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Free Workshops at the Lillstreet Art Center

For those of you in need of a break from the onslaught of final papers, may I suggest a trip out of Hyde Park? This Saturday, the Lillstreet Art Center is hosting an open house with free art workshops all day!

The free workshops:

12-1pm Anyone Can Learn To Draw (3rd floor)
1-2pm Stamped Metal Pendants (1st floor)
1-3pm Glass Beadmaking (3rd floor)
1-2pm How to Use Your Digital Camera (3rd floor)
2-4pm Wheelthrowing (1st floor)
2-4pm Demonstration:Throwing Big (1st floor)
3-4pm Wire Bracelets (1st floor)
4-5pm Knitting (3rd floor)

What to do AfterMAPH: Advice from Alumni

Two upcoming (and exciting!) ways to learn from Alumni:

Go to the panel discussion tomorrow! Drew has rounded up a whole herd of awesome Chicagoland Alums who do interesting things and want to talk about them. They will talk to you about them at 1:00 and then come to social hour. There will be delicious sandwiches at social hour. Please note: the image above is in no way representative of those sandwiches, but it is awesome.

BUT if you are busy at 1:00 tomorrow, you can

Read an article by a MAPH alumna about another MAPH alumna! For this month’s Tableau Magazine Emily Riemer ‘09 has written a profile about Justine Nagan ‘04 that discusses her work as a documentary filmmaker, focusing on her 2009 documentary Typeface, a project that involved even more MAPHers: she collaborated with Starr Marcello, Tom Bailey, and Brendan Kredell, all ‘04.

MAPH Alumni Reading on May 13

Published this month by Random House/Delacorte, Anna Jarzab’s “All Unquiet Things” was once a MAPH Thesis:

Winner of a First Novel Contest from Chiasmus Press, Kate Zambreno’s “O Fallen Angel” will be published in March:

Jarzab (MAPH 07) and Zambreno (MAPH 02) will be here May 13 to read their work.

Both novels reached bookstores this year to the fanfare of blushing reviews, and on Thursday their authors will return to the University of Chicago–where both earned master’s degrees–to read.

Anna Jarzab (’07) and Kate Zambreno (’02) will read at 4:30 p.m. in Classics 10, 1010 E. 59th Street, hosted by the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, which some consider an alternative approach to creative writing. The reading is free and open to the public.
The novels, both dark and psychologically complex, are very different.
Jarzab (pronounced as a spoonerism of Czar Jab) developed All Unquiet Things as her MAPH Thesis project under the program’s creative thesis option. The book, which came out this January, is a young adult mystery novel about an unlikely pair of California prep school students that team up to solve a friend’s murder.
Publisher’s Weekly said Jarzab’s “confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller.”
Zambreno’s novel, O Fallen Angel, was born into print last month after it won Chiasmus Press’s “Undoing the Novel Contest.” Chiasmus describes it as “an anarchic literary sacrilege…an exorcism of the culture wars and pop-cultural debris.” Zambreno calls it a “triptych of modern-day America” and a “grotesque homage to Mrs. Dalloway.”
Writing in the Chicago Reader, S.L. Wisenberg said, “I found myself mesmerized, mostly by the rhythm and occasional whimsy of the prose. Zambreno breathes life into her characters with language alone.”

Wild Nights with Emily (Dickinson)

Looking for something to do over spring break? Here’s something for those of you who are staying in Chicago, but want to get out of Hyde Park (and, let’s face it, out of the Reg). Described as “a quirky queer comedy about a poet’s secret life,” Wild Nights with Emily is now playing at the Lincoln Square Arts Center.

Enjoy an evening out in the city and support a MAPH Alum while you’re at it! Jen Shook ’04 is the artistic director of Caffeine Theatre, and the associate director, dramaturg, and choreographer of this show.

Just in case you don’t have enough work to do…

MAPH alum Hallie Palladino is teaching a six-week playwriting class through Loyola Continuum.

Have you been putting your writing on the back burner and you’re looking for a way to push yourself back into it? Do you have an idea that would make a great one-act play? Or maybe you know someone else who might be interested. If you can pass the word along I would be very grateful. The class will be an introduction for beginners and an opportunity to continue an ongoing project for more experienced writers. Either way it will be lots of fun!

The class meets on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at the Lakeshore Campus (that’s the big Loyola Campus in Rogers Park) March 15 – April 26 (don’t worry, no class on Passover, March 29th).

Emerging Writers Fiction Reading (featuring MAPH’s very own A-J!)

The Committee on Creative Writing presents
The Emerging Writer Series

February 25, 4:30 PM, in Social Sciences Tea Room
Reception to follow.

Adam Novy grew up outside Chicago. His first novel, The Avian Gospel, appears from Hobart in 2010. He lives in southern California.
An interview here:

A-J Aronstein studies Twentieth Century American fiction at the University Chicago as a MAPH student. Although he left his DC ad-man job six months ago, he still fears that he will jolt awake in his cubicle. For now, he spends most of his time walking around Lake Michigan muttering to himself, eating his roommate’s delicious food, and escaping Hyde Park when he gets the chance. He went to UVa for undergrad, but that seems like a long time ago.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact 773-834-8524 if you need assistance in order to participate.

Alison Bechdel Lecture and Workshop

Alison Bechdel
Dedmon Writer-in-Residence 2010

Tuesday, February 16
12:30 PM
Craft talk and workshop with students.
Bartlett Lounge
Lunch provided
Space is limited. Please contact to attend; submit 2 to 4 pages of a graphic narrative (preferably) or a writing sample.

Wednesday, February 17
4:30 PM
Lecture and discussion of her work.
Social Sciences 122
Reception to follow in the SS Tea Room, 201.

See her work at

Photograph of Alison Bechdel by Liza Cowan