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!

Register Here

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 

Submit Your Poetry for Publication!

Submit to the C.D. Wright Emerging Poet’s Prize! The grand prize includes $1,000 and publication (as well as an Editor’s Choice Prize of $250 and publication). This year, the contest is being judged by none other than Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown. 

The Arkansas International is  a literary magazine sponsored by The University of Arkansas Graduate Program in Creative Writing and Translation. 

Check out their website: https://www.arkint.org/cd-wright-prize for more information.

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

Learn more!