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Weekly Grad Newsletter
11 July 2019

UIC, Grad College, & Dept Deadlines

July 31: Deadline to submit to Grad Student Council Travel Award for travel between May 1 and July 31 (up to $275).
Aug 27: First day of Fall semester
Sept 2: Labor Day--no classes
Sept 6: Add/Drop Deadline
Sept 12: Last day to waive or change Campus Care coverage
Sept 13: Last day to Apply to Graduate this semester
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).

Save The Date

Aug 19: Graduate College New TA orientation (mandatory for new TAs) 1-3:30 pm, SES 250.
Aug 21: Comp Camp, 8:30 am-5 pm, location TBD (mandatory for new TAs)
Aug 21: Graduate College New Student Orientation, 9-1 pm, SCW Thompson rooms.
Aug 22: Department Orientation, 1 pm, 2028 UH (mandatory for new students)
Sep 13: Department Open House
Oct 4-5: English Institute at University of Chicago.
Oct 24-25: The Refugee Crisis conference at the Institute for the Humanities.
Nov 1: Frontiers Workshop at the Institute for the Humanities, 9 am-5 pm. Full details TBA.


PhD Candidate Bob Ryan and Sarah Osment (Eckerd College) have published the first issue of Hyped on Melancholy and a corresponding playlist. Bob and DGS Pete Coviello, among others, contributed essays.
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Coming Up: Events & Deadlines in the Next 7 Days

July 15: Breakwater Review Peseroff Prize in Poetry. Winning prize: $1000 and publication in Breakwater’s fall issue. $10 entry fee.
July 16: "Petrarch in His Own Hand" at the Newberry Library, 4:30-6:00 pm.
July 22: V21 Collective Summer Reading Group Series: The State.


Funding & Fellowships

In addition to any opportunities shared here, you can find more information, including the UIUC fellowship Finder, on the MA Funding and PhD Funding pages.


In addition to any CFPs shared here, check the UPenn CFP forum.
Sep 1: Creative writing sought for the inaugural Badwater journal.

Meet the New PhD Students: Carla Barger

Carla Barger is a poet and hybrid lyric essayist. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a PhD student and teaching assistant at UIC. Her poetry has appeared in decomP magazinE, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Light Ekphrastic and elsewhere. She has received the Malcolm Sedam Writing Award for Poetry and has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.  
‘Carla's work explores place and landscape, self-awareness, liminality, and family and class dynamics. She also writes ekphrasis and sometimes collaborates with visual artists and other writers on various types of projects. Her research interests include ecopoetics, class, folklore of the supernatural, and the Gothic pastoral as well as the places and ways these areas intersect both in literature and in TV and film. She also has a strong interest in the Brontes, particularly Wuthering Heights

Carla is also a former freelance editor and academic administrator. To learn more about her work, research interests, and career background visit


Read "Dream Song #322" from Daniel Borzutzky, who was the June 28, 2019 Featured Poet on Poetry Daily.

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