We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Tracey Baptiste! Tracey writes to us about growing up in Trinidad (the setting for some her own stories!) and shares hand-drawn doodles of vampires and zombies.
To make sure this letter reaches your favorite young reader, subscribe by March 29! For more information on Letters for Kids, click here. Letters for Kids is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so visit us there, too. And remember, Letters for Kids helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, your children can correspond with their favorite writers and you’ll support the website in one fell swoop. (more…)
In March 2017, Phil Elverum, the musician behind Mount Eerie, released A Crow Looked at Me, his heartfelt recollection of the aftermath following his wife Geneviève Castrée’s death. Almost a year to the day, Elverum is back with a new album, Now Only, out now on his label P.W. Elverum & Sun.
Written and recorded between March 14 and October 9, 2017 at Elverum’s home, Now Only takes us a step further into the life of the musician. From the album’s introduction:
Elverum’s life during the period he wrote Now Only was defined by the duality of existing with the praise and attention garnered by A Crow Looked At Me and the difficult reality of maintaining a house with a small child by himself, as well as working to preserve Geneviève’s artistic legacy. Consumed with the day to day of raising his daughter, Elverum felt his musical self was so distant that it seemed fictional. Stepping into the role of Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie held the promise of positive empathy and praise, but also the difficulty of inhabiting the intense grief that produced the music.
Wednesday 3/21: Moonstone Poetry presents readings by Jacob Russell, Paul Siegell, and Anne-Adele Wight, followed by an open mic! 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.
Shy Watson is returning to Philadelphia to read from her new collection Cheap Yellow, alongside Prairie M. Faul, Zach Blackwood, Ash Strange, D. Ted Tarnovski, and Amy Saul-Zerby. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.
Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Yoojin Grace Wuertz! Yoojin writes to us about forward movement, the benefits of moving slowly, and a trip to Italy she took to attend a festival celebrating the Slow Food movement—and what she learned there about her own South Korean food heritage.
When we launched ENOUGH, we were overwhelmed with submissions—we received over four hundred submissions to our initial call. We’ve since decided that ENOUGH must be an ongoing series, that we must continue to reserve a dedicated space for women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence. We believe that while this subject matter feels especially timely now, it also timeless. We want to make sure that this conversation doesn’t stop—not until our laws and societal norms reflect real change.
You can now submit to ENOUGH through Submittable, and will find our new guidelines for the series going forward stated there. Women and non-binary people of color are especially encouraged to submit. (more…)
Sunday 3/18: Come to Women Who Write 2018! The popular annual get-together of women writers and their fans returns Sunday, March 18. Hear from novelists, poets, essayists and short story writers in literary fiction, creative non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, essay, young adult and romance. Elmer L. Andersen Library, 1 p.m., free.