Threshold’s Salon-Style Reading

Threshold Event Graphic

This Thursday, February 7th, the staff of Threshold literary journal would like to invite everyone to come celebrate the work of DePaul writers in a salon-style reading.

This event will feature DePaul undergraduate, graduate, and alumni writers published in past Threshold editions, including Alec Moran reading fiction, Colin Garner Harris reading nonfiction, Michael Van Kerckhove reading dramatic literature, and Richard Rodriguez and Emma Cushman Wood reading poetry.

There will also be an ASK/ANSWER session regarding the magazine and submission particulars.

The event will be taking place in Arts and Letters Hall, room 101 from 7-8:30 p.m.

And don’t forget, Threshold submissions are due on February 15th! You can also “like” Threshold on Facebook here and RSVP to the Facebook event here.


Two Friday Events and a Call for Submissions

This month, the DePaul English Department is holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The second Student Information Session will be held this Friday, January 25th, with Megan Heffernan. Heffernan’s background includes:

  • Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, expected March 2013
  • Dissertation, “Each Part Together Sought: Inventing the English Poetry Collection, 1557−1640,” defended on December 5, 2012
  • B.A. (Honors), English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 2004

The student Q&A with Heffernan will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Michael Raleigh readingThe DePaul Honors Program is pleased to announce an upcoming reading by Michael Raleigh, an instructor in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department and the Honors Program, and author of eight novels.  Raleigh will read from his latest book, The Conjurer’s Boy, followed by discussion and Q & A.

The reading will take place on Friday, January 25th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at 990 W. Fullerton, room 1405. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Afterimage:The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, a publication of the Visual Studies Workshop, a non-profit media arts center located in Rochester, New York, is pleased to announce that the Inklight project is currently seeking new submissions. Inklight offers a unique opportunity for photographers to share their most compelling image, which, if chosen, will be posted on the journal’s web site. Writers (who, ideally, were not formerly familiar with the imagery) will then have the chance to respond to the image in prose or poetry.

Visit and submit your response to one image in prose or poetry. No critical responses, please. Size limit for prose: 750 words, for poetry: 25 lines. One of the written works will be selected to be published along with each original photograph on the Afterimage website.

Please send images and creative written responses to

The project’s web page, and examples of previous works can be found at:

Early Modern English Literature Candidates on Campus & More

In the coming weeks, the DePaul English Department will be holding a series of Student Information Sessions with the candidates for the Assistant Professor of Early Modern English Literature, a tenure-track position in The Department of English to begin in September, 2013. A total of three sessions will be held in ALH 210-11, one for each candidate. All DePaul English Graduate Students are encouraged to attend and give their input.

The first Student Information Session will be held tomorrow, Friday, January 18th, with Evan Gurney of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gurney’s background includes:

  • Ph.D. in English Literature, ABD; Dissertation: “Discontented Charity: Theology, Community, and Hermeneutics, More to Milton” (Adviser: Reid Barbour)
  • M.A. in English, 2007; Thesis: “Donne Redone: Alexander Pope’s Imitation of Satire II” (Adviser: Jessica Wolfe)
  • B.A. in English and Creative Writing (with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction), 2004

The student Q&A will be held from 1:30-2:15 in the Student Resource Center, ALH 210-11. Refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, you are invited to attend the English Department sessions which will be held from 3:30-5:00 on the same days. The English Department looks forward to hearing your feedback.


Engendering Change: The Third Annual Graduate Student Gender and Sexualities Conference to be held on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Chicago has announced an Extended Deadline for submitting abstracts. The deadline is now Tuesday, January 22nd.

Engendering Change is an annual interdisciplinary graduate student-led conference that provides a venue through which graduate students can share their scholarship on gender and sexualities with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area. The conference is free and open to the public.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to present their original research related to the study of gender and sexualities broadly defined. Papers can be based on any aspect of gender and sexualities, including but not limited to: activism, bodies, families, feminisms, identities, health and medicine, masculinities and femininities, media, religion, sexual subcultures, transnationalism, and the workplace.

