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!

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.

Learn more!

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.

Learn more!

RHINO Literary Magazine Internships

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RHINO Literary Magazine, a national poetry journal out of Evanston, is seeking three interns:

1) One to do paperwork tasks at the table at meetings, web searches, and some data entry.

2) One to put together a RHINO manual.  He/she would interview each editor to learn what administrative tasks they perform and how they perform them.  He/she would then write those up and share them with the editor.  The total of those interviews would form the basis for an operating manual.  The intern would be guided by me but would need to be able to work independently.

3) One to work on social media posts, particularly twitter and blogs.

If interested, please contact editor Ralph Hamilton at rhamilto9@aol.com. If you are selected, contact Professor Chris Green, cgreen1@depaul.edu, and he will register you for course credit.