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:


Calls for Submissions and Papers

The Chicago Reader, Chicago’s largest free weekly newspaper and a nationally recognized leader in the alternative press, is now accepting submissions for its 13th annual Pure Fiction issue—a collection of short stories by local fiction writers paired with illustrations by local artists.

Please send your fiction of up to 3,000 words to by November 1st, 2012. Featherproof Books Zach Dodson will be the guest curator for this coming Pure Fiction issue, and those published will be paid for their work. Please see the Submissions Page for complete details.


Sundog Lit is a new, independent, online literary magazine and is seeking submissions for their first issue. They also accept and read submissions year-round. Sundog Lit is committed to publishing dynamic, vibrant, earth-scorching literature by emerging and established writers. They publish flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction (personal, lyric, segmented, and hybrid essays), and poetry.

Please visit to check out the site and to read the complete submissions guidelines. Stay tuned for periodic prompts, weekly content, and new features.


The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan has issued a call for papers for Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum (CLIFF)
 a graduate student conference. The conference, titled “X is Political” will be held on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th 2013

 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There will be a Keynote Address by Professor Chantal Mouffe
 of University of Westminster


CLIFF describes the topic of their conference as follows:

X Is Political. For X, read elections, race, class, gender, identity, economics, war, the body, the personal, sex, clothes, teaching, food, culture, nature, the exhibition you saw yesterday and this CFP you are reading today. Stop looking, there’s no way out: everything is political.

The by-now well established habit in academic and activist circles of expanding the political to include just about anything has been productive and most often emancipatory, enabling us to consider articulations of difference as grounds for struggle and self-assertion rather than abnormality. Still, critical space must be made to pause and reflect on where that politicizing impetus comes from, who it benefits at whose expense, what problems it solves, and what problems it creates.

As literary and cultural critics, we wish to consider “X Is Political” itself as a political statement that does not only describe, but also does things. What do we mean when we say that X is political? What are we trying to achieve? Are we reclaiming control over X? Are we trying to dignify X? Do we risk turning the
political into a potentially normative and narrowing framework? Can it be emancipatory to deny that X is political? What becomes of X when it is made political? What becomes of politics when it encounters X?

Since the political as a category is extended to everything, papers might engage with these questions from any number of frameworks, including but not limited to: literature, race studies, gender and sexuality, social sciences, political science, post-colonial studies, law, philosophy, history. This list is meant to
inspire engaging work, rather than exhausting all possible topics.

Paper proposals of at least 1,000 words should be sent by November 30th, 2012 to Presenters will be notified by January 15, 2013.

Catching Up with Summer News

Now that we’re back from summer break, we’d like to congratulate a few of our alumni and faculty on their summer accomplishments:

In faculty news, please join the English Department in congratulating Prof. Hugh Ingrasci on the publication of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, a collection of critical essays that he co-edited with the late Michael J. Meyer for Rodopi Press.  Prof. Ingrasci helped select the essays and contributed a lengthy introduction for the volume.  After Meyer’s death in 2011 , the publisher asked Ingrasci to sign on as editor and finish the book.  As he describes it, the publication of the collection is a “bittersweet feat.”  The book is on display in the English Department’s publications case on the third floor of Arts & Letters Hall near the main staircase.

In alumni news, congratulations to Bryan Kett (MAWP ’12), who got a position as an Associate Writer/Editorial Assistant with GA Communication Group in downtown Chicago. Concerning this new position, Bryan says, “It not only feels great to be employed, but to also be writing.”

Congratulations also to Zhanna Vaynberg (MAWP ’12), who is having a short story published in Bellevue Literary Journal. Zhanna’s story, called “Things You Should Never Tell Your Mother” will be featured in the upcoming September issue.


If you’re looking for a literary event to attend tomorrow evening, Printers Row Live! is offering students free tickets to their Friday night reading and interview with Juila Keller. On Sept. 7th at 7:00 p.m., Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor will interview former Tribune culture critic and Pulitzer Prize recipient Julia Keller at the Tribune Tower.  They will discuss Keller’s new mystery novel, A Killing in the Hills. To receive the discount, students can use the discount code STUDENT15 on the ticketing site to claim their free ticket.


