The Open Door Readings at the Poetry Foundation in May (Tuesday, 5/20) feat. DePaul Prof David Welch and DePaul Student Laura Wagner!

The Poetry Foundation‘s Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.

May’s Open Door Reading presents Eastern Illinois University’s Charlotte Pence and her student Derick Ledermann along with DePaul University’s David Welch and his student Laura Wagner.

For more details on the event, visit the event page at the Poetry Foundation’s website.


Intern for Poet Barry Silesky

Aspiring poets in the DePaul community will be excited to learn about this internship opportunity that involves working directly with award-winning poet Barry Silesky. Barry was the 2013 Paladin Award winner, an honor given by RHINO magazine for “extraordinary long-term contribution to poetry in Illinois”.

Barry happens to have MS and is looking for a Spring Quarter intern to help him type and submit his poetry to literary magazines. If you are a poet, you could read your work to Barry, get feedback, and submit any revisions along with Barry’s work to the various magazines. Barry could also help you with your cover letter.

If you are interested, send a cover letter and a few of your poems to his wife, Sharon Solwitz at ssolwitz (at) 

Bio below courtesy of the RHINO website. Photo copyright Sharon Solwitz.silesky_barry

Barry Silesky was born in Minneapolis, MN, but came to Chicago to attend to Northwestern University (BA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA).  He was the founding Editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) and has taught at both the School of the Art Institute and Loyola University Chicago.  For many years, Barry also taught a workshop out of his home. Barry’s long list of publications includes collections of poetry, short prose, and biographies: The New Tenants (1992),One Thing That Can Save Us (1994), This Disease: Poems (2006), Ferlinghetti, The Artist in His Time (1990), and John Gardner, Literary Outlaw (2004).  Barry is a leader in the Chicago poetry community and has always been committed to the intersection of poetry and politics, art and activism.  He has also mentored many local poets and nurtured the careers of countless others.”

Faculty Member Chris Green Reading at The Book Cellar, 9/26/14


The Book Cellar is happy to host poet Chris Green!

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7pm
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Chris Green’s reading is the launch of his new book of poems, Résumé. This book of poetry sees life as a series of jobs: pimp’s assistant, lost pet psychic, petting tent attendant, target changer, aviary security, etc. He is the author of two other books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens and Epiphany School. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry,New York TimesNew LettersVerse, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, including Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the forthcoming, I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. He founded LitCity (, a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University.

Event: Campbell McGrath Reading Tonight!

Campbell McGrath, depaulunderground.wordpress.comCampbell McGrath is the author of nine books, including Spring Comes to Chicago. His work has received many of America’s most significant literary honors, including the Kingsley Tufts Award and fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundations. Originally from Chicago, he teaches at Florida International University, in Miami, where he is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.

McGrath will be reading TONIGHT at 6:00pm in Rosati Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library. You can check out a sample of his work here.

Chicago Poet: Li-Young Lee

The Gift

To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade.
Before the story ended, he’d removed
the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.

I can’t remember the tale,
but hear his voice still, a well
of dark water, a prayer.
And I recall his hands,
two measures of tenderness
he laid against my face,
the flames of discipline
he raised above my head.

Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.
Had you followed that boy
you would have arrived here,
where I bend over my wife’s right hand.

Look how I shave her thumbnail down
so carefully she feels no pain.
Watch as I lift the splinter out.
I was seven when my father
took my hand like this,
and I did not hold that shard
between my fingers and think,
Metal that will bury me,
christen it Little Assassin,
Ore Going Deep for My Heart.
And I did not lift up my wound and cry,
Death visited here!
I did what a child does
when he’s given something to keep.
I kissed my father.

Lee, Li-Young. 1986. Rose  (Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, Ltd.)