A number of you have attended the undergraduate poetry readings held at the John T. Richardson Library during National Poetry Month (April) each year.
We're happy to announce that the Department of English and the John T. Richardson Library are now adding fiction readings to the schedule, allowing us to have the DePaul Undergraduate Student Reading Series present yearly events in different genres, with an event each academic quarter.
This year's fiction reading will take place on Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 pm.
What: Join us as five fiction writers from the DePaul creative writing program read their work.
Who: Readers include Avery Cunningham, Danny Backer, Elizabeth Gaughan, Kellye Yates, and Zoe Stergiannis (bios below).
Where: DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus, John T. Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave, Program Room 115 (located just off the Kenmore Avenue entrance to Kelly Hall)
Danny Backer is a senior this year. He works as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, so be sure to wave to him if you see him walking backwards in front of a group of bewildered families. He does improv on campus with DePaul’s Cosby Sweaters and off campus with the improv rock band Lincoln’s Ghost. But, math rock is his true passion. His solo music project is called Ka Malita, and he plays bass in the band Donkey Hotel. Danny has done his homework several times at DePaul.
Avery Cunningham is a junior English major with a Literary Studies concentration. She has been published previously in journals such as Young Writer's Institute Literary Journal (The Washington University in St. Louis) and Main Street Publishingʼs Paradox: The Talent Among Us: Volume X - 10th Anniversary Edition. She is a writer for The Underground English Department undergraduate newsletter and is a Writing Fellow for DePaul University's Center for Writing-based Learning. She is originally from Jackson, Tennessee.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Elizabeth Gaughan is currently a junior at DePaul University where she is double majoring in Creative Writing and French. She is also a Writing Fellow and Peer-Tutor at the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning. Elizabeth will be studying abroad in Paris this winter and spring.
Zoe Stergiannis was born and raised in Chicago, and studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia last year. She’s currently a fifth-year undergraduate student, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Creative Writing. When not working on school projects, she’s also an Archaeology Teaching Assistant, the Vice President of Golden Key International Honour Society’s DePaul Chapter, and actively involved in several other honor societies on campus. She hopes to someday find a loophole that will allow her to become an astronaut despite practically nonexistent math skills.
Kellye Yates is a DePaul senior originally from St. Louis, Missouri. A transfer student from the School of the Art Institue of Chicago (where she also studied writing), she now attends DePaul as a double major in Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies. She spent the summer interning with "Incarcerated Voices," a publication and radio show focused on issues surrounding state and federal prison systems. She deals mainly with personal essay genre and is interested in the connection between creative writing, and methods of resistance and healing.