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Month: October 2017

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 […]

On Chance the Rapper

On Chance the Rapper

By Nick Chhoeun “Oh no, you’re into that crap, too?” a woman on campus said to me. I was sitting on a bench next to her wearing my Chance the Rapper hat with the word “Coloring Book” on it. She told me her kids listened […]

“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 […]

Lost in Translation, Writing Memories

Lost in Translation, Writing Memories

By Vince Granata The question–a troubling one I’m still contending with–came out of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. In the novel, Calvino imagines a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Kahn, a back and forth in which Polo describes cities that Kahn believes span his empire. Eventually, Kahn […]

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. […]

Visiting Writer: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

Visiting Writer: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

By Yohanca Delgado Ahead of tomorrow’s Visiting Writers Event, I had the pleasure of talking on the phone with the charming and gracious Imbolo Mbue about Behold the Dreamers, character development, drafts, and Motorola RZRs.   YD: How is all the travel going? Are you working on any […]

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 […]

Book Review: An American Dream, Deferred

Book Review: An American Dream, Deferred

By Karan Madhok   Behold the Dreamers  By Imbolo Mbue 397 pp. Random House. $17 Over a million immigrants a year are granted permanent residence in the United States. They leave behind their families, their homes, their favorite foods, their language, culture, and often, the […]