On Voice and Genre

Part of my journey is a writer is a constant striving to find a cadence that rings true — meaning that it rings me— across genres. Every form of communication has its own conventions, but good writing is good writing,

I’m Appositive I Have A-Problem

  Everyone has a writing tick, a repetitious practice that can become like a written accent. At best, these idiosyncrasies establish distinct voice and compelling narrative style. At worst, a writing tick catches in the reader’s ear like the incessant

Visiting Writer’s Series: An Interview with Ada Limón

  We don’t know about you, but the staff over here at Café cannot wait to hear Ada Limón read tonight. In preparation for Limón’s visit, editor Yohanca Delgado chatted with her about form, voice, and swimming with Natalie Diaz.

Some New Possibilities of Being: A Brief Tour of Ada Limón’s Poetry

  If you read this past week’s New Yorker, you have seen Limón’s latest poem. If you didn’t, you can read it here: “The Burying Beetle.” What I appreciate most about Limón as a poet is her openness. Her collections vary significantly in voice and

Looking Forward to AWP

  The AWP Conference & Bookfair is upon us, and to say that the number of options is overwhelming would be an understatement. The editorial staff of Café has rounded up a few panels that we wouldn’t dream of missing, plus some

Introducing Yohanca Delgado

  Café Américain is thrilled to welcome first-year MFA candidate Yohanca Delgado to our editorial staff. Yohanca is a first-year MFA candidate. She loves to read all three genres, but mostly writes creative nonfiction. She lived overseas for a long time

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

  If you’re needing book recommendations to beef up your winter break reading list, look no further. As 2016 comes to a close, the Cafe staff is striking a reflective pose. Each of us chose two of the best books we

On Community, Cults, and “Harmony” with Carolyn Parkhurst

  About a month ago, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst for coffee. In the span of only half an hour, we talked about everything from accountability in the writing life to rejection

Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Scholes Young

  Melissa Scholes Young’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, Poet Lore, and other literary journals. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. and is a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellow. Her

What We Talk About When We Talk About D/deaf and Disability Literature

  The conversation about literature’s serious diversity issue intensifies every year, as it should. Literature’s whiteness and overall homogeneity has destructive consequences: books will become irrelevant if they don’t reflect the everyday experiences of individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Black,