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 is the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus. She is also the Fiction Editor of The Nervous Breakdown and the co-founder and Executive Editor of Other Voices Books, an imprint of Dzanc Books. Her third book of fiction, A Life in Men, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in February 2014. She is also the author Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She lives in Chicago and can be found at More from this author →