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Visiting Writers: An Interview with Fady Joudah

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Fady Joudah

By Austine Model  Fady Joudah is a poet living in Austin, Texas. His most recent collection, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, was published earlier this year by Milkweed Editions. Joudah has three other collections of his own work published, in addition to extensive works […]

Book Review: Anagnorisis

Book Review: Anagnorisis

By Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model    Kyle Dargan’s fifth collection of poetry, Anagnorisis, came out this September. Prescient, reflective, and unapologetically aware, the collection confronts the reader with a sense of urgency coupled with a lack of effective and lasting agency. Anagnorisis succeeds in expressing […]

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

By Nick Chhoeun This past summer I had the opportunity to teach Creative Writing for two months to students from fifth grade to freshmen in high school. As a whole, the experience was a mixture of “why am I doing this” and “I’m doing this […]

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: […]