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The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

By Emily Moses   Leslie Pietrzyk, AU MFA alumna and local literary guru, agreed to meet with me to discuss her new novel, Silver Girl, out last month by Unnamed Press. Over a plate of charcuterie and a few glasses of wine, we talked about […]

2018 Annual Faculty Benefit Reading at 826 DC

2018 Annual Faculty Benefit Reading at 826 DC

By Yohanca Delgado Last Wednesday, we gathered for a cherished AU MFA tradition: an annual faculty reading to benefit the magical 826 DC. Prospective students, current students, alumni, and faculty mingled over wine and cheese before the reading—and few of us could resist the gravitational […]

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

By Emily Moses   I’ve offered to write about Joan Didion and, as I sit here, watching The Center Will Not Hold for the fourth time in half as many weeks, I regret my offer. I am not sure what I thought I would find […]

Exit Memo: On Making it Happen

Exit Memo: On Making it Happen

On applying to graduate school in the first place: do it. On taking a workshop outside your genre, even though you’re still trying to find your footing in the genre you know and love: do it. On going to your professor’s office hours: do it. […]

Exit Memo: On Failing

Exit Memo: On Failing

I’ve been a writer for four years. Four years is not a long time, especially when one considers that three of those years were spent in an MFA program for creative writing. Do you know what four-year-olds do, often? They fail. Hard. Have you ever […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Community, Cults, and “Harmony” with Carolyn Parkhurst

On Community, Cults, and “Harmony” with Carolyn Parkhurst

  About a month ago, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst for coffee. In the span of only half an hour, we talked about everything from accountability in the writing life to rejection to cults, and finally to […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Paula Whyman

Visiting Writer’s Series: Paula Whyman

  Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting author Paula Whyman for coffee. For an hour, we talked about the writing life, her writing process, and her debut collection of short stories, You May See A Stranger. Paula Whyman will be reading from You May See A […]

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 […]