“Building Characters to Last” Master Class with Patrick Hicks on April 20th

Writer Patrick Hicks will be giving a reading on April 20th, 2015, which we recently posted about here. The Department of English is excited to announce that in addition to his reading (4/20 at 6 p.m. in Richardson 115) Patrick will be giving a master class titled “Building Characters to Last” that is open to all English students—no permission required. The class will be at 4 p.m. in the 3rd Floor conference room of ALH. Students can contact Professor Johns-Trissler at rjohnstr@depaul.edu with any questions.

Patrick Hicks’s The Commandant of Lubizec is a harrowing account of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have in the Nazi state. It is a sensitive, accurate retelling of a place that went about the business of genocide. Told as a historical account in a documentary style, it explores the atmosphere of a death camp. It describes what it was like to watch the trains roll in, and it probes into the mind of its commandant, Hans-Peter Guth. How could he murder thousands of people each day and then go home to laugh with his children? This is not only an unflinching portrayal of the machinery of the gas chambers, it is also the story of how prisoners burned the camp to the ground and fled into the woods. It is a story of rebellion and survival. It is a story of life amid death.

This is a vividly detailed, terrifying, convincing, and completely spellbinding story rooted in those murderous events we now call the Holocaust. It is also the story of a loving, good-humored family man who each morning goes off to oversee mass homicide — a dramatic example of what Hannah Arendt once referred to as ‘the banality of evil.’  Patrick Hicks has accomplished a very difficult literary task. He has given a believable and fresh and original face to barbarism. What a fine book this is.”

– Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried,
winner of the National Book Award

Submit to the Assay Blog, In Present Tense!

The folks over at Assay are doing a big push to include more student writers on their blog, In Present Tense, particularly in their Wednesday Writers to Read series. They are looking for the same kind of analytical reading response students are often assigned. It’s a great way for that work to find an audience outside of the classroom. The editors are looking for strong undergraduate work as well as that of other levels.

See the Submission Guidelines here. The specifics on Wednesday Writers to Read are below.

“Wednesday Writers to Read” (a series published on Wednesdays): tell us about what you’re reading. It can be an old favorite, a newly published book, a text you’re teaching. If somebody has already posted on the book you’re reading, feel free to send in a differing opinion on it. Our goal here is to compile a resource list of texts. You could also write up brief reviews of the nonfiction published in the new issues of literary journals, for this series.”

Luminarts Cultural Foundation Creative Writing Competition Now Accepting Applications (deadline June 1, 2015)

**While the deadline for this competition is somewhat far off, we’d like to call you attention to it now and will repost during Spring Quarter.


Luminarts is now accepting applications
for the 2015 Creative Writing Competition!

The Creative Writing Competition awards five $5,000 grant awards and Luminarts Fellowships across categories of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Entries are submitted to the competition and reviewed by an initial panel of jurors. Once tallied, all top entries go to the final juror panel and the winners are selected.

Jurors are comprised of professional authors, novelists, and American poets, literary contributors, publishers, editors, journalists and media contributors, and Pulitzer and PEN Hemingway Award Winners.

Head over to the Luminarts Creative Writing homepage to learn more. Submission guidelines and eligibility requirements can be found here.


Bucknell University Seminar for Younger Poets is Now Accepting Applications (deadline January 31, 2015)

Undergraduate Poets! See below for this amazing opportunity for younger poets. It’s rare to find opportunities like these (read: PAID FOR) in the humanities, rarer to find them in the writing field, and rarer still to find them in poetry! Get on those applications!

Bucknell University is one of the nation’s largest private universities and is located in Lewisburg, PA.

In June 2015, the Stadler Center will conduct the 31th annual Seminar for Younger Poets. Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences.

In the past, such poets as Terrance Hayes, Dana Levin, Mary Ruefle, David St. John, Arthur Sze, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Jean Valentine, and Carl Phillips have served as visiting poets. Numerous readings provide the participants with the opportunity to hear and be heard by their peers. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

For the 2015 Seminar, visiting poets Brenda Hillman and Mary Szybist will join director G.C. Waldrep and staff members Deirdre O’Connor, Chet’la Sebree, and Justin Boening.

The next Seminar will be held June 7-28, 2015. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2015. Applications must be submitted via the Stadler Center Application Portal.

See Frequently Asked Questions about eligibility and the application process.

Internship Opportunity at Kahini (application deadline 12/1/14)


Internship Opportunity Announcement: Exclusively Offered to DePaul Students!
Organization: Kahini (www.kahini.org)
Term: January 2-September 30, 2015 

Job Description
This is a nine-month internship in program coordination and arts management. Successful applicants will work alongside, and in conversation with, Kahini program coordinators in Africa, Asia, North America, and Oceania. This position requires the intern, working closely with Kahini staff, to design, implement, and evaluate between a creative-writing workshop in Chicago, Illinois, September 18-20, 2015, using the Kahini method of workshop pedagogy.

Interns can expect to work between 1-3 hours per week leading up to the workshop weekend, and about 25 hours during the three-day program.

Applicants must be in their junior year or higher, majoring in creative writing or English literature. Equal preference is given to undergraduate and graduate students. The successful applicant will have excellent writing and communication skills, work well in collaboration with others, and be a self-starter.

This is an unpaid nine-month internship.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to writing@kahini.org. Please put Internship Application in the subject line. In your cover letter, please demonstrate knowledge of Kahini’s mission, programs, and strategic plan, all available online at www.kahini.org, and discuss how your career and writing goals would be furthered by working in conversation with writers across multiple borders.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2015