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Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

By Vince Granata In advance of Wednesday’s Visiting Writer event, I had the opportunity to ask Jan Wagner several questions about his new collection of poetry, collaborating with David Keplinger, object studies, the challenge of translation, and dachshunds. Join us on Wednesday to continue the conversation with Wagner and […]

Visiting Writer: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

Visiting Writer: An Interview with Imbolo Mbue

By Yohanca Delgado Ahead of tomorrow’s Visiting Writers Event, I had the pleasure of talking on the phone with the charming and gracious Imbolo Mbue about Behold the Dreamers, character development, drafts, and Motorola RZRs.   YD: How is all the travel going? Are you working on any […]

Book Review: An American Dream, Deferred

Book Review: An American Dream, Deferred

By Karan Madhok   Behold the Dreamers  By Imbolo Mbue 397 pp. Random House. $17 Over a million immigrants a year are granted permanent residence in the United States. They leave behind their families, their homes, their favorite foods, their language, culture, and often, the […]

Visiting Writers: Richard Peabody of Gargoyle Magazine

Visiting Writers: Richard Peabody of Gargoyle Magazine

By Vince Granata   I’m not certain I’ve encountered a better description of a magazine than the following: Gargoyle has always been a scallywag magazine, a maverick magazine, a bit too academic for the underground and way too underground for the academics. Gargoyle Magazine, the […]

Visiting Writers: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Visiting Writers: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

By Yohanca Delgado Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family is a beautiful, headlong dive into the life of a family in the Bronx from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. LeBlanc immersed herself in the lives of her subjects for eleven years, chronicling the cycles of crime, […]

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

Our Required Reading for Visiting Writer Jacqueline Woodson

  Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. In 2015, her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award and secured Woodson recognition by the Poetry Foundation as Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her work has won multiple accolades, including […]

An Interview with Rigoberto González

An Interview with Rigoberto González

  Rigoberto González is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Barnes […]

An Interview with Jenny Offill

An Interview with Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill’s first novel, Last Things, was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is also the author of four children’s books: While you Were Napping, 11 Experiments That Failed, 17 Things I’m Not Allowed […]

The Memoir-in-Verse: An Interview with Patricia Smith

The Memoir-in-Verse: An Interview with Patricia Smith

  Patricia Smith was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives in New Jersey. She is a Cave Canem faculty member at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and a faculty member of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College. […]

Darling: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Darling: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez was born the son of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Sacramento, California. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, Columbia as a religious studies graduate student. Rodriguez also studied English Renaissance literature at the Warburg Institute in London, and was a doctoral […]