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Book Review: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

Book Review: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

By Austine Model People suggest books to me all the time. The moment I mention I write or study literature, the first impulse for many is to recommend a book or an author to me. While I, of course, appreciate this, I have more books […]

February News

February News

Here are a few recent student, faculty, and alumni wins that are making us happy this month: Jenny Molberg, a 2010 AU MFA alumna, won a 2019 NEA Fellowship. After graduating from AU, she went on to earn her PhD from University of North Texas […]

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 […]

Annual Faculty Reading 2019

Annual Faculty Reading 2019

By Emily Smith A defining aspect of AU’s MFA program is its close relationship between faculty and students, both past and present. The Annual Faculty Reading, held this past Wednesday night at 826 DC, is the embodiment of this communal spirit. MFA faculty, current students, […]

Book Review: The Corpse Exhibition

Book Review: The Corpse Exhibition

By Will Schick Available for the first time in English, Hassan Blasim’s collection of short stories titled The Corpse Exhibition will twist your stomach into knots in a manner of sentences as it takes you on a topsy-turvy tour of life inside a modern war zone. You […]

Your Guide to the Literary DMV, Part II

Your Guide to the Literary DMV, Part II

By Tara Campbell Welcome back to a new year at AU. Before the semester gets too hectic, let’s take a look around at what else is going on in the Literary DMV (see Part I). Now’s the time to plug things into your calendar so […]

DC Scores: Victory in Poetry

DC Scores: Victory in Poetry

Nick Chhoeun A few weeks ago, DC Scores had their annual poetry performance night. The “Our Words Our City” event began with a reception of parents, teachers, coaches, friends, and students. The mission statement of DC Scores is that it “creates neighborhood teams that give kids […]

Thank You, Stan Lee

Thank You, Stan Lee

By Nick Chhoeun There is one thing people can talk about across generations: superheroes. From Spiderman to—my favorite—Wolverine these superheroes inspire and amuse the minds of the young and old alike. Stan Lee, the creative leader/writer of Marvel comics, is the man behind these superheroes. […]

I Found My Writer’s Group at Miriam’s Kitchen:  Finding Community with the Homeless

I Found My Writer’s Group at Miriam’s Kitchen: Finding Community with the Homeless

By Will Schick We gather for coffee and conversation on Monday mornings in the basement of Western Presbyterian Church, a short walk from Foggy Bottom metro station, across from George Washington University’s business school. I usually try to arrive early at around 7:45 AM. By […]

On Podcasts and Writing

On Podcasts and Writing

By Nick Chhoeun In the life of a commuter, the many hours of idle time require something to keep one’s mind entertained. It takes me about a half hour to get to work every day, and another forty minutes to drive to AU (unless I […]