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The Rumpus Interview with Jennifer Barber

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Poet Jennifer Barber discusses loss, identity, historical trauma, and her newest collection, Works on Paper. ...more

The Conversation

The Conversation: Angel Nafis, Safia Elhillo, and Elizabeth Acevedo

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I don’t think it ever fully sunk in for me that I even live in America. ...more

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The Conversation: Jeremy Clark and Thiahera Nurse

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I’m thinking about the difference between “I stay somewhere” and “I live somewhere.” ...more

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Jennifer Whitaker

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Jennifer Whitaker discusses her new collection The Blue Hour, persona poems, the violence in fairy tales, and writing about sexual abuse. ...more

The Conversation

The Conversation: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Paul Tran

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The sitting down to write, convincing myself that my voice matters, even though there are so many telling me that it doesn’t. ...more

The Conversation: Prologue

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Dear Reader,

For the past year, we, Aziza Barnes and Nabila Lovelace, The Founders of The Conversation, debated how we could create space for folk we love, whose work is critical, in the South. We had been living in New York, which is regarded as something of a safe haven for the Black writer.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Not That Town

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Times like those lead you to believe that writing is, before it’s anything else, about simply getting it straight. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Robyn Schiff

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Robyn Schiff talks about her collection A Woman of Property, the long con of “owning” land, her passion for early novels, how motherhood changed her poetry, and the generative powers of form. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Laura Mullen

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Acclaimed poet and writer Laura Mullen talks about her new book, Complicated Grief, obsession, germ theory, and exposing the arbitrary and superficial protections that have failed us. ...more

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Defeat

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It never occurred to me to try to write poems without the guidance of other poets and poems. ...more

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“Throw Something Down Hard Enough, You Discover Its Laws”

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Maybe my faith that the profoundest feeling we're offered by art that really hits us deep in is a setting free, a series of screens or horizons obliterated somehow lovingly. ...more