Summer Internship with poet Barry Silesky

Acclaimed poet Barry Silesky is looking for an intern. Barry has Multiple Sclerosis so needs assistance to facilitate his writing and publishing. Please see below for potential duties and a schedule. If interested, send an email to both Barry and his wife Sharon Solwitz at the following addresses:;

Previous interns have appreciated their time and experience working with Barry; if you’d like to speak with any of these students, please let Prof. Chris Green know.

If you are selected, contact Prof. Chris Green ( to sign up for academic credit.

For more summer internship opportunities, click here.


-Check and respond to messages:email, social media etc, poetry submissions

-Read aloud: newspaper articles, poems

-Type poems, nonfiction and fiction prose. We are currently working on two poetry collections: “Heaven” and “After the Word”, as well as a fiction piece “Valley View” that I’m hoping to turn into a novel.

-Edit poems together and send to a friend ( for an extra editing eye.

-Research literary magazines open for submissions

-Submit poems/ nonfiction work to literary magazines

-Learn how to submit your literary works to publications by working on author’s cover letter, bio, and following specific directions of literary magazine submission requirements

-Track submissions via Excel document

Overall, interns will learn about the craft of writing and publication by helping an established author compose his pieces, as well as attempt to publish them. Each session is normally for two hours.

Typical Routine:

1) Check Barry’s email, it’s logged in on and his Facebook-logged in also

2) After, go through the news sites Barry wants: normally, NYT, Alternet, Guardian

3) Write a poem: The two collections we have been working on are “Heaven” and “After the Word” both collections can be found on the desktop folder “Poetry in Progress” when Barry writes a poem you can add it to either collection, depending on the tone. I will attach the two collections so you can get a feel for tone.

or Nonfiction piece: There is a folder “Nonfiction Collection” with some documents we have been working on. Same process as poems– looking for literary magazines that are the right fit (refer to #5)

4) After we write a poem we send it to Mike Puican who likes to edit Barry’s poems. Email the poem to him  Put the title of the poem in the subject line and paste the poem in the body of the email

5) Then, you guys can look for FREE places to submit his work. First, I check Barry’s email for calls for submissions that he gets emailed to him. If there’s nothing there that fits his writing, I go to Calls For Submissions and he is signed up for an email list that sends a bunch of different competitions and publications looking for submissions.

6) After reading the rules for submissions and making sure the poem we are submitting fits the style rules, document guidelines, font size, document name (normally required to never include Barry’s name) etc, I attach a cover letter and bio that’s normally required. We already have one made, so all you have to do is find “Cover Letter and Bio” document on the DESKTOP and then copy and paste it, change the number of poems, the poem titles and collection to fit whatever you’re submitting. The bio should never need to be changed.

7) After submitting, document the submission in the folder “Submissions” where you will find “Submissions 2018” This is an Excel Document we use to track the poems and journals Barry has sent. Fill out the cells according to poems and collection submitted, journal, date and the response section is only for when we receive if his poem has been accepted or not.

Young Adult Book Publisher seeks Social Media Intern

See below for internship info from Zest Books, and find more Summer 2018 internship listings here. Apply soon, and if you’re selected, contact Prof. Chris Green ( to register for course credit.


Zest Books is an award-winning leader in young adult nonfiction, publishing smart and edgy books on entertainment, history, science, health, and practical life advice. We publish books that get to the reality of young adult life, rather than the glossy dream world that often dominates pop culture.  Our books are attractively designed, well researched, smart, and easy to read.

We are looking for an intern to work on and update our social media platforms with relevant information on a daily/weekly basis. The amount of updates/posts/tweets, etc…will depend on the platform.

We are looking for someone who is self motivated and interested in nonfiction books, publishing and the topics we publish.

More information at

If interested, please contact Hallie Warshaw, Publisher, Zest Books:

Please email rather than calling if interested.


English Dpt. End of the Year Celebration

End of the Year Invite

The English Department will be hosting our annual End-of-the-Year Celebration on Friday, June 1st from 3:00-5:00 pm. We would love to celebrate with you! The celebration will held in the second-floor atrium of Arts & Letters Hall. We will have a short program honoring our outstanding students and this year’s graduates.

Please come and join in the festivities on Friday, June 1st!

Summer Internship Opportunities

Please see below for internship opportunity reminders from The Stoop and iO Chicago. More summer internships are listed here. Apply soon, and if you’re selected, contact Prof. Chris Green ( to register for academic credit.

Lily Be of The Stoop had some email problems recently and has misplaced a few applications. So if you’re interested, please resend. See below for a reminder of the internship.

The Stoop – Social Media and Website Content intern

The Stoop is an off-book storytelling series that is now in its 6th year. The Stoop is looking for an intern to work closely with our project manager in updating content on our website, reaching out to feature organizations and performers, and posting content on The Stoops social media pages. Most work is template based and can be done from home. We do require that interns attend the monthly show which takes place every last Thursday of the month at Rosa’s Lounge. Interns interested in the opportunity are asked to please visit our website at and reach out via email at or contact creator/host of The Stoop Lily Be at

iO Chicago

iOCN Internship
iO Chicago’s video content page, iO Comedy Network, is looking for experienced and excited new video interns that want to help create videos within iO’s community. iOCN has multiple outlets that allow people to pitch ideas and create sketches to be made for our page and we need some awesome interns to direct, assist, film, and edit. If your are interested in helping make these videos come to life then this internship is for you! Email with the subject line “Video Intern 2018” and we will get back to you asap!

iO Producer Internship
Do you love live theater? Want to help some of iO’s producers promote and curate their hit shows? Email Shelby Plummer with the subject line “Production Intern 2018” and we will connect you with a producer!

Crook & Folly Edition 38 Launch Party

Crook & Folly Launch Party

Join us for the launch of the 38th edition of DePaul University’s Arts and Literature magazine, Crook & Folly! There will be snacks, speeches, readings, and free copies for everyone who attends.

Wednesday, May 23
4:30-6:30 PM
DePaul Art Museum
935 W Fullerton Ave.

After the launch, editors, Emily and Maddie will be heading over to State Restaurant at 935 W. Webster Ave., for those who would like to join them in celebrating a job well done! (All tabs will be separate).

Activists/Artists/Ecologists Panel Discussion

Tuesday, May 15th 2018, 7 – 9 pm
DePaul University, McGowan South,
1110 W Belden Ave,
Chicago, IL  60614
(Room 104)

The DePaul University Institute for Nature and Culture is excited to invite you to a panel discussion with four activists/artists/ecologists who are engaged in crucial struggles for our planetary future and provide models of hope in these arduous times. ALL WELCOME; Students should especially consider coming along.

Taylor Brorby is an essayist, poet, and memoirist whose work centers on hydraulic fracking and climate change in western North Dakota.

Lucas Foglia’s photographs challenge the concept that humans and nature operate in opposition, while simultaneously highlighting the relentlessly uneasy, absurdly comedic integrations of our technologies in the natural world.*

Shannon Heffernan is a reporter with WBEZ.  She has covered environmental news and criminal justice issues.  She also reports on poverty, labor, and climate change.

Nat Mengist cultivates equitable, land-conscious partnerships through training in garden education, nonprofit leadership, and post-humanities scholarship.

Sponsored by the DePaul Institute for Nature and Culture.  Contact

*Foglia’s third book, Human Nature, was just published by Nazraeli Press. His next solo exhibition opens July 19 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. (Image beneath title by Lucas Foglia.)