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Thank You, Stan Lee

Thank You, Stan Lee

By Nick Chhoeun There is one thing people can talk about across generations: superheroes. From Spiderman to—my favorite—Wolverine these superheroes inspire and amuse the minds of the young and old alike. Stan Lee, the creative leader/writer of Marvel comics, is the man behind these superheroes. […]

I Found My Writer’s Group at Miriam’s Kitchen:  Finding Community with the Homeless

I Found My Writer’s Group at Miriam’s Kitchen: Finding Community with the Homeless

By Will Schick We gather for coffee and conversation on Monday mornings in the basement of Western Presbyterian Church, a short walk from Foggy Bottom metro station, across from George Washington University’s business school. I usually try to arrive early at around 7:45 AM. By […]

On Podcasts and Writing

On Podcasts and Writing

By Nick Chhoeun In the life of a commuter, the many hours of idle time require something to keep one’s mind entertained. It takes me about a half hour to get to work every day, and another forty minutes to drive to AU (unless I […]

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 […]