One Book One Chicago, Anne K. Knowles at DePaul, and More

Thank you to everyone who came out to One Book One Chicago History of Reading program last week and made it a success. Don’t forget, there’s one more OBOC program at DePaul this season, and it’s taking place this week:

The Book as Object
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library, Room 300
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
A book exists as more than just a vessel for the written word—it’s an artwork, a collectible and, of course, a target for thieves. Join librarian Scott Walter and artist Matthew Girson, along with cultural critic Rachel Shteir, author of The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, as they discuss various personal and cultural ways of experiencing The Book beyond reading. Sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.


The DePaul Humanities Center is looking forward to their next event as well: On Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton (a reception will precede at 5:30 p.m.), Anne K. Knowles will present: Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities.

Visualizing places, movement, and spatial relations has become a prevalent theme in the digital humanities. Such visualizations are inherently, if not explicitly, geographical, yet geographers have not generally been in the vanguard of this exciting new vein of scholarship. This presentation argues that geographers have a key role to play as masters of geovisual methods and as scholars with long practice in applying geographic imagination to research questions. Examples will come primarily from collaborative research among geographers, historians, and cartographers on the geographies of the Holocaust.

Anne Kelly Knowles is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. For more than fifteen years, she has been a pioneer in historical geographic information systems. Her two edited books, Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (ESRI Press 2002) and Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (ESRI Press 2008), along with special issues of the journals Social Science History and Historical Geography, have become benchmarks in this interdisciplinary field. As an historical geographer, Knowles has specialized in American immigration and industrialization, the subjects of Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Press 1997) and Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2012). Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. Anne is currently finishing her work as lead editor of Geographies of the Holocaust, a collection of essays issuing from the interdisciplinary Holocaust Historical GIS project.

This event is free and open to the public. Please click to enlarge the poster for more information.


The 2013 Women and Gender History Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be taking place on February 28th through March 2nd, 2013, and they have issued a call for papers. From the symposium description:

More than two decades have passed since a rich body of literature made Women’s and Gender History a vital field with exploitation as a key theme. Today, exploitation remains an important idea in Women’s and Gender History. But, African American feminist Patricia Hill-Collins told us that exploitation “cannot be reduced to one fundamental type” and that these multiple forms of exploitation are organized in a “matrix of domination.” Exploitation is multidimensional and nuanced. It transgresses time and space. It moves across bodies, borders, and genders. It shapes social relationships. Exploitation, then, should be approached from a multifaceted angle using a transdisciplinary lens.

However, we must not reinscribe intellectual imperialism, assuming that gender is a synonym for women. For example, gender, like race and class, is a historically situated, constructed social category that changes meaning at different historical moments. Yet women and gendered subjects have been exploited by these categories, depending on the space, time, and political condition before them. They have never been passive, but active agents in resisting exploitation.

We seek papers that engage the concept of exploitation broadly across time period, across genders, across sexualities, across and beyond the nation-state borders. While we value essays that take a historical approach, they need not be historical. We strongly encourage papers that use a transdisciplinary approach to understand various aspects of Women’s and Gender History/Studies. We especially encourage submissions that focus on traditionally under-studied topics within the larger field of Women’s and Gender History/Studies, and among them, indigenous women and queer indigenous subjects. Submissions with a focus on transnational exploitation are also strongly encouraged. Again, we would like to reiterate that we are not only interested in how subjects in Women’s and Gender History/Studies have been exploited, but also the various methods they have used to resist exploitation.

Possible Topics May Include (but certainly not limited to):

  • Media and exploitation
  • Transnationalism and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Transnational sexuality
  • Exploitation of bodies
  • Settler Colonialism and Exploitation
  • The law and exploitation

Please submit your 300-500 word abstracts by November 15th, 2012 to


The Book Cellar is celebrating this week’s release of Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, an anthology that asks twenty contemporary masters of the genre to answer “What does it take to write a great short story?” by sharing their favorite stories from the pages The Paris Review with personalized introductions.

