Visiting Writers Series: Poets Richard Jones and Chris Green

Join two of our very own DePaul English professors, Richard Jones and Chris Green, on Monday, November 4 at 6pm in Arts & Letters 414 for a reading and conversation!

Read more about Richard Jones’s poetry collection Strangers on Earth here and here.

Read more about Chris Green’s poetry collection Everywhere West here and here.

Roxane Gay to visit DePaul, and a cool new course for radio fans

Our next distinguished guest for the Visiting Writers Series is one not to miss! Join us Thursday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Richardson Library Room 115 to bask in the magnificence that is accomplished writer Roxane Gay.

20140131-_Gay_0026-X3-200x300Roxane’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, New Stories from the Midwest 2011 and 2012, Salon, Oxford American, NOON, American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, Brevity, The Rumpus, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Prairie Schooner, and West Branch, among many others. She is also the co-editor of PANKthe essays editor for The Rumpus, and a contributor to HTMLGIANT. Roxane is also the brilliant author behind Ayiti, a collection of writing about the Haitian diaspora experience, An Untamed State, which is forthcoming in May 2014 from Grove Press, and BAD FEMINIST: ESSAYSforthcoming from Harper Perennial in August 2014.



And finally, calling all radio enthusiasts! The DePaul History Department is offering a new course Spring DoingDigitalHistory-Poster-page-0Quarter that sounds tailor-made for you. In HST 360-901, Doing Digital History, students will learn how to make a radio documentary and a web-based digital archive. The course will meet Monday nights from 6:00 – 9:15 p.m. on our Lincoln Park Campus.

Not a History major? No problem! Anyone interested in taking this innovative new course is invited to join. For more information on how you can participate, contact Professor Roshanna Sylvester at today.

Author Ian Stansel to visit DePaul

The DePaul University Department of English is proud to welcome writer, editor, teacher, and native Chicagoan Ian Stansel to the Lincoln Park campus next Monday as part of our Visiting Writers 7206179Program.

Stansel is a graduate of the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He also holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where he also served as the editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. 

Stansel’s work has appeared in a multitude of literary journals, including Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Memorious, The Antioch Reviewand much more. His short stories have also been included in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the New Stories from the Midwest.

Join us Monday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Richardson Library Room 115 for what is sure to be a fun evening with one of Chicago’s own authors.

In the meantime, check out Everybody’s Irish, Stansel’s short story collection published in October 13 by FiveChapters Books, and follow Ian Stansel on Twitter at @IanStansel.

Changes to upcoming events and more info!

Check out some of these upcoming events and changes to already posted events happening this week:


Barrie Jean Borich Reading, Tuesday May 21, 6:00pm, Richardson Library 115

A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself.

One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and the other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian—Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.

“Body Geographic is as astonishingly original as it is profoundly humane. Barrie Jean Borich writes of the body, the psyche, the land, and real life with a reach so grand and a mastery so definitive it clutches the heart. This is a beautiful, bold, blow-your-mind book.”—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of My Lesbian Husband, winner of the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. Her new book, Body Geographic is published in the American Lives Series of the University of Nebraska Press. She’s the recipient of the 2010 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in the Essay and the 2010 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize, and her work has been named Notable in Best American Essays and Best American Non-Required Reading. She was the first nonfiction editor of the Water~Stone Review and a longtime faculty member in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently a member of the creative writing faculty of the English Department and the MA in Writing and Publishing program at Chicago’s DePaul University and splits her time between Minneapolis and Chicago.


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Location Change: The DePaul Humanities Center invites you to attend a conversation with author Mahmoud Saeed (MOL and Humanities Center) and translator Kay Heikkenen (University of Chicago), about the just-released English translation of Saeed’s landmark Arab novel, Ben Barka Lane. Please join us on Wednesday, May 22nd from 12:00-1:00pm in Room 400 Richardson Library.


