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Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

By Vince Granata In advance of Wednesday’s Visiting Writer event, I had the opportunity to ask Jan Wagner several questions about his new collection of poetry, collaborating with David Keplinger, object studies, the challenge of translation, and dachshunds. Join us on Wednesday to continue the conversation with Wagner and […]

The Poetry Bot

The Poetry Bot

By Vince Granata  Admittedly, I’m not a twitter aficionado. Admittedly, I have a deep and abiding fear of the looming Singularity. But, with the help of some of my non-luddite friends, I’m coming around to the idea that a marriage of these two—twitter and A.I.—might […]

Lost in Translation, Writing Memories

Lost in Translation, Writing Memories

By Vince Granata The question–a troubling one I’m still contending with–came out of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. In the novel, Calvino imagines a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Kahn, a back and forth in which Polo describes cities that Kahn believes span his empire. Eventually, Kahn […]

Book Review: The Accusation

Book Review: The Accusation

By Vince Granata   “We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” This, a familiar note in recent presidential refrains, came yesterday in an address to the U.N. During that speech, Trump also referred to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket man,” which, I […]

Visiting Writers: Richard Peabody of Gargoyle Magazine

Visiting Writers: Richard Peabody of Gargoyle Magazine

By Vince Granata   I’m not certain I’ve encountered a better description of a magazine than the following: Gargoyle has always been a scallywag magazine, a maverick magazine, a bit too academic for the underground and way too underground for the academics. Gargoyle Magazine, the […]

My Mother’s Books

My Mother’s Books

In keeping with my recent grammar–centric posts, this piece was initially going to be about long sentences. While researching a possible angle, I poured over celebrated sentences from Faulkner, Woolf, David Foster Wallace, sentences that span paragraphs, winding through all the light and dark spaces […]

It’s Not All Relative

It’s Not All Relative

Let’s talk about relative pronouns. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance. To review: our most common relative pronouns include who/whom, whoever/whomever, whose, that, and which. Aside: The that versus which distinction is not an issue that threatens our way of life. That said, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]