Fall 2020: Editor’s Note

Fall 2020: Editor’s Note

Welcome to Café MFA! This year we hope to provide a space that fills in for some of what we will be missing with the switch to virtual learning. In addition to our weekly posts, we will also be hosting some exciting virtual events, such 

Practical Learning

Practical Learning

By: Ellis Carrington For the most part, undergraduates and graduates will generally follow this traditional style of college course learning: attend classroom lecture, take time to read and reread material outside of class, and prep for mid-term and final exams. While reading and researching provide 

Korean Literary Society of Washington, D.C.

Korean Literary Society of Washington, D.C.

By: Will Schick We all ordered the cabbage and beef short rib stew. Six bowls. But, as these things happen, the restaurant ran out. That’s when a fight erupted. “Sorry, we’re all out,” the server said as he set five bowls down on our table. 

Visiting Writers: Carmen Maria Machado

Visiting Writers: Carmen Maria Machado

By: Jessica Sullivan There are times when a book reminds you of another book. Maybe it’s the plot, or the characters, or some déjà vu moment that leaves you questioning if you’ve already read it. Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir, In the Dreamhouse, is not one 

Writers Out Loud

Writers Out Loud

By: Zoe Aslop As a graduate student in New York, Rachel Coonce was reading from her memoir in front of a crowd for the first time when she heard a sound coming from the audience that surprised her. “I was speaking from my heart and 

MFA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:  WILL SCHICK SECOND YEAR MFA CANDIDATE

MFA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WILL SCHICK SECOND YEAR MFA CANDIDATE

By: Emily Smith Emily Smith: Hi Will, thanks for doing this! Let’s start off with an easy one. You entered the MFA with a fiction concentration. Is that still the genre you find yourself most drawn to? Will Schick: The short answer is no. I’m 

Staying Productive Off-Campus

Staying Productive Off-Campus

By Brahidaliz Martinez As the semester rolls over to the halfway mark, it’s a good time to make sure that you’re on top of your assignments and workshops. Besides attending office hours, critiquing your peers’ work, and revising your stories, it might be helpful to 

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 

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