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Exit Memo: On Reading

Exit Memo: On Reading

As an essayist, I spend a lot of time reflecting on my experiences. In fact, I just wrote a whole thesis of reflections on different happenings in my life. However, for all the time I spend thinking about what in my life has happened, I […]

Comma Conundrum

Comma Conundrum

Surely, you’ve heard it all before. Heralded as a key mark for clarity, bemoaned as a pretentious rhythm breaking roadblock, the Oxford comma has sparked more eye-rolling debates than a piece of punctuation might deserve. To review, the Oxford comma (also called the serial comma, […]

Artomatic: March 24 to May 6 in Crystal City

Artomatic: March 24 to May 6 in Crystal City

Artomatic is a DC metro area institution. It calls itself an “artist-run, unjuried, multimedia arts temporary event that draws together visual and performing artists.” Basically, a huge group of artists commandeers a large space somewhere in the metro DC area and celebrates art for at least a […]

I’m Appositive I Have A-Problem

I’m Appositive I Have A-Problem

  Everyone has a writing tick, a repetitious practice that can become like a written accent. At best, these idiosyncrasies establish distinct voice and compelling narrative style. At worst, a writing tick catches in the reader’s ear like the incessant “like” of an 80’s Valley […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: An Interview with Ada Limón

Visiting Writer’s Series: An Interview with Ada Limón

  We don’t know about you, but the staff over here at Café cannot wait to hear Ada Limón read tonight. In preparation for Limón’s visit, editor Yohanca Delgado chatted with her about form, voice, and swimming with Natalie Diaz.   CA: You’ve said in […]

Some New Possibilities of Being: A Brief Tour of Ada Limón’s Poetry

Some New Possibilities of Being: A Brief Tour of Ada Limón’s Poetry

  If you read this past week’s New Yorker, you have seen Limón’s latest poem. If you didn’t, you can read it here: “The Burying Beetle.” What I appreciate most about Limón as a poet is her openness. Her collections vary significantly in voice and theme, but they all share […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Visiting Writer’s Series: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

  Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family is a beautiful, headlong dive into the life of a family in the Bronx from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. LeBlanc immersed herself in the lives of her subjects for eleven years, chronicling the cycles of crime, teenage pregnancy, […]

Looking Forward to AWP

Looking Forward to AWP

  The AWP Conference & Bookfair is upon us, and to say that the number of options is overwhelming would be an understatement. The editorial staff of Café has rounded up a few panels that we wouldn’t dream of missing, plus some other tips and tricks for […]

Introducing Yohanca Delgado

Introducing Yohanca Delgado

  Café Américain is thrilled to welcome first-year MFA candidate Yohanca Delgado to our editorial staff. Yohanca is a first-year MFA candidate. She loves to read all three genres, but mostly writes creative nonfiction. She lived overseas for a long time (Paris, Cairo, Sao Paulo, Kyiv, […]

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

  If you’re needing book recommendations to beef up your winter break reading list, look no further. As 2016 comes to a close, the Cafe staff is striking a reflective pose. Each of us chose two of the best books we read this year: one that […]