The conference will start on Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 5:30PM with a special keynote event at the Jane Addams Hull House. Graduate student panels, as well as a themed faculty panel, will take place on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at Student Center East.

This year’s conference theme, “Thinking Intersectionally about Gender and Sexualities,” focuses attention on theorizing and researching gender and sexualities through an intersectional lens. In addition to the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that bring intersectional theory in conversation with gender and sexuality studies, reflect on the state and future of intersectionality in gender and sexualities studies, and consider innovative methodological strategies for studying these intersections.

To submit an abstract, please complete the online submission form available at The submission form will ask for an extended abstract with a minimum of 350 words as well as keywords.

All presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1st, 2013. Participants will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference committee by March 1st, 2013.


The literary magazine Palooka is seeking new material for an upcoming issue, and has issued a call for submissions to DePaul English Graduate students.

Palooka is a nonprofit literary magazine seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia. Palooka produces print and electronic versions of the magazine and offers samples of the published materials online.

In the words of the editors, “We’re determined to find those writers and artists who are hungry and relevant, flying under the radar, producing great works that are going unnoticed by other magazines. We read absolutely everything sent to us, word-for-word, right down to the very last juicy sentence. This is a magazine for everyone, but we’re really into publishing the up-and-comer, the underdog in the literary battle royale. Give us your best shot. We dare you.”

Please see the following links for more details and submission instructions:

Previous issues:
How to submit:


And finally, Plume Poetry, the online journal edited by Daniel Lawless, is celebrating the publication of its first print anthology on January 24th at 6 p.m. at POWELL’S at 1218 South Halsted.

Plume1 24 13jpg

Plume Poetry has extended a special invitation to all DePaul English students to join poets Robin Behn, Stuart Dybek, Angie Estes, William Olsen, Christina Pugh, and Daniel Bosch for a free reading from the anthology and a great kick off for the still new year. You can learn more about Plume Poetry at

Threshold 2013 is Now Accepting Submissions


Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning annual literary arts magazine, is now accepting submissions for its 2013 issue. Please see the following letter from Threshold‘s Editors in Chief, Borja Cabada (MAWP) and Rachel Harthcock (Undergraduate in English).

To the DePaul Community,

We are excited to announce that Threshold is now open for submissions for the 33rd issue. DePaul’s award-winning art and literary magazine is seeking writers and artists from any undergraduate and graduate programs who have original writing or visual pieces invested with the human experience.  We are calling for compelling nonfiction essays, fiction pieces, poetry, plays, screenplays, digital work and fine art. Threshold continues to operate by students for students.

Submission requirements are as follows:


-Multiple genre submissions are allowed, although we will only accept one piece in each genre, with the exception of poetry, in which we will accept up to three poems. Prose pieces may be excerpts from a larger working collection (novel, screenplay, etc.) but must stand on their own.

-Fiction and Non-Fiction pieces should be 5,000 words or less.

-One to three poetry submissions should be included in a single file.

-Dramatic Literature
includes screenplays and plays up to 15 pages.

-Please email all submissions to with the genre of your submission as the subject line. Doc, .docx, or pdf formats only.

-Two documents should be attached to your email including the submission itself and a cover page detailing contact information, including your first and last name, the genre of your submission, email, phone number, and the title(s) of your piece(s). There should be no names or other contact information on the submission.

-Submissions will close Friday, February 15 at 11:59 PM.


-There is no limit to the number of submissions.

-Digital Work: All digital files should be saved as an eps or tiff with the following file label: LastName_Title.tiff. All work should be exactly 300 dpi and approximately 8×10 (depending on the format of your work). This should be done without interpolation–do not resample the image when resizing.

-Fine Art: All work should be photographed or scanned and submitted only as a digital file with the following file label: LastName_Title.jpg. Please make sure that it is at a high resolution (300 dpi) and if possible, color corrected.

