Chris Green Reads from RESUME
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6pm Richardson 112
Please join us as the Visiting Writers’ Program welcomes DePaul faculty member and poet Chris Green as he reads from his new collection, RESUME, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22 in Richardson 112.
Chris Green is the author of three books of poetry: The Sky Over Walgreens, Epiphany School, and Résumé. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry, New York Times, New Letters, Verse, and Nimrod. He’s edited four anthologies, includingBrute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography and the forthcoming, I Remember: A Poem by Chicago Veterans of War. He founded LitCity (www.litcity312.com), a comprehensive literary site for Chicago. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University. More information can be found at www.chrisgreenpoetry.com.
Verónica Gerber Bicecci, from Mexico City, is a visual artist who writes. Learn more at her website.
Our next distinguished guest for the Visiting Writers Series is one not to miss! Join us Thursday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Richardson Library Room 115 to bask in the magnificence that is accomplished writer Roxane Gay.
Roxane’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, New Stories from the Midwest 2011 and 2012, Salon, Oxford American, NOON, American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, Brevity, The Rumpus, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Prairie Schooner, and West Branch, among many others. She is also the co-editor of PANK, the essays editor for The Rumpus, and a contributor to HTMLGIANT. Roxane is also the brilliant author behind Ayiti, a collection of writing about the Haitian diaspora experience, An Untamed State, which is forthcoming in May 2014 from Grove Press, and BAD FEMINIST: ESSAYS, forthcoming from Harper Perennial in August 2014.
And finally, calling all radio enthusiasts! The DePaul History Department is offering a new course Spring Quarter that sounds tailor-made for you. In HST 360-901, Doing Digital History, students will learn how to make a radio documentary and a web-based digital archive. The course will meet Monday nights from 6:00 – 9:15 p.m. on our Lincoln Park Campus.
Not a History major? No problem! Anyone interested in taking this innovative new course is invited to join. For more information on how you can participate, contact Professor Roshanna Sylvester at email@example.com today.
The DePaul University Department of English is proud to welcome writer, editor, teacher, and native Chicagoan Ian Stansel to the Lincoln Park campus next Monday as part of our Visiting Writers Program.
Stansel is a graduate of the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He also holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where he also served as the editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.
Stansel’s work has appeared in a multitude of literary journals, including Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Memorious, The Antioch Review, and much more. His short stories have also been included in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the New Stories from the Midwest.
Join us Monday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Richardson Library Room 115 for what is sure to be a fun evening with one of Chicago’s own authors.
Earlier this month, I was one of eleven collected students and staff who gathered to see writer Davy Rothbart speak at DePaul’s John T. Richardson Library, doing what everyone does while at a university sponsored event: unabashedly eating free food and pocketing cold bottles of water.
You never know what to expect with visiting authors, but the mental picture I usually have in my head is that of a stern visage in a crisp suit whose very presence seems to say, “I am incredibly and ridiculously successful, as you will never be. Give up and go major in accounting IMMEDIATELY.”
But when Davy Rothbart himself appeared, my first (and admittedly nerdy) impression was that of a contemporary traveling bard. He bustled in with an oversized, army green roller suitcase that almost dwarfed our visiting author and immediately began pulling out of its hulking depths cardboard cutouts of his new book and various merchandise as his introduction was given. He had an easy, goofy smile framed by a chinstrap beard, a short but thick silver rope of chain around his neck, and a brown patterned page-boy hat.
Far from the detached and pompous figure of my imagination, Davy wore an oversized basketball jersey from a team I’ve never heard of and seemed like a perpetual twenty year-old: energized, optimistic, and in-love with his place in the world. He was introduced as “the kind of writer… that makes you wonder what you’ve been doing with your free time,” and it’s easy to see why. His long list of job titles includes Chicago Bulls ticket scalper, contributor to NPR’s This American Life, documentarian, magazine creator and editor, and of course, author.
Well, all of that clearly conditioned Rothbart to be comfortable in front of a crowd, and his whole presentation felt more like a friendly chat in a coffee-house than an event backed by an academic institution. He talked about his life, his relationships, his time in Chicago (where he roomed with a member of the band Rise Against, which apparently had its first gig at DePaul—who knew?), all the while happily espousing his belief in DIY art. He read two essays from his newest book, My Heart Is An Idiot, definitively proving that college students and Shakespeare lovers are not the only ones who have no idea what they’re doing in the arena of love.
