Writing as a Witness to One’s Own Disease

  It’s absurd to complain about having too much to read. I know that. But, as guilty as this admission makes me, I sometimes prefer when people tell me NOT to read certain books. That type of anti-recommendation doesn’t bloat

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

  Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. In 2015, her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award and secured Woodson recognition by the Poetry Foundation as Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her work

Meet the New Members of the Cafe Americain Staff

  Vince Granata, Staff Editor Vince is a second-year MFA candidate who predominately writes creative nonfiction. His current work focuses on how mental illness has affected his family and how the mentally ill are treated and perceived in our society.

The Annual Literary Desserts Party

  The Annual Literary Desserts Party brought the Literature Department’s MA and MFA students together at the home of MFA faculty member Rachel Louise Snyder. Last Saturday evening, students and faculty joined in celebrating the new semester by gorging themselves on

MFA Alum Offers a New Writing Retreat

  This summer I launched Idlewild Arts, a new organization created to connect people with the arts and with each other. We’re holding retreats for writers and getting ready to start a podcast and book subscription service later this year.

Do I have a healthy relationship with my podcasts?

  In two previous pieces, I explored how podcasting serviced storytelling and pondered if we are experiencing a culture shift in media consumption. With my final essay, I examine how listening to Podcasts may be affecting my life, for the

A Conversation with Kyle Dargan

  Features editor Jewel Edwards recently interviewed Professor Kyle Dargan, Director of American University’s writing program and teacher of poetry. Dargan is the author of four poetry collections: The Listening (2004), winner of the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers

In Which Katie Avagliano Reviews Equinox

  Equinox, at 818 Connecticut Avenue, is only about a block from the White House. It’s the perfect place to take an out-of-town friend, especially if that friend, like Caryn, happens to be both vegan and gluten free. Most of

Writing to Persuade

  Argumentative writing–writing to persuade–includes fiction, creative non-fiction, and writing letters to the editor, among other forms. It may include writing letters to cable providers explaining why you should get a 10 percent reduction in the monthly charge or letters

“Constellations” Review by Lauren Johnson

  Marianne and Roland are drunk. They sit on the ground, their legs opened to one another, laughing. With blonde hair that curls just beneath his ears and a clear complexion, Roland is all boyish good looks. “Do you know