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Month: September 2016

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, […]

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

  Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. In 2015, her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award and secured Woodson recognition by the Poetry Foundation as Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her work has won multiple accolades, including […]

Meet the New Members of the Cafe Americain Staff

Meet the New Members of the Cafe Americain Staff

  Vince Granata, Staff Editor Vince is a second-year MFA candidate who predominately writes creative nonfiction. His current work focuses on how mental illness has affected his family and how the mentally ill are treated and perceived in our society. Prior to moving to DC, […]

The Annual Literary Desserts Party

The Annual Literary Desserts Party

  The Annual Literary Desserts Party brought the Literature Department’s MA and MFA students together at the home of MFA faculty member Rachel Louise Snyder. Last Saturday evening, students and faculty joined in celebrating the new semester by gorging themselves on fried chicken, carrots and hummus, […]

MFA Alum Offers a New Writing Retreat

MFA Alum Offers a New Writing Retreat

  This summer I launched Idlewild Arts, a new organization created to connect people with the arts and with each other. We’re holding retreats for writers and getting ready to start a podcast and book subscription service later this year. Starting Idlewild is something I’ve […]