Congrats to our DePaul Writers!

slienceDePaul Alum (MAWP ’09), Rita Leganski wrote a short story for Professor Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009. The story was turned into a novel that was acquired by Harper Collins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts tomorrow, February 26th!

It was selected as the “March Indie Next Pick” by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the “April Next Pick” by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an “Adult Book for Teens” and is listed in Academic One File. Furthermore, Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a “Book of the Month Club” selection.

Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday February 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL.


Professor Christine Sneed‘s new novel, Little Known Facts, appeared in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. If you’re interested in more about the novel, she received acclaim from NYT reviewer, Curtis Sittenfield. He writes that her work is “Impressive. . . hypnotic. . . hard to put down. . . . Little Known Facts is juicy enough to appeal to our prurience but smart enough not to make us feel dirty afterward…. Sneed is such a gifted writer… Her depiction of both proximity to celebrity and celebrity itself had me totally convinced.”  Congratulations, Professor Sneed!

Upcoming Event: Telling Secrets with Dr. Lois Leveen

bowserTelling Secrets: Mary Bowser, Race, Gender, and American History will be held on Monday, January 28th at 4pm in the Rosati Room 300, Richardson Library 2350 North Kenmore Ave.  Join Dr. Lois Leveen for a discussion of the research behind The Secrets of Mary Bowser, her novel based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House.The book provides insight into the lives of free and enslaved blacks in urban, industrialized Richmond; into the thriving black community in antebellum Philadelphia; and into how blacks and whites worked together in the pro-Union underground that operated in Richmond during the war. The talk will also explore what it means to teach—and learn—African American history through fiction.

This is a free DePaul event is sponsored by The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, The African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, and The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Copies of the book are available at Barnes & Noble, Target, and most indie bookstores.



January News and Updates

Attention English Undergrads! The Department of English is encouraging you to come out and meet candidates for the Early Modern English Literature teaching position. The department is hosting three candidates on campus, one has already visited, but there are still two more opportunities for you to meet these esteemed candidates. The English Department wants your feedback! This is a great opportunity to participate in a Student Q&A and welcome them to DePaul on their campus visit.
Come and join the department the following dates:

  • Friday, January 25th from 1:30-2:15 in ALH 210-11 Student Resource Center
  • Monday, January 28th from 1:30-2:15 in ALH 210-11 Student Resource Center


A Reading by Michael Raleigh,
Author & DePaul WRD/Honors Program Faculty Member
Friday, January 25th, 4-5pm
990 W. Fullerton, Room 1405
Professor Raleigh will be reading his work, The Conjurer’s Boy. A Q&A session and discussion will follow reading. This is a free event, and refreshments will be served. This event is presented by the DePaul University Lecture Series. Please join!

Michael Raleigh reading

DePaul English Department Scholarships for English Majors
The English department invites applications for three scholarships available to English majors: the Pry Memorial Scholarship ($1400); the Ellin M. Kelly, Ph. D. Endowed British Literature Award ($1100); and the Honors English scholarship ($2250). Each scholarship has different requirements.

To be eligible for any of these scholarships, students must:

  • be a declared English major at sophomore level or higher
  • have completed at least two quarters at DePaul
  • have completed at least three English courses with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses
  • plan to register in at least two courses in Spring 2013

Please submit applications to Professor Rebecca Cameron, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, Arts and Letters Hall, Suite 312 by Monday, February 4th, at 6 pm. (A separate mailbox will be designated for scholarship applications.) Indicate clearly on your application which scholarship you are applying for. If you are applying for more than one scholarship, please submit separate applications.

Award decisions will be made by faculty committees. The winners will be notified by the end of February, and the scholarship funds will be applied to their Spring 2013 tuition. Winners are expected to attend an award luncheon at which they will meet some of the scholarship donors.

Pry Memorial Scholarship, $1400
The Pry Memorial Scholarship recognizes academic engagement and achievement as well as passion for literature and other arts.

Applicants for this scholarship should submit the following documents:

  • Contact information (email, phone number, and mailing address, and student number) and concentration
  • A 400-500-word statement highlighting your passion for literature and/or other arts as reflected in your studies as well as your extracurricular reading, writing, and other activities.
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine)
  • A writing sample (a literary essay or a creative work)

Ellin M. Kelly, Ph. D. Endowed British Literature Award, $1100
The Kelly Endowed British Literature Award recognizes the academic achievement of students who have demonstrated their dedication to the study of British literature.  Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest in Medieval Literature. Only Juniors and Seniors are eligible for this scholarship.

Applicants for this scholarship should submit the following documents:

  • Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address, and student number)
  • A 400-500-word statement highlighting your dedication to the study of British literature as demonstrated through your coursework, including independent studies or research projects, as well as any related extracurricular activities or future plans
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine)
  • An essay dealing with British literature from any period

The Honors English Scholarship, $2250
The Honors English scholarship provides financial assistance to Honors students who are also English majors. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be enrolled in the Honors Program and you must demonstrate financial need. Academic engagement and achievement will also be taken into consideration.