Silver Birch Press invites all new and emerging writers to submit your work to its upcoming Silver Anthology, which will be edited by Joan Jobe Smith & Melanie Villines. Details are as follows:


THEME: SILVER – all contributions need to touch on the theme in some way. Submissions can be new or previously published work (if you hold reprint rights).


  •         Poems (up to three)
  •         Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
  •         Novel excerpts (up to 2,000 words)
  •         Essays (up to 1,500 words)
  •         Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
  •         Short plays or screenplays (performance pieces up to 10 minutes in length)
  •         Other literary forms you can envision (up to 2,000 words)

DEADLINE: October 15th, 2012 (We want to publish the book in time for Christmas!)

PAYMENT: As payment, each contributor will receive one (1) copy of the anthology (not sure of its length at the moment – but it could reach 250 pages) – and can purchase additional copies at our cost (no markup by SBP). Contributors will retain all rights to their work – and grant Silver Birch Press one-time use of the material.

WHY SILVER? The publisher is Silver Birch Press, so silver seems an obvious choice. But the selection really goes deeper than that. We like this theme because it’s rich, varied, and offers a wide range of possibilities – from second-place finishes, to eating utensils, 25th wedding anniversaries, hair color, swirling fog, coins, bells, jewelry, the tin man, space suits, car bumpers, airplanes, family heirlooms, and on and on. Let silver spark your imagination.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email your entry as a MSWord document or a PDF attachment to

NOMINATIONS: If you’d like to nominate a colleague for the anthology, please send an email to


And finally, please see the following three Calls for Papers from three very different conferences with rapidly approaching deadlines:

Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
2013 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers

Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2012
Conference dates: January 24-26, 2013

The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies invites abstracts for fifteen-minute papers from master’s or PhD students, on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe or the Mediterranean or Atlantic worlds. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, anthropology, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, political science, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies.

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium, who may be eligible to apply for reimbursement for travel expenses to attend.

Submissions are accepted online only at


Nineteenth Century Studies Association
34th Annual Conference
Fresno, California  March 7-9, 2013
Graduate Forum Call for Papers

Building on the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s 2013 conference theme of Loco/Motion, graduate students are invited to submit proposals about the medium of pilgrimage in the long nineteenth century (1789-1914) to a graduate student forum session.  From religious travels to personal journeys (actual and imagined), this panel seeks abstracts that will address the role of the pilgrim as traveler in the nineteenth century, whether in America or abroad.

Abstracts of 250 words (including the author’s name, paper title, and institutional affiliation) should be sent with a one page CV by email to Emily Bailey at no later than September 14, 2012.

Presenters will be notified of their acceptance in November 2012.

For further details about the NCSA 2013 conference, please visit:


The Writing by Degrees Conference 2012, which we posted about last spring, has announced an Extended Submissions Deadline. Writing by Degrees is now in its 13th year at Binghamton University in NY, and is one of the few conferences that is for graduate students with graduate-only panel presenters. The deadline has now been extended to September 10th so please submit a creative or academic panel proposal to

Writing by Degrees invites exciting and high quality submissions by graduate students for creative readings and academic panels.  Poets, prose writers, essayists, and critics from all theoretic and aesthetic backgrounds are welcome.  Possible academic topics include creative writing pedagogy, craft across the genres, critical theory and creative work, the role of writing in the political world, and the creative writing job market. The conference’s two keynote speakers are MAWP Professor Christine Sneed and poet Marie Howe.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit

Alumni News, WRD conference, and a New Literary Magazine

In Alumni News: Molly Tranberg (MAWP ’11, and former Ex Libris editor!) was recently hired as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant to the Publisher in the Reference Division at Oxford University Press in New York. She assists the publisher in day-to-day tasks and works to bring new online reference materials to life.

According to Molly, “It’s a great first job in publishing because it’s a very traditional print publisher, but the reference division is moving into an all-online territory.” She also has some encouraging words for current students and recent grads looking for a job: “The prestige of my M.A. in Writing and Publishing degree definitely helped me get the job.  It was really great to see the confidence the MAWP degree inspires in interviewers, especially in publishing.” Congratulations, Molly, and thanks for sharing your story with us!

