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Literature Reading: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

Literature Reading: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

By Emily M. Smith “I celebrate myself and sing myself.” In honor of the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, American’s Lit Department took these words to heart and held a group reading of “Song of Myself” on Friday, March 29th. Literature and creative writing professors, graduate […]

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 […]

Favorite Sentences From My Deployment to Afghanistan

Favorite Sentences From My Deployment to Afghanistan

By Will Schick I’ll never forget the way certain things could make me feel on deployment. The way a rocket blast could jolt me awake, and rattle its way through my bones. The way a helicopter could make me feel utterly helpless as it would […]

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 […]

DC Scores: Victory in Poetry

DC Scores: Victory in Poetry

Nick Chhoeun A few weeks ago, DC Scores had their annual poetry performance night. The “Our Words Our City” event began with a reception of parents, teachers, coaches, friends, and students. The mission statement of DC Scores is that it “creates neighborhood teams that give kids […]

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 […]