Applicants for this scholarship should submit the following documents:

  • Contact information (email, phone number, and mailing address, and student number)
  • A 400-500-word statement highlighting your academic engagement and achievement in the English major and the Honors program and indicating how this scholarship will help you financially.
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine)
  • A writing sample (a literary essay or a creative work produced for one of your classes)

Student Review: Saunders Reading 1.9.13

On Wednesday, January 9th, DePaul’s Student Center was graced with the presence of celebrated author, George Saunders. He read aloud from his new book, a compilation of short stories entitled, Tenth of December after which he graciously answered questions from the audience. The reading was moving and witty, enhanced by Saunders’ enthusiasm and character voices; the audience’s response was tremendous.  We laughed heartily and rooted for his characters even as we were moved by their pain and their hardships.


What is most interesting about Saunders is that he is not merely a writer—he is an entertainer, and he certainly kept everyone entertained. He is also a man of the people, untainted by his great success. He answered questions humbly and often humorously, never taking himself too seriously, but always getting his message across. All in all, it was a lovely evening, and we, at DePaul, were very grateful to have had him here. He inspired many DePaul students and professors that night. We hope he visits us again!

–Anne Malina

About the writer:
Anne Malina is a freshman at DePaul, double majoring in English & French, from Berwyn, IL.

Free Community Creative Writing Class: The Apprentices

The Apprentices: Free Community Creative Writing Classes
at Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies
Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2, 2012
Evanston Campus–405 Church Street
(Davis St. L stop, Purple Line; free parking on street and in back lot; handicapped-accessible ramp at entrance near parking lot)

All include discussion and in-class writing and are for writers with various levels of experience.

9am Turn off Your Brain: Automatic Writing for Inspiration
(taught by Patrick Bernhard)
10am From the Page to the Stage: How to Read Your Work in Front of an Audience
(taught by Dana Norris)
11am A Past that Bears Repeating: Writing Historical Scenes (Rebecca Bald)
12pm Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper: Generating Ideas & Welcoming Creativity (Heather Cunningham)
1pm It’ll be Funny Someday: A Dark Humor Workshop (Michelle Cabral)
2pm Embracing Ekphrasis: Writing Poetry about Art (Dane Hamann)
3pm It’s Not Stealing if it’s a Centro: a Poetry Workshop (Aaron DeLee)

All include discussion and in-class writing and are for writers with all levels of experience.

9am Back to the Future: How Flashbacks Can Help Your Story (Ross Ritchell)
10am Fragmented Narrative in Fiction and Nonfiction (Jesse Eagle)
11am To Tell True Stories, You Must Lie (Alex Higley)
12pm How I See It: Changing Meaning by Changing Point of View (Lydia Pudzianowski)
1pm Great Expectations How to Subvert Readers’ Assumptions (Alisa Ungar-Sargon)
2pm Smash-Band: Increase Your Story’s Impact by Ramping Up Conflict (Michael Anson)
3pm Hookers I Have Loved: Writing Catchy Openings (Eric Grawe)
4pm Techniques for Writing About Emotion in Prose (Mercedes Lucero)

Classes are for writers with various levels of experience. You may register for a maximum of FIVE workshops/classes. Each is taught by a graduate student in creative writing at Northwestern. To register, please email or call 847-491-5612. Classes are 50 to 55 minutes long. Please bring paper, pen or pencil; or laptop.
*Classes are free, but accepting donations to benefit Young Chicago Authors.

Upcoming November Literary Events

Happy Halloween! It’s October 31st… which means tomorrow begins a new month, November, with a new batch of free, engaging events to attend!

WGN 720 AM Radio featuring DePaul’s Dr. Hugh Ingrasci
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 10:00pm to 12:00am
Dr. Hugh Ingrasci will be appearing on Milt Rosenberg’s Extension 720 radio show; the topic of the show is Film Noir.

Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities: Anne Kelly Knowles
Friday, November 2, 2012, 6:00pm (5:30pm reception will precede)
DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton
This presentation argues that geographers have a key role to play as masters of geovisual methods and as scholars with long practice in applying geographic imagination to research questions. Examples will come primarily from collaborative research among geographers, historians, and cartographers on the geographies of the Holocaust.

Anne Kelly Knowles is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. For more than fifteen years, she has been a pioneer in historical GIS.  As an historical geographer, Knowles has specialized in American immigration and industrialization, the subjects of Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Press 1997) and Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2012). Anne is currently finishing her work as lead editor of Geographies of the Holocaust, a collection of essays issuing from the interdisciplinary Holocaust Historical GIS project.

Writing Belfast with Eamonn Hughes
Monday, November 5th, 2012, 6:00pm-7:30pm (5:30 reception will precede)
DePaul Student Center, Room 314, 2250 N. Sheffield
Presented by DePaul Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, Dr. James Murphy

For more information, please contact Alecia Person at Reservations not necessary, but responses are appreciated!

Book Talk with Richard Cahan and Michael Williams on Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
November 15th, 2012, Time and Place TBA
The book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, has just been published on Chicago’s own CityFiles Press. Maier was the Chicago-area nanny and amateur photographer whose work–more than 10,000 negatives in all–was discovered after her death in 2009 and has since garnered national attention. The new book presents 275 of these photographs alongside interviews with those who knew her best.

