Faculty News & Newcity’s Summer Guide

In Faculty News: Please join the English Department in congratulating Kathleen Rooney for being named 2013 winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry for her novel-in-poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012).

A review in Booklist noted the following of Robinson Alone: “Rooney’s syncopated wordplay, supple musicality, and cinematic descriptions subtly embody… Robinson’s sardonic grace under pressure. An intricate, psychologically luminous homage, tale of American loneliness, and enthralling testament to poetry’s resonance.” Congrats, Prof. Rooney!


Curbside Splendor Publishing is holding their second monthly Salon Splendor event tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30 p.m., and one of the evening’s featured readers is DePaul’s own Christine Sneed. The show will take place at Madame Zuzu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave. in Highland Park.

The theme this month, Passages, will be taken on by authors Christine Sneed, Jac Jemc, and Scott Garson. The night will end with live music by house band Good Evening.

The series is confirmed through October, on the third Thursday of each month. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP at sarah@madamezuzus.com.


Next week, Newcity, Chicago’s free weekly alternative newspaper, is publishing their annual Summer Guide, and they’re looking for submissions. According to head editor Brian Hieggleke, “It’s one of the most free-wheeling issues we publish all year, on one of our favorite subjects, summer in (and around) the city.”

Newcity is looking for a wide range of meditations on the season, from the trenchant essay to the wistful memoir, from the dream state to the concrete. While they are not actively soliciting poetry, they’re not ruling it out, either.

They are also looking for learned and practical insights into summer (how to pack a proper picnic for Pritzker Pavilion, how to make the perfect summer cocktail, how to bbq on the lakefront), regional travel service pieces (what’s shakin’ at the House on the Rock? Is Detroit really the Chicago of the future?), and even itsy bitsy bon mots about a few of your favorite things about summer in Chicago. Please be specific in your pitch letter.

See summer.newcity.com for an archive of previous summer issues and see their guidelines page for more information. The deadline for copy for the Summer Guide is Saturday, May 18th, but sooner is better.


Student News, a Student Reading, an Essay Contest, & More

Today in Student News: Congratulations to MAWP student Bethanie Hestermann, who just signed her first book contract with Chicago Review Press! Bethanie will be co-authoring a children’s book (ages 9+) tentatively called Zoology for Kids, along with her husband, Josh Hestermann.  Their book will be part of Chicago Review Press’ fall 2014 list. As Bethanie describes it, “The book will introduce young minds to the basic principles of animal life through hands-on activities, while providing a behind-the-scenes look at zookeeping, veterinary medicine, wildlife research, and conservation efforts.”

If you’d like to receive a heads up when the book is available to order, please email Bethanie at zoologyforkids@gmail.com.


In Faculty News: Make sure to check out Prof. Kathleen Rooney‘s piece in the New York Times magazine about teaching contemporary poetry and comedian Jack Handley, titled, “And Now, Deep Thoughts about ‘Deep Thoughts.'”

Prof. Rooney will also be reading her poetry at Curbside Splendor Publishing’s “Salon Splendor” event, a night of intimate readings, literary SalonSplendordiscussion, warm music, and world-class tea at Madame ZuZu’s Tea House. The topic of the night is “origins,” and reading along with Rooney will be Okla Elliot and James Tadd Adcox. There will be live music by Good Evening and the event will be hosted by Curbside Splendor’s Senior Editor, Jacob S. Knabb.

The event will take place from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19th. Space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP by email at sarah@madamezuzus.com.


The University Center for Writing-based Learning would like to invite everyone to their next Aloud! Student Reading this Tuesday, April 16th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Student Center.


Featured readers include current MAWP students Maria Hlohowskyj, David Mathews, Jillian Merrifield, and Raul Palma, MAE alum Matthew Fledderjohann, undergraduates Elizabeth Kerper, Richard Rodriguez, Annie Baldwin, and more!


There’s just a few days left to enter the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Essay Contest sponsored by DePaul’s Department of International Studies, Department of Geography, the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, and the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program.


In “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” (1967), Martin Luther King calls for an anti-racist and internationalist response to oppression in its various guises. Taking King’s Vietnam speech as a starting point, this essay contest asks students to consider what such a speech might look like today.

The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at DePaul University during the 2012-2013 academic year. Graduate students should submit an essay of 3000-3500 words, and there will be a $500 prize for the best graduate student essay.

