Brooksday & Part-time Tutoring Positions

Today is Brooksday, an annual, day-long celebration of the life and legacy of one of Chicago’s literary legends, Gwendolyn Brooks. The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., is hosting a free Brooksday celebration running all day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The works of Gwendolyn Brooks will be read by a rotation of Chicago writers, including DePaul’s own Achy Obejas, Amina Gautier, Bayo Ojikutu, and Mark Turcotte.  Other readers include Michelle Boone, Rosellen Brown, Calvin Forbes, Reginald Gibbons, Rick Hogan, Haki Madhubuti,  Sandra Opoku, Sara Paretsky, Elise Paschen, Avery R. Young.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find out more on their Facebook page, facebook.com/brooksdayjune7.

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Frog Tutoring is looking to hire part-time tutors from all majors to work with students in the Chicago area.

Anyone interested in applying for the tutor position should submit their application and unofficial transcript at gradegetter.com/users/signup/47

Frog Tutoring offers its tutors:

  • Great Pay
  • Flexibility to choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor, create their own work schedule, and work as many hours as they like.
  • Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.
  • Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.
  • Incentives & Acknowledgement, including a tutor of the month award.

You can learn more information about Frog Tutoring at frogtutoring.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jovan Reyes, hiring manager, at 817-717-7235.

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Open Mic Poetry Night, A Job Opening, & a Faculty Fellows Event

All are invited to an Open Mic Poetry Night hosted by MAWP students Meredith Boe and Maria Hlohowskyj this Thursday, May 30th, at the Bourgeois Pig Cafe, 738 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. If you are interested in reading, arrive a few minutes early to sign up, and have a short poetry selection prepared. Fiction and nonfiction are also welcome, as long as selections are under five minutes long.

For more details, you can join the Facebook event at facebook.com/events/327394267388656.

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Triumph Books, the country’s leading sports book publisher, seeks an ultra-organized, proactive Acquisitions Coordinator to join its dynamic publishing team in Chicago. This is an entry-level position that supports all aspects of new title acquisitions. Primary responsibilities include maintaining a database of information on recently contracted and under-consideration titles, managing flow of title information between acquisitions and other departments, processing contracts and managing royalty advance payments, responding to unsolicited book proposals, researching sales of competitive titles, and a variety of other administrative tasks. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a passion for sports, who is also deadline-oriented and can happily multitask under tight deadlines. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is a must. Interested candidates should forward their résumés, cover letters, and salary expectations to Linda Matthews at lmatthews@ipgbook.com. No phone calls, please.

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The final DePaul Faculty Fellows Series event of the year will be taking place on Saturday, June 8th, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, University of Chicago, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. All are welcome to attend as Faculty Fellow Black Hawk Hancock presents: American Allegory: Ralph Ellison and the Question of American Identity.

hancock 6-8-13 (2)“Black Hawk Hancock’s American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination, forthcoming spring 2013 from the University of Chicago Press, is an ethnographic study of two forms of social dance—the Lindy Hop and Steppin—which draws its inspiration from the cultural criticism of Ralph Ellison. In doing so, it brings to the surface the racial tensions that surround white use of black cultural forms. Focusing on new forms of appropriation in an era of multiculturalism, American Allegory underscores the perpetuation of racial disparities and offers Ellisonian insights into the intersection of race and culture in America.

In celebration of the book’s publication, a colloquium will be held to discuss this Ellisonian inspired work, as well as Hancock’s Ellisonian infused work that has followed from it as a Fellow of the DePaul Humanities Center. This later work takes up three central themes of Ellison’s thought: the diverse ways Ellison approached issues of race, culture, music, literature, and politics in relation to American identity; the centrality of the seemingly ordinary, those often unheard and unseen aspects of African-American life, and American life more generally; and the Ellisonian conviction that American Identity is of a whole.

Taking Hancock’s work as a whole, this event brings together senior scholars Paul Willis, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and Mary Patillo, Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, as interlocutors for an informal open-ended conversation about Ralph Ellison, race, culture, and the question of American identity.”

Black Hawk Hancock is an associate professor of sociology at DePaul University. His research focuses largely on issues of race and culture. His ethnographic work has appeared in Ethnography, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Perspectives, and Qualitative Sociology. His book American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination is forthcoming spring 2013 from the University of Chicago Press.

Student News, H. Peter Steeves on Campus, & More!