Check out more information on City Press’s site!

Last fall, both authors gave a talk on DePaul’s campus, sponsored by the Visiting Writers Series. Frustrated by the creative constraints of working with traditional publishers, Cahan and Williams decided to set out on their own. This talk should be interesting for any students wanting to learn about the challenges and necessities in starting an independent press.

Sponsored by the WRD Program, more information to follow.


This Week’s DePaul Literary Events (10/08/12)

Hey Folks, there are more On-Campus and Local Events to check out, don’t miss out—

An Evening with Mahmoud Saeed from Society of Midland Authors
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:00pm
Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd Floor
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Chicago author and DePaul Visiting Professor, Mahmoud Saeed, will discuss his novel The World Through the Eyes of Angels Mahmoud Saeed has written more than 20 novels and short story collections. The novel is a coming of age story set in Iraq of where Mahmoud Saeed grew up in the 1940’s.

Saeed has written more than 20 novels and short story collections, starting with “Port Saeed and Other Stories” in 1963. That same year, Iraq’s first military-Baathist government seized two of his novels and imprisoned him for a year. After being incarcerated six times, Saeed left Iraq in 1985. He has lived in the United States since 1999, and he now teaches Arabic and Arabic culture at DePaul University.

The Book as Object
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library, Room 300, 2350 N. Kenmore Avenue

A book exists as more than just a vessel for the written word—it’s an artwork, a collectible and, of course, a target for thieves. Join librarian Scott Walter and artist Matthew Girson, along with cultural critic Rachel Shteir, author of The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, as they discuss various personal and cultural ways of experiencing The Book beyond reading. Sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.
This is the last upcoming One Book, One Chicago event here at DePaul–don’t miss out!

Prose and Flows 
Tuesday, October 16th, doors open at 7:00pm, music begins 8:00pm – midnight
The Shrine, 2109 S. Wabash
It’s a jazz night where audience participants volunteer to go up and read their poetry, short fiction and prose. It’s a musical, relaxing set that provides students with the opportunity to share their writing in front of an audience. Take a couple of friends and check it out!

This Week’s DePaul Literary Events (10/01/12)

 October is already on its way–and there are events aplenty for you to take advantage of!

Take a look at this upcoming week’s on-campus and local events:

Friday, September 28th

What? The Rose Metal Press reading with Barrie Jean Borich
Where? The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. 
When? 7-9PM
Authors Barrie Jean Borich, Phillip Graham, Jenny Boully and Sue William Silverman will be reading from the collection–this event is open to the public. For more infomation, check their site:

Tuesday, October 2nd

What? The Book Thief and the History of Reading
Where? Arts & Letters Hall 207, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave.
When? 6-8PM
(OBOC) One Book, One Chicago Event–For The Book Thief’s Liesel Meminger, reading is a means of both resistance and reconciliation. With attention to literature’s changing material and interpretive practices, DePaul faculty—Jenny Conary and Marcy Dinius, English; Lisa Z. Sigel, History; and Traci Schlesinger, Sociology—discuss what it has meant to be a reader in different times and places, from early modern Europe to today. Sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.

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Thursday, October 4th

What? Indigenous Poetry
New Voices in the Humanities–Natalie Diaz, Santee Frazier, Orlando White
Where? LPC Student Center, Room 314
When? 5:30pm reception, 6:00pm lecture
Panel moderated by Mark Turcotte/ Presented by DePaul Humanities Center.

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Friday, October 5th

What? Writer as Editor/ Editor as Writer:
featuring Dr. Phong Nguyen and Michael Nye
Where? Richardson Library, Room 115
When? 11:30am-1:30pm, lunch will be served.

Presented by the Visiting Writer’s Series.

This Week’s DePaul Literary Events (9/24/12)

Tuesday, September 25th

WHAT? Digital Humanities, Paul Grant-Costa & Tobias Glaza: The Yale Indian Papers Project
WHEN? 5:30pm Reception–6:00pm Lecture
WHERE? Richardson Library, Room 400 / 2350 N. Kenmore Ave.

Event Flyer:Fall2012_HumanitiesEvents
For more information on the project:

Thursday, September 27th

WHAT? Author Event: Q & A Session with Joelle Charbonneau, presented by Sigma Tau Delta
WHO? Local author and DePaul graduate–has written works such as Murder for Choir: A Glee Club Mystery and Skating on the Edge.
WHEN? 7:00pm
WHERE? Arts & Letters Hall, Room 404

Event Flyer: Joelle Charbonneau Flyer

The Writers’ Series: Radio DePaul

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Tune in this Friday, February 17 @ 10:00 AM for The Writers’ Series on Radio DePaul. Hosts Colin Harris and Marcy Farrey bring it to you fresh: discussion, readings and interviews with authors. Listen online at Also, check out their podcasts from previous episodes.

Interested in reading on the show? Check out the submission  guidelines on The Writers’ Series permanent page on The Underground.