in length.Finding fresh literary talent of all genres is at the heart of the Festival’s mission. The contests have nurtured writers at the start of their careers–and helped them move on to further publications, book deals, and in one case, a Pulitzer Prize.

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • A staged reading at the 2013 Festival
  • A full production of the winning script in 2013
  • VIP All-Access Pass for both 2013 and 2014 ($1,000 value)
  • Publication in Bayou

For more details, read the guidelines and submission.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is also accepting submissions for its 5th Annual Fiction Contest. The deadline for the fiction contest is November 15th, 2012.

For this contest, the Literary Festival is accepting unpublished short stories, up to 7,000 words, by writers who have never published a book of fiction. The fiction contest will be judged by Michael Cunningham, author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours, and Specimen Days.

Grand Prize:

  • $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the 2013 Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival Pass ($500 value)
  • Public reading at the 2013 Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Literature

Read the full guidelines and submission.

There is an entry fee of $25 for both contests.


The DePaul Humanities Center has two events coming up in the first week of November. First, on Friday, November 2nd, Anne K. Knowles will present “Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities.” See our previous post for complete details.

Next, on Monday, November 5th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center (a reception will precede at 5:30 p.m.), DePaul Humanities Center Faculty Fellow James H. Murphy will welcome Queen’s University Belfast Professor Eamonn Hughes to discuss Writing Belfast.”
From the Humanities Center’s description:

Belfast presents the writer with a number of problems. Its reputation as a place of violent political conflict necessitates a response from its writers. Its anomalous status as the only fully industrialised city in Ireland makes it difficult to frame such responses in the conventional terms established in other forms of Irish writing. Belfast, it seems, is very much a place apart and one which resists representation. However, during the period of the Troubles and their aftermath, Belfast has produced a number of remarkable writers. While their work was often a response to political violence, it also stretched imaginatively beyond the Troubles and in doing so began to fi nd alternative versions of Belfast and links between Belfast and other places. What contemporary writers such as Ciaran Carson (in, for example, The Star Factory, 1997) or Glenn Patterson (in, for example, The Mill for Grinding Old People Young, 2012) have come to recognise is that the apparently distinctive problematic of Belfast raises key questions about the nature of the urban and its representation.

Dr. Eamonn Hughes is Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Assistant Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He specializes in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, on which he has published widely, and his current interests are in Irish autobiography and concepts of place in Irish writing.

He is the editor of several volumes, including A Further Shore: Essays in Irish and Scottish Studies (2008), Ireland (Ulster) Scotland: Concepts, Contexts, Comparisons (2003), and Northern Ireland: Culture and Politics 1960-1990 (1991). His current projects are a book on Irish autobiography from the seventeenth century to the present, and a book on ideas of place in contemporary Northern Irish poetry. In addition to his academic work he also organizes the English Society and has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Between the Lines literary festival since its inception in 1996.

The event is free and open to all in the DePaul community.


Finally, please join the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum for a reading from the new book Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams and just published by Chicago’s own CityFiles Press. Maier, a Chicago-area nanny and amateur photographer whose work–more than 10,000 negatives in all–was discovered after her death in 2009, has recently garnered national attention, including an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. The new book presents 275 of her photographs alongside interviews with those who knew her best.

Some students may remember authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, who gave a talk on campus last fall sponsored by the Visiting Writers Series about their experiences founding a new small press in Chicago. Frustrated by the creative constraints of working with traditional publishers, Cahan and Williams decided to set out on their own. Since 2005, they have been publishing wildly ambitious and stunningly beautiful books. This talk should be of interest to any student who wants to learn about the challenges and potential of starting an independent press.


Faculty News: Humanities Center Faculty Fellows

Each year the DePaul Humanities Center selects a few DePaul faculty members to receive a Faculty Fellowship, and this year the English Department is very happy to announce that the six Faculty Fellows selected for 2012-2013 include two of our own faculty: James Murphy and Michele Morano.