See las.depaul.edu/int/Events/StudentEssayContest/index.asp for important submission and formatting guidelines. The deadline for submission is April 15th, 2013.

Celebrate James Baldwin’s Legacy, Kathleen Rooney’s Book Release, & More!

The DePaul English Department is cosponsoring an event with the LGBTQ Studies Program, “James Arthur Baldwin: Legacy.”  This roundtable discussion on the impact of the thought, writing, and activism of James Baldwin is occasioned by the 50th anniversary of the publication of Another Country and “Down at the Cross,” 25 years after his passing.

Please join Keynote speaker Randall Kenan of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and roundtable panelists Ernest Hardy, Los Angeles based writer‐critic; Bill Johnson Gonzalez, English Literature, DePaul University; Daniel McNeil, Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor, DePaul University; and Lisa C. Moore, Publisher, RedBone Press for this timely discussion. The event will take place from 2:00‐4:30 p.m. in the SAC Room 161 and is free and open to the public.


On October 30th, the Department of English will be hosting a reading for Professor Kathleen Rooney to celebrate the release of her new novel in poems, Robinson Alone. Robinson Alone is based on the life and work of Weldon Kees, and has just been released by Gold Wake Press.

Join Prof. Rooney for a reading and reception on October 30th, at 6:00pm in the Richardson Library on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus in Room 115.  Refreshments will be served.


Call for papers: BEYOND THE MARGINS May 17-18, 2013  at  DePaul University

Beyond the Margins, a graduate student conference hosted by the Media and Cinema Studies program in the College of Communication at DePaul University, invites current graduate students in any discipline to submit proposals focused on the dialectic between the mainstream and the marginal as it occurs within various media. This conference will serve as a forum to bring together graduate students with similar interests to share and discuss his/her work, with the general public welcome in the audience. Panelists are invited to approach the concept of marginality and the media from such critical perspectives as culture and representation, technology and distribution, history and canonization, audiences and journalism, creators and transgression, among other approaches.

Each panelist will be given up to 20 minutes to present their paper. Potential topics for papers and panels include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of the academy in ‘reclaiming’ neglected media texts
  • Case studies of marginalized films, programs, texts, etc.
  • The ‘mainstreaming’ of sub-culture
  • The phenomenon of ‘cultural currency’ and media products
  • Cult audiences
  • ‘Trash’ media texts
  • The ‘cross-over’ phenomenon and media audiences
  • Social media and fandom
  • The political economy of marginal media texts
  • Advertising and niche audiences
  • Marginalization and race, gender and/or sexuality in the media
  • Journalism and the formation of ‘the popular’
  • Public relations as advocate for marginalized audiences, publics, and or stakeholders
  • Public relations as a media advocacy tool
  • Marginal media texts and personal identity

Proposals should be between 250-300 words, and should also provide a list of three to five keywords related to your subject along with a brief biography.

Full panel proposals on a single theme are also welcome, and should include a 250-300 word description of the panel’s larger significance/objectives in addition to each panelist’s individual proposal. Panels must consist of exactly four panelists.

Please email your abstract, keywords and biography to Prof. Blair Davis:  bdavis47@depaul.edu. The deadline for proposals is January 15th. Notification of acceptance will be given by February 1st.

The subject line should contain the writer’s last name followed by “Beyond the Margins Abstract.” Please contact Prof. Davis directly if you have any questions or concerns.


The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to announce the interdisciplinary graduate conference (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture in London, Ontario.

They have issued a Call for Papers for the conference, which will take place March 15-17, 2013.

Re)Activating Objects will investigate the ways material culture provide a lens to examine the systemic structure of our socio-cultural-economic worlds. (Re)Activating Objectspulls from a variety of disciplines and approaches that address the fundamental and theoretical questions about social constructions, social politics, and social ethics.

The topic asks candidates to ‘activate’ objects that are under-theorized and/or ‘reactivate’ objects with shifting or multiple ideologies. Ultimately, how do ‘activated’ objects create a productive discomfort that forces us to ask questions about our current worldviews? Furthermore, can they point us toward an imagined future?

