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!


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.


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:


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 To apply online, visit


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 To apply, please contact Kendra Curry, Director of Volunteer Services, at


Printer’s Row Lit Fest Seeks Volunteers & A Reading by Mahmoud Saeed

Chicago Tribune’s annual Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers and featuring over 250 authors and 150 booksellers, is approaching. Events will run all weekend on June 8th – 9th, 2013. The event’s success relies on over 200 volunteers and the organizers are looking for more help!

Benefits of being a Lit Fest Volunteer include free t-shirt, free lunch and rubbing elbows with authors such as Judy Blume, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, celebrity chef Rick Bayless and more.

The volunteer application can be found online at: More information about this year’s presenters and other frequently asked questions can be found at:


The DePaul Humanities Center invites the DePaul community to attend a conversation with author Mahmoud Saeed and translator Kay Heikkenen about the just-released English translation of Saeed’s landmark Arab novel, Ben Barka Lane. Join them on Wednesday, May 22nd from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 400 of the Richardson Library (2350 N. Kenmore Avenue).

Saeed 05 22 13 libraryOriginally banned in Iraq, Ben Barka Lane was later presented with the Iraqi Ministry of Information Award.  It now appears for the first time in English translation.

In Ben Barka Lane we see the Morocco of the late 1960s through the eyes of a young political exile from Iraq—its beauty and misery, its unforgettable people. In this contemporary classic, Mahmoud Saeed offers us a unique portrait of a time and place, and a tale of the passion, politics, vengeance, and betrayal that take place there. “A landmark of the modern Arab novel,” in the words of one critic, Ben Barka Lane is now, at last, in English translation, as compelling today as when first published.

Sharqi, a political refugee from Iraq, comes to Morocco in 1964 and finds work as a high-school teacher in the small city of al-Mohammadiya. But Morocco proves no safe haven: the country is in political and social turmoil, as the state suppresses the recent leftist opposition led by Mahdi ben Barka. The opposition is scattered and the Hassan government is cracking down everywhere. Al-Mahdi himself has been forced to flee and has disappeared; rumor claims he has been killed in France. Sharqi just intends to keep his head down, and ride out the chaos. But he meets Habib, a friend and comrade of al-Mahdi, who, despite a severe heart condition, is considered a threat by the government. Habib is living in a kind of internal exile; his residence is now restricted by the government to this small town. Under these difficult circumstances, Sharqi and Habib form a close bond of friendship. But this brief respite ends with the appearance of Ruqayya, a beautiful young woman whose mysterious motives will divide them, and set off a chain of events and intrigue that no one could foresee.

Mahmoud Saeed, a prominent Iraqi novelist, has written more than 20 novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times and left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Ben Barka Lane (1970), which later won the Ministry of Information Award in 1994. He is an Arabic language instructor and author-in-residence at DePaul University in Chicago. He and his work have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera, and The New Yorker.

Kay Heikkinen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and now teaches Arabic language at the University of Chicago. She is the translator of In the Time of Love by Naguib Mahfouz.


Career Panel and Job Postings from Chicago Artists’ Resource & More

This Thursday, May 24th, Chicago Artists Resource invites you to a panel entitled “Market Your Art Experience for Your Day Job” at 6 pm on the 5th Floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Details are as follows:

Can directing plays get you a job leading a creative team? Does curating art exhibits constitute “event planning” on your resume? Surveys indicate that artists are more highly educated than the general population, and yet many earn their livings in low-skill, low-wage jobs—waiting tables, temping, and walking dogs. What other kinds of jobs are available to people who want to schedule their lives around their art, not around their day job? Join this panel discussion on how arts workers can reposition their skills to get better paying employment. Admission free.


Christie Andersen is the Career Development Specialist at Columbia College Chicago. She helps students prepare for careers after graduation. This often involves helping them translate creative skills into job options, juggle job versus passion, and understand what companies look for when hiring. Eventually, this also involves weaving skills and strengths into resume and cover letters that get results.

Keith Griffith is Editorial Project Manager for Groupon Getaways. At Groupon, he oversaw the interviewing, hiring, and tonsuring of more than 100 writers. A writer and editor, Griffith is also a theater critic for the Chicago Reader.

Nick Keenan is Chief Technology Officer at Marshall Creative, an interactive agency founded by directors, designers, and producers from the Chicago theatre and comedy community. Nick worked for eight years as a sound engineer at the Goodman Theatre, while designing sound as a freelancer throughout Chicagoland. He began his life in web programming by automating the popular theatre jobs site, and has since developed web sites and web applications for corporate brands and individuals in the real estate, financial, health care and cultural sectors.

