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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.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Jill Hanley. Here’s an excerpt:
Lola stepped into the kitchen to find her mother standing at the sink, showing no signs of tears. She could still remember how hard, loud, and ugly her mother’s tears had been at Lola’s aunt’s funeral; when Asher had put the Saint Anthony medal her aunt had worn around her mother’s neck, tears and snot had gotten all over his hands.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Johnny Alfi. Here’s an excerpt:
She once gave me her number outside Abbot’s Habit Coffeehouse. She once proposed that she and Nora get matching tattoos of peaches on their ass cheeks. Instead, she got a little diamond there, alone.
The next Weekly Rumpus features flash fiction from Valerie Geary. Here’s an excerpt:
We left our mark in a square of wet cement outside your garage. Your parents were putting in a new step after the old one cracked during last winter’s big freeze.
During my memoir mania, I had it in my head that the function of the memoir was to take a horrible, painful, or at least quirky experience and write a purpose into it. A memoir wasn’t a memoir unless it gave some sort of meaning to the random twists of fate.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Ian Bassingthwaighte. Here’s an excerpt:
I spend all night thinking about bopping Karen ASAP like that would prove she’s right for me. Then immediately before sunup I sneak out of my cabin with the secret mission of finding hers.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from N. Michelle AuBuchon. Here’s an excerpt:
The more you take away, the more the world opens up. This is a poetic way of saying that Lakshmi was living vicariously through the amputation and relocation of her body parts.
Our offsite AWP event is sure to be one of the after-hours highlights of the conference....more