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Radiant Damage

Radiant Damage

By: Zoe Aslop Before the massive wheel of a stopped truck, a thin man, oblivious to a thermal radiation camera watching from miles to the east, turns a little to urinate on the sand of the Sahara, before facing the camera again, to Mecca. He…

Visiting Writers: Carmen Maria Machado

Visiting Writers: Carmen Maria Machado

By: Jessica Sullivan There are times when a book reminds you of another book. Maybe it’s the plot, or the characters, or some déjà vu moment that leaves you questioning if you’ve already read it. Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir, In the Dreamhouse, is not one…

Writers Out Loud

Writers Out Loud

By: Zoe Aslop As a graduate student in New York, Rachel Coonce was reading from her memoir in front of a crowd for the first time when she heard a sound coming from the audience that surprised her. “I was speaking from my heart and…

Literary Desserts Party 2019

Literary Desserts Party 2019

From Left to Right: Emily Holland, Cassie Osvatics, Emily Smith, Bailey Blumenstock, Dara Feldman, Ben Truax, Tim Englehart By: Emily Smith In December, the Literature Department held one of its most beloved traditions – the Literary Desserts Party. The MA and MFA faculty and graduate…

Christa Parravani On Being Honest and Raw and Real

Christa Parravani On Being Honest and Raw and Real

By: Zoe Aslop One afternoon this fall, Café MFA caught up with Christa Parravani to talk about moving on from photography and poetry, writing her first memoir in fiction workshops, and the challenges of an ambitious second memoir on abortion in West Virginia, to be…

We Don’t Live Our Lives in Genre: A Conversation with Etgar Keret

We Don’t Live Our Lives in Genre: A Conversation with Etgar Keret

By Yohanca Delgado In September, AU’s Center for Israel Studies brought Etgar Keret to campus for a reading and conversation. Before the event, I was delighted to sit in on a casual, roundtable conversation with Melissa Scholes Young and her students in the MFA lit…

MFA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:  WILL SCHICK SECOND YEAR MFA CANDIDATE

MFA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WILL SCHICK SECOND YEAR MFA CANDIDATE

By: Emily Smith Emily Smith: Hi Will, thanks for doing this! Let’s start off with an easy one. You entered the MFA with a fiction concentration. Is that still the genre you find yourself most drawn to? Will Schick: The short answer is no. I’m…

Visiting Writers Series: Christa Parravani

Visiting Writers Series: Christa Parravani

By: Zoe Aslop Christa Parravani, a memoirist who gets to the messy heart of being a woman under duress, will speak at AU on Wednesday, October 23rd, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. As an accomplished photographer and an acclaimed writer, Parravani makes art…

Staying Productive Off-Campus

Staying Productive Off-Campus

By Brahidaliz Martinez As the semester rolls over to the halfway mark, it’s a good time to make sure that you’re on top of your assignments and workshops. Besides attending office hours, critiquing your peers’ work, and revising your stories, it might be helpful to…

Folger Theatre’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Folger Theatre’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

By: Bailey Blumenstock For the past year, in addition to the various hats I wear at AU, I’ve also had the pleasure of working in the Box Office at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. While best known for its theatre productions, the Folger hosts a number…