Thursday, November 30, 2006

If you missed the career prep presentation...

Handouts from the Career Prep presentation are available from Allison.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This just in...

SIU grad John McNally (B.A. 1987) will be signing copies of his new novel,
AMERICA'S REPORT CARD, at the Student Center Bookstore on Thursday, November
30, from noon to 2:00.
John is the author of two novels, AMERICA'S REPORT CARD and THE BOOK OF
RALPH, both published by Free Press (Simon and Schuster), and one story
collection, TROUBLEMAKERS, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award.
His recent awards include a Jenny McKean Moore fellowship from George
Washington University and a Chesterfield Writer's Film Project fellowship
sponsored by Paramount Pictures. He's also edited five anthologies,
including the forthcoming WHEN I WAS A LOSER (Free Press, 2007).
A native of Chicago's southwest side, John is presently an associate
professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Career Day!

The Graduate Writers Forum is sponsoring a talk entitled "What Do I Do Now? : A Career Presentation for Creative Writers." This talk, hosted by Professors Benedict and Joseph of the SIUC MFA Program, will focus on such topics as resume/vitae/cover letter preparation, applying for grants for writers, and applying to writers' colonies, conferences and retreats.

This presentation will be held Wednesday, November 29 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Student Center Illinois Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Congrats to Jacinda Townsend!

Our own Jacinda Townsend is one of the winners of the 2006-2007 Joint Women's Studies and University Professional Advancement Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards!

For more about Jacinda's award, check out this news release:

UPA Awards

Monday, November 13, 2006

Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival wrap-up

Thanks to all the writers, editors, students and audience members who made the Devil's Kitchen Festival such a success!

Emerging Writers Network's Dan Wickett, our panel moderator, has written his impressions of the festival--you can read his accounts at
  • Festival

  • Panel
  • Monday, November 06, 2006

    Upcoming "Art of Publishing" Panel, November 11, 2006

    The Graduate Writers Forum is the sponsor of an upcoming panel titled "The Art of Publishing."
    Four award-winning editors will be on hand during the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival to share their expertise about today's publishing climate. The editors are:

    C. Michael Curtis, Senior Editor, the Atlantic Monthly
    M.M. Hayes, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Story Quarterly
    Ted Genoways, Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review
    Richard Newman, Editor, River Styx

    This panel is made possible by funding from SIUC's Fine Arts Activity Fee, Crab Orchard Review, the Judge William Holmes Cook Endowment, and the Graduate and Professional Student Council.

    The panel will be on November 11 from 11:45 to 12:45 pm in the SIUC Student Center Auditorium.

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival begins next week!

    SIUC's annual literary festival, the Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival, begins next week.
    All events are free and open the the public!

    2006 Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Thursday, Friday, & Saturday - November 9 – 11


    8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Readings by Donald Platt & Lamar Herrin
    Student Center Auditorium

    9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Festival Reception (sponsored by the SIUC Dept. of English)
    Student Center J.W. Corker Lounge


    — panel discussions, Student Center Auditorium —

    11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Poetry Panel featuring Susanna Childress, Jennifer Maier,
    Donald Platt, & Crystal Williams

    1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Fiction Panel featuring Kevin Brockmeier, Amanda Filipacchi,
    Lamar Herrin, & Roxana Robinson

    2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Reception and Booksigning featuring all festival readers
    Student Center Old Main Lounge

    4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Readings by Jennifer Maier & Kevin Brockmeier
    Student Center Auditorium

    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Readings by Susanna Childress & Amanda Filipacchi
    Student Center Auditorium


    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Readings by Crystal Williams & Roxana Robinson
    Student Center Auditorium

    The festival is sponsored by GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine.
    The Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival is made possible through funding from
    the SIUC Fine Arts Activity Fee, the SIUC Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers
    Series, and CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.