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Visiting Writers: Fatimah Asghar

Visiting Writers: Fatimah Asghar

By Yohanca Delgado As the semester enters full swing (and everyone recovers from Saturday night’s literary sugar coma) we’ve all got another wonderful event to look forward to, our first Visiting Writers event featuring Fatimah Asghar. Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer. […]

Literary Desserts 2018

Literary Desserts 2018

  By Tara Campbell   I came, I saw, I stuffed my face. The annual Literary Dessert Party brought students and faculty of the Literature Department together this Saturday night for an evening of food, wine, and conversation, topped off with the sweetest of endings: […]

Introducing Tara Campbell

Introducing Tara Campbell

We are thrilled to welcome Tara Campbell to the Cafe MFA team! With a BA in English and an MA in German, Tara Campbell has a demonstrated aversion to money and power. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she has also lived in Oregon, Ohio, New York, Germany and […]

Faculty Summer Reading List

Faculty Summer Reading List

We asked our faculty what they’re reading this summer — and ended up adding to my own towering TBR list.   Kyle Dargan “I’ll be looking forward to working my way through poet Greg Pardlo’s memoir Air Traffic, Hieu Minh Nguyen newest collection Not Here, Tarfia Faizullah’s Registers of […]

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, […]

Exit Memo

Exit Memo

By Vince Granata  Sometimes, I think of reflective thought like a muscle, like an easy to neglect part of my brain. Without exercise, without training, this thought muscle will atrophy, wither away. I worry—too often, almost constantly—that if I don’t pause to reflect, don’t work […]

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

By Emily Moses   Leslie Pietrzyk, AU MFA alumna and local literary guru, agreed to meet with me to discuss her new novel, Silver Girl, out last month by Unnamed Press. Over a plate of charcuterie and a few glasses of wine, we talked about […]

Folio: Volume 33 Launching on May 7

Folio: Volume 33 Launching on May 7

By Yohanca Delgado    This year’s issue of Folio focused on the theme of crossroads and intersections, places where “two paths, two ideas, meet, converge, collide, or divide.” In keeping with Folio tradition, 33 features award-winning pieces selected by members of our own American University faculty. As a nonfiction […]

Making Grace in Darkness

Making Grace in Darkness

By Yohanca Delgado   Launching on May 7, Grace in Darkness celebrates the work of 25 women writers in the metro DC area. The anthology is the eighth in a series created by Gargoyle editor Richard Peabody in 2004 and passed on AU’s own Melissa Scholes Young in 2017. […]

Gender-Neutral Author Names

Gender-Neutral Author Names

By Nick Chhoeun I recently came across a segment on BBC News titled “Why Some Male Authors Are Hiding Their Gender.” In the segment, author Allison Pearson talks about male authors going by gender-neutral names. We are familiar with writers like Mary Ann Evans going […]