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Albums of Our Lives: As Cities Burn’s Come Now Sleep

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Most often, I do not speak when I am alone. That morning I sat on the couch and said Oh my God. I said it aloud, again and again, Oh my God. ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Julie Buntin

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Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel, Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more

The Big Idea: Bill McKibben

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Journalist and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses whether our environmental crisis can be improved under our new political administration, climate change denial, and manifestations of resistance. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 11): “Skinhead”

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Using dramatic monologue, Smith unmasks the skinhead’s anger to fend off threats to his way of life. ...more

Breaking the Binaries: A Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her new novel, Book of Joan, a reimagining of the Joan of Arc story set in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. ...more

The Sunday Rumpus Essay: My Souls Are Out A-Wandering

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What is marriage but another form of colonization? A renaming? A power taken, a power taken away? ...more

Saturday Rumpus Poetry: A Poem-Review of Milk Black Carbon and Whereas

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And in the silence of the night the small sound of small feet making their way into words. ...more

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Claudia Cortese Discusses Wasp Queen

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Poet Claudia Cortese talks about her new book Wasp Queen and Lucy, the rebellious 90s teen whose voice inspired the collection. ...more

(K)ink: Writing While Deviant: Claire Rudy Foster

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It is about the essential parts of story. The bones. The steel rods and rings. The skin that goes white with tension. Tolerating that kind of discomfort takes practice, yes, but it is exhilarating. ...more

The Day the FBI Tapped Our Phones

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I held an image in my mind of my daughter and me in a small rowboat and I’m rowing, rowing, rowing as hard as I can, away from this sinking ship. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Angie Thomas

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Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel, The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Adrian Matejka

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Adrian Matejka discusses his new collection Map to the Stars, writing about poverty in contemporary poetry, and how racism maintains its place in our society. ...more

The Dark Heart of America: On David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon

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David Grann's new book Killers of the Flower Moon explores the 1920s murders of the Osage tribe, the making of the FBI, and is a reminder of the all too recent history of betrayals that comprise America’s dark heart. ...more

Written in Chalk: What It Means to Be Crazy

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As truth becomes more elusive, as fact blends with fiction, we ought to take notice of how we categorize people, as categorization seems to be married to suppression, to disenfranchisement. ...more

Visiting Abandoned Places: A Conversation with Kristen Radtke

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Kristen Radtke discusses her illustrated memoir Imagine Wanting Only This, working with editors on graphic narratives, and visiting abandoned places. ...more