Reading, Writing, and Rome

  Last summer I participated in AU’s first graduate summer semester in Rome. Over five weeks from the end of May to the end of June, Professor David Keplinger and nine MFA’s lived and studied, drank cheap wine and ate

Visiting Writer’s Series: Alexander Chee

  Alexander Chee is the author of two novels, the critically acclaimed Edinburgh, which received the Whiting Award and was described by the by the Washington Post as a “lovely, nuanced, never predictable portrait of a creative soul in the

Curated: Climate Fiction

Climate change has firm roots in our lexicon—it’s how we name and understand otherwise inexplicable weather patterns. Winter staved off throughout December, blessing the Northeast with golden warm holidays. January threatening to bury our cities beneath record-breaking snow. We read

Podcasts: The Cultural Renaissance of Audio Storytelling?

  About a year ago, I was stuck with the task of cutting out fourteen dragon costumes for my daughter’s elementary school play, Shrek. Knowing this would take several hours of maneuvering purple spandex, I thought I’d at least do

Jewel Edwards Reviews “Autobiography of a Face” by Lucy Grealy

  Imagine being a child elated at the prospect of missing school for having a toothache. Then, imagine dealing with the consequences of the discovery that the pain in your jaw is actually caused by cancer. This is the plight

The Necessity of Well-Written Sexual Assault in Fiction

  Jessica Jones walks with purpose down a hotel hallway. Her mission is to rescue a young woman from a mind-controlling villain who has imprisoned her in his luxury suite. Inside the room, the woman is nearly catatonic. For the

Editorial Staff Picks: the Ultimate Wishlist for Writers

  ‘Tis the season for making wishlists, and the Café editorial staff has come up with the best gifts to give to the writers and readers in your life this holiday season.   Editor in Chief Emily Moses Picks: Secret Garden

Jewel Edwards Reviews Edna Buchanan’s “The Corpse Had a Familiar Face”

  From its opening paragraph, Pulitzer prize-winner Edna Buchanan’s memoir, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (Simon and Schuster, 2004), launches you into the legendary crime writer’s world – the gritty streets of Miami in the seventies and eighties during the height

Conversations: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

  CA: What are you drawn to write about? DPV: This could change as my career progresses, but right now, I’m really drawn to the past and stories that have been overlooked. I’m really interested in historical excavation. By “historical”

BinderCon: Building a Community of Bold Women Writers

  I don’t like to talk about the stories I’m working on. Not in detail at least. Especially not to people I don’t know well or those who don’t consider themselves writers. That plotline that’s in its umpteenth iteration? Those