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The Chicago Poetry Center: Reading & Workshop TONIGHT at 6:30 PM

Join The Chicago Poetry Center for a free night of poetry! The Blue Hour Poetry Reading and Workshop is tonight at 6:30 pm! Featuring poets Andy Sia and Matthew Olzmann, his latest book “Constellation Route” is out this month. https://www.poetrycenter.org/january-19-matthew-olzmann-andy-sia/

LGBTQ+ Studies & English Dept. Event TODAY: Reading & Conversation with Poet Danez Smith

On Zoom, Wednesday, May 19th at 3PM-4PM (TODAY)

Please join the LGBTQ Studies program and the graduate program in Writing and Publishing for MAKING THE WORLD MORE BEARABLE: A reading and conversation with poet Danez Smith. This hour with Danez Smith is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The poet will be interviewed by two DePaul students: Dahryl Covington and ShelLean Beasely

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Homie (Graywolf 2020), Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), and Black Movie (Button Poetry, 2015). They also wrote [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Hope to see you there!

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QUESTIONS: lgbtqstudies@depaul.edu

Call for Submissions!

The University of West Alabama is currently the publication of the 27th volume of its literary journal, The Sucarnochee Review. The journal is a national creative writing undergraduate journal that accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. They are currently accepting submissions publication, and their submissions guidelines and other information can be found on their website.

Keats-Shelley Prize 2021: Deadline TODAY, April 12th

Poets are asked to write on the 2021 theme of ‘Writ in Water’. No more than 30 lines and must fit onto a single A4 page. 

Essays may be on any aspect of the writing and/or lives of the Romantics and their circles, and should be written in a clear and accessible style. No more than 3,000 words. 

Submit in Microsoft Word format. 

Find out more and submit here TODAY!

Celebrating Poetry East’s 100th Issue & 40th Anniversary

Founded in 1980, the internationally acclaimed literary magazine Poetry East is celebrating National Poetry Month in April with two milestones—its 40th anniversary and its 100th issue. Poetry East has been edited from the start by the noted poet and DePaul professor Richard Jones, who reminds us that poetry should be accessible to anyone who reads it and is enthralled with language and ideas. 

Coming up on April 21 at 6pm is a public celebration of the Poetry East double anniversary—40 years of operation and 100 issues—sponsored by the Chicago Public Library:

https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/6054f355b635ed4500a2cab6

Jones will be in conversation with Miles Harvey, director of the DePaul Publishing Institute and author of The King of Confidence.

Newsline recently featured a piece on the fortieth anniversary of Poetry East, a wonderful tribute to Richard’s hard work in creating and maintaining this preeminent literary journal. 

Learn more about the journal online​ and order your copy.

DePaul’s Blue Book: Launch Event on February 19th!

DePaul’s Blue Book: Best of Illinois High School Writing 2020 edited by Chris Green and students in the DePaul English Department’s Masters in Writing & Publishing program is now available at https://www.depaulsbluebook.com/ 

DePaul’s Blue Book is the latest imprint by DePaul University’s English Department, which fosters work in literature, creative writing, and publishing. Indeed, we recently established DePaul’s Publishing Institute, which brings together our student literary magazine, Crook & Folly; the long-standing poetry journal, Poetry East; the urban prose journal, Slag Glass City; and Big Shoulders Books, a press that publishes books that give voice to unique communities and important issues in Chicago and that are edited and promoted by students.

DePaul values the written voice, and the English Department honors and encourages young writers. From over fifty high school literary magazines submitted from across Illinois, Professor Chris Green and his editing class of graduate students in DePaul’s Masters in Writing & Publishing program selected forty-five stellar pieces of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. This is the second volume of our annual tribute to our state’s best young creative writers and their schools’ literary magazines.

There is a virtual launch of the anthology featuring seven of its writers on Friday, February 19th, 6:00-7:00 PM. Log in information below:

Attendee/Audience link:

When: Feb 19, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Launch Reading of DePaul’s Blue Book: Best of Illinois High School Writing 2020

Link: https://depaul.zoom.us/j/92844083976?pwd=VHNCVmdSZjZNMUU4QUFEcjd4QmYrUT09