Posts Tagged: Danez Smith

What to Read When You Want to Feel Thankful

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Kick off the holiday season with a list of books that Rumpus editors are thankful for! ...more

A Deeply Human Act: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

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What is so extraordinary about this collection is its lyricism, its humanity, and its urgency. ...more

Visitations: Gwendolyn Brooks at One Hundred

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A visitation is how I describe the past weeks walking with Gwendolyn Books. It is like she is just around every corner. ...more

Notable NYC: 9/2–9/8

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week! ...more

What to Read When You Need Some Good News

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Take a quick break from the apocalyptic news and end your week with this list of books to eagerly anticipate (assuming the world doesn't end) instead! ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Achy Obejas

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Achy Obejas discusses her new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, what she's learned from translating works of others, and why we should all read poetry every day. ...more

Notable Twin Cities: 5/14-5/20

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Sunday 5/14: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a reading by contributors to Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, a collection of true stories about mothers and daughters. Readers include Susan Power, Sheila O’Connor, and Wang Ping. The reading will be hosted by editor Kathryn Kysar. 

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jade Chang

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Jade Chang discusses her new novel The Wangs vs. the World, citizen journalism, and how to write an immigrant story that's not all about pain. ...more

Poetry Inspires Kids to Change the World

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To do spoken word, you need bodies, you need people, you need that sense of gathering.

Poets have always tapped into an unspoken understanding that language can tap into the ways in which the world works. Over at the Huffington Post, Daveed Digs and Danez Smith discuss how poetry equips children with a sense of voice that inspires them to be more engaged with the world around them.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Solmaz Sharif

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Solmaz Sharif discusses her new collection Look, the difference between nearness and similarity, and the level of ownership we have over stories. ...more

Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Tyrese L. Coleman unearths the history behind her surname and the results of a DNA test. The results say she is 69% African, 33% originating from Benin, 29% European, and less than 2% Asian. Coleman digs deeper and considers the likelihood of having descending from slaves and their slaveholders, imperialists and the subjected, both the winners and losers in our history books.

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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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The Rumpus Review of [insert] boy by Danez Smith

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In this sense, the book is a “coming-of-age” story and “spiritual quest” as much as a seething commentary on the catastrophe effected by the disease of contemporary racism and white supremacy. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Sandra Beasley

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Sandra Beasley about her new book Count the Waves, sestinas, and how actions can serve as signposts in the time stream. ...more