Q&A: Cafe Talks to Katie Kotchman, Literary Agent

  I had the distinct pleasure of conducting a Q and A with literary agent Katie Kotchman of Don Congdon Associates regarding the ins and outs of the publishing industry. The following includes some information to keep in mind when

Tips & More Information About the DC Arts & Humanities Grants for 2016

    Deadlines to apply for DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grants for Financial Year 2016 are quickly approaching. For more information about these grants, see our post A Look at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

A Look at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants

  The deadlines for 2016 grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities begin in May 2015. The qualifications for applying for DCCAH grants are:  Be artists or arts professionals (e.g., presenters, producers and educators), aged 18 or

An Interview with Rigoberto González

  Rigoberto González is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, a grant from the New York Foundation for

An Interview with Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill’s first novel, Last Things, was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is also the author of four children’s books: While you Were Napping, 11 Experiments That Failed,

Faculty Benefit Reading at 826DC

The back room of 826DC buzzed last Thursday evening as it filled with MFA students, AU alumni, and prospective students who were excited to hear the American University MFA Creative Writing faculty read. Seats filled, listeners gathered wherever there was room

The Memoir-in-Verse: An Interview with Patricia Smith

  Patricia Smith was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives in New Jersey. She is a Cave Canem faculty member at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative

Darling: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez was born the son of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Sacramento, California. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, Columbia as a religious studies graduate student. Rodriguez also studied English Renaissance literature at the Warburg Institute in

The Unfixed Narrative of America: An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu is a name you should know, if you don’t already. His brilliant new novel All Our Names, published this year to critical acclaim, is his third in seven years, following How to Read the Air (2010) and The Beautiful Things That

Sweet, Sweet Victory at the Annual Literary Desserts Party

For the graduate students in the Literature (MA) and Creative Writing (MFA) programs at AU, September brought workshops, reading lists, rough drafts—and desserts. At the annual Literary Desserts party on Saturday, hosted at the home of Professor Rachel Louise Snyder,