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Visiting Writers Series

An Interview with Author Marione Ingram

An Interview with Author Marione Ingram

  Marione Ingram, born in Hamburg in 1935, is a survivor of the Gestapo and the 1943 firebombing of Hamburg (which created one of the largest firestorms in history, killing around 45,000 civilians and wounding. 37,000). After the war, she emigrated to the U.S. and […]

Charged Language: An Interview with Justin Torres

Charged Language: An Interview with Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ debut novel, We the Animals, won the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and was a finalist for both a 2012 Indies Choice Book Award and an NAACP Image Award. Of his novel, Marilynne Robinson writes: “In language brilliant, poised and pure, We the Animals tells […]

An Interview with Poet Cathy Park Hong

An Interview with Poet Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo’um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002), Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize), and Engine Empire (Norton, 2012). She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts […]

An Interview with Author Linda Daly

An Interview with Author Linda Daly

Linda Daly is a graduate of American University with a BA in Literature (’90). She was a contributing editor at the now defunct Los Angeles Times Magazine where she maintained the popular “Pretty In Green” blog for the magazine’s website, and she also writes for […]

Graduating MFA Students to Read at Historic Politics & Prose

Graduating MFA Students to Read at Historic Politics & Prose

In The Writing Life Annie Dillard states: “When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a wood carver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow.” On Sunday, May 12, […]

Ava Farmer visits American University

Ava Farmer visits American University

Ava Farmer, a.k.a. Sandy Lerner, author of Second Impressions, a sequel to Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride & Prejudice, visited American University on March 27, 2013. Assistant professor Fiona Brideoake, and literature department chair, Jonathan Loesberg, moderated the evening’s Q&A. Farmer read from Second Impressions and then […]

Empathy is Essential: An Interview with Hanna Pylvainen

Empathy is Essential: An Interview with Hanna Pylvainen

Hanna Pylvainen visited American University on March 20, 2013 as part of the MFA in Creative Writing Program’s, Visiting Writers Series. She hails from suburban Detroit, but currently lives in Brooklyn, where she is working on a follow-up to her debut novel, We Sinners. She’s also […]

An Interview with Poet Valzyhna Mort

An Interview with Poet Valzyhna Mort

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Valzhyna Mort made her American debut in 2008 with the collection Factory of Tears, translated into English by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and poet Franz Wright. Of Collected Body, her first book written in English, the Library Journal writes: “Mort is a […]

An Interview with Poet Ishion Hutchinson

An Interview with Poet Ishion Hutchinson

Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Ishion Hutchinson is the author of Far District, a debut collection that received the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. Of Far District, Yusef Komunyakaa writes: “Not only does this collection travel through an abiding language and far reaching imagery, […]

Ted Conover and The Transcendence of Good Writing

Ted Conover and The Transcendence of Good Writing

Ted Conover is the author of five books of nonfiction, Rolling Nowhere and Newjack to name a couple. Conover visited the campus at American University on Monday, February 4, 2013. Conover has a dignified presence, the bearing of a man who knows what it’s like to roll up […]