Two members of DePaul’s illustrious English faculty will be reading their work at an event later this month, so everyone mark your calendars!
DePaul’s own Miles Harvey and Kathleen Rooney will join fellow writers Valerie Laken and Samantha Irby at the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen’s Sunday Salon Chicago on Sunday, September 29. Readings are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Miles Harvey, a creative writing professor here at DePaul, is also the distinguished writer of How Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, which made its debut at the Steppenwolf Theatre in 2013. He is the editor of a collection of oral histories, also called How Long Will I Cry?, which will be released this fall. Harvey’s previous work includesThe Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House), a national and international bestseller that USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America (Random House, 2007). His fiction has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, AGNI, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Fiction Magazine and The Sun, and has received a Distinguished Story citation in Best American Short Stories, 2005, and a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses, 2013.
In addition to being one of your fine professors, Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her most recent book is the novel in poems Robinson Alone, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry. Her collaborative chapbook, The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go, co-written with Elisa Gabbert, has just been released by the feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl Press, and her debut novel O, Democracy! is forthcoming in 2014.
Valerie Laken’s first novel, Dream House, received the Anne Powers Award and was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009. Her story collection, Separate Kingdoms, was long-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and has received a Pushcart Prize and an honorable mention in the Best American Short Stories. She holds an MA in Slavic Literatures and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and is currently an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is at work on a graphic novel.
And finally Samantha Irby is a writer and performer who mostly makes jokes about hot dudes, diarrhea, kittens, and magical tacos on the Internet at the highly visited site bitchesgottaeat.com. Seriously. Go read it. In addition to co-hosting Guts & Glory, a reading series featuring essayists, she has performed at Essay Fiesta, Write Club, This Much is True, Grown Folks Stories, The Paper Machete, and Story Club, among others. She opened for Baratunde Thurston during his “How to Be Black” tour. Her work has appeared on The Rumpus and Jezebel. Samantha and partner Ian Belknap write a comedy advice blog at irbyandian.com. Chicago’s Curbside Splendor is publishing her debut essay collection MEATY this September.
While there’s nothing better than getting to see your English professors in their element, reading their work aloud for all to hear, this certainly comes close: admission to the Sunday Salon Chicago event is absolutely free! So come out and support two of DePaul’s literary greats at Chicago’s Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave., September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
And for more information about Sunday Salon Chicago, visit the literary series’ Facebook page.