Mini-Interviews

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #131: Lisa Wells

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“I always feel like I’m starting over. I don’t know how I ever wrote a poem. I really do have that feeling.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #128: Dunya Mikhail

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“All art is somehow a kind of witness, whether to beauty or to anything else.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #127: Tara Skurtu

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“A poem is not a perfect puzzle, yet it is precisely a perfect puzzle.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #126: Christopher Zeischegg

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“Being thrust into forced ritualistic closeness does break the ice, but doesn’t guarantee closeness.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #125: Tyree Daye

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“I think if you are really doing the work, you can’t write about America and not explore race and slavery, and that goes for any writer.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #124: Anne Raeff

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“I guess that’s true when you write a novel, you end up taking out so much.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #123: Erica Garza

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“[T]here was something really empowering about being honest and open about this part of myself. Somehow, writing helped lessen the shame.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #122: Nathan Hill

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“Write what you want to write, he said, and let other people deal with taxonomies.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #120: Jeannie Vanasco

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“If you’ve ever seen a video by somebody running and filming at the same time, that’s what the world looked like: shaky, fast, in and out of focus.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #116: David Lazar

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“Becoming an essayist has always seemed to me as a bit of a pratfall.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #112: Roz Chast

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” I think when you really love something, you notice the minutiae. It’s partly how you make something your own.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #111: Alexandra Kleeman

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“Are we going to try to restore our country to the condition it was in before, or we going to try to imagine something better?”

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The Rumpus Mini Interview #106: Louise Marburg

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The stories [in THE TRUTH ABOUT ME], like Marburg herself, are insightful, witty, to the point, and told with her wonderfully dry sense of humor.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview #105: Miranda Pennington

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In between book launch events, Miranda Pennington found time to discuss her bibliomemoir and more.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #104: sam sax

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I could write a bullet list of sam’s sax’s recent accomplishments, but the wiser thing would be to advise you to pick up his newly released book MADNESS.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #103: Andrew Battershill

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Picture the French Surrealists recast as mobsters running a crime ring and you have the premise for Batterhill’s story.

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