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…

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…

The Art of Losing in 2019

The Art of Losing in 2019

By Nick Chhoeun The annual Art of Losing event took place on April 24, 2019. For those unfamiliar with this event, its mission was celebration. Every year, we lose writers and artists that impacted in our lives for the better. This event gave people the…

April News

April News

Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month: MFA alumna Claire Handscombe‘s debut novel, Unscripted, is available for purchase. The novel was released on April 4th by Unbound publishing. Current student (and Cafe MFA editor!) Tara…

February News

February News

Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month: Jenny Molberg, a 2010 AU MFA alumna, won a 2019 NEA Fellowship. After graduating from AU, she went on to earn her PhD from University of North Texas…

Annual Faculty Reading 2019

Annual Faculty Reading 2019

By Emily Smith A defining aspect of AU’s MFA program is its close relationship between faculty and students, both past and present. The Annual Faculty Reading, held this past Wednesday night at 826 DC, is the embodiment of this communal spirit. MFA faculty, current students,…

Your Guide to the Literary DMV, Part II

Your Guide to the Literary DMV, Part II

By Tara Campbell Welcome back to a new year at AU. Before the semester gets too hectic, let’s take a look around at what else is going on in the Literary DMV (see Part I). Now’s the time to plug things into your calendar so…

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…

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:…

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,…