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Literary Desserts Party 2019

Literary Desserts Party 2019

From Left to Right: Emily Holland, Cassie Osvatics, Emily Smith, Bailey Blumenstock, Dara Feldman, Ben Truax, Tim Englehart By: Emily Smith In December, the Literature Department held one of its most beloved traditions – the Literary Desserts Party. The MA and MFA faculty and graduate…

Christa Parravani On Being Honest and Raw and Real

Christa Parravani On Being Honest and Raw and Real

By: Zoe Aslop One afternoon this fall, Café MFA caught up with Christa Parravani to talk about moving on from photography and poetry, writing her first memoir in fiction workshops, and the challenges of an ambitious second memoir on abortion in West Virginia, to be…

We Don’t Live Our Lives in Genre: A Conversation with Etgar Keret

We Don’t Live Our Lives in Genre: A Conversation with Etgar Keret

By Yohanca Delgado In September, AU’s Center for Israel Studies brought Etgar Keret to campus for a reading and conversation. Before the event, I was delighted to sit in on a casual, roundtable conversation with Melissa Scholes Young and her students in the MFA lit…

MFA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:  WILL SCHICK SECOND YEAR MFA CANDIDATE

MFA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WILL SCHICK SECOND YEAR MFA CANDIDATE

By: Emily Smith Emily Smith: Hi Will, thanks for doing this! Let’s start off with an easy one. You entered the MFA with a fiction concentration. Is that still the genre you find yourself most drawn to? Will Schick: The short answer is no. I’m…

Visiting Writers Series: Christa Parravani

Visiting Writers Series: Christa Parravani

By: Zoe Aslop Christa Parravani, a memoirist who gets to the messy heart of being a woman under duress, will speak at AU on Wednesday, October 23rd, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. As an accomplished photographer and an acclaimed writer, Parravani makes art…

Staying Productive Off-Campus

Staying Productive Off-Campus

By Brahidaliz Martinez As the semester rolls over to the halfway mark, it’s a good time to make sure that you’re on top of your assignments and workshops. Besides attending office hours, critiquing your peers’ work, and revising your stories, it might be helpful to…

Folger Theatre’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Folger Theatre’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

By: Bailey Blumenstock For the past year, in addition to the various hats I wear at AU, I’ve also had the pleasure of working in the Box Office at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. While best known for its theatre productions, the Folger hosts a number…

Book Review: Good Will Come from the Sea

Book Review: Good Will Come from the Sea

by: Lingyue Zheng When a book pierces through a benign aura of an unfamiliar continent and storms in political thunders, rains of questionings and lightning of acute observations, it yearns to speak to readers about the fear and love for a country that runs so…

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…