If you’re an MAE or MAWP student or alum and have news about a job, publication, award, etc., that you’d like to share with fellow Ex Libris readers, email Maria at


DePaul’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is pleased to announce a call for presentations for Spread the WoRD, WRD’s annual graduate conference. All graduate students in a writing-related discipline– including MAE and MAWP– interested in sharing your academic work with fellow students and faculty are invited to submit a proposal. Much like our own EGSA conference, Spread the WoRD is a great chance to gain experience presenting papers and receiving feedback from peers amongst professors and classmates right here at DePaul.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching writing
  • digital literacy
  • editing and publishing
  • genre analysis
  • writing center pedagogy
  • style in writing

Students (or groups of students) are encouraged to submit work in a variety of formats and modalities. In the past, students have presented PowerPoint presentations, multimedia projects, posters, and panels, as well as traditional conference presentations.

Proposals should include: name, contact information, degree program, and year of the presenter(s), and a one-page abstract of the presentation with title. Please note what format your presentation will take and what technological accommodations you’ll need.
Deadline for submissions is: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. Please send proposals and inquiries to For more details, click on the flyer to enlarge it, or visit


The Coffin Factory, a new, full-color, print literary and art magazine sold in Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores nationwide, invites submissions from emerging writers both for its regular issues, and its first annual poetry contest.

In their first two issues, The Coffin Factory has published exciting work by César Aira, Osama Alomar, Aimee Bender, Roberto Bolaño, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Milan Kundera, Bonnie Nadzam, José Saramago, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson, and many others. Alongside these literary stars they also publish up-and-coming writers and poets. In fact, in every issue, they publish at least one “undiscovered” prose writer.

Each issue includes fiction, essays, poetry and art from around the world. The Coffin Factory is dedicated to perpetuating reading culture, and invites readers and writers to become part of the conversation and learn more about how they are partnering with writers, readers, book publishers and bookstores at The Coffin Factory website.

For information on the poetry contest, which has a deadline of April 1st, 2012 and an award of $100 and publication in The Coffin Factory, please visit the contest page.

Call for Papers, DePaul Performances, and more

It’s Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: a free reading by Haki Madhubuti and Amina Gautier at the Lincoln Park campus! Join us from 6-8 p.m. in room 103 of the Arts & Letters Hall for this great event co-sponsored by African and Black Diaspora Studies and the Department of English!


The University of Saint Thomas Graduate English Department is hosting its annual conference in April, and they have issued a Call for Papers to all graduate students.

The UST English Graduate Program will hold its annual conference on FRIDAY, APRIL 27th, 2012, 12:30-8:00 p.m.

While papers addressing any aspect of literature and culture will be considered, the graduate program particularly welcomes proposals for papers exploring the topic of “Writing as a Public Act.”

As an election year is before us, the idea of how writing is used in the public forum comes to the forefront, and with it a set of more particular questions of how the activity or the vocation of writing as a creative or artistic endeavor might be understood in this context.  For instance:

How can we distinguish between the “public” and the “political” dimensions of a literary text, or of the activity of attempting to bring such a text into being and to share it with readers?

How do writers influence political rhetoric?  How do they raise consciousness about central social concerns?  What is the role, historically and today, of protest poetry, postcolonial narratives, satires and cultural critiques?  Does writing polemically or advocating for social justice strip literary art of its artistry?

Many writers of the past and today see their role as advocating for certain viewpoints within their art; others think that art must somehow remain “universal” or depoliticized; how are we to understand / balance / adjudicate among the claims of the ethical, the rhetorical, and the aesthetic in our consideration of the literary or cultural text?

We invite writers to submit papers that focus on these themes in their broad contexts.  What are the theoretical challenges of reading texts that deal with these concerns? We encourage analysis of literary, cultural, cinematic texts that explore themes concerning “writing as a public act” in their political, psychological, social, economic, or philosophical contexts.