Rothbart’s unapologetically honest accounts should serve as a reminder to those of us majoring in English that literature, or any form of art, need not be the product of LSD-induced fantasy (not to say anything against Lewis Carroll), but that our own life experiences can be fuel enough for our pens. His latest work embodies that first adage of writing hammered into us so long ago: write what you know.
In addition to his own writing, Rothbart shared with us one of his long-term projects, Found Magazine, an annual publication that prints found lists, letters, cards, post-its, and other bits of strangers’ lives sent in from people all over the country. He referred to everyone who sent in a piece as a friend and recounted for us not only some of his favorite found items, but stories people told him about how they were discovered. His words held such a sense of community, and he was speaking about practically the entire nation!
I’m sorry, majority of the English department, but you guys really missed out last Thursday night. I left the library that evening feeling incredibly inspired and comforted in the knowledge that passion for creative literature not only exists outside the hallowed halls of academia, it thrives, and I know I wasn’t the only one. Davy Rothbart was an excellent visiting writer to include early on in the academic year, and he’s set the bar very high for those who will follow (though I’m sure I’ll fall equally in love with all of them when the time comes).
Do yourselves a favor—check out FoundMagazine.com, My Heart Is An Idiot, Rothbart’s collection of short stories entitled The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, and his upcoming documentary, Medora. At the very least, find him on Twitter at @DavyRothbart.
And next time there’s an awesome visiting writer giving away free wisdom on campus, come on over to the library…
…if not for the free wisdom, then at least for the free food.
DePaul’s next Visiting Writers Series event is set to take place tonight, October 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Richardson Library Room 115. Don’t miss the chance to see acclaimed writer Davy Rothbart in person as he reads some of his work — including excerpts from his latest, My Heart is an Idiot — and talks about the writing biz.
In My Heart Is an Idiot — named a Best Book of the Year by Vanity Fair, Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and NPR — Davy Rothbart is looking for love in all the wrong places. Constantly. He falls helplessly in love with pretty much every girl he meets—and rarely is the feeling reciprocated. Time after time, he hops in a car and tears halfway across America with his heart on his sleeve. He’s continually coming up with outrageous schemes and adventures, which he always manages to pull off. Well, almost always. But even when things don’t work out, Rothbart finds meaning and humor in every moment.
Whether it’s confronting a scammer who takes money from aspiring writers, sifting through a murder case that’s left a potentially innocent friend in prison, or waking up naked on a park bench in New York City, nothing and no one is off-limits. And it’s all recounted in Davy’s singular, spirited literary voice, “an intriguing hybrid of timeless midwestern warmth and newfangled jive talk,” in the words of Sarah Vowell.
Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, and a collection of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ and Grantland, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. His documentary film, Medora, about a resilient high-school basketball team in a dwindling town in rural Indiana, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and will be released nationwide in November, 2013. Rothbart is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual hiking adventure for inner-city kids. He lives between Los Angeles, California and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Streamlines Undergraduate Language, Literature, and Writing Conference will be celebrating its sixth year on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the University of Dubuque in lovely Dubuque, Iowa. Sponsoring schools Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque are encouraging interested undergraduate students to submit their best work for presentations and panel discussions.
Students are asked to submit 300-word abstracts of their papers or 1.5- to 2 page outlines of their panel presentations in literary criticism (in English or Spanish) or creative writing. A list of suggested topics is included on the conference flyer. Please note that papers longer than 7 pages will not be accepted, and students are limited to three submissions.
Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander will be presenting the conference’s keynote address, and accepted panelists can plan on arriving in Dubuque the night before the conference for a fun poetry event.
Hotel rooms have been reserved by the conference organizers at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Dubuque. To reserve a room at the special conference discount rate of $79 per night, make sure to mention Streamlines when booking your stay.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 16 by 5:00 p.m. Please use this online submissions system to submit your materials.
And finally, acclaimed author Jane Hamilton will be stopping by DePaul on Friday, October 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a lecture and reading.
Hamilton is the author of best-selling works such as The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, and The Short History of a Prince, among others. This exciting event is set to take place in the Student Center Room 120.
For those interested in a small group book discussion following Hamilton’s reading, please contact the DePaul Honors Program at (773) 325-7302.