4th Annual Spring English Conference

conferenceThe Department of English would like to invite you to the 4th Annual Spring English Conference next Friday, May 3rd from 1:30pm-6:45pm followed by the conference’s keynote speaker, alumnae and author, Rita Leganski at 7:00pm. The conference will showcase a variety of creative and literary criticism pieces written by DePaul’s undergraduate and graduate students. Presenters will be divided into panels of 3-4 and have 12-15 minutes to read their work.

  • The duration of the conference will be held on the 4th Floor of Arts and Letters Hall, and the conference will conclude with the keynote presentation in the Arts and Letters auditorium located on the 1st Floor.

2013 English Conference Schedule:

  • 1:00-1:30: Arrivals, Presenter Check-in & registration
  • 1:30-2:30: Panels 
  • 2:30-2:45: Break
  • 2:45-3:45: Panels
  • 3:45-4:00: Break
  • 4:00-5:00: Panels
  • 5:00-5:45: Dinner Break
  • 5:45-6:45: Panels
  • 7:00-8:00: Keynote speaker, Rita Leganski

***A complete schedule with presenter names and locations will be posted soon!

Come and celebrate their work with faculty, classmates, and the community. This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Congratulations to the Spring English Conference presenters!

Undergraduate Presenters: Kevin Sterne, Olivia Orndorff, Zoe Stergiannis, Miranda Sanks, Richard Rodriguez, Danielle Wordelman, Daniel Backer, Elizabeth Kerper, Doug DePalma, Sarah Nowicki, Anna Dron, Josh Graber, Nick Scully, Jaclyn Leonard, Michael Berry, Joe Ruppel, Emma Cushman Wood, Sergio Garcia, Quintin Collins, Cameron Rizzardini, and Matthew Morley

Graduate Presenters: Jared Gerling, Jillian Merrifield, Amanda Furey, Christine Roche, Raul Palma, Sara Patek, Stephanie Sylverne, Katie Hunsberger, Dara Miller, Emily Todd, Amanda Stewart, Carrie Mocarski, Maria Hlohowskyj, Vincent Moyet, Meredith Boe, Michael Van Kerckhove, Tiffany Scarola, Tracey Hulstein, Lisa Applegate, Mame M. Kwajie, Tim Hillegonds, Mirna Velic, Maria Genovese, David Mathews, Alia Neaton

Stay tuned for more Spring English Conference information!
Email depaulenglishconference2013@gmail.com with any further questions.

April Events and Publishing Opportunities

The DePaul English Spring Conference (May 3rd, 2013) is extending its submission deadline to:
Monday, April 8th 

Take this opportunity to send in any work you’ve done on your own or have accomplished in your classes to the conference—this could be your chance to showcase your writing!
Check out ExLibris once again for submissions guidelines and details.
We look forward to reading your work!



The DePaul Lit Club will be having its first meeting on this Thursday April 4th at 4:30pm in the English Department’s Student Resources Room, Arts and Letters Hall, Room 210-11. It will just be a short (10-15 minutes) meeting to decide when are the best times to consistently meet as well as decide which book to read, get some names for our email list, and collect any other input that anyone may have to make it a better group. After this Thursday’s meeting, the lit club will be meeting once every 2 weeks or so and discuss the reads. If you cannot make this first meeting, but would still like to participate simply email at eric.warehime@gmail.com, and you can be added to the email list. The club is open to all so bring your friends.



Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is pleased to announce its Inspire Fellows Program for the summer of 2013. The fellowship offers graduate and upper-undergraduate students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.’s 9-week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one of three areas: arts and literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or recreational activities. Additionally, all fellows help lead discussions and workshops on life skills topics.

Primary responsibilities of Inspire Fellows include:

  • Develop and facilitate youth activities in your chosen area that promote academic, social, and emotional development.
  • Supervise youth activities in a safe, sensitive, developmentally appropriate, positive manner.
  • Maintain positive, supportive relationships with youth.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and volunteers within Y.O.U., and with others in the community who offer information about, resources for, or services to young people in Evanston.
  • Maintain timely and accurate records concerning youth participation and outcomes.

The Fellowship experience offers a unique opportunity for growth for students thinking about a career in youth development, education, the arts, or non-profits. Fellows have close supervision of their work and are provided with both formal and informal feedback to help them grow. In this way, fellows develop their leadership skills, enhance their understanding of youth development, and build their non-profit management skills.

The Fellowship runs full time from June 10 through August 16. The first week offers Fellows a comprehensive orientation and training on Y.O.U., non-profit management, and positive youth development. The next nine weeks consist of high-impact summer programming.

The Fellowship offers a stipend of $1,000. (Y.O.U. is also glad to provide documentation to any students who receive support from their universities for summer employment with a non-profit organization).

For more information and to apply, visit www.inspirefellowsprogram.org


Jay Baron Nicorvo Reading presented by Department of English Visiting Writers Program is taking place this Thursday, April 4th at 6:00pm in Richardson 115. Don’t miss out!



The Department of English Visiting Writers Series will also be hosting Professor Ted Anton, author of Bold Science and writer for Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and Publishers Weekly. Join fellow students, faculty, and community for Anton’s reading on Monday, April 8th at 6pm in Richardson Library, Room 115. Professor Anton will be reading from his work, The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth. This is a free and public event, check out the event flyer for more information!


Mark your calendars, Dr. Who fanatics! DePaul University and the College of Communication will be hosting a one day colloquium in celebration of 50 years of Dr. Who. There will be scholars and fans there to discuss the show along with screenings of episodes and guest speakers. There will be a Facebook page and more info to come soon. The event will be taking place at DePaul’s Communication and CDM theaters at 14 E. Jackson, LL 102 and LL 105 on Saturday, May 4th from 9am-6pm.

Doctor Who


Visiting Writer, LGBTQ Contest, and more

The Underground would like to wish DePaul English students a warm and enjoyable spring break before returning for the Spring 2013 Quarter!


Before you head out for break, take a look at some of these upcoming opportunities:


Mark your calendars! The Department of English’s Visiting Writer Series is hosting Jay Baron Nicorvo on Thursday, April 4th, in the Richardson Library, Room 115 at 6:00pm. His debut poetry collection is entitled, Deadbeat. For questions, please contact Professor Johns Trissler. Please come join fellow students and faculty in supporting this esteemed writer and his work!


Have a project or essay you’ve wanted to enter into a contest? Look no further than the LGBTQ Studies Program! Please submit your work before May 10th to be considered for a $250 Award for Best Essay and/or Project at depaullgbtqprize@gmail.com.


Faculty News

The Department of English faculty and students would like to congratulate Professor Amina Gauiter on her receipt of a William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Worcester, Mass.  The AAS is one of the nation’s foremost research libraries for American history, literature, and culture through 1876.  The Hearst Foundation Fellowship provides support for writers, performers, and artists to do research for their creative projects in the AAS’s collections.  Professor Gautier is currently at the AAS conducting research on a historical work, Band of Gideon, about three black female members of Gideon’s Band, a group of Northern idealist seminary students, school teachers, and abolitionists who traveled south to help slaves on the South Carolina Sea Islands. Congratulations to Professor Gautier!


….don’t forget about submitting your work to the DePaul Spring English Conference!

Have a great “spring” break!

Are you proud of your writing?

The winter quarter is wrapping up which means you might have turned or will be turning in papers, creative work, and projects for many of your English courses.

Has your professor told you that you did an amazing job?

Did you impress yourself with what you accomplished?

Do you have a body of writing that you’re proud of?


Consider submitting your work to the Fourth Annual DePaul Spring English Conference–the deadline is April 2nd! This deadline falls on the Tuesday after spring break and the first week of spring quarter classes. Check out DePaul’s ExLibris for the 2013 Submission Guidelines.

CFP flyer

We are proud to announce that Rita Leganski will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Spring English Conference on May 3, 2013, in Arts & Letters Hall. The keynote speech will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Leganski is a 2009 graduate of DePaul’s MAWP program, and this February she celebrated the release of her first novel, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, which began simply as a short story in Dan Stolar’s fiction class. We are honored to have Leganski speak at the conference, and we hope her presence encourages participation in this DePaul English student-run event.

Pick up a copy of Leganski’s work this break if you’re looking for something new to read!


4th Annual DePaul Spring English Conference: Call for Papers

Attention Undergraduate Students!

The 4th Annual DePaul Spring English Conference will be held on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. Are you interested in submitting your creative or literary work? Have an awesome paper or creative piece you’d like to showcase this spring? Consider submitting your work to the English Conference! It’s supported by the English Department and its graduate and undergraduate students. This is an excellent, low-risk opportunity to share your work with your fellow peers, DePaul Faculty, and larger community.

Click on the following Call for Papers Flyer: CFP English Conference with all the info you need on the Spring Conference and details for submissions. Also, here you can access the submission form: Spring Conference 2013 application.

Still need more information?
No problem, check out the DePaul English Conference’s webpage at the English Graduate Newsletter site, ExLibris:

ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE: April 2nd, 2013
Submit all entries and inquiries to: depaulenglishconference2013@gmail.com


Keep your eyes peeled for more publicity and updates on the event. 

We, at The Underground, are very excited for this event and opportunity for you. Please consider attending and participating in this annual English event!

2012 EGSA Conference Proceedings

2012 EGSA Conference, depaulunderground.wordpress.com

A Note From the 2012 EGSA Committee:

The EGSA conference proceedings are up, and we would like to thank the presenters, the keynote speaker, Mahmoud Saeed, our photographer, Ryan Jones, and  faculty advisers, John Shanahan and Craig Sirles. 

Congratulations to all forty-three of our presenters at this year’s conference and to the twelve undergraduate and graduate students featured in the proceedings.

We hope you enjoy the proceedings and photos from the conference!


Reminder: Submit Papers for EGSA Conference

EGSA literary conference, depaulunderground.wordpress.com

Hi all,

The deadline to submit your original works of fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism and poetry for the EGSA Conference is 11:59pm, March 19. You can find more information on the conference, including application forms, and proceedings published from the last year.  Those who present papers in the conference will have the chance to be published in this year’s proceedings. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

EGSA: Call for Art Submissions


In addition to submitting their writing, undergraduate English students and graduate students in the MAE and MAWP program are encouraged to submit original art for the cover of the April 13th conference program. The image which best represents the art and paint, depaulunderground.wordpress.comconference’s spirit of joy through creativity will appear on the program cover and with the conference proceedings published on the Underground, Ex Libris, and possibly in print. More information and submission guidelines here.