Sunday Salon Chicago with DePaul Professor Barrie Jean Borich

Celebrate the return of autumn with Sunday Salon! We’re delighted to be hosting four incredible writers: Bayo Ojikutu, Lynn Sloan, Garnett Kilberg Cohen, and Barrie Jean Borich


Sunday, September 27 at 7 PM 

 Riverview Tavern | 1958 W. Roscoe Street 

(in the Roscoe and Damen Room)

Please join us!

Bayo Ojikutu‘s critically-acclaimed first novel, 47th Street Black (2003), received both the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Great American Book Award. His second novel, Free Burning (RH/Crown – 2006), has been called “Gritty lyrical [and]intense,” by Kirkus Book Review, “the most foreboding love letter the city [Chicago] has ever received” (Tim Lowery-Timeout Chicago), & “a searing portrayal of one of the shameful realities within an oft unjust society” (Denolyn Carrol –Black Issues Book Review). Ojikutu’s fiction has appeared in the various anthologies, magazines and collections. His work has garnered  nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The author and his family currently live in the Chicagoland area.

Lynn Sloan’s debut novel, Principles of Navigation, was published by Fomite in February 2015. In her first career Lynn worked as a fine art photographer. Her images have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she taught in the graduate and undergraduate photography programs of Columbia College Chicago. Writing about the visual arts for publications, such as Afterimage, Art Week, and Exposure, led to writing fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Ascent, American Literary Review, BLOOM, Connecticut Review, Inkwell, The Literary Review, Monkeybicycle, Puerto del Sol, The Briar Cliff Review, American Fiction Volume 13, and Sou’wester. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been finalists for the Dana Award, the Katherine Anne Porter prize, and the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Garnett Kilberg Cohen has published three collections of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls (U of Missouri Press), How We Move the Air (Mayapple Press), and, most recently, Swarm to Glory,  published by Wiseblood Books in September 2014. Some of her awards include a Notable Essay Citation from Best American Essays (2011), the Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize (2004); and four awards from the Illinois Council of the Arts, including a 2001 IAC Individual Artist’s Fellowship for prose. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including American Fiction, Ontario Review, TriQuarterly, The Antioch review, Brevity, The Rumpus, The Gettysburg Review and many others. She has also published a chapbook of poetry, Passion Tour(Finishing Line Press) and poetry in two anthologies. She has served as an editor on several literary magazines, most recently as Guest Nonfiction Editor at Fifth Wednesdayand will co-editor the Columbia College Chicago Creative Writing Department’s new nonfiction journal, Punctuate. She is a professor at Columbia where she has taught for over 20 years.

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of Body Geographic, winner of a Lambda Literary Award and My Lesbian Husband, recipient of a Stonewall Book AwardShe’s an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago where she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.

Sunday Salon Chicago is a literary reading series held on the north side of Chicago at the Riverview Tavern, located at the corner of Damen and Roscoe. The Riverview is accessible by the brown line El, the Addison bus, and the Damen bus. Street parking is also available.


Sunday Salon Chicago


Slag Glass City Pop-Up Mini-Memoir Event This Sunday, June 7, at the Comfort Station in Logan Square


Slag Glass City INVITES all Chicagoans to

Write ON Chicago/ HERE is WHERE

on Sunday 7 June. Drop in between Noon and 4:00 PM at


2579 N Milwaukee Ave.

Write ON Chicago is a free pop-up creative writing event inviting you to document your Chicago-based memories by completing the phrase “HERE is where________.”

Participants will write their mini-memoirs on sticky notes and affix them to one of our large city maps, helping us create a living portrait of this city of memory, reinvention, and dream.

HERE is where you received a life-changing phone call.
HERE is where you lost your way on an unfamiliar street.
HERE is where you made your life better, or worse.
HERE is where you proposed to your beloved.
HERE is where you entered or exited the train.
HERE is where you cleaned up a mess and made yourself at home.

• ACCORDION MUSIC by Chicago theater artist Ruth Margraff.

• READINGS of brand new flash memoirs by Chicago writing students, on the topic of BECOMING.


• Free Chicago-made CANDY and Chicago-made LITERARY MAGAZINES.

Screenshot 2015-05-26 17.13.49AVAILABLE at this event for the FIRST TIME EVER is the premier publication in our new print series Slag Glass City Miniatures: Big Cities. Little Books.  This first edition is called IT IS NOT WASTE ALL THIS  (after the title of an essay in the compilation by Chicago author Kathleen Rooney).  The book is itty,  bitty, and pretty. Come get yours!


Write ON Chicago urges us to consider the vital role city spaces play in our lives—open or dense, green or concrete, struggling or thriving, and everything in-between. By humanizing the city map with our stories, we hope to reveal ways our city might at once persevere and be remade.

