Crook & Folly Editors Application Deadline is Friday May 17th

Crook & Folly, DePaul University’s award-winning, all-student, journal of literature and art, seeks applications from graduate and undergraduate students for two challenging and exciting volunteer positions as 2019 Editors-in-Chief.

The new editors will begin work planning for the new year late this Spring 2018 and will hire their section editors during Fall quarter 2018. Editors-In-Chief must be available and preferably in residence during all regular quarters of the entire 2018-2019 academic year (and they must definitely be in Chicago for the Winter and Spring 2020 quarters).

Candidates for Editor-in-Chief should write a one-page (around 250 words) application letter describing relevant experience and commitment as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich on or before NOON on Friday, May 17th, 2019: We will try to conduct interviews between May 20th and 21st, and if possible make the appointments before the May 22nd magazine launch.

Please apply only if you are interested in the Editor-in-Chief position. All applications are considered, but current Crook & Folly staff members receive priority consideration for the head editor slots. We strongly encourage newcomers to apply to editorial staff positions in the Fall. Crook & Folly will call for staff and section editor applications in September 2018.

If you have questions about what the work of the Editors-in-Chief entails, please email and ask the the current Crook & Folly editors Emily and Madeline for their assistance.

Author Conversation: HERE IS WHERE I WALK – Leslie Roberts & Michele Morano

Author Conversation: HERE IS WHERE I WALK – Leslie Roberts & Michele Morano

Leslie Carol Roberts turns her daily walks in San Francisco’s Presidio into revelations of deeper meaning, reflecting on her travels as well as her home life as the single mother of two. In this finely crafted eco-memoir, each place provides Leslie with exactly the scaffolding needed to survive, with nature serving as the tonic. Here Is Where I Walk provides a vivid answer to how we can find our place, not only in nature but within ourselves and the world we walk.

Leslie Carol Roberts is an author, journalist, and essayist. She is also professor and chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Michele Morano is the author of the travel memoir Grammar Lessons: Translating a Life in Spain. Her essays and short fiction have appeared most recently in Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, the Normal School, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at DePaul University, where she also chairs the Department of English.

Event date:
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 4:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Bill and Irene Beck Award

Dear English Majors and Minors:

The English Department seeks nominations for the Bill and Irene Beck Award for Community Engagement. This award is named for a family whose support of our own Big Shoulders Books makes possible the publication of socially conscious literature by and about Chicagoans. In the spirit of this generosity, we would like to honor the great work our students do in their communities.

If you are someone who volunteers, interns, or otherwise devotes time to assisting with community organizations, partners, and/or individuals, please nominate yourself for this award. Or, if you know someone whose commitment to community shows up in their work outside the university, please nominate that person. Nominations are due on Wednesday, May 15 and must include:

· A statement of no more than 250 words describing the kind, duration, and intensity of the nominee’s community engagement
· Contact information for two references who can attest to the nominee’s social justice work

Nominees with 3.0 GPAs are preferred.

Please submit your nomination to Prof. Michele Morano, on or before Wednesday, May 15.

Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence Program

Twelve Literary Arts (TLA) is an intergenerational incubator for poets and writers of color based in Cleveland. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts education organization that work with poets and writers from the time they are 14 years of age all the way through their mid-careers.
One of their signature programs is The Barbara Smith Writer-In-Residence program. This program invites writers of color worldwide to apply for one of two opportunities to serve as writer-in-residence. The residencies last 1-3 months, depending on the needs of the writer. Twelve Literary Arts provides cost of travel, an apartment, and a $5,000 stipend for a poet or writer of color to bring a substantive literary work to completion for publication. For more on this program, please feel free to visit the Barbara Smith Writer-In-Residence page here.

Distinction Program Call for Self-Nominations

Call for Self-Nominations to the English Distinction Program

The English Department is seeking self-nominations from students who would like to be considered for the Distinction Program. Students who are invited to the Distinction Program are eligible to take Master’s-level courses in the English Department and can earn “Distinction in English”; those who earn Distinction will be honored with a certificate in June of the year in which they graduate, and will have “Distinction in English” noted on their final transcript. To earn Distinction, students in the program must complete three activities that demonstrate excellence in Creative Writing or Literary Studies beyond what is expected in the ordinary curriculum; such activities might include taking graduate-level courses, presenting papers or creative work at conferences, publishing work in competitive journals, or participating in the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar.

Students who would like to be considered for the program must:

Have a minimum of a 3.7 GPA or be in the University Honors Program.
Be English majors.
Plan to graduate by March 2021.
Email Professor Conary ( expressing interest in the program.

The faculty of the English Department will invite students from among those who self-nominate and those who meet the basic GPA and credit hour requirements based on the students’ academic performance within upper-level English courses; only students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of intellectual and creative engagement, a strong work ethic, and a high level of maturity will be invited to the program.

Self-nominations should be submitted to Professor Conary at by noon on Friday, May 3rd. Please include your student ID number and your concentration within the major (Literary Studies or Creative Writing), along with a few sentences explaining why you would like to be considered for the program. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Professor Conary.