Big Shoulders Books, a new publishing venture whose goal is to produce quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose lives might not otherwise be shared, invites the DePaul English community to a discussion with the amazing writers/editors Audrey Petty, Peter Orner and Michele Morano. The event, “Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling,” takes place at 6 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton (next to the Fullerton Red Line stop).
Named the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year in literature by the Chicago Tribune, Audrey is the editor of the oral-history collection High Rise Stories: Voices of Chicago Public Housing.
DPU Prof and poet Mark Turcotte presents a poetry reading featuring a group of his students at the DePaul Art Museum on Tuesday, March 1st at 7pm. Come out and hear what your fellow students have been working on and support the creative community here at DePaul!
Join Poetry East this Saturday, January 23rd from 3-6pm to celebrate the release of issue #86, titled “Angel Valley”.
“Angel Valley” features poems by Bruce Bond, Gregory Dunne, Meg Kearney, C.K. Williams, and Mark Arendt. The cover art is by Sioban Lombardi, one of four Mars Gallery artists whose work is featured in the issue.
Poetry East is affiliated with DePaul’s English Department and is edited by Richard Jones, who also teaches in the department.
The release party will be held at the Mars Gallery in Chicago’s West Loop. Admission is free, copies of the issue will be available for sale, and the issue’s four featured artists will be present to discuss their work.
The DePaul Humanities Center continues its radical re-thinking of novels by turning its attention to Vladimir Nabokov’s classic, Lolita. The evening begins with the world premiere of “Young Matrix, Unknown Heart,” adapted for the stage from Nobakov’s novel by Dan Christmann, and performed and directed by Evan Hill and Melissa Lorraine. The performance including author Maryse Meijer, Danielle Meijer (DePaul University), and Shari L. Savage (Ohio State University), will investigate the various artwork used as book covers for Lolita and the complicated ways in which Lolita’s age may not be really the central moral question of the novel.
A discounted parking rate is available. See Humanities Center staff at event for details.
On this Veterans Day we hear from two men who served their country and are now featured in a new book of remembrances by Chicago-area veterans. The book, “I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War,” features the memories of 50 veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Undergrounders, the above comes from WTTW Chicago (which you may know as Channel 11). In the clip, Dept of English professor and editor of the anthology Chris Green talks to Eddie Arruza.
The segment was pitched by a member of the Big Shoulders Books/Publicity class on Topics in Publishing.
On November 5th, the Department of English is hosting two events with Thomas Dyja, author of the 2015/2016 One Book, One Chicago selection The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream.
At 4:30, Dyja will be meeting informally for a Q&A with DePaul Creative Writing students. At present, the discussion is scheduled to take place in the 2nd floor student lounge/resource room, though it will be moved to a larger venue depending on interest. If you are a creative writing student and would like to attend the discussion, contact Literacy Outreach Coordinator David Welch at dwelch3 (at) depaul.edu.
Then, at 6:00, Dyja will be reading in Richardson 115. (see flyer below)
We hope to see you at one or both events!
When did you first visit a public library? What role have public libraries played in your life? What roles will they play in our “digital age”? Join the DePaul University Library and the DePaul Humanities Center on November 2, 2015, for a panel discussion of the role of the public library in American society centered around the recently-published Part of our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (2015).
Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor Emeritus at the Florida State University School of Information, and author of Part of our Lives, will discuss the enduring role of the public library in the United States, and will be joined by a distinguished panel of colleagues, including Wendy Griswold (Bergen Evans Professor of Humanities and Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University), John Shanahan (Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, DePaul University), and Robert Wedgeworth (University Librarian, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and former Executive Director of the American Library Association).
Recent research has suggested that the public library is “at a crossroads” in its development as a social institution as technology continues to re-shape our experience of reading and community, and Chicago has been at the center of this discussion with the ongoing commitment of the Chicago Public Library to programs such as YouMedia, Maker Labs, and One Book One Chicago. As Wiegand writes, the public library has “a rich history of meaning for millions of Americans,” both as civic institutions and as spaces for promoting and maintaining community, and we hope you can join us for a discussion of what the library means for you, for DePaul, and for Chicago.
“Part of our Lives”: A Discussion of Public Libraries and American Society will take place in Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Monday, November 2nd.
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 Wednesday, and 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 Award. She’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.
THIS EXCELLENT EVENT IS FREE!
Sunday Salon Chicago