Over the song, for the first time in three days, we can’t hear the beeping of Q’s monitors. I slip my hands in his back pockets and rest my cheek on his neck. As we spin, medical wires wrap around us like seaweed....more
A helpful trick can be to picture feminine words (pumpkin latte, duvet cover) as butterflies. Soft, delicate, hard to catch, and useless except near flowers. Masculine words are more like knives....more
Donald believes the earth is round, he does, and that it spins on its axis and revolves around the sun. No doubt. He just prefers the old rectangular tales with their sharp borders and precipitous ends....more
All of life involves wearing masks—to hide our emotions, to shield our vulnerable identities, to get through the day, to survive in an intolerant world, and to imagine ourselves as something other than what we are. Faked orgasms. Compliments for a moldering Jell-O salad. Makeup over a bruise. Disguises are a crucial element of life. And there is a moment of dissonance, of terror, shock, and perhaps also relief, when we lift our disguises and show the world who and what we really are.
2017 has been a unique year for revealing true character. A year of ripping the mask off the American charade that many of us lived under. This October, The Rumpus is exploring the theme of “Hiding in Plain Sight” and we want all your essays about disguises. (more…)
90×90 presents: Drunken Masters Sci Fi & Fantasy. Three writers read from works in progress, and the three drunken* masters offer critiques and feedback. 8 p.m. at Wolf & Crane Bar.
Tuesday 8/22: 90×90 presents: Wet Hot Arab-American Summer. PEN Center USA in partnership with The Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) presents readings by Laila Lalami, Stephanie Abraham, Conner Habib, and Jennifer Jajeh. Hosted by Randa Jarrar. 8 p.m. at Cielo Galleries/Studios.
Our next Letter for Kids comes from National Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarita Engle! Margarita writes about why you should give poetry a try—it’s like a new flavor of ice cream and if you try it, you just might like it!
To make sure this letter reaches your favorite young reader, subscribe by August 31! And, through August 31, purchase a yearly Letters for Kids subscription and we’ll send you your own copy of Soupy Leaves Home by your fearless Children’s Correspondence Editor Cecil Castelluci! Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to yearly and we’ll send you the book! If you are you a librarian or teacher buying for your classroom, we can postpone the start of your subscription until school reopens in the fall! Subscribe today! (more…)
The Rumpus is seeking a new Notable San Francisco blogger! Notable San Francisco is a popular weekly column highlighting literary events around the Bay Area. Ideally, our Notable San Francisco blogger lives in the city (or surrounding areas), and is already familiar with the literary scene and events happening around the Bay.
We are looking for someone available to start immediately. If you are interested in this opening, please email [email protected] with “Notable San Francisco” in the title, and include a few sentences about why you’re interested and any relevant experience. Please note this is a volunteer position.
When I read one of Kaveh Akbar’s poems, I often find myself entranced by the beauty of his lines and marveling at how both the lines and the poems contain incredible strength in seeming delicacy. They’re like spider webs in that way. But unlike an insect struggling to break free of certain doom, I find myself wanting to wrap myself in further and drink in these poems.