Literary Desserts 2018

Literary Desserts 2018


By Tara Campbell


I came, I saw, I stuffed my face.

The annual Literary Dessert Party brought students and faculty of the Literature Department together this Saturday night for an evening of food, wine, and conversation, topped off with the sweetest of endings: desserts prepared by our very own MA and MFA students!

Professor Rachel Louise Snyder hosted, with young professionals Jazz and Simone providing a touch of class with their complimentary bag check operation. After dinner, a committee of dessert experts assembled plates from the array of treats brought by hopeful student contestants. As the committee retired to an undisclosed location to deliberate, the masses pounced on the table full of cookies, cupcakes, bonbons, cakes and other delights such as a Midsummer Night’s Cream Pie, Bundt Dylan’s Tangled up in Yellow, and a bag of unpopped microwave popcorn bearing the title Great Expectations.

The grave responsibility of announcing the winners fell to Professor Snyder and fellow faculty member Despina Kakoudaki. Together, they presented the awards:


Honorable mentions

Best dessert to have with you at sea

Herman Caramelville Cookies


Worst post-rehab dessert

White Boy Truffles


Best dessert with multilayered literary meanings

The Crepe Gatsby


Best ode to narcissism

Portrait of the artist as a young dessert (I think that was the right title, I was too busy taking selfies)


And the grand winners

Best Appearance

Their Pies Were Watching God

Jordan Bissell Pérez


Best Taste

All the Peanut Butter we Cannot See

Emily Smith


Best Pun

Anag-smore-isis italics

Shanique Carmichael


Congratulations to all of the winners, and a big thanks to the Lit Department and Professor Snyder for hosting another wonderful Dessert Party!


Tara Campbell is a contributing writer at Café MFA and a third-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program. 


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