E-mail two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or for panels of three to Catherine Craft-Fairchild ( Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.



On Friday, February 17th at 8:00 p.m. in the DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden, Composer Kurt Westerberg, Humanities Center Fellow and Chair of the Department of Musicianship Studies and Composition at DePaul, will present the inaugural performance of his newest work: Vision and Prayer (on a text by Dylan Thomas).  This performance, presented by DePaul School of Music’s New Music DePaul series, represents a unique opportunity for DePaul students to experience the vivid intersection of literature and music.

Westerberg on Vision and Prayer (on a text by Dylan Thomas) (2011):

“I have been acquainted with Dylan Thomas’ poetry since childhood and have wanted to set this particular poem, but avoided it because of its length and because it had been previously set to music by composers such as Milton Babbitt and Bernard Rands. However, its imagery and shaped strophes consistently intrigued and appealed to me [and these] shapes are reflected in the music on various levels ….There are phrases and images that run throughout each part and even throughout the entire poem (‘wren bone’, ‘midwives’, ‘in the name of’) and these are set with similar musical ideas whenever they appear….other voices sustain, expand or ‘comment’ (sometimes ironically) on the principal text, sometimes quoting from Mozart, Duruflé, French Nativity Carols, bluegrass, ‘Amazing Grace’, and, since Thomas was Welsh, ‘All Through the Night’.”

For more information about the event, contact the DePaul School of Music (773-325-7260;;


Buried Letter Press invites everyone to submit your writing to their monthly publication. They are looking for creative and critical essays about poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, visual art, and more. They publish monthly, so this could be a great way for you to get some publication credits added to that CV, as well as supporting a fun new artistic venture.

Visit their website for more information, to submit, and to read their latest edition.

Threshold Extended Deadline and International Writing Centers Week

Did you miss last Friday’s deadline to submit to DePaul’s own Threshold literary magazine? Or did you have just one more piece you would have liked to send along?

You’re in luck! Threshold is extending their deadline for a full two weeks. Yes that’s right, you now have until Friday, February 24th to submit your work. Once again, Threshold’s website is, where students can find submission guidelines and (new!) info about the 2012 Threshold Award for Excellence with judge bios.


This week is International Writing Centers Week, and the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning is celebrating by hosting Quick Question tables in the Loop DePaul Center 11th Floor Lounge and in the atrium of the Lincoln Park Student Center.  Stop by and pick up a free t-shirt and free poetry trading cards hand-crafted by the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. Who knows? You may well see some of your fellow English Grad students working there!

As always, more information about the University Center for Writing-based Learning, including how to make an appointment with a tutor or join a writing group, is available at

18th Century Texts & Books Conference and Calls for Submissions

All are invited to attend 18th Century Texts and Books: A day conference which will take place at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus Saturday, February 25th, from 9:30-4:00. The event will be held in the Information Commons 4th Floor (17 on Map at

Presenters are Thomas F. Bonnell of St. Mary’s College, Stephen Karian of University of Missouri, Barbara Benedict of Trinity College, and James Woolley of Lafayette College. The conference also includes lunch, a coffee break, and a roundtable discussion with several Loyola faculty members.

The conference is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by February 18th, 2012. Send RSVPs and any questions to Peter Shillingsburg at


Submissions are now being accepted for Carolina Wren Press’s Doris Bakwin Award. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Submit a printed copy of the first 50 to 60 pages of a manuscript and an electronic copy of the full manuscript with a $20 entry fee by March 15th. See for  complete guidelines. Carolina Wren Press can be contacted by email at, but submissions must be sent by mail to

Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701


The Missouri Review invites writers to submit to their 2012 Audio Competition for a chance to win $1,000 and to have your entry published on The Missouri Review’s website. Send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script.

This year, in an effort to expand the contest, submissions (previously $20) have been opened to a pay-by-donation entry fee. Your contribution of any amount includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, and all of your donation goes to support the production of The Missouri Review and its related programs.

Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series. Entries will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with guest judge Julie Shapiro of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2012. Entries and payments are accepted by mail or online. For details, or to submit, please visit