Rose Walker is a recruiter with the Chicago office of Creative Circle, a national creative staffing business offering both freelance and full-time opportunities to candidates in design, creative technology, marketing and advertising functions.

Produced and moderated by John Carnwath, CAR Theater Researcher.


The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has posted 3 full-time positions and 10 paid student internships. All have application deadlines of May 31, 2012. Follow the links for details on each.


The Printers Row Lit Fest is on Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th, 2012, and they are looking for volunteers! Volunteers that sign up are asked to work 6-8 hours shifts, can sign up for one or both days, and can choose up to three volunteer roles that you think you’d enjoy best. Volunteers get a free Printers Row Lit Fest T-shirt, free lunch, and behind-the-scenes access to the biggest literary event in the Midwest.

To volunteer for the Printers Row Lit Fest, please read the full instructions and register online. For more information about the Fest in general, visit


Reminder: Are you graduating/have you graduated from the DePaul MAE or MAWP during the 2011-2012 academic year? Would you like to see your profile on the Alumni section of Ex Libris? Email Maria at with your info by Tuesday, May 28th!

Open Books: Children, Literacy, and Books—Oh My!

By MAWP student Tracey Zdravkovic

I never thought my mere presence in a classroom could cause a group of second and third grade students to go crazy with joy—especially as an MAWP student—but it is definitely something that I look forward to every week.

Every Thursday, I trek to Jahn Elementary School (my alma mater, coincidentally) for Open Books Buddies, where I receive twenty hugs from twenty second and third graders, all dying to be better readers.

“You’re very popular here,” their teacher often tells me. We try to hush the students into a low rumble, so that I can collect the ones I need for the first 30 minutes of the hour. I, and ten other volunteers, will spend this time with them reading.

Not to gush, but as far as internships go, my time spent at Open Books as a Literacy Intern has been the most enjoyable and fulfilling experience I have ever had.

I landed at Open Books one year ago by an odd twist of fate (the hardware store where I work donated paint to their new offices!). Last February, I began volunteering as a creative writing coach, and I was hooked. Since the start of my internship in August, I have met and gotten to know more students than I can count, and I have broadened my experience both as a writer and as a lover of literacy.

Open Books is a non-profit literacy organization located at 213 W. Institute Place. We operate an incredible bookstore that is stocked with upwards of 50,000 books, all acquired through donations from the greatest of souls: book lovers. Our bookstore, along with special events and generous donations, funds our literacy programs that help thousands of youth throughout Chicago learn to love literacy.

Our programs include:

  • Open Books Buddies: weekly one-on-one reading help with elementary school students at public schools across Chicago;
  • Adventures in Creative Writing Field Trips: two-hour nonfiction poetry, slam poetry, and prose writing workshops for fourth-twelfth graders;
  • VWrite: one-on-one college and career mentoring for high school juniors; 
  • ReadThenWrite: our newest program, an immersive reading, writing, and publishing experience for at-risk teenage authors.

At Open Books, I don’t spend my time fetching coffee or running errands. I create my own curriculum and teach my own writing workshops. How many of us have been in workshops and thought, “I would do this so much differently?” I know I have. When I lead creative writing field trips I get to teach poems that I love and give students writing prompts that have worked for me. Each week at these trips I learn the superhero aspirations of rooms full of eager students and I get to listen to poems and stories about their ups, downs, and all-arounds. It really feeds my 13-year-old soul to hear haikus about sadness and it’s always nice to realize that life could be worse: I could be 13 again!

Open Books has the most amazing volunteers, who donate their time, energy and resources to the advancement of literacy. They fuel our programs and bookstore. We have a network of three thousand volunteers with around five hundred active at any given point; but trust me—we always need more volunteers! Volunteers work as writing coaches during field trips, big buddy mentors during Buddies, and high school mentors during VWrite and ReadThenWrite. Volunteers can donate as much time as they are able, and Open Books is always willing to work with people’s schedules and commitments.

Each day, I sit at my desk and I see one of my favorite post-field trip comments from an 8th grade student: “This field trip was very fun. I learned that writing poems can be very exciting.” Reading this every day reminds me that I was the student who needed to find a creative outlet, who needed a way to convince people to listen to her, who needed to be good at something. Many of the students we encounter at Open Books are those students, and luckily, we can give them their outlet, we can listen to them, we can show them they are good at something.

Do you want to share your love of reading and writing?

Want to see what we’re all about?

How about stocking up on great, affordable books that help fuel knowledge?

Come on by March 5th & 6th for our Open Boxes Sale. See the flyer below.