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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 […]

The Poetry Bot

The Poetry Bot

By Vince Granata  Admittedly, I’m not a twitter aficionado. Admittedly, I have a deep and abiding fear of the looming Singularity. But, with the help of some of my non-luddite friends, I’m coming around to the idea that a marriage of these two—twitter and A.I.—might […]

“A Note in Coltrane’s Love Supreme,” Saying Goodbye to Mary Stone Hanley

“A Note in Coltrane’s Love Supreme,” Saying Goodbye to Mary Stone Hanley

By Jessica Harris    Dear Ms. Mary, You always knew it was me, I guess by the drawl in my voice when I say “miss.”  I’ve tried to write you this letter without crying—­guess that’s why I put it off for so long. But I know […]

Introducing Jessica Harris

Introducing Jessica Harris

Café MFA is happy to introduce the newest member of our editorial staff. Jessica Harris is in her second-ish year in the MFA program at American University. While she declares no specific track, she tends to write poetry. Her other interests include cooking, music and random adventures. […]

Favorite Sentences: So That I Would No Longer Be Afraid

Favorite Sentences: So That I Would No Longer Be Afraid

By Sylvia Jones   Norma, I did it by doing the things I was afraid of doing so that I would no longer be afraid. This is my favorite sentence in literature. It comes from Sandra Cisneros’ essay “A House of My Own” and appears […]