DePaul faculty members to participate in upcoming reading!

Two members of DePaul’s illustrious English faculty will be reading their work at an event later this month, so everyone mark your calendars!

DePaul’s own Miles Harvey and Kathleen Rooney will join fellow writers Valerie Laken and Samantha Irby at the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen’s Sunday Salon Chicago on Sunday, September 29. Readings are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Miles Harvey, a creative writing professor here at DePaul, is also the distinguished writer of How Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, which made its debut at the Steppenwolf Theatre in 2013. He is the editor of a collection of oral histories, also called How Long Will I Cry?, which will be released this fall. Harvey’s previous work includesThe Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House), a national and international bestseller that USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America (Random House, 2007). His fiction has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, AGNI, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Fiction Magazine and The Sun, and has received a Distinguished Story citation in Best American Short Stories, 2005, and a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses, 2013.

In addition to being one of your fine professors, Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her most recent book is the novel in poems Robinson Alone, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry. Her collaborative chapbook, The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go, co-written with Elisa Gabbert, has just been released by the feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl Press, and her debut novel O, Democracy!  is forthcoming in 2014.

Valerie Laken’s first novel, Dream House, received the Anne Powers Award and was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009. Her story collection, Separate Kingdoms, was long-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and has received a Pushcart Prize and an honorable mention in the Best American Short Stories. She holds an MA in Slavic Literatures and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and is currently an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is at work on a graphic novel.

And finally Samantha Irby is a writer and performer who mostly makes jokes about hot dudes, diarrhea, kittens, and magical tacos on the Internet at the highly visited site Seriously. Go read it. In addition to co-hosting Guts & Glory, a reading series featuring essayists, she has performed at Essay Fiesta, Write Club, This Much is True, Grown Folks Stories, The Paper Machete, and Story Club, among others. She opened for Baratunde Thurston during his “How to Be Black” tour. Her work has appeared on The Rumpus and Jezebel. Samantha and partner Ian Belknap write a comedy advice blog at  Chicago’s Curbside Splendor is publishing her debut essay collection MEATY this September.

While there’s nothing better than getting to see your English professors in their element, reading their work aloud for all to hear, this certainly comes close: admission to the Sunday Salon Chicago event is absolutely free! So come out and support two of DePaul’s literary greats at Chicago’s Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen Ave., September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

And for more information about Sunday Salon Chicago, visit the literary series’ Facebook page.

This Week’s DePaul Literary Events (10/15/12)

Boo! October is bringing more literary events your way…
In case you weren’t already aware,
here is a list of upcoming DePaul and Chicago happenings
tonight and throughout the next couple weeks:

A Talk by Arturo Arias: Central Americans in the Second Decade of the 21st Century–
Old Scars, New Traumas, Disempowering Travails
Thursday, October 11th, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm
DePaul Student Center, Room 325
Arturo Arias is Professor of Latin American Literature at University of Texas-Austin and is a well-known expert on Central American literature, with a special emphasis on indigenous literature, as well as critical theory, race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial studies. Along with a wide range of written works, Arias also co-wrote the film El Norte (1984).  Twice the winner of the Casa de las Americas Award for his fiction, and winner of the Anna Seghers Award for fiction in Germany, and received the Miguel Angel Asturias National Award for Literature in 2008 in his native Guatemala.

Logan Theatre’s “Horror Movie Madness” Film Screening:
Frankenstein (1931)

October 12th, 13th, and 15th, 11:00pm
Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee
Ever read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? Want a night out with some friends? Go see the classic (1931) Frankenstein at the Logan! Tickets are $7.


Poetry off the Shelf: Translating Poetry–Reading & Conversations
Friday, October 12th, 2012, 7:00pm 
Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior
The Poetry Foundation hosts a continuation of a conversation originated at the American Academy in Rome last May. Four poet-translators will gather for readings and discussion with the intent of exploring current approaches to translating Polish and Italian poetry: Patrizia Cavallim Geofrrey Brock, Adam Zagajewski, and Northwestern professor, Clare Cavanagh.
Doors open 30 minutes before program; program will last approx. one hour. Free event presented by The Poetry Foundation. Summary found on Poetry Foundation website.