Today in Student News, we’re excited to announce that not one but two current MAWP students will have poems published in After Hours Issue 27, Summer 2013.

Congratulations to David Mathews on the publication of his poem “Urban Archer.”

And congratulations as well to M.R. Byrd on the publication of his poem, “Athena.”

The Summer 2013 issue will be released at the Printers Row Book Fair, June 8-9th; if you’re at the fair, stop by the After Hours table to pick up a copy and check out David and M.R.’s poetry!

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Steeves May 22The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite you to its next on campus event. H. Peter Steeves will be presenting “The About Time Show” on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the DePaul Student Center, room 120.

From the flyer: “The About Time Show is an interdisciplinary, multimedia investigation of temporality and the physics and metaphysics of time. We are all in the midst of time, at its mercy, held “green and dying,” hoping at best to sing in our chains like the sea. Yet what is time? It does not seem to be something in itself that we can experience, though it is necessary for there to be experience at all. We do not experience time, but rather we experience events taking place in time.

However, if time can be warped and bent—as must be the case if space and time are essentially the same thing—then time must be some thing in itself. By taking up a philosophic analysis of the scientifi c and ontological issues in a way that engages the arts (especially literature, music, dance, and theatre) and the humanities, The About Time Show proposes to make clearer how we exist outside of eternity, caught up in a realm of Becoming rather than Being, investigating together what it means to be in time and even, perhaps, discovering how to travel backwards in it.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint press, is hiring! They are looking for a Publishing Assistant to join their team. This is an entry-level position based in Counterpoint’s Berkeley, CA offices. If you are interested, please send a cover letter & résumé to: pubasstjob@counterpointpress.com.

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The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms (including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Arts, etc.), is actively looking for new writers. The website is collaboratively built and maintained by its writers. While writing for The Artifice does not pay, the platform has an established audience of millions.

The Artifice is currently expanding and would like to provide an opportunity for students to join their team of writers.

Any questions can be addressed to Alyson Burston at editor@the-artifice.com. To apply online, visit the-artifice.com/write.

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Word Lab flier

826CHI’s upcoming summer ELL workshop, The Word Laboratory, is seeking volunteer tutors to work individually with 826CHI’s youngest learners (1st through 4th graders) as they practice all of the great skills they have gained this school year. Those interested would need to be available to volunteer a few hours a week between July 8th – August 1st, 2013. There are many volunteer slots yet to fill. No previous experience with ELL students or special language skills necessary – just a strong interest in working with kids in a creative/educational setting.

For more information, visit www.826chi.org. To apply, please contact Kendra Curry, Director of Volunteer Services, at Kendra@826chi.org.

On Campus Readings with Debra Bruce & Barrie Jean Borich

Open Mic FlyerDePaul’s Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is hosting a poetry open mic night with special guest Debra Bruce on Friday, May 31st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall room 404. During the first hour, students are welcome to read their original works of poetry, no registration necessary. For the second half of the event, Debra Bruce will be reading from her recently published collection of poems, Survivor’s Picnic.

Debra Bruce’s fourth book of poetry, Survivors’ Picnic, is just out from Word Press/Word Tech Editions. Her previous collections include Pure Daughter and Sudden Hunger, both from the University of Arkansas Press, and What Wind Will Do, from Miami University Press. She has published widely in journals including The Atlantic, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others.

Bruce’s writing has received the Carl Sandburg Poetry Award, as well as grants and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, and Poetry magazine.  She is a professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

The rich language of Debra Bruce’s Survivors’ Picnic—whether she’s meditating on cancer survival, describing the nervous colleagues of a transgendered secretary, or playfully satirizing a divorce support group—is sensual in its caress of the world, its music cascading into semi-formal free verse as well as sonnets, villanelles, and pantoums.

Survivors Picnic is full of generous poems, their rifts loaded with ore. From pithy narratives to evocative lyrics, these are poems that can take us out of ourselves, by a poet who has learned her art, who knows that poetry is song at heart. Brava, Debra Bruce!”–Annie Finch

“Debra Bruce’s poetry is a secret treasure–to be discovered and read and re-read. Every lover of language can partake of Bruce’s passionate picnic.” — Molly Peacock

Be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page, facebook.com/events/155132487992980

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The Visiting Writers Series is excited to announce that their next reading will be by DePaul’s own Barrie Jean Borich. Please join them on Thursday, May 21st, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richardson Library room 115 to hear Borich read from and discuss her newest work, Body Geographic.

