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The Poetry Bot

The Poetry Bot

By Vince Granata  Admittedly, I’m not a twitter aficionado. Admittedly, I have a deep and abiding fear of the looming Singularity. But, with the help of some of my non-luddite friends, I’m coming around to the idea that a marriage of these two—twitter and A.I.—might […]

“A Note in Coltrane’s Love Supreme,” Saying Goodbye to Mary Stone Hanley

“A Note in Coltrane’s Love Supreme,” Saying Goodbye to Mary Stone Hanley

By Jessica Harris    Dear Ms. Mary, You always knew it was me, I guess by the drawl in my voice when I say “miss.”  I’ve tried to write you this letter without crying—­guess that’s why I put it off for so long. But I know […]

Introducing Jessica Harris

Introducing Jessica Harris

Café MFA is happy to introduce the newest member of our editorial staff. Jessica Harris is in her second-ish year in the MFA program at American University. While she declares no specific track, she tends to write poetry. Her other interests include cooking, music and random adventures. […]

Favorite Sentences: So That I Would No Longer Be Afraid

Favorite Sentences: So That I Would No Longer Be Afraid

By Sylvia Jones   Norma, I did it by doing the things I was afraid of doing so that I would no longer be afraid. This is my favorite sentence in literature. It comes from Sandra Cisneros’ essay “A House of My Own” and appears […]

Name Change to Cafe MFA

Name Change to Cafe MFA

It’s official! We’ve changed our name to Café MFA. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Help us kick-start the conversation this year! Tag us in your MFA pictures and literary happenings. Let us share the love when you get published or have a literary […]

Literary Dessert Party 2017

Literary Dessert Party 2017

By Nick Chhoeun This year’s Annual Literary Desserts Party was yet again a success measured in full stomachs, sugar headaches, and the happy faces of the MA and MFA students in the Literature Department. It was hosted by Professor Erik Dussere last Saturday evening and had […]

Ding Ding Ding!: Rejection Parties

Ding Ding Ding!: Rejection Parties

When I was fifteen, I was pretty sure I would be the next great horror writer. I wrote my first short story and boy-oh-boy did my teenage brain think that it was the best: An abused woman vomits up her heart, cooks it, feeds it […]

My Mother’s Books

My Mother’s Books

In keeping with my recent grammar–centric posts, this piece was initially going to be about long sentences. While researching a possible angle, I poured over celebrated sentences from Faulkner, Woolf, David Foster Wallace, sentences that span paragraphs, winding through all the light and dark spaces […]

Exit Memo: On Making it Happen

Exit Memo: On Making it Happen

On applying to graduate school in the first place: do it. On taking a workshop outside your genre, even though you’re still trying to find your footing in the genre you know and love: do it. On going to your professor’s office hours: do it. […]

Exit Memo: On Failing

Exit Memo: On Failing

I’ve been a writer for four years. Four years is not a long time, especially when one considers that three of those years were spent in an MFA program for creative writing. Do you know what four-year-olds do, often? They fail. Hard. Have you ever […]