Aleksandar Hemon, a local contributor to Object Lessons, will be reading at The Book Cellar on Wednesday, October 10th at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. Visit for more information.


Early October Events

Believe it or not, next week begins the month of October, and once again, there are tons of great literary events happening on and around campus. Grab your calendars, and we’ll see you there!

One Book One Chicago at Depaul- Oct. 2nd and 10th

Every year, the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Libraries host a series of events for the One Book, One Chicago (OBOC) program, an “opportunity to engage and enlighten our residents, foster a sense of community and create a culture of reading in our city.” DePaul University is proud to be the host of two OBOC events this October:

The Book Thief and the History of Reading
Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
Arts and Letters Hall, Room 207
2315 N. Kenmore Avenue
For The Book Thief’s Liesel Meminger, reading is a means of both resistance and reconciliation. With attention to literature’s changing material and interpretive practices, DePaul faculty—Jenny Conary and Marcy Dinius, English; Lisa Z. Sigel, History; and Traci Schlesinger, Sociology—discuss what it has meant to be a reader in different times and places, from early modern Europe to today. Sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.

The Book as Object
Wednesday, October 10th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library, Room 400
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
A book exists as more than just a vessel for the written word—it’s an artwork, a collectible and, of course, a target for thieves. Join librarian Kathryn DeGraff and artist Matthew Girson, along with cultural critic Rachel Shteir, author of The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, as they discuss various personal and cultural ways of experiencing The Book beyond reading. Sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.

To find out more about OBOC, this year’s selection, and other events around the city, visit the official OBOC events page. All OBOC events are free and open to the public.

Rose Metal Press Flash Nonfiction Reading- Sept. 28th

Rose Metal Press, co-founded by the DePaul English Department’s Kathleen Rooney, will be celebrating the release of their new book The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, which “features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination” with a reading this Friday, September 28th.

The reading will take place at The Book Cellar, located at 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave., and will feature readings by new DePaul faculty member Barrie Jean Borich, as well as Phillip Graham, Jenny Boully and Sue William Silverman, who are all featured in the collection. This event is free and open to the public. See the event page for more information.

DePaul Humanities Center Presents: Indigenous Poetry- Oct. 4th

The DePaul Humanities Center invites everyone to join them at the opening event for the Humanities Center’s New Voices in the Humanities series on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center (a reception will precede at 5:30 pm) for an evening of poetry and discussion with three of North America’s most exciting young Indigenous poets.

Natalie Diaz, Santee Frazier, and Orlando White will read selections from their poetry, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A moderated by DePaul Professor Mark Turcotte, exploring ways in which the poets’ Native beliefs and traditions influence and are expressed in their art.

Click on the poster to read more about this event and its three featured poets.

Visiting Writer’s Series: “Writer as Editor/ Editor as Writer” – Oct 5th

The second event in the DePaul Visiting Writer’s Series features Phong Nguyen and Michael Nye and is entitled “Writer as Editor/Editor as Writer” and it takes place on Friday October 5th from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. Lunch will be served.

Please click on the poster for more information about the two featured writers and their upcoming conversation.

Society of Midland Authors Presents: An Evening with Mahmoud Saeed – Oct. 9th

Chicago author and DePaul Visiting Professor Mahmoud Saeed, a native of Iraq, will discuss his novel The World Through the Eyes of Angels, in a Society of Midland Authors program Oct. 9th at the Cliff Dwellers Club, along with one of his translators, Allen Salter of Chicago.

Saeed has written more than 20 novels and short story collections, starting with “Port Saeed and Other Stories” in 1963. That same year, Iraq’s first military-Baathist government seized two of his novels and imprisoned him for a year. After being incarcerated six times, Saeed left Iraq in 1985. He has lived in the United States since 1999, and he now teaches Arabic and Arabic culture at DePaul University.

Salter has lived and traveled in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. He has worked as a teacher and translator. Under the pseudonyms Sam Reaves and Dominic Martell, he has published 10 novels.

