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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 […]

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, […]