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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 […]

October Submission Deadlines

October Submission Deadlines

  Alright, fellow MFAers, while you’re wrapping up those final tweaks to your final revisions on your best pieces, be sure to add these dates to your submission calendar:   GENERAL SUBMISSIONS: Poets & Writers database Search here for a list of literary journals and […]

Writing as a Witness to One’s Own Disease

Writing as a Witness to One’s Own Disease

  It’s absurd to complain about having too much to read. I know that. But, as guilty as this admission makes me, I sometimes prefer when people tell me NOT to read certain books. That type of anti-recommendation doesn’t bloat my constantly growing list. Invariably, […]

Meet the New Members of the Cafe Americain Staff

Meet the New Members of the Cafe Americain Staff

  Vince Granata, Staff Editor Vince is a second-year MFA candidate who predominately writes creative nonfiction. His current work focuses on how mental illness has affected his family and how the mentally ill are treated and perceived in our society. Prior to moving to DC, […]

MFA Alum Offers a New Writing Retreat

MFA Alum Offers a New Writing Retreat

  This summer I launched Idlewild Arts, a new organization created to connect people with the arts and with each other. We’re holding retreats for writers and getting ready to start a podcast and book subscription service later this year. Starting Idlewild is something I’ve […]

Do I have a healthy relationship with my podcasts?

Do I have a healthy relationship with my podcasts?

  In two previous pieces, I explored how podcasting serviced storytelling and pondered if we are experiencing a culture shift in media consumption. With my final essay, I examine how listening to Podcasts may be affecting my life, for the good or the bad. A […]

A Conversation with Kyle Dargan

A Conversation with Kyle Dargan

  Features editor Jewel Edwards recently interviewed Professor Kyle Dargan, Director of American University’s writing program and teacher of poetry. Dargan is the author of four poetry collections: The Listening (2004), winner of the Cave Canem Prize, Bouquet of Hungers (2007), awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy […]