Louder Than a Bomb University

Young Chicago Authors puts on the largest poetry slam festival in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) during the months of February and March. Based on the success of LTAB, they have extended the competition and community to young adults ages 18-25 and created Louder Than a Bomb University (LTABU).

The competition runs March 8th and 9th 2019 at Chicago State University. You can find more information about requirements, registration dates, fees, and more if you visit Young Chicago Authors’ registration page.
To register as an Indy Poet click HERE
Early Registration 1/8-1/31($20)
Regular Registration 2/1-2/15 ($30)
Late Registration 2/16-3/1 ($40)

To register a Team click HERE
Early Registration 1/8-1/31 ($40)
Regular Registration 2/1-2/15 ($50)
Regular Registration 2/1-2/15 ($60)

If you have any questions, email heather@youngchicagoauthors.org.

Open Door Series: Kathleen Rooney, DePaul alum Andrea Rehani

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The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. November’s Open Door Reading presents Chicago State University’s Kelly Norman Ellis and her student April Gibson along with DePaul University’s Kathleen Rooney and her student Andrea Rehani.

Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM
The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior

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The Golden Shovel Anthology International Poetry Competition

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The Golden Shovel Anthology International Poetry Competition

 February 1st, 2018 deadline

Open to middle school, high school and college students living in the United States and internationally, the Golden Shovel Anthology Competition invites young adults to submit original poems that adhere to the Golden Shovel form following the competition rules. Submissions are open from now until February 1, 2018. No fee is required to submit.

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Internship with Poet Valerie Wallace

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Valerie Wallace is the author of the forthcoming full-length book House of McQueen, which won the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry.  An intern would help with tasks and projects related to marketing in advance of a March 1 publication date, including maintaining an email list, helping to organize a 2018-2019 book tour, and general organization.

Intern should have a comfort level with or ability to learn Excel, Word, Dropbox, Evernote; be a good writer; and have a personality oriented toward caring about details. An interest in poetry is not required but preferred. Willingness to travel to Hyde Park for one or two meetings/work time (commute time may count toward hours) is requested.

Start date: As soon as possible
For more information about Valerie: valeriewallace.net
For questions or to apply with cover letter and resume, contact: valeriemw@gmail.com

If you are selected for this internship, contact Professor Chris Green at cgreen1@depaul.edu and he will register you for ENG 392, the online internship class, for Winter Quarter.

Visiting Writer: Allison Joseph

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Please join the DePaul Department of English as we welcome poet and editor Allison Joseph to the Visiting Writers Program on

Thursday, October 5 @ 6 PM
Richardson Library 115
2350 N Kenmore Avenue

Joseph, director of the Southern Illinois University MFA Program in Creative Writing, is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers, and holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship.

A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

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This event will celebrates the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most well-celebrated poets of the 20th century. We will be hosting her biographer, Angela Jackson.

Angela will be discussing thie life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks. Additionally, DePaul Theater School Alums will read selected vignettes from Maud Martha. The only novel she ever wrote, this book tells the story of a young black girl growing up in Chicago.

Angela Jackson is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. In her most recent book, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of fellow poet and Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks’s work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks’s family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist’s long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent up close, using forty-three of Brooks’s most soul-stirring poems as a guide.

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