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I Found My Writer’s Group at Miriam’s Kitchen:  Finding Community with the Homeless

I Found My Writer’s Group at Miriam’s Kitchen: Finding Community with the Homeless

By Will Schick We gather for coffee and conversation on Monday mornings in the basement of Western Presbyterian Church, a short walk from Foggy Bottom metro station, across from George Washington University’s business school. I usually try to arrive early at around 7:45 AM. By […]

Teju Cole and Blind Spot

Teju Cole and Blind Spot

By Tara Campbell   Photographer, novelist, essayist, art historian and critic, Teju Cole is a master of many genres. His novel (Open City), novella (Every Day is for the Thief), and essay collection (Known and Strange Things) have won enough awards and accolades to take […]

Your Guide to the Literary DMV

Your Guide to the Literary DMV

By Tara Campbell   Welcome to American University, and welcome to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia)! We know you’re still plowing through all the new information about AU, but at some point, you’re going to pop your head up and wonder what else is going […]

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 […]

“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 those […]

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 […]

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 […]

“The Neutron Star”

“The Neutron Star”

By Vince Granata For more than two years, I’ve admired the string of embassies lining Massachusetts Avenue while riding the bus to campus. Yet, it wasn’t until Monday that I was able to set foot in one of these compounds. Thanks to David Keplinger and […]

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 […]