TORCH: Over the Borderline

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In the desert of Nogales, Arizona, two girls jump on a trampoline under the swell of limitless sky. The younger one is Mexican-American and the older one is white. The smaller girl’s feet push hard to be as high up as possible, while the other bounces fast and low, and then slowly their jumps begin to match each other’s, up and down, up and down, until all the other movement of the world is suspended and it’s just them, leaping together.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado discusses her debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, her favorite horror writers and movies, and writing the book(s) she's always wanted to read. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Brooke C. Obie

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Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel, Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more

STRIPPERDADDY

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My thoughts hovered above the scene pondering the reasons why and time felt like the waves of a puddle lapping against cracked asphalt. ...more

Lady Killers and Our Obsession with Murder: Talking with Tori Telfer

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Tori Telfer discusses her first book Lady Killers and the fragile "social saran wrap" that keeps us all from killing each other. ...more

What to Read When Everyone Is Talking about Rape

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A list of memoirs, fiction, poetry collections, and nonfiction that deal with rape culture and the many ways that is shapes our society and the women and men who live within it. ...more

There Is No Break: A Conversation with Nicole Homer

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Poet Nicole Homer discusses her debut collection, Pecking Order, writing motherhood from many angles, and the importance of representation in the media. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Zola Jesus’s Natural World

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About a year ago, I ended up returning to the land where I grew up and building a house here. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: The Whole World Is Desert

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This is what I want him to think of me. The girl poised to surf a wave under the heaviness of the full moon, the ocean around her radiant with light. ...more

Nothing Foreign about It: Talking with Omar El Akkad

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Omar El Akkad discusses his debut novel American War, suicide terrorism, fossil fuels, and blankets. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kaveh Akbar

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Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf, finding community in poetry, books on craft, and mining the supernatural for poems. ...more

Reclaiming the Identity of the Witch: A Conversation with Katy Horan

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Katy Horan discusses Literary Witches, which she illustrated and worked on in collaboration with writer Taisia Kitaiskaia, out tomorrow from Seal Press. ...more

What to Read When You Are a Nasty Woman

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A list from Kate Harding and Samhita Mukhopadhyay to celebrate the release of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America. ...more

The Woman Behind the Curtain Pulling the Levers: Talking with Zinzi Clemmons

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Zinzi Clemmons on What We Lose, representations of blackness, and life's influences on writing. ...more

Watching the World End: A History of The Weather Channel

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[A]ll this sensationalism has made The Weather Channel, inadvertently and ever increasingly, the essential television viewing experience of the Anthropocene. ...more

Death, Satan, and Cats: A Conversation with Rabih Alameddine

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Rabih Alameddine discusses his newest novel, The Angel of History, surviving the AIDS epidemic, and the role of religion in his life and writing. ...more

Voices on Addiction: Zombie Nation

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Sometimes life is so big and so loud and being a human being in the world is so much I feel overwhelmed and need a cocoon. ...more

Everyone Loves the Pope

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My lover became the Pope. It was the twenty-tens and the Catholic Church wanted to rebrand with Newport cigarettes and Hermes chiseled calves. ...more