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Introducing Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model

Introducing Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model

Welcome to the team, Austine! Austine is an aspiring poet, working on her MFA. She earned her undergraduate degree in literature at American University and has returned after a three-year stint in marketing and a brief foray into the world of public affairs radio and podcasting. Austine has […]

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: […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

“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 […]

On Translating Absence

On Translating Absence

By Jessica Harris I was once asked if I had ever experienced absence or a great heart presence. I struggled with recounting whether I had or not. What I do believe is that absence is an underlying thread in life. A familiar language for some […]