DePaul Professors Michele Morano and Kathleen Rooney Featured in NewCity’s Lit 50 2015: Who Really Books in Chicago

DePaul is making its mark in the thriving Chicago literary scene lately! First George Saunders, and now, two of our professors–one of whom, Michele Morano, is the director of the M.A. in Writing & Publishing program–have been featured in NewCity‘s Lit 50, a roundup of movers and shakers in the Chicago literary community.


28 Michele Morano

Director of the Graduate Program in Writing and Publishing, DePaul University

” In the past four years, Director Morano helped transform DePaul’s Creative Writing MAWP from a general writing program into one that injects life into the Chicago literary and social landscape. Students have been research assistants for Eula Biss and Alex Kotlowitz, and helped orchestrate interviews for “How Long Will I Cry: Voices of Youth Violence.” That book, which later became an acclaimed Steppenwolf play, was the first from Big Shoulders Books, a company Morano created with colleagues to help give students publishing experience at every level. Strengthening both the focus on community and publishing, Morano says this fall, DePaul plans to offer creative writing classes open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree, and is debuting a graduate certificate in publishing soon. “

joe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-newcity-lit-50-2015-screen-res-123237 Kathleen Rooney

Co-Founder, Rose Metal Press

” If Kathleen Rooney played baseball, scouts would call her a “five-tool player”: novelist, poet, essayist, editor, publisher, live-lit performer and professor at DePaul University. Rooney, with Abigail Beckel, co-founded Rose Metal Press, which has published hybrid genre works (by other writers only) since 2006. Rooney also co-founded Poems While You Wait, a diverse collective of poets who write poems to order on manual typewriters at public events, and she performs as Vivian Nightwood with the Poetry Bordello. Rooney says “Chicago is a city full of innumerable talented people doing innumerable interesting things.” Few cover as many bases as Rooney. “

Head on over to the LitCity website to check out the full story here. Note our nifty ad at the top of the page!

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