Visiting Writers Series Welcomes DePaul MAWP Alum Jessica Chiarella Reading from Debut Novel “And Again”

Exciting news this month for the DePaul English community: MAWP alumna Jessica Chiarella‘s debut novel, And Again, was published last week by Simon & Schuster. Chiarella is a native of Vernon Hills, IL and is currently in the creative writing MFA program at the University of California, Riverside.

The Chicago Tribune published an article last week in which Printers Row reporter Jeremy Mikula mentions that the first draft of the novel was written for Prof. Johns Trissler’s novel-writing class.

And Again explores the lives of four terminally ill medical patients who undergo an experimental medical procedure that erases their former ailments and illnesses. Check out the Kirkus Review of the novel here.

The DePaul Visiting Writers Series welcomes Chiarella for a reading at the Richardson Library next week. The event will take place Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm in Richardson 150.


Newspaper columnists in a digital age….

You remember Kenny Lapins right?

Yes that Kenny, who so graciously shared his wisdom about post-DePaul employment as a professional freelance writer. (Here’s his profile, in case you forgot)

Well Kenny just did an interview with DePaul’s ASK Network (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) about being “a newspaper columnist in a digital age”.  Online writing portfolios, Einstein and automatic toliets and “the insidious nature of glitter”…check out the rest of the interview.