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We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from author Darin Strauss! Darin writes to us about the good, the bad, and the ugly during his summer exile to a surprising location. Whether he’ll survive the experience with his dignity intact—and be allowed to return home—is anybody’s guess....more
We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from poet David Roderick! In this 10-page missive, Dave gets back in touch with his handwriting skills while enjoying a new bookstore in his town. He writes to us about his children, his surroundings, his secret morning exercise, and of course, poetry....more
We’re sending our next Letter For Kids from Jen Malone! Jen takes us off the beaten path to show us around her hometown of Boston, including sites like Witch City and MIT. This letter includes an extra surprise from the author… but you’ll have to wait and see just what that is when you receive yours in the mail!...more
We’re getting ready to send out the next Letter in the Mail! Rob Roberge pens an 8-pager about his father, and the guilt he feels regarding a particular scene in his upcoming memoir. He writes about that familiar dilemma that faces those of us who write about our real lives: Should he remove the scene to spare his father’s feelings?...more
We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around here....more
James Franco’s poetry collection, Directing Herbert White, reviewed on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. It’s an interesting meditation on celebrity well worth reading. I mean the review is....more
The Rumpus is looking for an Assistant Interviews Editor! Gain hands-on knowledge of the editing process by working closely with a Rumpus editor....more
We’re sending our next Letter For Kids from author Rachel Searles!
Rachel writes her letter from the woods, where she’s working on the next book in her Lost Planet series. She talks about the languages she’s spoken in her life, from the made-up language she used with her childhood best friend to the fluent German she perfected while living in Germany....more
We’re getting ready to send out the next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott! Having just returned to Brooklyn from L.A. where he finished work on his new movie, Happy Baby, Stephen writes a personal and rambling letter about writer’s block, simplifying his life, and more....more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Amaris Ketcham. Here’s an excerpt:
We rode in silence, drinking and looking past our reflections out the windows. It occurred to me that she never asked where I was headed, but I was feeling drunk and warm and didn’t care.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Josiane Curtis. Here’s an excerpt:
I imagined that sometime down the road, a teenager might appear at my door wanting to know why she smiled crooked or threw her head back when she laughed.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Jeff Albers. Here’s an excerpt:
These parties normally had a certain rhythm that suited Frank’s style, so relaxed and casual as to lead him to coin his own time signature, Loesserando, which, he explained, should fall somewhere between the slow walking pace of andante moderato and the reduced heart rate of an afternoon nap.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Rebecca Gummere. Here’s an excerpt:
Swing your arms, stretch a little. Keep walking and untie the sweater. Think about how much you hate it, how the shade makes you look like you are recovering from flu.
Tonight! The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and Hot Dish reading series combine forces to bring you a rad event!...more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Ursula Villarreal-Moura. Here’s an excerpt:
Within a month of knowing her, Irina had turned me on to shoplifting. I was hooked on the thrill of procuring ordinary and exquisite items. From grocery stores, we lifted packages of string cheese, sprinkled donuts, lipsticks, index cards, disposable cameras, and collars for cats we didn’t own.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Sonja Vitow. Here’s an excerpt:
It used to bother me and Connor a little that Rachel kept the photos from the wallets we stole. At the end of the day I don’t particularly want to think about the people whose money we took.