Student News, Liberal Arts Week at the Career Center, & More

Today in Student News, congratulations to MAWP student Raul Palma, whose story “The Roasting Box” recently placed in the top 25 in Glimmer Train’s January 2013 Very Short Fiction contest. Raul, who graduates in June, is also excited to announce that after DePaul, he will be moving on to the Creative Writing PhD program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he’s received full funding for six years. All of us at the English Department send him our best wishes!

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Next week, April 8th-12th, is Liberal Arts Week at the DePaul Career Center. The Career Center is providing a new week-long series of events for LAS students including workshops, panels and job fairs such as:

  • Non For Profit/Government Job Fair
  • Going Global
  • What Not To Wear Fashion Show
  • Headshots for Linkedin.com
  • Identifying and Marketing Your Super Powers
  • Beyond 9-5: Do What You Love

Register for Liberal Arts Week events on DePaul.Experience.com, event type “Liberal Arts Week”. For more information on Liberal Arts Week, including how to register and a complete list of employers who will be present at the Nonprofit/Government Career Fair, please visit: careercenter.depaul.edu/liberalartsweek. See flyer below for a complete schedule of events.

Liberal-Arts-Week-Schedule

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The DePaul Humanities Center invites everyone in the DePaul community to attend the next event in their Faculty Fellows Series. On Friday, April 19th from 12:00-3:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., at the Cortelyou Commons (2324 N. Fremont St.), Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Rottenberg will present Death Penalties. You can download a PDF of the complete conference schedule here: DeathPenaltyEvents_19-20April agenda.

DeathPenaltiesFlyerThis conference is magnetized by two events.  The first is the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois.  On July 1, 2011, Illinois became the sixteenth North American state to abolish the death penalty. The total number of executions in 1999 (the peak year since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976) was 98; the total number of executions in 2010 was 46; 2011 and 2012 each saw 43 individuals executed in the United States.

The second event at the heart of this conference is the publication of Jacques Derrida’s Death Penalty seminar.  The writings of Jacques Derrida constitute one of the major intellectual achievements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  But it is perhaps in his 42 years of lecture courses or ‘seminars’ that Derrida speaks most directly to the urgent and disturbing issues confronting humanity and the humanities today.  And nowhere are these issues more pressing than in the Death Penalty seminar, which will appear in English translation in 2013 (v. 1, translated by Peggy Kamuf) and 2014 (v. 2, translated by Elizabeth Rottenberg).

By bringing together the very people who have helped to make these events possible—the literary critics, philosophers, journalists, and lawyers whose work on the death penalty has made abolition both thinkable and actual in the United States—this conference will not only contribute to a principled, philosophical abolitionist discourse but will also forge new ways of speaking and strategizing about abolition across disciplinary boundaries.”

Elizabeth Rottenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Comparative Literature Program at DePaul University, and is also currently a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  She is the author of Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubert (Stanford, 2005) and has translated books by Lyotard, Derrida, and Blanchot. She is the editor and translator of Negotiations: Interventions and Interviews (1971-2001) by Jacques Derrida (Stanford, 2001) as well as the co-editor (with Peggy Kamuf) of the two volume edition of Jacques Derrida’s Psyche: Inventions of the Other (Stanford, 2007/2008).

Student News, Call for Papers, and Gulf Coast Writing Contest

Today in Student News, congratulations to MAWP student Raul Palma, who has won first place in the Mary Mackey Short Story contest for his story “Amaranthus.” As the first place winner of this competition, Raul has been invited to read his story in San Francisco in March and was awarded a $100 prize. As we posted earlier in Student News, “Amaranthus” is also scheduled to be published in 34th Parallel Magazine. You can find out more about the Mary Mackey Short Story prize and other contests in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition at soulmakingcontest.us/story.

Congratulations as well to Paul Byrd and Marie Pabelonio, both MAWP, who have just finished their first book editing project. The Cobbler and the Cricket and Other Tales of Faith by George Reynolds, OP was published last week by New Priory Press. Paul served as project editor and Marie was copy and design editor. You can learn about and purchase the book at createspace.com/4103457.

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The 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference has issued a Call for Proposals and Participation: In cooperation with Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18th, 2013. The submission deadline for the conference is in just one short week, February 1st, 2013. Conference registration is now available at niu.edu/allerton/registration/index.

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities for discussions and presentations, takes place at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping with tradition, the two-day format will include plenty of opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.

In honor of the reopening of the long-closed main entrance bridge to the Allerton Park, the theme will be Bridging the Divides, in the context of articulation in English Studies at two- and four-year institutions. This year’s theme challenges participants to bridge some of the traditional gaps or divides we face by investigating, discussing, and perhaps even deconstructing binaries such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • composition vs. literature
  • practice vs. assessment
  • teaching vs. administration
  • dream vs. reality
  • rural vs. urban
  • white vs. minority
  • traditional vs. nontraditional
  • print vs. digital
  • community college vs. university
  • student preparation vs. teacher expectation
  • collaboration vs. confrontation
  • public perception vs. faculty experience
  • career-oriented vs. life-long learning
  • process vs. product

Millie Davis, Director of the Division of Communications and Affiliate Services for NCTE, will be giving the keynote address, “The Case for College Composition: Bridging the Divide Between What the Public Things and What the Faculty Knows.”

Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, culture and diversity, English education, film, genre, literature, reading communities, and technology. Rather than formal paper-reading, Allerton envisions more informal discussion and interaction. Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, proposals for both panel and individual presentations are invited, as well as discussion roundtables, which will then be grouped topically into a series of 50-minute roundtables and panels.

Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your roundtable or panel presentation proposal to AllertonConference@niu.edu by February 1st, 2013. Those accepted will be notified by March 1st, 2013.

You can also find the Allerton Conference on Facebook (Friends of Allerton English Conference) for conference planning updates and conversations with participants past and present.

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The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest is now accepting entries in Fiction, Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, and Poetry. This year’s judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay)!

The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on Gulf Coast’s website as Online Exclusives. All three of last year’s winners were from creative writing programs.

The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2013, and all entrants receive a free year-long subscription to Gulf Coast with their entry fee. Gulf Coast accepts submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail. Please see below for more contest details or visit gulfcoastmag.org/contests.

CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre, but each submission must be uploaded separately as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.
  • After submitting your work you will be redirected to PayPal to authorize your $23 reading fee, which includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. You do not need a PayPal account to submit to the contest; PayPal accepts all major credit cards for payment. We will contact you if there are any issues with your payment.

CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre. Remember to pay the additional entry fee each time.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:

Gulf Coast
ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $23 reading fee for each entry, payable to “Gulf Coast.”

Last year’s winning pieces, chosen by Joyelle McSweeney (Poetry), Victor LaValle (Fiction), and Jenny Boully (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay), are available at gulfcoastmag.org: Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Poetry, Lo Kwa Mei-en; Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Fiction, Geetha Iyer; and Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, Emily Watson.

Student & Alumni News and More

DePaul English Graduate students had a very productive winter break– we received announcements from the following students about their recent awards and publications. Are you a student or graduate with news to share about an award, publication, job, or other accomplishment related to your degree? Email Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu to be featured in Ex Libris’s Student & Alumni News.

Congratulations to Bethany Brownholtz (M.A.W.P. ’12) on getting a poem published in the December 2012 edition of Broad Magazine, the online publication of Loyola University Chicago’s Women’s Studies & Gender Studies department. Bethany’s poem, entitled “What it’s like to look at her legs,” can be read along with the rest of the issue here.

Congratulations as well to current M.A.W.P. student Mikki Kendall, who has had a nonfiction essay published on the web magazine xoJane. Click over to xojane.com/entertainment/on-behalf-of-willow-smith-and-girls-like-her-shut-up to read Mikki’s essay, entitled “On Behalf Of Willow Smith And Girls Like Her: Shut Up And Keep Your Concerns To Yourself.”

And finally, congratulations to Raul Palma, also a current M.A.W.P. student, who recently had one short story published and other pieces place in two writing contests. Raul’s story “Amaranthus,” which he originally wrote for Christine Sneed’s Triptych class in fall 2012, was published by 34th Parallel literary magazine. Another short story of his, “Obsolescence,” was a finalist in Cutthroat Magazine‘s 2012 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, and an excerpt from Immaculate, a novella he produced in Amina Gautier’s Novella Writing class last winter, placed in Glimmer Train literary magazine’s Family Matters contest.

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Lastly, a brief reminder: Are you a current or prospective DePaul English graduate student interested in pursing a graduate assistantship for the 2013-2014 school year? If so, please note that there are only five days left to get your applications in before the deadline of January 15th, 2013.

See las.depaul.edu/english/Programs/Graduate/About/Graduate_Assistantships for complete details.

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 sawpalm.org/about-us.

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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.

Upcoming Readings Featuring MAWP Students and More

In Student News: Michael Van Kerckhove (M.A.W.P.) will be part of the inaugural line-up of That’s All She Wrote, a brand new entry into the alive and well Chicago live-lit storytelling scene. Michael will be debuting a new personal story at this reading, and you can support him and enjoy the live literature of That’s All She Wrote at Swim Cafe at 1357 W. Chicago Avenue this Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). The event is free and food will be available. Swim Cafe is BYOB.

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In honor of the National Day on Writing, The University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writers Guild will present a public reading of original works of non-fiction, fiction, essays, and poetry by its members, and all are invited to attend. The event will take place on Thursday, October 18th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the LPC Student Center in the Performance Area.

Members of The Writers Guild including M.A.W.P. students Raul Palma, David Mathews, and Mark Brand, alum Jennifer Finstrom (M.A.W.P. ’12) and other DePaul undergraduates and faculty members will share pieces of their writing that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. Writers Guild and Writing Groups staff members will be on-hand to share information about our work and how to get involved with the UCWbL and The Writers Guild.

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In addition to this reading, the UCWbL will also be hosting a program called National Day on Writing Literacy Narratives on Wednesday, October 17th. Students, faculty, and staff who would like to share their literacy narrative in a recording session can join the UCWbL on this day from 10am-12pm in the LPC Student Center Atrium or from 1-3pm on the 11th Floor of the Loop DePaul Center to record a quick statement on why you write or to describe an impactful literacy experience. These videos will be shared via the UCWbL YouTube page as a celebration for National Day on Writing.

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And finally, if you’re looking to do some literary sightseeing this weekend, the Poetry Foundation will once again take part in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 buildings across the city and suburbs. Visitors to the building on Saturday, Oct. 13th and Sunday, Oct 14th from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days will have an opportunity to explore the space over the weekend as well as get a rare glimpse into the making of Poetry magazine, celebrating its centennial in 2012. The Poetry Foundation is located at 61 West Superior Street, and you can find out more about them at poetryfoundation.org.