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Literature Reading: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

Literature Reading: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

By Emily M. Smith “I celebrate myself and sing myself.” In honor of the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, American’s Lit Department took these words to heart and held a group reading of “Song of Myself” on Friday, March 29th. Literature and creative writing professors, graduate […]

Lyrical Artistry in Pop Punk

Lyrical Artistry in Pop Punk

By Nick Chhoeun Although my posts about music on Café MFA have focused on rap, my favorite genre has always been pop punk. Bands like Blink-182, Paramore, and Green Day stick out as some of the most well known of the genre. The songs are […]

April News

April News

Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month: MFA alumna Claire Handscombe‘s debut novel, Unscripted, is available for purchase. The novel was released on April 4th by Unbound publishing. Current student (and Cafe MFA editor!) Tara […]

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Elena Passarello

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Elena Passarello

By Yohanca Delgado Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. […]

Visiting Writers: Advice From Allison Wright

Visiting Writers: Advice From Allison Wright

By Nick Chhoeun Earlier this month, Allison Wright of VQR hosted the spring boot camp. She had much to say about the literary journal including useful tips for submissions. Here’s a brief recap of the event. About VQR: VQR receives 11,000-12,000 submissions a year, the […]

Favorite Sentences From My Deployment to Afghanistan

Favorite Sentences From My Deployment to Afghanistan

By Will Schick I’ll never forget the way certain things could make me feel on deployment. The way a rocket blast could jolt me awake, and rattle its way through my bones. The way a helicopter could make me feel utterly helpless as it would […]

AU Bootcamp: Allison Wright of VQR

AU Bootcamp: Allison Wright of VQR

By Austine Chilton Model Today American University’s MFA program welcomes Allison Wright for the Spring Bootcamp. This session will focus on state of the literary journal, as well as strategies for submissions and pitfalls to avoid during the submission process. Allison Wright is the executive […]

Storytelling with Dungeons and Dragons

Storytelling with Dungeons and Dragons

By Nick Chhoeun Dungeons and Dragons was created in the 1970s and I’ve always been familiar with the name but I have never given much thought to playing it. It sounded tedious and boring. I thought it was an outdated dice rolling game. However, in […]

Book Review: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Book Review: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

By Austine Model People suggest books to me all the time. The moment I mention I write or study literature, the first impulse for many is to recommend a book or an author to me. While I, of course, appreciate this, I have more books […]

February News

February News

Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month: Jenny Molberg, a 2010 AU MFA alumna, won a 2019 NEA Fellowship. After graduating from AU, she went on to earn her PhD from University of North Texas […]