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of My Lesbian Husband, winner of the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. Her new book, Body Geographic is published in the American Lives Series of the University of Nebraska Press. She’s the recipient of the 2010 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in the Essay and the 2010 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize, and her work has been named Notable in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading. She was the first nonfiction editor of the Water~Stone Review and a longtime faculty member in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently a member of the creative writing faculty of the English Department and the MA in Writing and Publishing program at Chicago’s DePaul University and splits her time between Minneapolis and Chicago.

One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and the other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian—Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.

“Body Geographic is as astonishingly original as it is profoundly humane. Barrie Jean Borich writes of the body, the psyche, the land, and real life with a reach so grand and a mastery so definitive it clutches the heart. This is a beautiful, bold, blow-your-mind book.”–Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

This event is free and open to the public.

Poet Andrea Gibson on Campus & More

Although Ex Libris is the English graduate programs’ blog, we’re happy to share an invitation to support some of DePaul’s undergraduate poets at an upcoming on-campus event. Each April, the English Department and the DePaul University Library sponsor an undergraduate reading in celebration of National Poetry Month.

This year’s reading will take place on April 18th from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Library room 115. There will be a total of six undergraduate poets reading their work: Marie Conlan, Emma Cushman-Wood, Sergio Garcia, Rachel Harthcock, Al Prexta, and Katie White.

The event will open with brief a musical performance by Cameron Shenassa. Each poet will read for 5 – 7 minutes. This reading is free and open to the public.

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The DePaul Activities Board would like to formally invite the entire DePaul community to their upcoming event with award-winning spoken word artist Andrea Gibson. Gibson will be performing her spoken-word poetry at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th in Brownstone’s Café in the Student Center.  Gibson’s work covers topics ranging from love and war, to class, sexuality and spirituality.  Her performance will be a must-see for lovers of language, rhyme and rhythm.

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In honor of 50th anniversary of The BBC television series Doctor Who and as a way of exploring the longevity of the series, DePaul’s College of Communication and the Media and Cinema Studies program is hosting a day-long colloquium of scholars who will discuss in a public forum the critical, moral and ethical dilemmas depicted by the show. The colloquium, “A Celebration of Doctor Who,” will take place on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Daley Building, Lower Level CMN and CDM Theaters (14 E Jackson Blvd.) in DePaul’s Loop campus.

“A Celebration of Doctor Who” is intended to spark debate and discussion about changing morals and ethics over the half century of the show’s presence on television, in print, on the radio and in films. Topics will include: how does Doctor Who celebrate the minority? In what ways does Doctor Who articulate a notion of a utopian society? How does this mainstream text represent marginalized members of society (including people of different races, sexualities, the disabled, the impoverished, and other minorities in society)? In what ways does the Doctor Who fan audience counter the discourse of the marginalized in our culture?

A series of scholarly roundtables will bring together academics from the area to discuss the cultural context of Doctor Who. These roundtables will offer the audience of students and scholars the chance to engage in a deeply intellectual environment with the themes of the show over its fifty-year history.  This colloquium is intended to spark debate about the nature of contemporary television across borders, times and eras.

You can find out more about “A Celebration of Doctor Who,” including details on the day’s panelists, at the official event page.

Invitation to a Special Steppenwolf Performance and More

How Long Will I Cry March 18 Invitation

For the past two years, creative writing students from DePaul have been traveling all over the city to interview Chicagoans about youth violence. This undertaking—part of a unique partnership between DePaul and Steppenwolf Theatre—is finally coming to fruition.

How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre this week. The play was recently written up in Time Out Chicago magazine, and you can read the article at timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/16052251/how-long-will-i-cry-at-steppenwolf.

The English Department would like to invite you and a guest to a special performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. This event—sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity—will honor those who made the oral-history project happen: our own creative-writing students, as well as the people from all over Chicago who welcomed them into their lives and their hearts.

Admission is free for DePaul guests—but seating is extremely limited. Reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, March 8th. If you are certain that you will attend, follow the attached instructions and reserve your seats right away. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Because supply is so limited, out of respect for other guests, please refrain from reserving seats unless you’re absolutely certain you’ll be able to attend.

