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Visiting Writers Series

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. […]

Visiting Writers: Advice From Allison Wright

Visiting Writers: Advice From Allison Wright

By Nick Chhoeun Earlier this month, Allison Wright of VQR hosted the spring boot camp. She had much to say about the literary journal including useful tips for submissions. Here’s a brief recap of the event. About VQR: VQR receives 11,000-12,000 submissions a year, the […]

AU Bootcamp: Allison Wright of VQR

AU Bootcamp: Allison Wright of VQR

By Austine Chilton Model Today American University’s MFA program welcomes Allison Wright for the Spring Bootcamp. This session will focus on state of the literary journal, as well as strategies for submissions and pitfalls to avoid during the submission process. Allison Wright is the executive […]

Visiting Writers’ Series: An Interview with Min Jin Lee

Visiting Writers’ Series: An Interview with Min Jin Lee

By Tara Campbell If one were to write a list of literary accolades for contemporary writers, it would read a lot like Min Jin Lee’s biography. Her work has garnered fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard. With […]

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Fady Joudah

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Fady Joudah

By Austine Model  Fady Joudah is a poet living in Austin, Texas. His most recent collection, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, was published earlier this year by Milkweed Editions. Joudah has three other collections of his own work published, in addition to extensive works […]

A Multi-Genre Workshop with Teju Cole

A Multi-Genre Workshop with Teju Cole

By Austine Elizabeth Chilton Model Earlier this month, the campus was abuzz with two much anticipated Teju Cole Visiting Writing Series events, which drew full houses both nights. A lesser-known event was also a part of Cole’s time spent at American University. On Wednesday afternoon, […]

Teju Cole’s Mastery of the Photographic Literary Hybrid

Teju Cole’s Mastery of the Photographic Literary Hybrid

By Nick Chhoeun Teju Cole was our second Visiting Writer this year, for two sold-out events on October 3rd and October 4th. His extensive and groundbreaking work as an author and as a photographer for the New York Times make the large crowds unsurprising. I recently read parts of his […]

Teju Cole and Blind Spot

Teju Cole and Blind Spot

By Tara Campbell   Photographer, novelist, essayist, art historian and critic, Teju Cole is a master of many genres. His novel (Open City), novella (Every Day is for the Thief), and essay collection (Known and Strange Things) have won enough awards and accolades to take […]

Visiting Writers: Fatimah Asghar

Visiting Writers: Fatimah Asghar

By Yohanca Delgado As the semester enters full swing (and everyone recovers from Saturday night’s literary sugar coma) we’ve all got another wonderful event to look forward to, our first Visiting Writers event featuring Fatimah Asghar. Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer. […]

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

On Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

By Nick Chhoeun   Nnedi Okorafor is our guest at tomorrow’s AU’s Visiting Writers Series event and to prepare, I’ve started reading her Binti series. Tara Campbell’s post gives a great overview of Okorafor’s life, writing, and thematic interests, but here, I’ll be looking more closely at Binti.  […]