Author Visit: Tim Hillegonds Memoir Reading & Discussion

Join Tim Hillegonds on September 26th as he reads and discusses his new memoir at DePaul. Before the reading, also take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the alum about life after DePaul, publishing your first book, writing tips, and more in the library’s Rosati Room.

The Distance Between chronicles how Hillegonds’s plan to leave his mounting rage and frustration behind with a one-way ticket from Chicago to Colorado goes awry as he jumps headfirst into a turbulent relationship with April, a Denny’s coworker and single parent. More than just a harrowing story of addiction and abuse or a simple mea culpa, The Distance Between is a finely wrought exploration of, and reckoning with, absent fathers, fatherhood, violence, adolescent rage, white male privilege, and Hillegonds’s own toxic masculinity. With nuance and urgency, The Distance Between takes readers through the grit of life on the margins while grappling with the problematic nature of one man’s existence.

Tim Hillegonds is a DePaul MAWP alum and author of the new memoir The Distance Between (Nebraska, 2019). His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Assay, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, River Teeth, Baltimore Review, Brevity, Under the Gum Tree, Hippocampus Magazine, The Fourth River, Midway Journal, RHINO, Bluestem Magazine, r.k.v.r.y. quarterly, and others. He was nominated for a 2015 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. In 2019, Tim was named by the Guild Literary Complex as one of their thirty “Writers to Watch.” He currently serves as a contributing editor for Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.

Pre-event conversation:
Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 4:30-5:30pm
Richardson Library Room 300

Event date:
Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 6:00-7:00pm
Event address:
McGowan South 104
1110 West Belden Avenue

Check out the Slag Glass City Newsletter!

In the Slag Glass City it’s COOLER by the LAKE! We invite you all to have a look at the new newsletter from our journal of the urban essay arts.

Students who would like the opportunity to work on this De Paul-made magazine, and learn more about the history and practice of literary journals, should consider enrolling in the mixed grad and undergrad Winter Quarter course ENG 305/477 Idealists and Happy Fools, The American Literary Magazine. Learn more about the class, and the magazine, here:

https://tinyurl.com/CoolerbytheLakeAQ2018

English Dpt. End of the Year Celebration

End of the Year Invite

The English Department will be hosting our annual End-of-the-Year Celebration on Friday, June 1st from 3:00-5:00 pm. We would love to celebrate with you! The celebration will held in the second-floor atrium of Arts & Letters Hall. We will have a short program honoring our outstanding students and this year’s graduates.

Please come and join in the festivities on Friday, June 1st!

9th Annual Spring English Conference

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The DePaul English Department invites you to attend our 9th Annual Spring English Conference on

Friday, April 27
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Arts & Letters Hall

This daylong event celebrates and showcases the work of DePaul undergraduate and graduate students. Creative writing presentations include Poetry, Speculative Fiction, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Literary studies presentations include Sexuality & Love, Identity & Class, and Music & Religion.

View the full program.

We’re excited to welcome Nate Marshall as this year’s keynote speaker. Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. His last rap album, Grown, came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.

The keynote will take place from 1-2:15 PM in Arts & Letters room 103.
Reception and refreshments to follow.

Join us for the day, or drop by for an hour or two. All are welcome!

 

Kathleen Rooney at American Writers Museum

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Celebrate the paperback launch of Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk at the American Writers Museum on

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
RSVP today

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now―her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl―but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not.

“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

“Prescient and quick….A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary…hilarious…Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time―and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
Publishers Weekly

Spring English Conference: Submission Deadline Extended

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The Spring English Conference submission deadline has been extended by one week! Send us your best creative and/or academic writing by
April 8, 2018.

Please read the full submission guidelines carefully before sending us your work.

Questions? Email englishconference.dpu@gmail.com.

Book Launch: Apocalypse, Darling by Barrie Jean Borich

 

Apocalypse, Darling by Barrie Jean Borich
Chicago Launch Reading
with special guests Juan Martinez, Christine Rice, Tara Betts, & T Clutch Fleischmann

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30 PM
Women and Children First Bookstore
5233 N. Clark Street
on the CTA #22 bus line or a 10-minute walk west from the Berwyn Red Line stop
FREE!

Apocalypse, Darling soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It’s poetry, a meditation on life as “the other”, creative non-fiction, and abstract art. More than anything, there are many moments like this in Apocalypse, Darling that make it soar in stunning clarity.” —PopMatters

“Every page reveals the depth of Borich’s craft. . . . Apocalypse, Darling is a book for attentive readers, and is best read in one sitting. The magic of Borich’s prose makes it difficult to look away.”—Lambda Literary

From award-winning author Barrie Jean Borich comes Apocalypse, Darling, a narrative, lyrical exploration of the clash between old and new. Set in the steel mill regions of Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, the story centers on Borich’s return to a decimated landscape for a misbegotten wedding in which her spouse’s father marries his high school sweetheart. The book is a lilting journey into an ill-fated moment, where families attempt to find communion in tense gathering spaces and across their most formative disappointments. Borich tells the story of the industrial heartland that produced the steel that made American cities—while also being one of the most toxic environmental sites in the world.

As concise as a poem and as sweeping as an epic novel, Apocalypse, Darling explores the intersection of American traditional and self-invented social identities and the destruction and regreening of industrial cityscapes. Borich asks: Can toxic landscapes actually be remediated, and can patriarchal fathers ever really be forgiven? In a political climate where Borich is forced to daily reenter the toxic wastelands she thought she’d long left behind, Apocalypse, Darling is an urgent collision of broken spaces, dysfunctional affections, and the reach toward familial and environmental repair.

Barrie Jean Borich is the award-winning author of Body Geographic and My Lesbian Husband. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing and publishing at DePaul University in Chicago, where she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.

DePaul Spring English Conference Call for Submissions

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We are excited to announce DePaul’s 9th Annual Spring English Conference, to be held on Friday, April 27, 2018. We are now accepting submissions of both creative and academic writing and we encourage you to submit your work!

The conference will be held in Arts & Letters Hall, and will include several unique panels of student presentations, a dynamic keynote speaker, a reception, and refreshments. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what you’ve been working on and support your peers (plus, it looks great on a resume).

The submission deadline is March 30th. 

 Submission guidelines

If you have any questions, email us at englishconference.dpu@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

Camila Restrepo, MAE
Anne Terashima, MAWP
Conference Co-Organizers