Final deadline for Tribs is fast approaching

Trick or treat? Tributaries, IWU’s student-run literary journal, announced that October 31, 2010 is the final deadline for submissions. Anyone can submit; it’s not just for English majors. Editors are looking for short stories, poetry, photography, art, even music. They accept five submissions per person. Send submissions electronically to with “submission” in the subject line.

First Tributaries event slated for tomorrow, October 21

Tributaries sponsors a number of readings during the academic year, and the first one comes on Thursday, October 21. The event, which features Hannah Fiefer and Bryn Saunders, begins at 8 p.m. at the Hansen Center and is free.

“This is your chance to hear your fellow writers share their creative work and be a part of the writing community,” said Kaz Frankiewicz, co-editor of Tributaries, a student-run journal of the arts at Illinois Wesleyan.

Cris Mazza to read at Heartland

Cris Mazza, director of the graduate writing program at the University of Illinois, Chicago and author of nine novels, five short story collections, and a collection of personal essays will read from her work at Heartland Community College at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 4. The reading will be held in the Community Commons Building, Room 1406. It’s sponsored by Muse, the Heartland Literary/Arts Magazine, and the division of Humanities and Fine Arts. IWU’s tie to Heartland?Two of our English alums are on the faculty!

ISU issues Call for Papers

Illinois State University’s English department and chapter of Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring an English Studies at Large undergraduate conference to be held Feb. 12, 2011 at Stevenson Hall. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 15, 2010.

Both individual and panel proposals are invited for 15-minute presentations (roughly six-page papers). Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract that “engages with some aspect(s) of great writing. We will gladly consider traditional literary analysis, rhetorical inquiries, composition research, and linguistic studies, along with other submissions that fall within the field of the whole of English studies.” Submit proposals as a two-page electronic document (Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file). First page should include your name, school, affiliation, title of presentation, technology needs, a brief (100-word) bio, and contact information. The second page should be your abstract with no identifying information. Submit to: For more information, check out this link.

Bray to appear on live webcast

Professor Robert Bray, author of Reading with Lincoln, will appear on a live webcast from the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 357 W. Chicago Avenue, in Chicago. The bookstore, which has been the leading source of Lincolniana in the United States since 1938, will broadcast an interview with Bob at noon on Saturday, October 23. He’ll discuss the new book and what Lincoln’s reading tells us about one of America’s most successful presidents. To access the webcast, go to