As faculty fellows, Murphy and Morano will each be researching and presenting a project. We’ve asked them both to share a little about their research, and here it is in their own words.

From Prof. James Murphy, on his project, “The Dublin Quartet: A Cultural, Intellectual, and Literary History”:

Numerous general histories of Ireland exist, so do studies of Dublin relating to individual time periods. There is no large-scale modern history of Ireland. This is an anomaly given the current trend for writing ‘biographies’ for such cities as London and Jerusalem. The project seeks to address this gap. It will be a work in four volumes, both scholarly and accessible, that will focus particularly on the cultural, intellectual and literary aspects of Dublin’s history though a weaving together of individual voices and texts from its history. It will deal sequentially with the major periods in the history of the city: when it was a remote fortress successively among the Viking, Angevin and English dominions; when it was a the capital of a new kingdom, launching pad for the Reformation and the conquest of Ireland, and the resort of the eighteenth-century landed elite; when it provided the forum for Irish nationalism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and when, as Ireland’s independent capital, it became the home for a third of Ireland’s population.

From Prof. Michele Morano, on her project, “Thirteen Ways of Thinking About Love: A Literary Essay”:

“Thirteen Ways of Looking at Love: A Literary Essay” will use the form of a lyric essay to explore a kind of romantic attraction that is exhilarating, risky, and often physically chaste. Drawn from research into areas as diverse and sometimes overlapping as philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, literary history, and linguistics, this essay will consider how we define and measure romantic love and will explore infatuation as an altered state that, like grief or acute illness, occasions deep reflection on who we are and how we live.

Congratulations to Professors Murphy and Morano! We wish them luck in their research and look forward to hearing more about their projects in the coming year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Faculty Fellowship program and Faculty Fellows from previous years, please visit the DePaul Humanities Center website.

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.

James Murphy Reading, a Review

By MAE student Jonathan Kittl

On Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the John T. Richardson Library, Professor James H. Murphy presented his newly published book, Irish Novelists & the Victorian Age. Professor Murphy started the evening with a brief explanation concerning his process in constructing this new work. Professor Murphy includes references to well over 200 Irish novelists. During the evening Professor Murphy noted several Victorian Irish authors are frequently passed over in favor of other “big name” writers whose work might be interpreted as relevant to or representative of Ireland. One of the examples he mentioned is the analysis of the supposed Irish ancestry of Heathcliff in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Rather than stretch the material, Professor Murphy seeks to incorporate the voices of the authors—such as Maria Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, and Rosa Mullholland—who were right in the middle of Ireland’s political, economical, and social issues.

Professor Murphy read specific passages from his novel so as to give a good cross-section of the various topics about which Victorian Irish authors wrote. Covered were William Carleton and Charles Lever concerning the topics of land and economics, and he also focused on Emily Lawless regarding feminism and realism.

When finished sharing his work, Professor Murphy took questions from the audience of approximately fifty people in the John T. Richardson Library Rosati Room on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. Several of these questions took a challenging tone, similar to those asked of a doctoral student during a dissertation defense. During this question and answer session, which accounted for over half of the program, Professor Murphy confidently and graciously answered each question with precise, detailed information.

DePaul’s English Department was well represented by its faculty and students. Several members from the community and other DePaul University Departments were also in attendance.

Irish Novelists & the Victorian Age can be purchased—as Professor Murphy even noted—at the lofty price of $110.00 on Amazon. Currently the book is only available in Europe, but the hardcover edition will be available in the United States on March 25, 2011.

Interested in attending other events at DePaul? Here are some upcoming author readings:

On Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Poet Jack Ridl will read from his recent work. 6 pm, Rosati Room, 300 John T. Richardson Library, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

On Thursday, February 24, 2011 Novelist and editor Peter Orner will read from his recent book and answer questions from the audience. 6 pm, Dorothy Day Room, 400 John T. Richardson Library, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus