New Course! Careers for English Majors


ENG 299: Careers for English Majors
with Prof. Chris Green
T 6-9:15
Spring 2017

Are you ready to see where an English degree can take you? This new course will help students better understand their skills and talents in order to find satisfying jobs across a wide range of fields. You will discover strategies for finding meaningful work and learn from guest speakers from across a variety of industries.

We will begin by reflecting on individual students’ strengths and preferences and thinking about job activities and careers that might complement these. We will also examine specific work environments (e.g., the arts, corporations, and non-profits); the value of attending graduate or professional school; and the role that internships, undergraduate research, and networking play in career development and advancement. In addition, we will look at how to organize and manage an internship/job search; how to put together strong resumes, cover letters, and portfolios; and how to interview well over the phone, via Skype, and in-person.

Along with numerous magazine articles, the texts will include a mix of practical guides to starting your job search and also reflective texts that ask you to consider the place of imagination and reflection in one’s work life: Scratch: Writers, Money, And The Art of Making A Living edited by Manjula Martin, I’m an English Major—Now What? How English majors can find happiness, success, and a real job by Tim Lemire, Island by Aldous Huxley, and The Heart Aroused by David Whyte.

Internship with poet Valerie Wallace

Interested in the world of book publicity and marketing? This internship would be a wonderful introduction. If you’re selected, email Professor Chris Green at, and he will get you registered for academic credit for Winter Quarter.

Internship with poet Valerie Wallace

Valerie Wallace is the author of the forthcoming full-length book House of McQueen, which won the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry.

An intern would help her with tasks and projects related to marketing during the year ahead of publication, including building and maintaining an email list, scheduling readings, social media, possibly non-technical help with a book trailer. Proofreading parts of the manuscript before it goes to her editor, and helping organize the end matter (publications, acknowledgements) would also be of great help. Intern should have a comfort level with email, Excel, Word, cloud sharing, Twitter, be a good writer, and have a personality oriented toward caring about small details.

An interest in poetry is not required but preferred. Willingness to travel to Hyde Park for one or two meetings is requested.

Time period: 10 weeks during one or spread across two semesters.
Start date: January 2017

For more information about Valerie:



Big Shoulders Books “I Remember” Memorial Day Event in DePaul Newsline

This Memorial Day, Chris Green and thirteen war veterans featured in the recent Big Shoulders Books anthology of poetry I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War will hold a reading at the National Veterans Art Museum.

See the Newsline article here and be sure to check out the event this Monday, May 30 from 3-5 pm.

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Chris Green to Read with Student at Poetry Foundation January 19th

DePaul Professor Chris Green will read with former student Dylan Weir this Tuesday, January 19th, at the Poetry Foundation as part of their Open Door Readings series. The Open Door series pairs 2 poets teaching in Chicago-area writing programs with a current or former student.

At this edition of the series, Prof. Green will also present a poetry film he’s recently completed. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War featured in NEWCITY’s Year-End Super-Issue

I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War, the latest release from Big Shoulders Books, was recently featured in a great review in the NEWCITY Year-End Super Issue.

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It is in fact the only lit selection in the issue. Read it here.

The volume of poetry by Chicago-area veterans of war, edited by Chris Green and with a foreword by Jim Fairhall, is free to anyone. Get your copy here.

Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

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.

Source: Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

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.

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Big Shoulders Books Launches ‘I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War’, Edited by DePaul Professor Chris Green | November 11th, 2015

This Veterans’ Day, DePaul’s own Big Shoulders Books will celebrate the launch of I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War, an anthology that collects the voices of Chicago-area war vets. Big Shoulders is a press affiliated with the DePaul Department of English that aims to produce one book each year that engages intimately with the Chicago community and, in the process, give graduate students in DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program hands-on, practical experience in book publishing.

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The goal of Big Shoulders Books is to disseminate, free of charge, quality anthologies of writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared.

It’s fitting, then, that I Remember seeks to allow the voices of veterans to be heard; too often, we are quick to honor those who have served in the branches of our military but not as quick to really sit down and listen to what they have to say about their experiences.

The most amazing thing about BSB and its releases? They’re totally free of charge! Order yours here if you can’t make the launch this Wednesday, November 11th!
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