-Please include your name, email address, title of the work, media, dimensions, and date completed. Please email all submissions to art.threshold.dpu [at] gmail [dot] com or hand in submissions to the AMD Office by Friday, February 15.

Those selected for publication will receive a copy of the magazine and DePaul notoriety. Following publication, there will be the limelight of the magazine launch reading event and affair.

Any questions, big and small, should be emailed directly to Updates regarding the magazine; submission particulars, FAQs and upcoming readings are regularly posted on our Tumblr page,

Thank you for the interest.


Rachel Harthcock and Borja Cabada
Threshold Co Editors in Chief
Joe Horton
Threshold Art Director

All DePaul English graduate students are encouraged to submit their work to the magazine.

We would also like to congratulate the three English Graduate Students who have been selected as editors for this year’s Threshold: Fiction Editor Jared Gerling (MAWP), Nonfiction Editor Michael Van Kerckhove (MAWP), and Dramatic Literature Editor Maria Genovese (MAWP).

Best of luck to all who send in their work!

An Internship Opportunity, Free Creative Writing Classes, & a Call for Book Reviews

Academy Chicago Publishers is currently looking for two or three interns for an unpaid winter internship in the publishing industry. Zhanna Vaynberg, a recent MAWP graduate, is the managing editor at Academy Chicago Publishers in charge of finding interns, making this an especially promising opportunity for current DePaul English graduate students looking to get a foot in the door at a local independent publishing company.

Academy Chicago Publishers provides a laid-back office environment where interns can pick their hours to work around their schedules. Tasks vary from marketing & social media to reading submissions, proofreading galleys, updating the website, and more. The variety in tasks looks good on a resume and can help the intern figure out exactly which part of publishing they enjoy doing the most.

Email resumes and short (3-4 sentences) cover letter about why you’d like to join Academy Chicago Publishers to Zhanna at

If you are a current DePaul English graduate student interested in getting academic credit for this internship, please contact Internship Director Chris Green at, or check your inbox for more information.


The weekend of December 1st and 2nd, the Northwestern MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program will offer free writing classes for the public for the eighth year. “The Apprentices: Free Community Creative Writing Classes” will take place at 405 Church St., at Northwestern’s Evanston campus. All workshops are taught by Northwestern graduate students.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 1st

  • 9 a.m. Turn off Your Brain: Using Automatic Writing for Inspiration (Patrick Bernhard)
  • 10 a.m.  From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Work in Front of an Audience (Dana Norris)
  • 11 a.m. A Past that Bears Repeating: Writing Historical Scenes (Rebecca Bald)
  • 12 p.m. Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper: Generating Ideas & Welcoming Creativity (Heather Cunningham)
  • 1 p.m. It’ll Be Funny Someday: A Dark Humor Workshop (Michelle Cabral)
  • 2 p.m. Embracing Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry About Art (Dane Hamann)
  • 3 p.m. It’s Not Stealing if it’s a Cento: a Poetry Workshop (Aaron DeLee)

Sunday, December 2nd

  • 9 a.m. Back to the Future: How Flashbacks Can Help Your Story  (Ross Ritchell)
  • 10 a.m. Fragmented Narrative in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jesse Eagle)
  • 11 a.m. To Tell True Stories, You Must Lie (Alex Higley)
  • 12 p.m. How I See it: Changing Meaning by Changing Point of View (Lydia Pudzianowski)
  • 1 p.m. Great Expectations: How to Subvert Readers’ Assumptions (Alisa Ungar-Sargon)
  • 2 p.m. Smash-Bang: Increase Your Story’s Impact by Ramping Up Conflict (Michael Anson)
  •  3 p.m. Hookers I Have Loved: Writing Catchy Openings (Eric Grawe)
  • 4 pm. Techniques for Writing About Emotion in Prose (Mercedes Lucero)

Classes are for writers with various levels of experience. Prose writers may find the poetry workshops useful, and vice versa. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to take the classes registration is limited to five or fewer classes per person. You may register for a maximum of five classes. Each is taught by a graduate student in creative writing at Northwestern.

