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Visiting Writers’ Series: Ilya Kaminsky

Visiting Writers’ Series: Ilya Kaminsky

The Sound of Silence by: Lingyue Zheng “We are sitting in the audience, still. Silence, like a bullet that’s missed us, spins—” This is how Ilya Kaminsky ends Act II in Deaf Republic. A dash branches out to unknown possibilities and promises only an agonized […]

Reflections on an MFA

Reflections on an MFA

By Tara Campbell I had a specific goal when entering the MFA program at American University—to get help on my historical fiction novel-in-progress. Coming in as a writer of speculative fiction, I needed additional support tackling this new genre, as well as its sensitive subject […]

The Art of Losing in 2019

The Art of Losing in 2019

By Nick Chhoeun The annual Art of Losing event took place on April 24, 2019. For those unfamiliar with this event, its mission was celebration. Every year, we lose writers and artists that impacted in our lives for the better. This event gave people the […]

FOLIO Volume 34

FOLIO Volume 34

By A.R. Castellano This year’s issue of FOLIO sought work responding to themes of universal connections across the natural world—branches and roots, ancestry and rebirth, fate and knowledge. Art about finding oneself either completely of the world or hopelessly pitted against it. In keeping with […]

Let’s Celebrate the End of the Semester Next Thursday!

Let’s Celebrate the End of the Semester Next Thursday!

Cafe MFA Alumni Mixer: Thursday, May 2, from 5-8 PM   On Thursday, May, 2, join us at Guapo’s (across the street from Tenleytown Metro) for a casual happy hour to celebrate the end of the semester (and spend a little time with other members of the AU […]

Literature Reading: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

Literature Reading: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

By Emily M. Smith “I celebrate myself and sing myself.” In honor of the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, American’s Lit Department took these words to heart and held a group reading of “Song of Myself” on Friday, March 29th. Literature and creative writing professors, graduate […]

Lyrical Artistry in Pop Punk

Lyrical Artistry in Pop Punk

By Nick Chhoeun Although my posts about music on Café MFA have focused on rap, my favorite genre has always been pop punk. Bands like Blink-182, Paramore, and Green Day stick out as some of the most well known of the genre. The songs are […]

April News

April News

Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month: MFA alumna Claire Handscombe‘s debut novel, Unscripted, is available for purchase. The novel was released on April 4th by Unbound publishing. Current student (and Cafe MFA editor!) Tara […]

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Elena Passarello

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Elena Passarello

By Yohanca Delgado Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. […]

Visiting Writers: Advice From Allison Wright

Visiting Writers: Advice From Allison Wright

By Nick Chhoeun Earlier this month, Allison Wright of VQR hosted the spring boot camp. She had much to say about the literary journal including useful tips for submissions. Here’s a brief recap of the event. About VQR: VQR receives 11,000-12,000 submissions a year, the […]