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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, Vince spent six years in Boston teaching high school English. As a teacher, he was known among his students for his insufferable use of puns. (e.g. he once titled a rubric for an essay on a Dickens novel, “Grade Expectations”) While he feels wildly uncomfortable naming a single favorite book, when asked, he often answers with Franny and Zooey, in large part due to the complex sibling relationships Salinger explores. Vince has work forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review and he has held fellowships with the Ucross Foundation and the New York State Summer Writers Institute.

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Karen Keating, Staff Editor

Karen Keating spent most of her adult life avoiding fiction writing. Over the years, she taught Philadelphia high school students, slept amongst desert nomads, and pestered Nobel-nominated scientists (even geniuses can’t escape mandatory anti-harassment training). Finally, her writing desk called. Now a second-year MFA candidate, she primarily writes short stories that explore the thoughts and lives of average American folks, particularly as they grapple with issues of gender, race, and sexuality. Puns are not her forte, but she applauds her colleague, Vince, in his tireless commitment to punning as an art form.

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