Tickets can be reserved at: steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/Calendar/RSVP.

If the March 18th event doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can attend the play at one of the other public showings, either at Steppenwolf Theatre or on tour at Chicago Public Library branches in areas affected by youth violence. Tickets for all performances are going fast, so please act quickly. You can find out more here:steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/productions/index.aspx?id=572

Many other narratives from this project are being used in the book, also entitled How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, which will be published by DePaul’s new Outreach Press this spring. Please keep an eye out for more information about that project in the coming weeks.

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Award-winning poet Debra Bruce will be reading from her latest collection, Survivor’s Picnic, at Northeastern Illinois University on Monday, March 4th, along with several NEIU alumni poets–including current MAWP student David Mathews.

David, along with Laura Jean Bailey, Larry Dean, Elisa Karbin, Lani Montreal, Valerie Pell, and Maggie Ward, will be reading with Bruce at 7:15 p.m. in the Golden Eagles Room of the NEIU Student Union, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago IL 60625. This event is free and open to the public.

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Crab Orchard Review is now accepting entries to its 2013 Student Writing Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. One winner will be chosen in each category (fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry). The three category winners will each receive an award payment of $500 and be published in the 2014 Winter/Spring issue of Crab Orchard Review.

Guidelines: The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled (at the time of the submission period) full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but an entry is ineligible to win if accepted for publication elsewhere.

All entries must be submitted online by March 18th, 2013 (entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (Central Time)). All entrants will be notified of results by email.

Page Restrictions: Prose entry length: up to 4000 words for fiction or for literary nonfiction. Poetry entry length: one poem only, up to 3 pages in length. Entrants may only submit one story, one nonfiction piece, or one poem. Do not submit work in more than one genre.

Entry Fee: Beginning in 2013, there will be a small processing fee ($3.00) to pay for the cost of the online submission system. All entries must be made online.

You can find complete guidelines and submit your work at craborchardreview.submittable.com/submit.

Poetry Night, Love on the Road, and a Publishing Job

Design Cloud would like to invite the Depaul English department to join them on Thursday, February 21st for their first ever Poetry Night.

poetrynightPoetry Night will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scheduled readings will fill the first hour and any and all interested poets are invited to read their work during an open mic portion during the second hour. Featured Readers include Matthew Corey, Susan Hogan, Paul Luikart, Jason Noah and Mylo Reyes.

There will be a $5 suggested donation.

Design Cloud describes themselves as, “an innovative space, a collective resource, a culture which allows our best work to be realized. At our core we are passionate creatives doing what we love. Our studio is also an art gallery fostering rising Chicago artists and curators. The intersection of art and design is our source of constant inspiration.”

Poetry Night is being held in conjunction with the Peculiar Poetics exhibition, February 1st – March 5th, 2013. Peculiar Poetics is an exhibition showcasing artists who reinvent the ordinary functions of objects into situations and moments of visual poetry, likewise poets use language to create visuals.  Poetry Night is an effort to show the importance of visual and verbal expression in both creative practices.

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An new literary project called Love on the Road has issued a call for submissions. Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about making LOTR2013connections, from heartfelt ones ending in weddings to less high-minded ones ending in beds (or wherever). Half the stories will be about travelers meeting people far from home, and the other half about people meeting travelers passing through.

Writers can submit their 5,000-word stories any time before March 31st, 2013. There is a $10 reading fee. Two editors will choose the best 12 stories for publication and send them to a panel of judges, which includes writers and literary agents. They will pick the stories that will win the cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.

You find out more about this anthology and how to submit at loveontheroad2013.com.

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And finally, a job opening: Chicago Review Press is seeking a Project Editor. This is a full-time position with benefits.

The project editor handles book production from approved manuscript to print for approximately 20 books a year. He or she coordinates with acquisition editors, authors, copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, and designers to shepherd books through the production process. The project editor is responsible for following schedules to meet publication dates and is directly supervised by the managing editor. He or she is expected to participate in meetings to evaluate proposals, titles, and covers. The ideal candidate has strong communication, organizational, and project/time management skills and is detail-oriented, fluent in Microsoft Word and Excel, and an experienced user of the Chicago Manual of Style. A minimum of one year of publishing experience is required. Interested candidates should forward a resume to Cynthia Sherry, Publisher, Chicago Review Press, 814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610, e-mail csherry@chicagoreviewpress.com.