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…

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…

Folger Theatre’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Folger Theatre’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

By: Bailey Blumenstock For the past year, in addition to the various hats I wear at AU, I’ve also had the pleasure of working in the Box Office at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. While best known for its theatre productions, the Folger hosts a number…

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Elena Passarello

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Elena Passarello

By Yohanca Delgado Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award.…

The Untranslatable

The Untranslatable

By Vince Granata How often do we sprinkle untranslated words and phrases into English sentences? While there is no shortage of Latin phrases lingering in the lexicon—mea culpa, quid pro quo, a priori­—we’ve lifted a number of active languages into our speech as well. When…

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

A Skype Chat with Victor LaValle

By Michael Conner Victor LaValle Skyped with Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction workshop last week to share thoughts on his novella, The Ballad of Black Tom. Ever since he was a kid, the likes of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Shirley Jackson filled LaValle’s reading library with tales…

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Visiting Writers Series: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

By Vince Granata  Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of three travel memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands (2017); as well as the best-selling guidebook…

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

By Vince Granata   I started thinking about plagiarism last week, largely thanks to accusations leveled at Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated, The Shape of Water. The estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Zindel, claims that Del Toro has copied his janitor-falls-in-love-with-aquatic-creature story from Zindel’s 1969,…

Rereading Murakami’s Wild Sheep Chase

Rereading Murakami’s Wild Sheep Chase

By Nick Chhoeun A Wild Sheep Chase is one of my favorite Haruki Murakami novels and I recently reread it with greater attention to craft. I remembered Murakami’s ability to switch between multiple scenes and chapters fluidly, and I wanted to go back to see how…

Lahiri in Italian

Lahiri in Italian

By Vince Granata For the last three years, Jhumpa Lahiri has written in Italian. In fact, aside from translating Italian work—including her own—Italian has been the only language she has published in since 2015. For decades before the shift, she worked her way through lessons…