THE COMFORT STATION—an historic municipal building re-purposed as an art gallery and performance space—is located right off Logan Square and easily accessible from the #74 Fullerton bus, the #76 Diversey bus, and the #56 Milwaukee bus, as well as the Logan Square Blue Line stop, and the event is happening during the weekly farmer’s market on Logan Boulevard.

Support for this event comes from the DePaul University Department of English and the DePaul Humanities Center.

REMINDER: Crook and Folly Applications for Editors-in Chief Due Wednesday, April 22!

Just a reminder that applications for 2015-2016 Crook and Folly Editor-in-Chief are due this WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22nd!

See below for details!

Crook & Folly, DePaul University’s award-winning, all-student, journal of literature and art, seeks applications from graduate and undergraduate students for two positions as 2016 Editors-in-Chief.

Note that the magazine is changing the time of year we call for Editor-in-Chief applications, in order to allow for overlap between outgoing and incoming editors.  The new editors will begin work planning for the new year late this Spring 2015 and won’t hire their section editors until this coming Fall.

Candidates for Editor-in-Chief should write a one-page (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 11:59PM on Wednesday 22 April. We will conduct interviews in mid-May.

Please apply only if you are interested in the Editor-in-Chief position, and will attend class in Chicago for the entirety of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Crook & Folly will call for staff and section editor applications in September 2015.

If you have questions, please email Professor Barrie Jean Borich:

LAS Graduate Conference This Friday, March 6th

Crossing Boundaries: The Second Annual LAS Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference will be held this Friday, March 6th, from 11am-8pm in McGowan South.

The English Department’s own Professor Miles Harvey will deliver the keynote address at 6pm, following a day of panels and presentations. English and Creative Writing Professor Barrie Jean Borich will appear on a faculty panel and many English and Writing & Publishing graduate students will represent our department and present their work.

All are welcome to attend! We hope you’ll come out to support the scholarship of your fellow students, faculty, and our Department!

The conference schedule and program can be downloaded as a PDF here.


Literary Journal Internship Opportunity


Professor Barrie Jean Borich seeks student interns to help run the digital nonfiction art journal Slag Glass CityWork includes broad social media management, as well as web site maintenance, submission screening and deliberation, correspondence, research, proofreading, events planning, and other tasks as they develop.

The ideal intern for this project has editorial background or coursework (such as past or current work with Crook & Folly and/or enrollment in The American Literary Magazine course at DePaul), is flexible, patient, and willing to roll with the surprise and disorganization of an always-changing creative endeavor, and on board with the editorial vision of a nonfiction journal dedicated to literary, visual, and media works with broadly defined urban sustainability themes. Flexible hours.

Interested grads or undergrads should email Professor Borich ( a brief letter outlining interest and experience.

Winter 2015 Course Spotlight: ENG 309-206 Topics in Writing: The American Literary Magazine—Idealists and Happy Fools

As registration for Winter Quarter continues, we’d like to draw your attention to an interesting and pertinent hybrid course focusing on the American literary magazine that is open to undergraduate students. Please note that instructor permission is required for undergraduate enrollment.

See the flyer below for details, and consider adding this interesting and unique class (the likes of which are somewhat uncommon in undergraduate English university offerings) to your Winter enrollment!



The Chicago Reader is Accepting Submissions for the 2014 PURE FICTION Issue (deadline 11/15)


In January, the Reader will publish its 15th annual Pure Fiction issue, a collection of short stories submitted by mostly local fiction writers paired with illustrations by mostly local artists. This year, they’ll take submissions until November 15.

Here’s last year’s issue, with the winning stories selected by guest curator Barrie Jean Borich, author of Body Geographic, editor of the literary journal Slag Glass City, and a DePaul University faculty member.

Please send submissions to We’re reasonably flexible on length, but up to 3,000 words is preferred. Multiple submissions are accepted. We pay for those we publish.

And if you are published, you’ll join the ranks of some exceptional writers. Our fiction issue archive includes pieces by Gina FrangelloBen GreenmanJonathan MessingerAnne Elizabeth Moore, and even some in-house Reader talent—Tony AdlerJ.R. Jones, and Philip Montoro.



Course Schedule Updates

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Hey, if you haven’t had a chance, mosey on over to the Autumn 2012 Course Schedule and check out the updates. Some courses have been cancelled, while others have updated times and descriptions. Also, we have a new course listed: ENG 309 Topics in Writing: Trends in Publishing, which will be taught by new faculty member Prof Barrie Borich. Here’s the description for the course:

“This class is an overview of what literary publishing has been and will be, with a focus on changing literary demographics and developing technologies. We will begin by asking what a book and/or journal really is, in terms of both tradition and aesthetics, look at politics of power, change and alternative innovation through a literary publishing lens, join contemporary conversations about self-publishing, green publishing, print-on-demand, and book arts, question whether digital publishing could impact the nature of literature itself, explore debates about gender and identity politics in literary journals and book publishing, and finally come back to the question: What is a book, and what will literary publishing become?”