They will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Admission is free, but the Society will accept donations to defray the cost of programs. For more information, see

Watch and Listen: Three Recommended Links

While everyone is busy with the mid-quarter workload and getting ready for registration or Commencement, allow us to recommend a few links to DePaul/literature/writing-related content around the web. Enjoy!


Two weeks ago, DePaul University welcomed five University of Alabama poets to campus as part of an exchange program between DePaul and the University of Alabama, and luckily for us, DePaul Radio’s Student Writer Series was there to document it. DePaul SWS recorded the five University of Alabama poets reading some of their own work, and talking about their small press, Slash Pine Press for this very special episode. They also talked to four DePaul students who had visited the University of Alabama in February.

DePaul Student Writer Series airs every Friday at 10 a.m., and you can listen to previous episodes archived at at any time. The episode about the visiting University of Alabama poets can be found here.


Thank you to everyone who participated in and/or attended any of the One Book One Chicago events hosted by the Chicago Public Library and DePaul University for Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. For those of you who weren’t able to attend any events with the author or would like to hear more, WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, has posted an audio recording of Yiyun Li’s conversation with DePaul’s Achy Obejas at the Chicago Public Library on April 19th.

You can listen to the conversation here:


And finally, DePaul’s Arts & Letters Hall, home of the English graduate programs, has made its YouTube debut. This 6-minute video takes viewers on a hi-def tour of the building with commentary from DePaul faculty and staff. Prospective students and alums who haven’t gotten the chance to visit campus since the building opened in January will find the video especially helpful, but current students might also enjoy the chance to send the link around to friends and family to show off your academic home.

Final OBOC Spring Event, Spoken Word For Poetry Month, and Call for Submissions

This Friday, April 27th is the final One Book One Chicago Spring event at DePaul. Details are as follows:

Chinese Literary Forms and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl
Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue, Room 300 (Rosati Room)

James Shea (Nebraska Wesleyan University) and Dorothy Tse Hiu Hung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) discuss classical literary forms as background to the stories in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. Shea’s lecture, “Classical Chinese Poetry and Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl,” explores the Chinese quatrains that were popular during the Tang dynasty (618-907), and is followed by an informal poetry-writing exercise. In her lecture, “Another Kind of Beauty: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl in the Cultural Revolution,” Tse provides background to Li’s collection by investigating the characterization and plot structure found in revolutionary “model operas.”

The event is free and open to the public.


DePaul POETS (Presenters of Enlightenment Through Spoken Word) are celebrating the end of National Poetry Month with two final events this week. There are only 6 days left of National Poetry Month, and POETS wants to send it out with a bang.

Thursday, April 26th, from 6pm-9pm there will be a screening of the spoken-word poetry documentary Louder than a Bomb followed by a reading from poet Kevin Coval.

And on Friday, April 27th, from 7pm to 9pm POETS will end their Journeys to Justice series with a poetry slam and open mic. See the flyer for more details.


Foothill, a graduate poetry journal from Claremont Graduate University, is seeking submissions of up to five unpublished poems composed in any poetic genre or form are welcome from poets actively enrolled in a graduate program located in the United States. Submissions are read year-round and they accept simultaneous submissions.

Foothill regrets they cannot pay for work, however, authors will receive a free copy of the print journal. The journal is also available online at

In your cover letter please include your name, e-mail address, title(s) of poem(s) submitted, the name of the university and program you are enrolled in, and a brief description of your field of study and research interests (to be included alongside your work). Accepted poets are also invited to send audio or video files of them performing their work, which will be embedded alongside their poems on our website.

Send your poetry as a Word “.doc” file attachment to with “poetry submission” written in the heading. For more information, click on the poster for a full-sized version, or visit the submission page.

One Book One Chicago Kickoff, EGSA Conference Keynote Speaker Announced, and More

*REMINDER* Today, Monday April 9th, is the last day to drop a class with no penalty. After today, a “W” will appear on your transcripts if you withdraw.