Graduate students at the M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. levels have been invited to submit abstracts for presentations and artist talks from the fields, including but not limited to, visual arts, history, museum studies, indigenous studies, gender studies, and theory. (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture will build on existing research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a number of disciplines. The multidisciplinarity of (Re)Activating Objects encourages participants to bring their particular  trajectory and field of study to the conference for a lively and collegial exchange of ideas. Successful candidates will also be considered for a corresponding online publication.

For inquiries, please contact reactivating.objects@gmail.com. The due date for abstract submissions is: December 5th, 2012.

More details can be found at the conference website, reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com.

Career Panel for English Students

Reminder: TONIGHT, May 10th, is the Threshold Awards Judges Reading at 6 p.m. in the Richardson Library. See this post for details.



TUESDAY, MAY 15, 6:30-7:30


Graduate students in both programs are invited to attend a Career Panel for English Students next Tuesday, May 15th, which will feature three DePaul English professors discussing their various career paths and responding to students’ questions.

Gioia Diliberto is a Chicago based writer and the author of five books – two historical novels and three biographies. Her acclaimed 1992 book, Hadley, the ground-breaking true story behind Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, was recently reissued as Paris Without End. Ms. Diliberto specializes in writing about women’s lives. She has been a contributor to many publications, from The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune, to Smithsonian and Vanity Fair, and she has been a judge for prominent literary contests, including The National Book Award. Her work has been translated into several languages, and The Collection, her novel set in Coco Chanel’s 1919 atelier, has been optioned for a movie.

Chris Green is the author of two books of poetry: Epiphany School and The Sky Over Walgreens. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Verse, Court Green, North American Review, and RATTLE. He edited the anthology, A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration and is co-editor of Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author, most recently, of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010) and the forthcoming novel in poems, Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of the collaborative poetry collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008).

DePaul Student Writers Series on WordPress & DePaul Faculty Poets Reading

Wish you could follow DePaul Radio’s exciting new Student Writers Series, but have other obligations on Friday mornings? Well you’re in luck! As promised, DePaul Radio SWS hosts Colin Harris and Marcy Farrey have created a blog where you can listen to previous episodes at your leisure. The first two episodes, which feature DePaul English graduate students Danielle KillgoreZhanna Vaynberg, Bethany Brownholtz, and Michael Van Kerckhove are up now on DePaulSWS’s first blog post!

Visit the DePaul SWS blog at depaulsws.wordpress.com— or better yet, add it to your reader of choice so you don’t miss another episode.

If you can listen in on Friday mornings, the next show will take place tomorrow, February 3rd, with guest Amanda Fowler, another English grad student! Tune in to radio.depaul.edu at 10 a.m. to hear the show live.

You can also follow DePaul University English Graduate Programs on Facebook for more timely reminders of SWS radio shows, events, and more!


And just a reminder that tonight is the Visiting Writers Series‘ latest reading: DePaul Faculty Poets featuring Kathleen Rooney, Mark Turcotte, Chris Green, and David Welch.

Afterwards, current MAWP students are invited to join some of the faculty at Kelly’s Pub at 949 W. Webster Ave. for an informal meet-and-greet.


Faculty News and MAWP Meet & Greet

We’re starting the week off on a high note, with news about publications from two of our faculty members and an invitation to a MAWP gathering.

Prof. Michele Morano‘s essay, “Boy Eats World,” is published in the current issue of the creative nonfiction journal, Fourth Genre. In addition, her essay, “Evenings at the Collegeview Diner,” which appeared last fall in Water~Stone Review, has been named a “Notable Essay” in this year’s Best American Essays anthology. Congratulations to Prof. Morano on these great honors!

Kathleen Rooney‘s second single-authored book of poetry, Robinson Alone Provides the Image: A Novel in Poems, has been accepted for publication by Gold Wake Press.  The book is scheduled for release in November, 2012.  Congratulations to Prof. Rooney on this outstanding accomplishment!

All current Masters in Writing and Publishing students are invited to come out this Thursday night, Oct. 6, and hang with your fellow MAWP students and profs. Festivities will take place at the Lion Head Pub, 2251 N. Lincoln. Prof. Miles Harvey and others will show up around 8pm, and Prof. Michele Morano and others who are in class that night will come as soon as they are free.

This will be a casual, non-DePaul-sponsored event, meaning the drinks aren’t free, and there’s no pressure to show up, but Prof. Morano promises there will be cheap beer and grub, and a good time had by all. Hope to see you there!

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.