Congratulations Graduates

With graduation right around the corner Ex Libris went out to talk to 2014 graduates to find out what the future holds. We’re proud of the work our graduates have completed, and are excited about their futures!

Caitlin Garvey

Caitlin’s creative nonfiction piece, “Clutter”, will be published in the literary magazine Infinite Acacia (under their “Mother Knows Best” submission contest).

Jessica Chiarella

Jessica has been accepted into an MFA program. She will be attending UC Riverside’s fiction program starting this fall!

Max Barry

Max earned a distinction for his Master’s thesis. It is named Reaching for a Connection: Hand Imagery in Emily Dickinson’s Poems. His advisor was Professor Marcy J. Dinius.

Amanda Furey

During her time as a graduate student at DePaul, Amanda Jo Furey has been published in Weave and Rougarou. Following graduation, she plans to submit to hoards of literary magazines and (hopefully) complete her novel. She will be moving back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the landscape isn’t quite so flat.

Miriam Ofstein

Miriam is currently working on a novel, two actually, but more actively on one, and is going to be starting a job as an Instructional Designer at Everspring Inc. after graduation. She will be writing and designing college courses, and working on the novel in her free time.

Tim Hillegonds

In between graduating from DePaul’s School for New Learning in 2012 and starting the MAWP program, I founded a company called Thrive Creative Services. Thrive is a creative copywriting agency located in the Pilsen Arts District of Chicago and focuses on helping businesses tell their stories. To put it simply, we’re storytellers, and we believe wholeheartedly that “good writing changes everything.”

After I walk the stage on June 15th, there are two things you’ll find me doing: continuing to grow Thrive and completing (and selling) a memoir. For my thesis project, I handed in 170 pages of work and it’ll be good to walk away from DePaul with such a substantial start to the book. Of course, I’ll also be doing the regulars, too—submitting to journals, polishing up essays, showing up unannounced to Barrie and Professor Morano’s classes. I guess in some ways when I leave DePaul nothing changes. But then again, as I mentioned earlier, good writing changes everything. So who knows what can happen. I suppose all I really know is this. Words have become an increasingly cheaper commodity in today’s world and I’m going to do everything I can to change that—one paragraph, essay, book, and business at a time.    

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