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Exit Memo

Exit Memo

By Vince Granata  Sometimes, I think of reflective thought like a muscle, like an easy to neglect part of my brain. Without exercise, without training, this thought muscle will atrophy, wither away. I worry—too often, almost constantly—that if I don’t pause to reflect, don’t work […]

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

The End of My Book Hangover: Silver Girl by Leslie Pietrzyk

By Emily Moses   Leslie Pietrzyk, AU MFA alumna and local literary guru, agreed to meet with me to discuss her new novel, Silver Girl, out last month by Unnamed Press. Over a plate of charcuterie and a few glasses of wine, we talked about […]

Folio: Volume 33 Launching on May 7

Folio: Volume 33 Launching on May 7

By Yohanca Delgado    This year’s issue of Folio focused on the theme of crossroads and intersections, places where “two paths, two ideas, meet, converge, collide, or divide.” In keeping with Folio tradition, 33 features award-winning pieces selected by members of our own American University faculty. As a nonfiction […]

Making Grace in Darkness

Making Grace in Darkness

By Yohanca Delgado   Launching on May 7, Grace in Darkness celebrates the work of 25 women writers in the metro DC area. The anthology is the eighth in a series created by Gargoyle editor Richard Peabody in 2004 and passed on AU’s own Melissa Scholes Young in 2017. […]

Gender-Neutral Author Names

Gender-Neutral Author Names

By Nick Chhoeun I recently came across a segment on BBC News titled “Why Some Male Authors Are Hiding Their Gender.” In the segment, author Allison Pearson talks about male authors going by gender-neutral names. We are familiar with writers like Mary Ann Evans going […]

Until We Grow Into The Mountain: An Interview with Duende District’s Angela Maria Spring

Until We Grow Into The Mountain: An Interview with Duende District’s Angela Maria Spring

By Yohanca Delgado I first met Angela Maria Spring just over a year ago, when I was hosting the Artomatic literary open mic and wandered into her very first pop-up. We became fast friends and watching Duende District explode from a Kickstarter campaign to a DC-brand […]

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.  […]

The Five Superpowers of Nnedi Okorafor

The Five Superpowers of Nnedi Okorafor

By Tara Campbell Nnedi Okorafor is a prolific Nigerian-American writer of science-fiction, fantasy and magical realism. With over a dozen books to her credit, and stories in the top sci-fi and fantasy publications around the world, Okorafor is a powerful player in the ever-diversifying world […]

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

Recommended Reading: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

By Nick Chhoeun Kafka on the Shore the fourth Haruki Murakami I’ve recently completed and it’s the second book post I’ve written about Murakami for Café. The first time I ever read one of Murakami’s books, I was hooked on his ability to include so many scenes, […]

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Mai Der Vang

Visiting Writers: An Interview with Mai Der Vang

  By Amy Trotter In anticipation of her visit to American University’s Visiting Writers Series this Wednesday, Mai Der Vang graciously answered a few questions about her explosive new collection, Afterland, and her involvement in the Hmong writer’s community.   AT: Have you been busy […]