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Book Review: Read by Strangers

Book Review: Read by Strangers

  By  K. Tyler Christensen    At the 2011 Tin House Writers Workshop, Dorothy Allison delivered a talk called, “On Dialogue.” In her spirited voice, Allison asked: Shouldn’t story be something fucking happening? Without a doubt, in Philip Dean Walker’s second collection of short stories, […]

Ava Farmer visits American University

Ava Farmer visits American University

Ava Farmer, a.k.a. Sandy Lerner, author of Second Impressions, a sequel to Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride & Prejudice, visited American University on March 27, 2013. Assistant professor Fiona Brideoake, and literature department chair, Jonathan Loesberg, moderated the evening’s Q&A. Farmer read from Second Impressions and then […]

Empathy is Essential: An Interview with Hanna Pylvainen

Empathy is Essential: An Interview with Hanna Pylvainen

Hanna Pylvainen visited American University on March 20, 2013 as part of the MFA in Creative Writing Program’s, Visiting Writers Series. She hails from suburban Detroit, but currently lives in Brooklyn, where she is working on a follow-up to her debut novel, We Sinners. She’s also […]

Ted Conover and The Transcendence of Good Writing

Ted Conover and The Transcendence of Good Writing

Ted Conover is the author of five books of nonfiction, Rolling Nowhere and Newjack to name a couple. Conover visited the campus at American University on Monday, February 4, 2013. Conover has a dignified presence, the bearing of a man who knows what it’s like to roll up […]

An Inside Look at the NEA with Literature Director, Ira Silverberg

An Inside Look at the NEA with Literature Director, Ira Silverberg

Ira Silverberg is the Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his current position at the NEA, Silverberg worked as a publisher, literary agent, and editor. He has represented National Book Award nominees, including Adam Haslett, Christopher Sorrentino, and Rene Steinke. […]

Three Tents Promises Surprise

Three Tents Promises Surprise

  On September 16, Big Lucks literary journal hosted their inaugural Three Tents Reading Series at The Big Hunt in DuPont Circle. Prose readers included Noy Holland, whose collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First, Begins With Bird, and The […]

An Interview with Short-Story Writer Amy Hempel

An Interview with Short-Story Writer Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Artists Foundation, and the Academy of Arts and Letters. Hempel is the author of Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the […]