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Introducing Yohanca Delgado

Introducing Yohanca Delgado

  Café Américain is thrilled to welcome first-year MFA candidate Yohanca Delgado to our editorial staff. Yohanca is a first-year MFA candidate. She loves to read all three genres, but mostly writes creative nonfiction. She lived overseas for a long time (Paris, Cairo, Sao Paulo, Kyiv, […]

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

By Yohanca Delgado In Japan, repairing broken pottery is an art form called Kintsugi (“golden joinery”), which uses gold to meld the broken pieces back together. In her book of essays, Quiéreme (“Love Me”), Juliana Delgado Lopera’s outlines the ways in the which the self […]

Unscripted: An Interview with Alumna Claire Handscombe

Unscripted: An Interview with Alumna Claire Handscombe

By Yohanca Delgado   You’ve got so many cool things going on that it’s hard to choose a starting point. Let’s talk about BritLit first, your new podcast highlighting British literature. What inspired you to create a podcast? I have been listening to podcasts for […]

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 […]

An Interview with Sally Wen Mao

An Interview with Sally Wen Mao

By Yohanca Delgado I had the privilege of chatting with poet Sally Wen Mao ahead of her PEN/Faulkner and Hill Center event this Thursday.We talked about her experience living in DC as the current Jenny McKean Writer in Washington at GW and about what’s fueling her […]

Visiting Writer: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

Visiting Writer: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

By Yohanca Delgado Ahead of tomorrow’s Visiting Writers Event, I had the pleasure of talking on the phone with the charming and gracious Imbolo Mbue about Behold the Dreamers, character development, drafts, and Motorola RZRs.   YD: How is all the travel going? Are you working on any […]

Literary Event: Tracy K. Smith’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Reading

Literary Event: Tracy K. Smith’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Reading

By Yohanca Delgado On Wednesday, September 13th, Pulitzer-prize winner Tracy K. Smith read as Poet Laureate for the first time. Before she took the stage, nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman read as the first ever Youth Poet Laureate. National youth organization Urban Word regional finals across the […]

A Cry Against War: Meeting Marione Ingram

A Cry Against War: Meeting Marione Ingram

“I lost it at Whole Foods today,” Marione Ingram confesses. She’s only been in the room for five minutes, and we are all already a little in love with her, so we lean in. “They were selling Passover cakes with train tracks drawn on them in […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: An Interview with Ada Limón

Visiting Writer’s Series: An Interview with Ada Limón

  We don’t know about you, but the staff over here at Café cannot wait to hear Ada Limón read tonight. In preparation for Limón’s visit, editor Yohanca Delgado chatted with her about form, voice, and swimming with Natalie Diaz.   CA: You’ve said in […]

Some New Possibilities of Being: A Brief Tour of Ada Limón’s Poetry

Some New Possibilities of Being: A Brief Tour of Ada Limón’s Poetry

  If you read this past week’s New Yorker, you have seen Limón’s latest poem. If you didn’t, you can read it here: “The Burying Beetle.” What I appreciate most about Limón as a poet is her openness. Her collections vary significantly in voice and theme, but they all share […]