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Looking Forward to AWP

Looking Forward to AWP

  The AWP Conference & Bookfair is upon us, and to say that the number of options is overwhelming would be an understatement. The editorial staff of Café has rounded up a few panels that we wouldn’t dream of missing, plus some other tips and tricks for […]

Introducing Yohanca Delgado

Introducing Yohanca Delgado

  Café Américain is thrilled to welcome first-year MFA candidate Yohanca Delgado to our editorial staff. Yohanca is a first-year MFA candidate. She loves to read all three genres, but mostly writes creative nonfiction. She lived overseas for a long time (Paris, Cairo, Sao Paulo, Kyiv, […]

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

Editorial Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read This Year

  If you’re needing book recommendations to beef up your winter break reading list, look no further. As 2016 comes to a close, the Cafe staff is striking a reflective pose. Each of us chose two of the best books we read this year: one that […]

On Community, Cults, and “Harmony” with Carolyn Parkhurst

On Community, Cults, and “Harmony” with Carolyn Parkhurst

  About a month ago, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Parkhurst for coffee. In the span of only half an hour, we talked about everything from accountability in the writing life to rejection to cults, and finally to […]

Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Scholes Young

Faculty Spotlight: Melissa Scholes Young

By Vince Granata   Melissa Scholes Young’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poets & Writers, Poet Lore, and other literary journals. She teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. and is a Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellow. Her novel, Flood, […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About D/deaf and Disability Literature

What We Talk About When We Talk About D/deaf and Disability Literature

  The conversation about literature’s serious diversity issue intensifies every year, as it should. Literature’s whiteness and overall homogeneity has destructive consequences: books will become irrelevant if they don’t reflect the everyday experiences of individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Black, Indigenous, or People of Color […]

November Submission Deadlines

November Submission Deadlines

  Open that calendar again. These November opportunities are calling—submit, submit, submit! GENERAL SUBMISSIONS: Poets & Writers database Search here for a list of literary journals and their ongoing submission deadlines. I love you all, but I’m not going to search through the 1,112 literary […]

November Literary Events

November Literary Events

  Salman Rushdie last month, Zadie Smith this month—sheesh, it’s great to live in D.C.   FESTIVALS Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Silver Spring, MD   OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS Busboys & Poets Every Tuesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 14th & V Every Wednesday, 9:00pm […]

Why I Write: A Story of Young Love

Why I Write: A Story of Young Love

  I don’t know why people decide to write. Sometimes, when I sit in front of my computer, trying to force words onto the screen’s blank stare, I wonder how storytelling became an obsession. I suspect, like many obsessions, mine started as a love affair, […]

October Literary Events

October Literary Events

  Get that calendar handy.   FESTIVALS October 18-28: The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival   OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHTS  Busboys & Poets Every Tuesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 14th & V Every Wednesday, 9:00pm – 11:00pm @ 5th & K Every […]