Curious where MAPH writers are now? Wondering what new publications have come out? Check out the recently updated MAPH Writers page on our website. There you’ll find a list of alumni, links to novels, essays, poems, and blogs, and what writers are working on now.
Don’t see your published work there? Please let us know! We would love to feature you and your work on the website.
If you have a few minutes today, check out MAPH ’08 alum Kristin Fitzsimmons’ webseries What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia?
After graduating from the University of Minnesota’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, my friend Sally and I started a web series called What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia?, an homage to everybody’s favorite light research tool and the many strange tangents it takes you on. Each week, we get together, drink an adult beverage and talk for two hours about what we looked up on Wikipedia. It all gets edited down to 5 or so minutes and posted online. It’s pretty much the most fun unpaid thing we’ve ever done and think it might be right up the alley of students and alums of the University of Chicago. What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email us with your suggestions of what to look up.
Also! “The Serpent, Subtle and Brazen: Idolatory, Imagemaking, and the Hebrew Bible,” an essay from Issue 2 by Carina Del Valle Schorske (MAPH ’13) was one of today’s Editor’s Picks over at Mosaic Magazine. She’s in great company with writers from The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, and Moment.
Alumni Weekend 2013 is approaching! June 6-9, 2013, the University of Chicago will be holding a series of panels, lectures, and social events geared toward alumni. There are a plethora of events being put on by each division so there will be PLENTY to see and do, but we wanted to draw your attention specifically to the event where MAPHers will be making a big showing.
UnCommon Core | The Humanities Beyond the Academy: A Colloquium on Colloquium.
Saturday, June 8th
Harper Memorial Rm. 130
116 E. 59th St.
Our main event! Deputy Director Hilary Strang will be moderating a panel on Colloquium, MAPH’s interdisciplinary online journal. Colloquium‘s editing staff and contributors to the latest issue will be in attendance, and the event will include readings from the latest issue by MAPH students, alumni and friends.
Alumni Beer Garden
Saturday, June 8th
116 E. 59th St.
What would MAPH be without free food and beer? MAPHers will be making a showing here throughout the duration of the afternoon. Come by and socialize before and after the Colloquium panel.
The deadline to register is next Friday, May 31st—but space is already filling up, so the sooner you can register, the better! When you register, make sure you specifically check the box for the Colloquium event and the Beer Garden to reserve your space!
The people and projects of MAPH are profiled in two articles in the latest issue of Tableau, the Humanities Division of UChicago’s biyearly magazine.
Joanna MacKenzie (AM’02) of Browne & Miller Literary Agency is profiled in the latest issue of Tableau.
“Come Together” profiles Colloquium, MAPH’s new online journal that features exemplary, wide-ranging work by MAPH students, alumni and staff. This is not the first mention of Colloquium in other publications—if you’re itching for more meta on the magazine, check out this interview with its founders in The University of Chicago Magazine. The Tableau article has come out just in time for the journal’s second issue, which is set to launch on Friday! Don’t miss it!
“Publish and Flourish,” an article on UChicago Humanities alumni who work in the publishing industry, features three MAPH grads who are making it in publishing. Ellen Grafton (AM’11), Allison Wright (AM’08), and Joanna MacKenzie (AM’02) offer their practiced advice on how to get hired and succeed in book publishing. Ellen and Allison moved to New York to get into the business—Ellen is now Assistant Managing Editor of the children’s division at Simon and Schuster, and Allison is the US Dictionaries Editor at Oxford University Press. Joanna put down roots in Chicago, and she works as a literary agent at Browne and Miller Literary Associates—the same company where MAPH provides a paid summer internship for one current student every year.
Those are just two of the publications that are profiling MAPH alumni and projects. Know of other places MAPH alumni are popping up? Contact us!
Spring has returned to Chicago, and with it a bounty of new publications by MAPH alumni. Leila Wilson (AM ’03) and Gregory Lawless (AM ’04) each have a volume of poetry out in which the authors examine their complex relationships with the landscapes of their past and present. Read on for more information in the authors’ own words.
Leila Wilson, The Hundred Grasses (Milkweed Editions, 2013)
Leila on The Hundred Grasses:
My poems are rooted in the flatlands and lowlands: the Midwestern lawns, lakes, fields, and creeks of my childhood, and the Dutch farms, canals, and seascapes near my family’s home in Holland. Much of my poetry focuses on those instances when a space exerts itself beyond recognition, when it seems to estrange itself so that it may be renegotiated. For me this is a process of embedding my examination in the musicality of language and paying close attention to the breath of a line.
…Foreclosure compares to any book of poetry that hovers nervously in the vicinity of the fraught pastoral, simultaneously wary of and lured by it. Many contemporary pastoral poems regard themselves as anti-pastorals, or post-pastorals—they imagine that the pastoral is impossible because it’s terminally problematic, and, thus, they fret in the wake of that “fact.” The poems in Foreclosure fret differently, I guess—not by abandoning convention or reference altogether, but by manifesting what I call critical ambivalence toward them—at times embracing, and at times rejecting these things, as the poems demand. But ultimately this is a book born of familiarity with a place.
Last week’s BEAR! (no wait BULL!) market reminded me of a conversation I had a while back with Brian Richards, Managing Editor at The Motley Fool, a financial services company based out of Alexandria, VA (just a hop over the Potomac in DC). Click here to see Brian’s last fifty articles.
I asked Brian how he got into finance after MAPH, where he wrote his thesis on the topic of (depending on how you look at it, either perfectly applicable to finance, or not) horror films. At the conclusion of the program, he got a job in academic book publishing, and it was this first move after graduation that helped shape his career. “That’s where I got my skills and my vocation in editing,” he says. He worked on the academic side of the publishing industry for three years before finding an editorial opening at The Fool.
Brian says he had always considered stock-watching a hobby (heeding advice from his grandfather to invest wisely and be mindful of his money), and it made sense to apply editing skills in a field where he already had interest. This was especially true, given the background of The Fool‘s founders. “We’re very stock and investing focused,” Brian says, “but the guys who founded the company were English majors.” (Hence the company’s name, a nod to Shakespeare). Today, the site aims to publish sharp analysis of stocks, providing investors with insights and leaving news reporting and aggregation to other outlets.
“We leave questions about what happened to other publications,” Richards says. “We provide the so what and now what.”
Indexes are off a percentage point today on bad news from the German economy. So……..now what?
Brian lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children (the second of which arrived just two months ago). Congrats!
MAPH Alums from the inaugural Class of 1997 have been checking in over the past week. I’ll be talking with Adam Richardson, based in San Francisco–where he is Strategy Director for Marketing at Frog Design–tomorrow. In what must be a copious amount of spare time, Adam blogs about design at Amphibious Blog. This very morning, he published a short piece on Failure (no matter what you might hear, Failure is Failure)on the Harvard Business Review‘s blog. And in the video above, find him talking about “misfits,” Space Tourism, and software at the 2010 TEDx Taipei.
(Oh, just by the way, he also wrote Innovation X: Why a Company’s Toughest Problems are Also its Greatest Advantages).
It kind of makes me want to go for a run, or do some pushups, or at least think in a sustained way about something for more than five seconds.