One Book, One Chicago: Paul Rusesabagina & Jerome McDonnell Talk
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, 6:00pm
Harold Washington Library, Auditorium, 400. South State
This year’s selection for the Chicago Public Library’s citywide reading program is Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief. At this free event, Paul Rusesabagina (An Ordinary Man) talks with WBEZ’s Worldview host Jerome McDonnell about taking action against injustice.

One Book, One Chicago: Markus Zusak with Chicago Tribune
Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:00pm
Harold Washington Library, Auditorium, 400. South State
At this free event, author, Markus Zusak discusses the book with Chicago Tribune columnist, Dawn Turner Trice.

Poetry off the Shelf: Music/Words
Monday, October 22, 2012, 7:00pm
Curtiss Hall, The Fine Arts Building, 410 South Michigan
Celebrated pianist Inna Faliks is the founder and curator of the award-winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words, which explores the connections between poetry and music. She is joined by Valzhyna Mort, winner of Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize and the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body, as well as Vera Pavlova, whose first poetry collection in English, If There Is Something to Desire, was a bestselling title in 2010. Works by Gubaidulina, Tchaikovsky, Lera Auerbach, Shchedrin, and Schumann will be performed.
Doors open 30 minutes before program; program will last approx. one hour. Free event presented by The Poetry Foundation. Summary found on Poetry Foundation website.

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

Stay tuned for more event updates coming your way next week!

Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Jennifer DePoorter

WARNING: Before you endeavor to read this review, I must ask a small request of the reader. Go to YouTube, look up David Bowie’s “Heroes,” and have it on repeat throughout this review. This way, you can feel as Charlie did in the soon-to-be iconic scene where he swears he felt “infinite.”

Have it on?

…Okay, keep reading.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a drama/romance based on Stephen Chbosky’s first novel, starring Logan Lerman (Charlie), Emma Watson (Sam), and Ezra Miller (Patrick). Charlie is an endearing and shy freshman in high school, better known as a wallflower, who struggles with coping with his best friend’s suicide, his first love, and overall mental health with the help of his best friends, Sam and Patrick.

Like the numerous times brilliant novels have been turned into absolute rubbish movies, I expected Perks to be a great disappointment. I can’t tell you how furious I was after watching The Hunger Games, but that is an entirely different story and not the movie I am reviewing.

However, this book-turned-into-movie turned out to be the best one I have seen in ages.

Perks stayed true to its iconic novel, in that its actors perfectly portrayed the characters in such a way that moved me to tears, several times, in fact. Logan was brilliant and the absolute perfect Charlie: quiet and lovable, yet incredibly sensitive and mentally unstable. I believe that Emma Watson was able to move away from her role as Hermione Granger and made the character of Sam come to life on stage. Her chemistry with Logan was undeniable, and in effect, made her an amazing Sam. I think the best actors are the ones who make you forget who is playing them, and that is what this cast did to me.

The most moving scene is “the tunnel scene” where our three main characters drive through a tunnel after their homecoming dance, with Sam standing up in the back. The song that played was “Heroes,” and not only did this scene make Charlie feel infinite, it made me feel infinite, as well.

My only complaint is that due to time constraints, Charlie’s relationship with his family was not portrayed as accurately as it could have been. Of course not everything in the book could have been transferred onto screen, but there is a truly touching scene in the book where Charlie comforts his sister after her abortion. It was scenes such as those that revealed Charlie’s character.

If you have not read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the movie may seem slow moving, as the plot is not action-based. However, if you stick with it, I promise it will not disappoint even the toughest of critics.

If you have read the book, I beg you to see this movie. The actors are not only the perfect fit for the characters, but the dialogue is extremely witty and charming, and the cinematography is quite genius.

Final Grade: A-

About the writer:
Jennifer DePoorter is a sophomore at DePaul, double majoring in Journalism and English, and is from Detroit, MI (Go Lions!). Her favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye, and while she is not writing, she enjoys watching terrible reality television shows.

Free Admission–Printers Row Live!

Pulitzer Prize recipient, Julia Keller, will be discussing her new mystery novel, A Killing in the Hills, in an interview with Chicago Tribune’s Elizabeth Taylor.


Friday, Sept. 7th at 7:00pm
Tribune Tower
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

FREE STUDENT ADMISSION! To receive the discount, you need to access the website and  use the discount code STUDENT15 on the ticketing site to claim your free admission:,0,4238753.htmlstory

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).