Posts by: Zoë Ruiz
Brace yourself, San Francisco. Former Rumpus managing editor and current Rumpus co-owner Isaac Fitzgerald is moving to New York City to become BuzzFeed’s first books editor.
What will this new books section look like?
He foresees a section built on “shareable content” and personal essays from authors — “things that people want to share but also can connect with,” he said.
We’re thrilled to introduce Jonterri Gadson, the newest addition to our Rumpus team! Jonterri is our assistant poetry editor and will be helping out with all things related to original poetry! She is a magnificent poet and person and we think you’ll be quite fond of her....more
Listen to our very own editorial assistant Lauren O’Neal read her story “The Thing About Ghosts” on the Story Tapes podcast. After her story, she talks with host Eliza Smith about how her approach to flash fiction allows readers to extrapolate the missing puzzle pieces of a story on their own....more
I texted my friend at midnight: Are you still at the party? My friend said she still was there, she was in the garden, and there were a lot of familiar faces. I showed up and she was right, there were a lot of familiar faces....more
I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about the Zimmerman verdict. I recommend Roxane Gay’s How America Profiled Trayvon Martin and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Karen Bender’s What Great Writing Can Teach Us About Trayvon Martin. Read bell hooks Was Right....more
I described my body in terms of my illness. My body was only chronic muscle and joint pain. It was 10-plus pain and exhausted. This was when I was bedridden, desperate and my mind was telling me, This is it. This is your life....more
I’ve been housesitting and labeled my week here as a writer’s retreat. I haven’t quite gotten used to the coffee maker, so I put way too much coffee in the machine and drink two cups, which I’m beginning to see now is really six cups....more
Q: Zoë, who did you fall in love with this week?
A: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I saw Adichie read and speak at an ALOUD event and after the reading, I turned to my friend and said, I feel heightened....more
The private movie screening took place on the fifth floor of a building on Beverly Boulevard. When I took the elevator up, a man who worked in the office said, The hookers and blow are ready. No one laughed. Just kidding, he said....more
On Tuesday afternoon at a diner in Echo Park, I interviewed a writer and he told me a story, violent and personal. He told the story suddenly, while I was smiling.
Are you serious? I said, which seems to be that very stupid thing people say when they’re stunned....more
This afternoon, as I walked down York Boulevard, I was writing Links I Like in my head. I was thinking about a woman I love and how no one takes me seriously when I say I love her, and how I might not take myself seriously either....more