Posts by: The Rumpus Book Club

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Shara Lessley

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Shara Lessley discusses her new collection, The Explosive Expert’s Wife, the task of humanizing those we might dismiss as monsters, and writing toward hope.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Mary-Kim Arnold

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Mary-Kim Arnold discusses her debut book, Litany for the Long Moment, exploring adoption through a feminist lens, and dancing on the line between genres.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Tarfia Faizullah

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Tarfia Faizullah discusses her new collection, Registers of Illuminated Villages, mystery stories, the nature of evil, and mourning pages.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jesse Ball

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Jesse Ball discusses his new novel, Census, the inherent sinister nature of institutions, and creating imaginary authors.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Eloisa Amezcua

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Eloisa Amezcua discusses her collection From the Inside Quietly, bilingualism in poetry, and the connection between whiteness and yeast infections.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Terese Mailhot

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Terese Mailhot discusses her debut memoir, Heart Berries, writing candidly about one’s personal life, and the good that can come from anger.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Sarah Blake

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Sarah Blake discusses her new collection, Let’s Not Live on Earth, questions in poems, monsters, and the challenge of writing a dystopia.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Katia D. Ulysse

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Katia D. Ulysse discusses her forthcoming novel, Mouths Don’t Speak, the importance of religion and music in the novel and in Haitian culture, and why Haiti will always be “home.”

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Barbara Jane Reyes

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Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection Invocation to Daughters, poly-vocality in poetry, and the importance of centering women’s voices.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jon McGregor

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Jon McGregor discusses his newest novel, Reservoir 13, his writing process, and why he chose not to sidestep the “missing girl” trope.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kamilah Aisha Moon

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Kamilah Aisha Moon discusses her new collection, Starshine & Clay, the power of naming, and the connection between creation and trauma.

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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.

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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.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Transit Books

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The founders of Transit Books discuss Wioletta Greg’s debut novel, Swallowing Mercury, and the challenges and rewards that come with starting a small independent press.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi discusses her new collection Rocket Fantastic, the fluid nature of gender, and the reader as collaborator with the text.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Danzy Senna

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Danzy Senna discusses New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Iris Dunkle

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Iris Jamahl Dunkle on her new collection Interrupted Geographies, writing against the pastoral tradition, the power of persona poems, and the town of Pithole.

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What We’re Reading in September!

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We are thrilled to share that our September Book Club selection is Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press, October 2017)! In this highly anticipated debut collection, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. Earthy and otherworldly, queer and caustic, comic and deadly […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Achy Obejas

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Achy Obejas discusses her new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, what she’s learned from translating works of others, and why we should all read poetry every day.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Erika L. Sánchez

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Erika L. Sánchez discusses her new collection Lessons on Expulsion, pushing back against sexism and misogyny, being a troublemaker, and donkeys.

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What We’re Reading in August!

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We’re thrilled to announce that our August Book Club selection is Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury! In this celebrated debut from the prize-winning poet, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit, agricultural community in 1980s Poland. Her memories are precise, intense, distinctive, sensual: a playfulness and whimsy rise up in the gossip of the village women, rumored visits […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books.

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