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Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

By Nick Chhoeun Kafka on the Shore the fourth Haruki Murakami I’ve recently completed and it’s the second book post I’ve written about Murakami for Café. The first time I ever read one of Murakami’s books, I was hooked on his ability to include so many scenes, […]

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Mai Der Vang

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Mai Der Vang

  By Amy Trotter In anticipation of her visit to American University’s Visiting Writers Series this Wednesday, Mai Der Vang graciously answered a few questions about her explosive new collection, Afterland, and her involvement in the Hmong writer’s community.   AT: Have you been busy […]

The Spine-In Trend

The Spine-In Trend

By Nick Chhoeun I was at the high school where I work and I saw that one of the English teachers arranged her personal books differently. They weren’t arranged by genre or by the author. They were arranged with the book pages facing outward. When […]

“Write Your Rats”: Elizabeth Acevedo and The Poet X

“Write Your Rats”: Elizabeth Acevedo and The Poet X

By Yohanca Delgado   Elizabeth Acevedo  is a slam poet and used to teach middle-school before she turned to writing books— and you can tell from the moment she steps onto the stage. She’s wearing sweatpants, her signature curls are flawless, and she’s one of […]

The Art of Losing

The Art of Losing

By Nick Chhoeun  On February 28th, the AU Literature Department event “The Art of Losing” showcased particular “poets, prose writers, musicians – anyone who put pen to paper who was important to you.” The goal was to celebrate the works of these people and discuss […]

Deconstructing Language: A Conversation About Translation

Deconstructing Language: A Conversation About Translation

By Vince Granata I asked recent MFA grad, Tom Hatcher, about his translations of Romanian poetry. Tom began his translation work in David Keplinger’s seminar on translation when he was introduced to the Romanian poet, Claudiu Komartin. Tom’s translations of Komartin’s work have been published in Poetry International and Pleiades. […]

Book Review: Another City

Book Review: Another City

By Susan Bucci Mockler In his 1980 Nobel Lecture, Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz said that the poet’s true vocation is to contemplate Being. David Keplinger does exactly that in Another City, his fifth collection of poetry. The speaker of these poems is trying, through careful observation […]

Another City: An Interview with David Keplinger

Another City: An Interview with David Keplinger

By Melody Tootoonchi American University’s own David Keplinger is a man of words, through and through— from poetry to translation to song. He is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent of which (Another City) is being published this month by Milkweed Editions. […]

Punning Genius

Punning Genius

By Vince Granata “Hi Vince, all fine here. Are there many first person singular object pronouns, or is it just me…” My father puns with abandon. Whether via text message—like the above, sent last weekend—or in person, the frequency of his wordplay borders on self-parody, […]

Audiobooks vs. Traditional Books

Audiobooks vs. Traditional Books

By Nick Chhoeun When I went home to Connecticut a few weeks ago I met up with some friends. We were catching up about the usual things, like work and school, when the conversation turned to books. I shared my reread of Haruki Murakami’s A […]