RSVP to the 11th Annual Spring English Conference this Friday

Just TWO days until the 2020 Spring English Conference. Don’t miss out on thoughtful discussions on a variety of topics!

To attend a specific panel, please RSVP at to access the Zoom link and password.


SESSION 1 (1:00-1:45pm)

  • Climate Writing: Maxwell Rowe-Sutton, Karen Rosen, Abby Vakulskas
  • Exploring Place: Corinne Witt, Amelia Modes, Dan Carroll, Elizabeth Wayne

SESSION 2 (2:00-2:45pm)

  • Writing About Fear and Illness: Angie Raney, Cedar Sutter, Isabel Cartwright, Caley Koch
  • Identity and Relationships: Caitlin Costello, Miakoda Frost, Tess Melvin, Juan Manuel Sandoval

SESSION 3 (3:00-3:45pm)

  • Beyond the Familiar: Caitlin Howland, Miriam Cortinovis, Averi Paulsen, Lucy Miller
  • Redefining Myth and Traditions: Susana Cardenas-Soto, Eric Canan, Mikaela Lawson

SESSION 4 (4:00-4:45pm)

  • Political Lineages: Susana Cardenas-Soto, Eva Lopez, Himashi Jayasundera, Ruth Young
  • Writing About Gender: Sarah Bramer, Emma Mares, Hana Anwar, Isabel Cartwright

Call for Papers: Creating Knowledge

Please find attached the 2020 Call for Papers from the English department for publication in the DePaul LAS journal, Creating Knowledge.

If you would like to have your essay considered for publication, please email a copy of your paper as a Word document to Professor Jennifer Conary at by noon on Monday, April 20th. Details on submission requirements are included in the attachment.

Call for Submissions: The Foundationalist

University of Iowa’s literary journal, The Foundationalist, is looking for submissions. Anything from literary essays, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The deadline to submit is March 22nd.

More information can be found on and submissions and other queries can be sent to

Study Abroad in Germany

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to study abroad this summer in Germany with the “Germany: Navigating the Refugee Experience in Berlin” program! Applications close February 1, 2020.

Students will be traveling to Berlin for the last two weeks of June. Accompanying courses will be in the Spring. The program is open to undergraduates as well as graduates, and there are no language requirements.

Below are some the items on the trip itinerary:
Über den Tellerrand/“Better Plate”: Cooking class led by a cook who arrived in Berlin as a refugee and workshop with the Better Plate team about social gastronomy movements and using food as a form of social cohesion
Querstadtein tour: See one of Berlin’s neighborhoods through the eyes of a refugee tour guide
Refugio Café language tables: opportunity to use either English or German as a way to communicate at biweekly integrative language tables for refugees and other Berlin newcomers
Theatrical performance by the Exile ensemble at the Gorki Theater
Türkenmarkt and Mauerpark: visits to two large-scale, multicultural artisanal food and craft open air markets
Meetings with and presentations from NGOs and think tanks working on the ground to support refugee communities (Expert Council of German Federations on Integration and Migration, Caritas, Give Something Back to Berlin, Eed Be Eed Storytelling)
Visits to two refugee shelters: one in Berlin and one an hour outside of the city in the state of Brandenburg
• Understanding Germany and Europe in the 20th century through two installations: Topography of Terror (documents the systematic process of the Nazis’ rise to power, 1933-1945) and Tränenpalast (“Palace of Tears,” former border crossing point between East and West Berlin)
Comparative visit to Nuremberg to observe the history of Germany with regard to citizenship and belonging, through visits to the Palace of Justice and Nazi Documentation center

Those interested can view the full Study Abroad brochure, including courses and program fees, here.

Byron’s Don Juan 200: A Bicentennial Symposium

On Friday, October 18, join students and scholars at The Byron Society Literary Conference from 8-5pm at DePaul’s Daley building to celebrate the 200th birthday of the first publication of Don Juan, published anonymously in 1819! On Saturday, the conference convenes at the Chicago History Museum, on North Avenue and Clark. The event will feature music inspired by Don Juan on Saturday on an Art Deco stage at the Chicago Historical society. Keynote speakers include: Jerome McGann, Clara Tuite, Alice Levine, and Peter Graham.

Several DePaul MA in English and alums are involved, as well as the DePaul School of Music. Professor Jonathon Gross is the conference organizer. He is joined by the President of the Byron Society of America, Andrew Stauffer, and the president of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, Neil Fraistat.

No conference registrations fees are required. Full program outline here.

Event dates:
October 18 & 19, 8-5pm

Event locations:
14E-805, 806, & lobby
14 East Jackson Blvd

Chicago History Museum
North Avenue and Clark

More information on the symposium can be found on the following sites:

The Keats-Shelly Association website 

The Romantics 200 website

The Byron Society of America website 

Call for Staff: Crook & Folly

DePaul’s award-winning arts and literature magazine, Crook & Folly, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for their 2019/2020 staff! Positions include section editors and readers, copy-editors, and social media and marketing. If you are interested in applying, please email your name, contact information, year and major, a short bio, and 150-200 words on what you think you could bring to the magazine to The Editors-in-Chief are accepting applications for this volunteer position from now until October 30. The first all-staff meeting will be held before winter break in November. 

Author Visit: Tim Hillegonds Pre-Event Conversation


Join Tim Hillegonds on September 26th as he reads and discusses his new memoir at DePaul. Before the reading, also take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the alum about life after DePaul, publishing your first book, writing tips, and more in the library’s Rosati Room.

Tim Hillegonds is a DePaul MAWP alum and author of the new memoir The Distance Between (Nebraska, 2019). His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Assay, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, River Teeth, Baltimore Review, Brevity, Under the Gum Tree, Hippocampus Magazine, The Fourth River, Midway Journal, RHINO, Bluestem Magazine, r.k.v.r.y. quarterly, and others. He was nominated for a 2015 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. In 2019, Tim was named by the Guild Literary Complex as one of their thirty “Writers to Watch.” He currently serves as a contributing editor for Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.

Pre-event conversation:
Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 4:30-5:30pm
Richardson Library Room 300

Event date:
Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 6:00-7:00pm
Event address:
McGowan South 104
1110 West Belden Avenue