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A Look at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants

A Look at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants

  The deadlines for 2016 grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities begin in May 2015. The qualifications for applying for DCCAH grants are:  Be artists or arts professionals (e.g., presenters, producers and educators), aged 18 or older; Be legal DC residents […]

An Interview with Jenny Offill

An Interview with Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill’s first novel, Last Things, was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is also the author of four children’s books: While you Were Napping, 11 Experiments That Failed, 17 Things I’m Not Allowed […]

Sweet, Sweet Victory at the Annual Literary Desserts Party

Sweet, Sweet Victory at the Annual Literary Desserts Party

  For the graduate students in the Literature (MA) and Creative Writing (MFA) programs at AU, September brought workshops, reading lists, rough drafts—and desserts. At the annual Literary Desserts party on Saturday, hosted at the home of Professor Rachel Louise Snyder, students showed up bearing […]

Humanity and Humor: PEN/Faulkner Recognizes George Saunders’ Greatness

Humanity and Humor: PEN/Faulkner Recognizes George Saunders’ Greatness

“Revision is love,” said George Saunders from the pulpit at the Church of the Reformation, across the street from the Library of Congress, after receiving the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of the short story. “It’s a means to open up our writing […]

Graduating MFA Students to Read at Historic Politics & Prose

Graduating MFA Students to Read at Historic Politics & Prose

In The Writing Life Annie Dillard states: “When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a wood carver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow.” On Sunday, May 12, […]

Folio Launch Party to be Held at 826DC

Folio Launch Party to be Held at 826DC

The newest issue of Folio will be hot off the presses this week. Included is Roxane Gay’s stellar essay “Girls Girls Girls,” which first appeared – famously – at The Rumpus, and is being reprinted in this 2013 issue of Folio. The issue also includes poetry by Hettie Jones (No Woman […]

An Interview with 826DC’s Joe Callahan

An Interview with 826DC’s Joe Callahan

826DC is a nonprofit organization that provides writing workshops, tutoring, and more to students in the DC area. 826DC operates out of The Museum of Unnatural History, a quirky storefront featuring everything from cans of Primordial Soup to supplements to aid the growth of opposable […]

An Inside Look at the NEA with Literature Director, Ira Silverberg

An Inside Look at the NEA with Literature Director, Ira Silverberg

Ira Silverberg is the Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his current position at the NEA, Silverberg worked as a publisher, literary agent, and editor. He has represented National Book Award nominees, including Adam Haslett, Christopher Sorrentino, and Rene Steinke. […]

Jeffrey Eugenides’ Defense of the Novel

Jeffrey Eugenides’ Defense of the Novel

On Monday, September 25, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides read from his latest novel, The Marriage Plot, as part of the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Series promoted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Marriage Plot, Eugenides’s third novel, revolves around a love triangle formed between three college […]

Three Tents Promises Surprise

Three Tents Promises Surprise

  On September 16, Big Lucks literary journal hosted their inaugural Three Tents Reading Series at The Big Hunt in DuPont Circle. Prose readers included Noy Holland, whose collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First, Begins With Bird, and The […]