Mark Turcotte Selected for Featured Illinois Poet & This Week’s Reminders

Faculty News: One of the duties of Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is to feature outstanding Illinois poets in order to “highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.” We are pleased to announce that Stein’s most recently selected Featured Illinois Poet is DePaul’s own Mark Turcotte.

To mark this occasion, five of Prof. Turcotte’s poems are featured on the state poet laureate Website– including brand new audio recordings of several of them.  You can see Prof. Turcotte’s Featured Poet bio and read and listen to the selected poems at (You can also follow this link to profiles and poems from previous Featured Illinois Poets, including Haki Madhubuti and Richard Jones.) Congratulations, Prof. Mark Turcotte!


Just a reminder that tomorrow, May 15th, this quarter’s Career Panel for English Students is taking place. See the previous Ex Libris post for details.


And one final reminder: because of traffic congestion and disruptions anticipated in and around the Loop during the NATO summit, DePaul’s Loop Campus will be closed from Friday, May 18th, through Monday, May 21st.

During this time, there will be no access to offices, labs or classrooms in the Loop on those days. The Loop Campus is scheduled to reopen and regular classes are to resume on Tuesday, May 22nd. The Lincoln Park, O’Hare and suburban campuses will maintain normal business operations on those days. The DePaul Central Lincoln Park Office will be open on Friday, May 18th and Monday, May 21st. Student services also will be available via phone and Internet.

For more information on the Loop closure, visit


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— 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 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.


Essay Fiesta, Turcotte Reading, and a PhD Program

Did you know that this Thursday, Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing? The National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, honors the significance of writing in our lives and draws attention to the remarkable variety of writing that we engage in. NDW emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and encourages Americans to write, enjoy, and learn from the writing of others.

In honor of National Day on Writing, the University Center for Writing-based Learning Writers Guild is teaming up with Essay Fiesta to present a reading of creative works, and all are invited to attend what promises to be an exciting evening! The event will take place this Thursday, Oct. 20th, from 4-5:30pm in room 120A of the LPC Student Center.

Essay Fiesta’s mission is to bring together a cross-section of Chicago’s art and writing communities for evenings of first-person, non-fiction essays and charity. In this special event, students from the Writers Guild will be collaborating with Essay Fiesta to share creative pieces that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. There will also be opportunities to learn more about and get involved with UCWbL Writing Groups and Writers Guild.

For more information, contact the Writing Groups team at, and check out the event on Facebook!

MAWP professor Mark Turcotte will be speaking and reading at “Poets and Editors,” part of the University of Michigan’s Zell Visiting Writers Series. Turcotte, along with poets Vievee Francis and Mary Leader and their editors, Reginald Gibbons, Parneshia Jones, and Tony Frazer, respectively, will read from recent books and discuss the collaborative process of bringing a book of poetry into print. The day-long event will include a roundtable discussion, a panel, and a reading.

This event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the University of Michigan campus, so if you’d like to make the trek to what is sure to be a great event, you have time to plan. For those of us who can’t make it, we extend our congratulations to Prof. Turcotte for being featured. Click on the poster for details.

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