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Introducing Nick Chhoeun

Introducing Nick Chhoeun

Café MFA is thrilled to welcome first-year MFA candidate Nick Chhoeun to our editorial staff. Nick is a first-year MFA candidate. His focus is fiction but he is also fascinated by poetry. He primarily writes short stories and wants to begin working on a novel. His other […]

On Logic the Rapper

On Logic the Rapper

By Nick Chheoun   Rapper Logic has been in the spotlight recently for his song 1-800-273-8255, which addresses mental health. He says that this song is  “the most important song I ever wrote.” The song name is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, […]

On New Words

On New Words

By Nick Chheoun   Last week, I was the substitute teacher for a high school Arabic class. In this class, I hear a girl say, “Man, some people at this school are too sweet.” I asked her what she meant by that only to get […]

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

By Nick Chhoeun “The future which is necessarily a fiction—it literally hasn’t happened yet—so intensely determines the texture of the present. In that sense, we always live in relation to a fiction.” This is how Ben Lerner describes his 2014 novel, 10:04, in an interview with The Public […]

Favorite Sentences: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

Favorite Sentences: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

By Nick Chhoeun I must break the rule slightly because the sentence that stuck out to me when thinking about my favorite sentence is actually two lines from the poem The Circus Animals’ Desertion by W.B Yeats. The lines are, I must lie down where […]

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 […]

Literary Dessert Party 2017

Literary Dessert Party 2017

By Nick Chhoeun This year’s Annual Literary Desserts Party was yet again a success measured in full stomachs, sugar headaches, and the happy faces of the MA and MFA students in the Literature Department. It was hosted by Professor Erik Dussere last Saturday evening and had […]