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The Untranslatable

The Untranslatable

By Vince Granata How often do we sprinkle untranslated words and phrases into English sentences? While there is no shortage of Latin phrases lingering in the lexicon—mea culpa, quid pro quo, a priori­—we’ve lifted a number of active languages into our speech as well. When […]

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

By Michael Conner Victor LaValle Skyped with Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction workshop last week to share thoughts on his novella, The Ballad of Black Tom. Ever since he was a kid, the likes of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Shirley Jackson filled LaValle’s reading library with tales […]

Unscripted: An Interview with Alumna Claire Handscombe

Unscripted: An Interview with Alumna Claire Handscombe

By Yohanca Delgado   You’ve got so many cool things going on that it’s hard to choose a starting point. Let’s talk about BritLit first, your new podcast highlighting British literature. What inspired you to create a podcast? I have been listening to podcasts for […]

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

By Vince Granata  Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of three travel memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (2017); as well as the best-selling guidebook […]

2018 Annual Faculty Benefit Reading at 826 DC

2018 Annual Faculty Benefit Reading at 826 DC

By Yohanca Delgado Last Wednesday, we gathered for a cherished AU MFA tradition: an annual faculty reading to benefit the magical 826 DC. Prospective students, current students, alumni, and faculty mingled over wine and cheese before the reading—and few of us could resist the gravitational […]

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

By Vince Granata   I started thinking about plagiarism last week, largely thanks to accusations leveled at Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated, The Shape of Water. The estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Zindel, claims that Del Toro has copied his janitor-falls-in-love-with-aquatic-creature story from Zindel’s 1969, […]

Rereading Murakami’s Wild Sheep Chase

Rereading Murakami’s Wild Sheep Chase

By Nick Chhoeun A Wild Sheep Chase is one of my favorite Haruki Murakami novels and I recently reread it with greater attention to craft. I remembered Murakami’s ability to switch between multiple scenes and chapters fluidly, and I wanted to go back to see how […]

Lahiri in Italian

Lahiri in Italian

By Vince Granata For the last three years, Jhumpa Lahiri has written in Italian. In fact, aside from translating Italian work—including her own—Italian has been the only language she has published in since 2015. For decades before the shift, she worked her way through lessons […]

An Interview with Sally Wen Mao

An Interview with Sally Wen Mao

By Yohanca Delgado I had the privilege of chatting with poet Sally Wen Mao ahead of her PEN/Faulkner and Hill Center event this Thursday.We talked about her experience living in DC as the current Jenny McKean Writer in Washington at GW and about what’s fueling her […]

Favorite Sentences: Underneath the Sun and Above Time

Favorite Sentences: Underneath the Sun and Above Time

By Jessica Harris Mattie rocked her out of that bed, out of that room, into a blue vastness just underneath the sun and above time. She rocked her over Aegean seas so clean they shone like crystal, so clear the fresh blood of sacrificed babies […]