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The Unfixed Narrative of America: An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

The Unfixed Narrative of America: An Interview with Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu is a name you should know, if you don’t already. His brilliant new novel All Our Names, published this year to critical acclaim, is his third in seven years, following How to Read the Air (2010) and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007). His first […]

Andrew O’Hagan on the Morality of Style

Andrew O’Hagan on the Morality of Style

Since his first book, The Missing, was published in 1996, Scottish writer Andrew O’Hagan has pushed the limits of literary genre, blurring the boundaries between fiction, memoir, documentary, and journalism. He has published four novels: Our Fathers; Personality; The Life and Opinions of Maf the […]

Joy to Sorrow, Sorrow to Celebration: An Interview with David Wojahn

Joy to Sorrow, Sorrow to Celebration: An Interview with David Wojahn

Since winning the 1982 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for Icehouse Lights, David Wojahn has published eight collections of poetry. His 2006 book, Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from […]

On Global Science Fiction, an Aesthetic of Compression, and Long Form: a Conversation with Mohsin Hamid

On Global Science Fiction, an Aesthetic of Compression, and Long Form: a Conversation with Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a busy man these days. The author of Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), and most recently, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), Hamid’s award-winning fiction has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for […]

An Interview with Author Marione Ingram

An Interview with Author Marione Ingram

  Marione Ingram, born in Hamburg in 1935, is a survivor of the Gestapo and the 1943 firebombing of Hamburg (which created one of the largest firestorms in history, killing around 45,000 civilians and wounding. 37,000). After the war, she emigrated to the U.S. and […]

Charged Language: An Interview with Justin Torres

Charged Language: An Interview with Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ debut novel, We the Animals, won the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and was a finalist for both a 2012 Indies Choice Book Award and an NAACP Image Award. Of his novel, Marilynne Robinson writes: “In language brilliant, poised and pure, We the Animals tells […]

An Interview with Poet Cathy Park Hong

An Interview with Poet Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo’um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002), Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize), and Engine Empire (Norton, 2012). She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts […]

An Interview with Author Linda Daly

An Interview with Author Linda Daly

Linda Daly is a graduate of American University with a BA in Literature (’90). She was a contributing editor at the now defunct Los Angeles Times Magazine where she maintained the popular “Pretty In Green” blog for the magazine’s website, and she also writes for […]

Graduating MFA Students to Read at Historic Politics & Prose

Graduating MFA Students to Read at Historic Politics & Prose

In The Writing Life Annie Dillard states: “When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a wood carver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow.” On Sunday, May 12, […]

Ava Farmer visits American University

Ava Farmer visits American University

Ava Farmer, a.k.a. Sandy Lerner, author of Second Impressions, a sequel to Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride & Prejudice, visited American University on March 27, 2013. Assistant professor Fiona Brideoake, and literature department chair, Jonathan Loesberg, moderated the evening’s Q&A. Farmer read from Second Impressions and then […]