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Visiting Writer’s Series: James Hannaham

Visiting Writer’s Series: James Hannaham

  The 2016 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction recipient, James Hannaham, will be joining the AU Literature Department for a reading on Wednesday, November 9. Hannaham is a journalist, critic, and fiction writer, and is the author of God Says No. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, […]

November Submission Deadlines

November Submission Deadlines

  Open that calendar again. These November opportunities are calling—submit, submit, submit! GENERAL SUBMISSIONS: Poets & Writers database Search here for a list of literary journals and their ongoing submission deadlines. I love you all, but I’m not going to search through the 1,112 literary […]

November Literary Events

November Literary Events

  Salman Rushdie last month, Zadie Smith this month—sheesh, it’s great to live in D.C.   FESTIVALS Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, MD   OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS Busboys & Poets Every Tuesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 14th & V Every Wednesday, 9:00pm […]

Favorite Sentences: You Have to Swallow the World

Favorite Sentences: You Have to Swallow the World

  After reading Vince Granata’s exquisite dissection of his favorite sentence, I felt inspired to revisit my own favorites, to examine them with the keen eye and grammatical astuteness of an MFA student, to marvel at their structural prowess, at their rhythmic delights. Luckily, finding […]

Why I Write: A Story of Young Love

Why I Write: A Story of Young Love

  I don’t know why people decide to write. Sometimes, when I sit in front of my computer, trying to force words onto the screen’s blank stare, I wonder how storytelling became an obsession. I suspect, like many obsessions, mine started as a love affair, […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Paula Whyman

Visiting Writer’s Series: Paula Whyman

  Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting author Paula Whyman for coffee. For an hour, we talked about the writing life, her writing process, and her debut collection of short stories, You May See A Stranger. Paula Whyman will be reading from You May See A […]

Favorite Sentences: My Happiness Will Remain

Favorite Sentences: My Happiness Will Remain

  I don’t love how my favorite sentence became my favorite sentence. In fact, this origin story embarrasses me so much that I almost skipped sharing it. When I was a senior in college, a girl I was trying to date had a sentence from […]

October Literary Events

October Literary Events

  Get that calendar handy.   FESTIVALS October 18-28: The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival   OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS  Busboys & Poets Every Tuesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 14th & V Every Wednesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 5th & K Every […]

October Submission Deadlines

October Submission Deadlines

  Alright, fellow MFAers, while you’re wrapping up those final tweaks to your final revisions on your best pieces, be sure to add these dates to your submission calendar:   GENERAL SUBMISSIONS: Poets & Writers database Search here for a list of literary journals and […]

Writing as a Witness to One’s Own Disease

Writing as a Witness to One’s Own Disease

  It’s absurd to complain about having too much to read. I know that. But, as guilty as this admission makes me, I sometimes prefer when people tell me NOT to read certain books. That type of anti-recommendation doesn’t bloat my constantly growing list. Invariably, […]