To register, please email with the classes you wish to register for and your phone number, or call 847-491-5612.  Classes are 50 to 55 minutes long. Please bring paper, pen or pencil, or laptop. Classes are free but donations will be accepted to benefit Young Chicago Authors.


Harpur Palate, a biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, has recently begun a Reviews section on its blog, and has issued a subsequent call for submissions. Harpur Palate is now looking for quality reviews of books (or chapbooks) of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Review Guidelines: Harpur Palate welcomes unsolicited, previously unpublished reviews for the web review section of its blog. Reviews may be on recently published short story collections, novels, poetry full-lengths, or poetry chapbooks by emerging or established writers. In terms of length, brevity (2,000 words or less) is optimal, but they will consider reviews up to 5,000-words. The review should merit its length. They will consider reviews written in any style, from the more objective to the unabashedly subjective and narrative. They only ask that reviewers support their conclusions with contextualized text from the work being reviewed. Please avoid plot summaries that don’t illustrate important ideas.

Accepted reviews will be published on Harpur Palate’s blog, noted in the Harpur Palate journal, and promoted on Harpur Palate’s Facebook page.

Submit a review with a brief cover letter via our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

Student News and Adult Student Week at DePaul

In student news, Raul Palma (MAWP), has had a short story accepted for publication at Saw Palm Literary Journal, a publication based out of the University of South Florida’s English Department. Raul’s story, “Obsolescence,” was written in Professor Gautier’s Mentor’s in Craft workshop during the spring term.  It will appear in the 7th issue of Saw Palm. Congratulations, Raul!

Saw Palm was established in 2006 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. Each issue offers an eclectic collection of stories, essays, poems, book reviews, and visual art richly situated in the heart of Florida. Contributors featured in Saw Palm range from Nobel laureates and prizewinners to the best in up-and-coming writers—many of which first published here. You can read more about them at


This week, universities throughout the country celebrate Adult Student Week, and the DePaul Office of Adult Student Affairs will be holding a special Adult Student Week event on the Lincoln Park campus tomorrow, November 6th from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 316. All graduate students are invited to stop by and learn about their Quarterly Scholarships, Professional Development Fund and adult student organization (P.A.S.S., Professional Adult Student Society). Refreshments will be served. See the flyer for more information.

Get Involved in the DePaul Student Literary Scene!

Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning, student-run literary magazine is recruiting!

As new co-editors, Rachel Harthcock (undergraduate) and Borja Cabada (graduate, MAWP) are excited about the prospects of putting together a terrific team that will help them create another great issue this year. They are looking for committed students (both graduate and undergraduate) to fill the editor positions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic literature. Candidates should have relevant experience in their own fields as well as an eye for literary criticism. If you’re interested please send them your resumé, a brief cover letter, and a link to digitally published work, portfolio, blog and such to the following email address ( by Monday, November 5th. Please indicate in the subject line which genre you are applying for.

They are also looking for a web developer to design Threshold‘s new website, so feel free to shoot them an email if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing for the magazine.

Please consider this great opportunity to get involved with the DePaul student literary scene, work with fellow DePaul English students, and get some editing experience on your resume!


This Friday, November 2nd, join DePaul student writers for the first-ever installment of the DePaul Student Reading Series, an off-campus event organized and created by MAWP student Meredith Boe and MAWP alum Colin Harris. The first reading will feature four current MAWP Students: Mark R. Brand and Jared Gerling, both reading fiction, Mellissa Gyimah, reading creative nonfiction, and Shane Zimmer, reading poetry.

The reading will take place at Lincoln Perk Coffee House, 612 W Wrightwood Ave (at Clark St), less than a mile from campus. The event will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Lincoln Perk is BYOB with food purchase.