Fall 2020: Editor’s Note
Welcome to Café MFA! This year we hope to provide a space that fills in for some of what we will be missing with the switch to virtual learning. In addition to our weekly posts, we will also be hosting some exciting virtual events, such as our first Virtual Café on September 25th! Additionally, we are planning virtual readings and discussions that we are all really excited about and hope you will be, too! While there is no way to recreate the alchemy of meeting in person and the bonds formed in the workshop space, we are hopeful that Café MFA can provide a platform to foster the same sort of camaraderie and community.
And, now, without further ado, I am so excited to introduce this year’s wonderful Café MFA staff!
Zoe Aslop is a second-year MFA candidate in fiction. Before moving to DC, she worked as a freelance journalist based out of Nairobi and Beijing for a decade. Zoe attended preschool on the bucolic grounds of a psychiatric hospital in western Massachusetts, where toddlers were considered therapeutic, and, though that was very long ago, she still feels great kinship with the therapy animals she encounters in airports today.
Pam Gibson is a writer and producer, and now a first year MFA student at American University, where her focus is in fiction. She is a graduate of CUNY Baccalaureate / Hunter College, with a degree in Writing Across Genres. As an independent film / content producer and screenwriter, she began her professional journey as a music video producer / director in the early years of hip-hop. Next, she went onto write and produce the feature film Strictly Business for Warner Brothers, after which she spent a decade on the Paramount Pictures lot. For her much-anticipated second act, she aspires to write phenomenal novels and inspiring essays and to become an educator.
Jessica Sullivan is a first-year MFA student, who joined the program last spring. She is an avid coffee drinker, reader, and Hamilton fan.
Woody Woodger is a trans, pan, anarcho-commie currently living in Washington, DC. Her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, from DIAGRAM, Northern New England Review, Drunk Monkeys, RFD, Exposition Review, peculiar, and Rock and Sling, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her first chapbook, postcards from glasshouse drive (Finishing Line Press) has been nominated for the 2018 Massachusetts Book Awards. You can find her bi-week column Pre-Op Thot on COUNTERCLOCK Magazine, where she serves as Blog Editor and Poetry Reader. If THAT wasn’t enough (and it was), you can find her on Instagram and Twitter @lovlyno1.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope to “see” you on September 25th for our first ever Virtual Café! Stay tuned for details!
All my best,
Austine Model, Editor-in-Chief