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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 […]

DC Scores: Victory in Poetry

DC Scores: Victory in Poetry

Nick Chhoeun A few weeks ago, DC Scores had their annual poetry performance night. The “Our Words Our City” event began with a reception of parents, teachers, coaches, friends, and students. The mission statement of DC Scores is that it “creates neighborhood teams that give kids […]

Thank You, Stan Lee

Thank You, Stan Lee

By Nick Chhoeun There is one thing people can talk about across generations: superheroes. From Spiderman to—my favorite—Wolverine these superheroes inspire and amuse the minds of the young and old alike. Stan Lee, the creative leader/writer of Marvel comics, is the man behind these superheroes. […]

On Podcasts and Writing

On Podcasts and Writing

By Nick Chhoeun In the life of a commuter, the many hours of idle time require something to keep one’s mind entertained. It takes me about a half hour to get to work every day, and another forty minutes to drive to AU (unless I […]

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

By Nick Chhoeun This past summer I had the opportunity to teach Creative Writing for two months to students from fifth grade to freshmen in high school. As a whole, the experience was a mixture of “why am I doing this” and “I’m doing this […]

Teju Cole’s Mastery of the Photographic Literary Hybrid

Teju Cole’s Mastery of the Photographic Literary Hybrid

By Nick Chhoeun Teju Cole was our second Visiting Writer this year, for two sold-out events on October 3rd and October 4th. His extensive and groundbreaking work as an author and as a photographer for the New York Times make the large crowds unsurprising. I recently read parts of his […]

Gender-Neutral Author Names

Gender-Neutral Author Names

By Nick Chhoeun I recently came across a segment on BBC News titled “Why Some Male Authors Are Hiding Their Gender.” In the segment, author Allison Pearson talks about male authors going by gender-neutral names. We are familiar with writers like Mary Ann Evans going […]

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

By Nick Chhoeun   Nnedi Okorafor is our guest at tomorrow’s AU’s Visiting Writers Series event and to prepare, I’ve started reading her Binti series. Tara Campbell’s post gives a great overview of Okorafor’s life, writing, and thematic interests, but here, I’ll be looking more closely at Binti.  […]

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

By Nick Chhoeun Kafka on the Shore the fourth Haruki Murakami I’ve recently completed and it’s the second book post I’ve written about Murakami for Café. The first time I ever read one of Murakami’s books, I was hooked on his ability to include so many scenes, […]

The Spine-In Trend

The Spine-In Trend

By Nick Chhoeun I was at the high school where I work and I saw that one of the English teachers arranged her personal books differently. They weren’t arranged by genre or by the author. They were arranged with the book pages facing outward. When […]