Monthly Archives: January 2008

More from MAPH Alums at the Caffeine Theatre

Two University of Chicago Alums team up for a “darkly fascinating,” “ambitious”* theatre piece:

Caffeine Theatre presents:
Like the Moon Behind the Clouds
by Donald Gecewicz (AB ’76)
directed by Jennifer Shook (MAPH ’05)

And this week, Caffeine brings you two special events with these U of C artists:

Wednesday, January 30:
A free reading of poetry and Donald Gecewicz’s translation of Carla Vasio’s inspiring Italian memoir of her trip to Japan, where her heart “opened like an eggshell”– at the BookCellar in Lincoln Square. 7:00 pm. See for more information.

Thursday, January 31: Theatre Thursday dinner package includes a pre-fixe dinner at Bella Bacino’s Italian Bistro and Pizzeria, a ticket to the 7:30pm performance of Like the Moon Behind the Clouds, and a post-show conversation with the playwright and director. $25. Tickets at 312-742-TIXS (8497). Studio Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph St.

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MAPH Alum Shaindel Beers published on NPR web site

MAPH Alum Shaindel Beers (’00) has recently had her poem, “First Love” published on A Prairie Home Companion Web site, an online version of Garrison Keller’s National Public Radio show.

Documenting this great accomplishment and publishing a copy of “First Love,” Beers was interviewed in the Eastern Oregonian in which she talks about getting her poem published as well as her life as a teacher and poet.

Congratulations Shaindel!

Successful AfterMAPH event at Jake Melnick’s gives former social hours a run for their money

We here at MAPH would like to thank all of the alums who came out (despite the cold) and made the MAPH Alum Happy Hour a very successful and enjoyable event! Old friends met and discussed over tasty finger foods (the fried mushrooms really were incredible) and frothy pints (you didn’t even have to dig through a bucket of ice for it–although there will always be that prized moment of finding the last “good” beer, even if you develop frostbite in the process…).

We hope you all had fun and we look forward to seeing you at future events. Keep your eyes open for an announcement when we all thaw out this spring.
Send us a post and tell us your tales of rekindled friendships and rehashed philosophical debates. Any pictures? Send those too!

The AfterMAPH Literati

Eleven MAPH Alums have contributed to the latest issue of Contrary, an online literary magazine founded and run by MAPH Alums.

In the latest addition there’s fiction by B.E. Hopkins, aka Brandon Hopkins (MAPH ’03), who’s been living as an expatriate in Paris and writing stories like “The Halcyon Days of War.” Brandon appears alongside some other amazing and accomplished writers, including Laurence Davies, a Welshman who edited the Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, Mark Spencer, a novelist and the dean of Humanities at the University of Arkansas, and Robert Gibbons, who edits Janus Head and regularly writes for Alexander Cockburn’s Counterpunch. (Some of you read that commie broadside, I know.) Also check out poetry by UofC undergrad Kristiana Col√≥n. Oh, and poetry by Contrary regular Amy Groshek, whose first book is coming out in February.

And there are book reviews by Shaindel Beers (Maph ’00), Jeff McMahon (’02), Leigh Knittle (’05), Mike Frechette (’05), Thea Brown (’05), Laura M. Browning (’06), David M. Smith (’07), Michael Andrews (’07), Linda Smith (’07), Shevi Berlinger (’07).

Check out this and previous editions at