Campbell McGrath Reading & A Call for Papers and Panels

DePaul’s Visiting Writers’ Program is thrilled to announce an extraordinary literary event this week at DePaul. On Thursday, May 3rd, the celebrated poet Campbell McGrath reads at 6 p.m. in Rosati Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library.

Campbell is the author of nine books, including Spring Comes to Chicago and the recently released In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys. His work has received many of America’s most significant literary honors, including the Kingsley Tufts Award and fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim Foundations. Originally from Chicago, he teaches at Florida International University, in Miami, where he is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.

“There is hope for poetry in this country, in this century, when poems as intellectually provocative as these are brave enough to take an occasional detour through the heart,” the Miami Herald once wrote of Campbell’s work. To find out more about that work–and about the poet’s literary roots in Chicago–check out this online interview:poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_mcgrath

Campbell is a dynamic reader whose appearance at DePaul is not to be missed. The event is free and open to the public. Please click on the poster for more details.

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Call for Papers and Panels 

Writing by Degrees 2012
October 19-20th, 2012
Binghamton, New York
The Bundy Museum

Writing by Degrees, the nation’s oldest graduate-run creative writing conference, is now accepting paper and panel proposals for its 2012 event—a two-day celebration of writing, pedagogy, and community building at Binghamton’s historic Bundy Museum. Keynote Speakers will be Marie Howe and Christine Sneed.

Writing by Degrees invites exciting and high quality submissions by graduate students for creative readings and academic panels.  Poets, prose writers, essayists, and critics from all theoretic and aesthetic backgrounds are welcome.  Possible academic topics include creative writing pedagogy, craft across the genres, critical theory and creative work, the role of writing in the political world, and the creative writing job market.

All panels will be 90 minutes in length, with individual presentations and readings not to exceed 20 minutes.

Submission Deadline is September 1st, 2012; notification of acceptance will be sent by September 15th, 2012.

Submission Guidelines: Please send the following as an attachment in .doc or .docx format to writingbydegrees2012@gmail.com.

  • A cover letter containing the following information: author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and the genre of the proposal, e.g. academic or creative.  Creative proposals should also include a short bio.
  • An abstract for academic proposals or a creative excerpt for readings.  Academic abstracts should not exceed 350 words; creative nonfiction and fiction submissions should include a 2-4 page excerpt; poetry submissions should include 3-5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages.  Please include first and last name and page numbers on all material.
  • If Submitting a Panel Topic, please provide the three linked abstracts/excerpts with a short paragraph explaining the overarching theme.  Panel submissions may cross genres.

All questions concerning the conference should be sent to writingbydegrees2012@gmail.com For more information: visit writingbydegrees.binghamton.edu.

EDIT: We regret to say there was a major error originally published in this post. The Writing by Degrees keynote speaker was originally advertised as Catherine Sneed, when in fact it is DePaul’s own Christine Sneed. Congratulations to Prof. Sneed, and best of luck to all students hoping to join her at the conference!

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