Lit-Link Round-up


So all Pam Houston’s slots were taken in Other Voices Queretaro, but two have suddenly opened up. Want to study with Pam in Mexico this July 5-14? Rob Roberge and Josip Novakovich are teaching too. Check it out!

Amazing yoga-lit retreat opportunity: enter the 5 Most Beautiful Things contest with Rumpus contributor Jen Pastiloff.

Mary L Tabor interviews powerhouse Margaret Brown of Shelf Unbound on Rare Bird Radio.

StyleSubstanceSoul runs an open letter to Angelina Jolie. And then on The Weeklings: “Angelina Jolie and I Have Two Different Health Care Systems.”

Rebecca Makkai reads from her next novel and discusses what nine-year-old boys have taught her about writing on All Write Already.

The Top 25 Underrated MFA Programs become a less-well-kept-secret on HuffPo.

The Great Gatsby, Kafka, fathers, the Knicks, panties…This Podcast Will Change Your Life.

Speaking of Ben Tanzer, have you read “Bed Sex“?

I wrote my first creative nonfiction piece in a year and a half, since my friend Kathy dropped dead on her floor in December 2011, and various things led me to conclude that I might never write a personal essay again. Of course, as writers tend to be, I was wrong about that. Thanks to The Nervous Breakdown for giving me a forum for these infrequent-but-really-personal pieces, five of which have centered largely on my eccentric father, a kind of Italian Woody Allen…with hallucinations. “This Is Happiness.”

Some photos from last week in Chicago, featuring Rumpus Book Club writers Ru Freeman and Emily Rapp, as well as contributors Rob Roberge and Rachel DeWoskin, and the fabulous writers Terese Svoboda and Sheri Joseph. Aren’t they all pretty?


Rach and Em


Gina Frangello’s next novel, Every Kind of Wanting, will be published by Counterpoint Press in Fall 2016. Her last novel, A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series and has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She co-founded and served as the Executive Editor for many years at Other Voices Books, and has also been the fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown and the Sunday editor of The Rumpus. Gina is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert's low residency MFA program in Creative Writing. More from this author →