The deadline for submissions to the April 12th master class with Eileen Pollack has been extended until 9 a.m. TOMORROW, TUESDAY APRIL 10th. This is an exciting opportunity for graduate students in both fiction and creative nonfiction. Pollack is the author of the new novel, Breaking and Entering, which was awarded the 2012 Grub Street National Book Prize and named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection. She is also a gifted nonfiction author whose innovative textbook and anthology, Creative Nonfiction: A Guide to Form, Content, and Style, with Readings, was published in 2009 by Wadsworth/Cengage.

If you would like to submit work for consideration for this Master Class, please email an essay or single piece of short fiction to Miles Harvey ( by 9 a.m. tomorrow.


This year’s One Book, One Chicago programming kicks off this week, and DePaul is hosting the first One Book, One Chicago event of the season:

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl in Conversation
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library
Room 300 (The Rosati Room)
2350 North Kenmore Avenue

All are invited to join DePaul University Department of English professors June Chung, Jim Fairhall, Rebecca Johns-Trissler, and James H. Murphy as they offer a roundtable discussion exploring the affinities between Yiyun Li’s Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and a variety of contemporary and canonical authors, including William Trevor and Anton Chekhov.

Remember to check back with Ex Libris as well as the One Book One Chicago Tumblr site for more OBOC events at DePaul and all around the city.



Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is presenting a reading and workshop by novelist Joe Meno tomorrow, April 10th, at 6pm in the Brownstone Annex on first floor of the DePaul Student Center. All students are welcome to attend. Please see the flyer for more information.







This Friday, April 13th is the 2012 EGSA Spring Conference. The day of panels presented by DePaul English graduate students will conclude with a keynote speech by writer and visiting professor Mahmoud Saeed.

EGSA is honored to present Mahmoud Saeed, who will participate in a reading and discussion of his work. He is an award-winning Iraqi writer of more than twenty short story collections and novels including Saddam City and The World Through the Eyes of Angels. The event will take place in the auditorium of Arts & Letters Hall at 7:15, immediately following the conference panels.

All EGSA Conference events, including the Keynote speech, are free and open to the public. Please see the flyer for more details.

More Upcoming Events

The Red Clay Review, the nation’s only literary review to feature exclusively the work of graduate and doctoral students, is seeking submissions for this year’s edition of the Review.  Red Clay Review is accepting poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and one act/ten-minute plays from both new and established authors, with the desire to give voice to the many talented graduate and doctoral students who are starting or continuing their journey as authors.

There is no fee for submissions, and any student in a graduate or doctoral program is welcome to submit, not just those in creative writing programs. Please visit for more information and full submission guidelines, or check out Red Clay Review on Facebook.

In the next One Book, One Chicago event, DePaul’s Department of English, Stop Smiling and The Chicagoan present: Chicago as a Literary Muse. This reading, discussion and reception asks the question, “Who captures the Chicago of today as Bellow did in Augie March?” A few of the many who do will read from their work and talk about the inspiration that is Chicago. This reception and reading features Stuart DybekAchy ObejasNatalie Moore, and Jaswinder Bolina as well as the finalists in the flash fiction contest. J.C. Gabel, co-editor/co-publisher of Stop Smiling Books and the newly revamped magazine The Chicagoan, serves as master of ceremonies.

This event will take place Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6:30-9pm at the Stop Smiling Storefront, 1317 N. Milwaukee Ave. Reservations are recommended; please email

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the DePaul Humanities Center will host an event with James Soderholm, Professor of English at The King’s School, Canterbury, and author of Beauty and the Critic: Aesthetics in an Age of Cultural Studies and Byron and Romanticism.

As part of the “Do the Humanities Make Us More Humane?” series, Soderholm will present his lecture, “Just Looking: Art, Attentiveness and the Moral Imagination” which explores the connections between our capacity for at once noticing the streaks of the tulip and the shrieks of the tortured. Drawing on music, painting, philosophy and literature, he will offer twenty-seven brief meditations on ‘the attentive’ and ‘the heartless’ as a way of suggesting that our moral perceptions may be sharpened by works of art.

The lecture will take place at the DePaul Humanities Center, Room 104 (2347 N. Racine Avenue) This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

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!