Location Change: There has been a last-minute rescheduling of Sigma Tau Delta’s Open Mic & Poetry Reading with Debra Bruce. Public Safety has cancelled all evening events on May 24th in Arts & Letters Hall due to FEST. Please stay posted for more information on when the event will be rescheduled, as well as the English Department’s hours on May 24th.

For the most up-to-date information on the Sigma Tau Delta event, join the Facebook group at


Are you a graduating member of DePaul’s LGBTQA community? Register to participate in DePaul’s first Lavender Graduation!

Lavender Graduation will recognize graduating students in the LGBTQA community. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students are encouraged to participate in the event. If you participate, your name will be read and you will receive a certificate and rainbow tassel. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30pm in Cortelyou, in conjunction with the annual Stonewall Awards Ceremony. If you are available to participate, please sign up at this link:, no later than Wednesday, May 22 at 11:59pm. 


Mid-May Events and Faculty Announcement

Mid-May, here we are! Even with only about a month left in the quarter, DePaul will be hosting some superb English-related events. Be sure to check these few out!


Our very own Professor Barrie Jean Borich is a featured writer for the Department of English’s Visiting Writer’s Program next Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00pm in Richardson Library 115. She will be discussing her memoir, Body Geographic. For more information, click on the flyer below. Be sure to support Professor Borich and one of her outstanding accomplishments this upcoming Tuesday. As always, this is a free event.


In 1921, a young Ben Hecht wrote a column for the Chicago Daily News which his editor would later define as “journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm of literature.” Many of these pieces have been collected and published as 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago, a series of classic vignettes of city life in pre-prohibition era Chicago.

Access Contemporary Music and Strawdog Theater Company are collaborating to turn 6 of the very best of these stories into a radio play for voices and live music.  The company will be performing it at Architectural Artifacts on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 PM. Student Ticket information can be found at: 


The Humanities Center is hosting author, Mahmoud Saeed and translator, Kay Heikkenen (University of Chicago) to discuss the recently released English translation of Saeed’s landmark Arab novel, Ben Barka Lane on Wednesday, May 22nd, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Richardson Library 400. For information, click on the flyer below.

Mahmoud Saeed, a prominent Iraqi novelist, has written more than 20 novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times and left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Ben Barka Lane (1970), which later won the Ministry of Information Award in 1994. He is an Arabic language instructor and author-in-residence at DePaul University in Chicago. He and his work have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera, and The New Yorker.

Kay Heikkinen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and now teaches Arabic language at the University of Chicago. She is the translator of In the Time of Love by Naguib Mahfouz.


Faculty Announcement:

Kathleen Rooney has been recently named 2013 winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry for hernovel-in-poems, Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012).

Congrats, Professor Rooney! A review in Booklist noted the following of Robinson Alone: “Rooney’s syncopated wordplay, supple musicality, and cinematic descriptions subtly embody… Robinson’s sardonic grace under pressure. An intricate, psychologically luminous homage, tale of American loneliness, and enthralling testament to poetry’s resonance.”


Two Visiting Writers this Thursday, April 25th

memoirwritingbreakfastThe Department of English and the MAWP program are co-sponsoring the River of Fire Memoir Writing Breakfast taking place this Thursday, April 25th at 8:30am at the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 380. Sister Helen Prejean along with DePaul professors, Ann Stanford and Michele Morano, will be discussing memoir writing and how literature can be utilized to bring about social change. Read more by clicking on the event flyer!


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The Department of English Visiting Writers Program is hosting a reading by Gregory Martin, author of Stories for Boys, this Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm in Richardson Library 115. Martin’s memoir is described by author, Cheryl Strayedas “a magnetic meditation on what happens when a decades-long lie is brutally revealed. Moving, brave, and unforgettable, this deeply personal book pushes us all further into the light.” Stories for Boys has been named a NYT Notable Book and a Discover Great New Writers selection by Barnes & Noble. Check out the event flyer for more background on Mr. Martin and more information about the event!


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, 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


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.

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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


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!