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Exit Memo: On Reading

Exit Memo: On Reading

As an essayist, I spend a lot of time reflecting on my experiences. In fact, I just wrote a whole thesis of reflections on different happenings in my life. However, for all the time I spend thinking about what in my life has happened, I […]

Comma Conundrum

Comma Conundrum

Surely, you’ve heard it all before. Heralded as a key mark for clarity, bemoaned as a pretentious rhythm breaking roadblock, the Oxford comma has sparked more eye-rolling debates than a piece of punctuation might deserve. To review, the Oxford comma (also called the serial comma, […]

Artomatic: March 24 to May 6 in Crystal City

Artomatic: March 24 to May 6 in Crystal City

Artomatic is a DC metro area institution. It calls itself an “artist-run, unjuried, multimedia arts temporary event that draws together visual and performing artists.” Basically, a huge group of artists commandeers a large space somewhere in the metro DC area and celebrates art for at least a […]

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

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 Writing at Sierra Nevada College. […]

Darling: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

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 London, and was a doctoral […]

The Unfixed Narrative of America: An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

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 Heaven Bears (2007). His first […]

Sweet, Sweet Victory at the Annual Literary Desserts Party

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, students showed up bearing […]

Andrew O’Hagan on the Morality of Style

Andrew O’Hagan on the Morality of Style

Since his first book, The Missing, was published in 1996, Scottish writer Andrew O’Hagan has pushed the limits of literary genre, blurring the boundaries between fiction, memoir, documentary, and journalism. He has published four novels: Our Fathers; Personality; The Life and Opinions of Maf the […]

Joy to Sorrow, Sorrow to Celebration: An Interview with David Wojahn

Joy to Sorrow, Sorrow to Celebration: An Interview with David Wojahn

Since winning the 1982 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for Icehouse Lights, David Wojahn has published eight collections of poetry. His 2006 book, Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from […]

On Global Science Fiction, an Aesthetic of Compression, and Long Form: a Conversation with Mohsin Hamid

On Global Science Fiction, an Aesthetic of Compression, and Long Form: a Conversation with Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a busy man these days. The author of Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), and most recently, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), Hamid’s award-winning fiction has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for […]