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A Multi-Genre Workshop with Teju Cole

A Multi-Genre Workshop with Teju Cole

By Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model Earlier this month, the campus was abuzz with two much anticipated Teju Cole Visiting Writing Series events, which drew full houses both nights. A lesser-known event was also a part of Cole’s time spent at American University. On Wednesday afternoon, […]

Teju Cole’s Mastery of the Photographic Literary Hybrid

Teju Cole’s Mastery of the Photographic Literary Hybrid

By Nick Chhoeun Teju Cole was our second Visiting Writer this year, for two sold-out events on October 3rd and October 4th. His extensive and groundbreaking work as an author and as a photographer for the New York Times make the large crowds unsurprising. I recently read parts of his […]

Introducing Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model

Introducing Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model

Welcome to the team, Austine! Austine is an aspiring poet, working on her MFA. She earned her undergraduate degree in literature at American University and has returned after a three-year stint in marketing and a brief foray into the world of public affairs radio and podcasting. Austine has […]

Teju Cole and Blind Spot

Teju Cole and Blind Spot

By Tara Campbell   Photographer, novelist, essayist, art historian and critic, Teju Cole is a master of many genres. His novel (Open City), novella (Every Day is for the Thief), and essay collection (Known and Strange Things) have won enough awards and accolades to take […]

Your Guide to the Literary DMV

Your Guide to the Literary DMV

By Tara Campbell   Welcome to American University, and welcome to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)! We know you’re still plowing through all the new information about AU, but at some point, you’re going to pop your head up and wonder what else is going […]

Visiting Writers: Fatimah Asghar

Visiting Writers: Fatimah Asghar

By Yohanca Delgado As the semester enters full swing (and everyone recovers from Saturday night’s literary sugar coma) we’ve all got another wonderful event to look forward to, our first Visiting Writers event featuring Fatimah Asghar. Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer. […]

Literary Desserts 2018

Literary Desserts 2018

  By Tara Campbell   I came, I saw, I stuffed my face. The annual Literary Dessert Party brought students and faculty of the Literature Department together this Saturday night for an evening of food, wine, and conversation, topped off with the sweetest of endings: […]

Introducing Tara Campbell

Introducing Tara Campbell

We are thrilled to welcome Tara Campbell to the Cafe MFA team! With a BA in English and an MA in German, Tara Campbell has a demonstrated aversion to money and power. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she has also lived in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Germany and […]

Faculty Summer Reading List

Faculty Summer Reading List

We asked our faculty what they’re reading this summer — and ended up adding to my own towering TBR list.   Kyle Dargan “I’ll be looking forward to working my way through poet Greg Pardlo’s memoir Air Traffic, Hieu Minh Nguyen newest collection Not Here, Tarfia Faizullah’s Registers of […]

Book Review: Read by Strangers

Book Review: Read by Strangers

  By  K. Tyler Christensen    At the 2011 Tin House Writers Workshop, Dorothy Allison delivered a talk called, “On Dialogue.” In her spirited voice, Allison asked: Shouldn’t story be something fucking happening? Without a doubt, in Philip Dean Walker’s second collection of short stories, […]