MAKE Literary Magazine Presents the Lit & Luz Festival: Archive Show on 10/18

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If Saturday night remains open for you, Undergrounders, definitely consider checking out this super-awesome event. It’s directed by Jane Beachy of Salonathon fame an promises an insanely accomplished and interesting lineup and an interesting blend of performance, visual art, literature, and all sorts of other amazingness. ALSO, Irvine Welshauthor of cult favorite Trainspotting, will be present!

See more here.

Some highlights:

  • An abbreviated Adam Burke Show featuring authors Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), Álvaro Enrigue (Hypothermia), and Don De Grazia (American Skin) in conversation on the topic of urban literature and translation (Welsh’s books are being translated into Spanish by Anagrama, also Enrigue’s publisher.)
  • A presentation/performance on the art of letter writing with readings and projections from Chicago author Kathleen Rooney (O’Democracy) and award-winning Mexico City author and visual artist Verónica Gerber Bicecci.
  • Chicago author and songwriter Marvin Tate will perform new work and songs based on his own work and that of Mexico City author Valeria Luiselli (Faces in the Crowd)
  • Chicago’s incomparable son jarocho group Ida y Vuelta will perform as the house band during the show and follow it with a full set.
  • An event space designed through a collaboration between Chicago Design Museum’s Roman Titus and Mexico City artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda, with support from sculptor Patrick McGee.

Former DePaul student publishes poetry anthology

On behalf of everyone here at The Underground, a heartfelt congratulations goes out to former 51FQnkGbQcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_DePaul University student and Underground alum Katie Rose Brunner for publishing her first anthology, Lulliloo. 

Edited by Lasan Seni Darboe, illustrated by Roberto P. Lozano, and published by Scorpion Publishing, Lulliloo is a collection of poems written by Brunner when she was between the ages of 15 and 18. It is her first complete work of literature, but will certainly not be her last.

Though Brunner has recently transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where she studies Comparative Literature, she says her experiences here at DePaul and most of all the guidance she received from DePaul professors has proved invaluable, including Professor Chris Green.

“Professor Green encouraged my poetic voice to be heard out loud, rather than just on paper,” Brunner remembers. “I did not feel as though I needed to force my creativity in his Reading and Writing Poetry class. Rather, he allowed his students to find their individual voices naturally.”

Brunner also has high praise for DePaul’s Dr. Eric Selinger, her Romance and Love Poetry professor.

“Each of his classes was like attending a theatric performance. Simply hearing him speak so passionately about the literature we focused on that day, you could tell that he was affected by each word that he read, as well as each comment made by his students,” Brunner says of Dr. Selinger. “He always gave me the time I needed to finish an assignment, and made time to meet with me if I needed his opinion (which was always one-hundred-and-ten percent helpful). He taught me never to be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to literature.”

Professor Kathleen Rooney, an accomplished poet in her own right, has also had a profound impact on Brunner and her work, the young poet explains.

“Never have I met someone so passionate about poetry and the literary world as she,” Brunner says of Professor Rooney. “I made sure to sit in front each day, so as to jot down each and every brilliant concept that she would bring to light. I could tell that she was genuinely intrigued with what her students had to say. And by the end of the term, I walked away with a million and one new ideas for poems and prose, saddened that the class had ended.”

Brunner hopes current DePaul students get the chance to learn from these professors just like she did.

“I would recommend all of these professors to any aspiring writer, poet, or simply anyone who would be interested in having their mind be blown by incredible intelligence and different ways of thinking,” Brunner adds.

Are you interested in checking out Katie Rose Brunner’s great work? Copies of Lulliloo are available for purchase on Well done, Katie!

End of October DePaul Literary Events (10/22/12)

To round out the month of October, we an array of great Writing & Literary Events on campus!
In case you didn’t already know, check these out:


A World Away: Book Reading & Signing by Professor Nancy Grossman
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, 6:00pm
Barnes & Noble DePaul Campus Loop Store, State and Jackson
Nancy Grossman will be present for a reading and signing to celebrate the publication of her first novel, A World Away. A reception will follow the event. Copies of A World Away will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Jennifer Kosco at

“Q and Ale” Trivia Night for Undergraduates at the Newberry
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Newberry’s Ruggles Hall, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
If you’ve ever considered thinking and drinking mutually exclusive, take note of Francois Rabelais, who once said, “When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.” If that’s not convincing enough, prepare for the ultimate rebuttal. Serving up beer and braininess in equal measure, the event is part of the Newberry’s celebration of its 125th anniversary.
WGN Radio host Rick Kogan will emcee and Half Acre Brewing will supply the beer—although non-alcoholic drinks will be available for those under 21. Snacks will also be served.  All you have to do is show up. Match wits with your peers, and vie for the ultimate prize: bragging rights in perpetuity and a t-shirt.

Q and Ale” will be held in the Newberry’s Ruggles Hall; since seating is limited and we are holding our list of attendees to 250, please RSVP to attend. To RSVP, please email Q& We hope to see you soon for some spirited thinking and drinking. For more information about the Newberry, check out:

James Arthur Baldwin: Legacy
Friday, October 26th, 2012, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Schmidt Academic Center (SAC) 161, DePaul University

Click on image for event flyer!

A roundtable on the impact of thought, writing, and activism of James Baldwin of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Another Country and Down at the Cross and 25 years after his passing. The keynote speaker is Randall Kenan from University of Carolina, Chapel Fill. Panelists include: Ernest Hardy, writer; Laura Harris, Pitzer College; Tracey Hucks, Haverford College; Bill Johnson Gonzalez, DePaul University; Daniel McNeil, Ida B. Wells Barnett University Professor, DePaul University.
Co-sponsored by LGTBQ Studies Program and Department of English. FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC.
For more information, please contact: or

Career Panel: How to Become an Editor
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:15pm-7:15pm
Arts and Letters Hall, Room 308, DePaul University

A Reading for Kathleen Rooney
October 30th, 2012, 6:00pm
Richardson Library, Room 115, DePaul University

Don’t miss out on these free and awesome events/opportunities!

Event: Career Panel for English Students Tonight!

Are you an English Major?

Would you like to write/edit professionally?

Is the sky blue somewhere in the world?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you should definitely be at the career panel for English students with evening.

When: 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Arts and Letters Hall #211 

Panel Members:

gioia diliberto, depaulunderground.wordpress.comGioia Diliberto 

Chicago based writer and the author of five books – two historical novels and three biographies. Her acclaimed 1992 book, Hadley, the ground-breaking true story behind Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, was recently reissued as Paris Without End. Ms. Diliberto specializes in writing about women’s lives. She has been a contributor to many publications, from The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune, to Smithsonian and Vanity Fair, and she has been a judge for prominent literary contests, including The National Book Award. Her work has been translated into several languages, and The Collection, her novel set in Coco Chanel’s 1919 atelier, has been optioned for a movie.

Chris Green, depaulunderground.wordpress.comChris Green

Author of two books of poetry: Epiphany School and The Sky Over Walgreens. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Verse, Court Green, North American Review, and RATTLE. He edited the anthology, A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration and is co-editor of Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University.

kathleen rooney, depaulunderground.wordpress.comKathleen Rooney

Founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author, most recently, of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010) and the forthcoming novel in poems, Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of the collaborative poetry collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008).