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Practical Learning

Practical Learning

By: Ellis Carrington For the most part, undergraduates and graduates will generally follow this traditional style of college course learning: attend classroom lecture, take time to read and reread material outside of class, and prep for mid-term and final exams. While reading and researching provide 

Virtual Book Events You Can Attend From Home

Virtual Book Events You Can Attend From Home

By: Jessica Sullivan In these uncertain times, we’re forced to re-examine what’s important to us. Whether that be spending time with loved ones, maintaining or improving your well-being, reading, or writing, two things has remained clear: books are essential, and books connect us. Maybe you’ve 

Book Review: QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling

Book Review: QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling

By: Jessica Sullivan Marc-Uwe Kling writes, “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” In this future world, everything runs smoothly. A person doesn’t need to worry about work, leisure, and relationships; QualityLand takes the 

Korean Literary Society of Washington, D.C.

Korean Literary Society of Washington, D.C.

By: Will Schick We all ordered the cabbage and beef short rib stew. Six bowls. But, as these things happen, the restaurant ran out. That’s when a fight erupted. “Sorry, we’re all out,” the server said as he set five bowls down on our table. 

Radiant Damage

Radiant Damage

By: Zoe Aslop Before the massive wheel of a stopped truck, a thin man, oblivious to a thermal radiation camera watching from miles to the east, turns a little to urinate on the sand of the Sahara, before facing the camera again, to Mecca. He 

Visiting Writers: Carmen Maria Machado

Visiting Writers: Carmen Maria Machado

By: Jessica Sullivan There are times when a book reminds you of another book. Maybe it’s the plot, or the characters, or some déjà vu moment that leaves you questioning if you’ve already read it. Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir, In the Dreamhouse, is not one 

Writers Out Loud

Writers Out Loud

By: Zoe Aslop As a graduate student in New York, Rachel Coonce was reading from her memoir in front of a crowd for the first time when she heard a sound coming from the audience that surprised her. “I was speaking from my heart and 

Literary Desserts Party 2019

Literary Desserts Party 2019

From Left to Right: Emily Holland, Cassie Osvatics, Emily Smith, Bailey Blumenstock, Dara Feldman, Ben Truax, Tim Englehart By: Emily Smith In December, the Literature Department held one of its most beloved traditions – the Literary Desserts Party. The MA and MFA faculty and graduate 

Christa Parravani On Being Honest and Raw and Real

Christa Parravani On Being Honest and Raw and Real

By: Zoe Aslop One afternoon this fall, Café MFA caught up with Christa Parravani to talk about moving on from photography and poetry, writing her first memoir in fiction workshops, and the challenges of an ambitious second memoir on abortion in West Virginia, to be 

We Don’t Live Our Lives in Genre: A Conversation with Etgar Keret

We Don’t Live Our Lives in Genre: A Conversation with Etgar Keret

By Yohanca Delgado In September, AU’s Center for Israel Studies brought Etgar Keret to campus for a reading and conversation. Before the event, I was delighted to sit in on a casual, roundtable conversation with Melissa Scholes Young and her students in the MFA lit