Posts Tagged: faith

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Bethany C. Morrow

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Bethany C. Morrow discusses her debut novel, MEM, how it felt to read Toni Morrison for the first time, and her hope for Black girl readers.

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By Accident and On Purpose: A Conversation with Leesa Cross-Smith

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Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her debut novel, Whiskey & Ribbons, what it takes to return to a story after a long time away, and how her faith influences her writing.

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In Defense of Sinead O’Connor

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“Remember Sinead?” I asked. My mom nodded her head and shrugged.

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Rivers of Babylon: The Story of a Third-Trimester Abortion

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She said something to me, then, that has been a great comfort. “You had a choice,” she said, “but you did not have free will.” A choice that was no choice at all.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kaveh Akbar

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Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf, finding community in poetry, books on craft, and mining the supernatural for poems.

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What Appears to Be Fiction: A Conversation with Nicole Krauss

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Nicole Krauss discusses her new novel Forest Dark, provoking questions about reality with her work, and trusting readers to think for themselves.

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Faith, Gods, and Gay Sex: A Conversation with Matthew Gallaway

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Matthew Gallaway discusses his second novel, #gods, moving from a big publishing house to an indie press, and why it was important to him to depict gay sex in writing.

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Repel the Wind

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Why would I ask for my sanity from the Devil as I sleep walk, only to give it up again to the Holy Spirit?

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Allowing a Female to Own Her Genius: Talking with Alana Massey

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Alana Massey discusses her debut collection, All the Lives I Want, the best piece of writing advice she’s ever received, and acknowledging the work that women do.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Chen Chen

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Chen Chen discusses his new collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #26: Love Is the Ultimate Trip

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My day job is driving on the ride sharing platform, Lyft. Several years ago, I retired from teaching school to devote myself to writing and painting and lived off savings until I couldn’t. Four years ago, I started driving Lyft so I wouldn’t have to take a straight job and could focus on my creative […]

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview #80: Jon Raymond

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Jon Raymond is one of Portland’s finest wordsmiths. His writing spans TV, film, short story, novel, art criticism, and a hefty array of magazine work. His new novel, Freebird, is the story of a Californian Jewish family entangled in clashing politics, unspoken histories, and personal dissolve. The Singers are Holocaust survivor Sam, his contemptuous children, […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Rosalie Moffett

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Rosalie Moffett discusses her new collection June in Eden, writing humor in poetry, using contemporary references, and trying to understand the world.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson discusses her latest novel Another Brooklyn, the little deaths of lost friendships, and her work with children across the country as the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.

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This October Sunday

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Here we are again, another one-run game, another last chance.

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The Rumpus Interview with J.D. Vance

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J.D. Vance talks about his memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, the perils of upward mobility, and never forgetting where you come from.

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Religion Is Hard and Scary

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If there’s something out there other than us, it’s God. If there’s something out there other than God, what is that thing called if you’re not ever supposed to talk about it? At Catapult, Kristen Arnett explores the debilitating fears and self-doubts that accompany faith and religion. This is a tale of Ouija boards, stolen books, demonic […]

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The Ghost Is You

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At Electric Literature, Samantha Tanner reaches out to the dead via a spiritual medium, confronting the ghosts and echoes that haunt anyone who writes about family. Along the way she contemplates exercises of faith and delving into the unknown: The distinction between fiction and faith is huge. Yet, in their telling of truths and lies, both […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Garrard Conley

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Garrard Conley, author of the new memoir Boy Erased, discusses growing up in the deep South, mothers, writing for change, and political delusions.

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Faith and Water

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Amy Shearn writes about swimming and prayer in Forward: I like swimming though I suspect I’m not very good at it; pool visits involve removing my glasses and I’m so nearsighted that I’ve never actually seen anyone else swim, so I’m not sure how you’re even supposed to be doing it. Pools are dreamy, unfocused […]

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Heaven is (Probably) a Place on Earth

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Mya Frazier writes for Aeon on the “heaven tourism memoir” (seen in books such as Heaven is for Real and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven) and what its popularity as a genre suggests about the 21st century’s conceptualization of deities/gods/God. Reading these books catapulted me back into my evangelical past life, reminding me […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Shulem Deen

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Shulem Deen talks about his memoir, All Who Go Do Not Return, his life as an ex-Hasidic author, divorce and parenting, and how painful he found it to be cast out from the religious sect he’d belonged to for over fifteen years.

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On Homosexuality and Wrestling with a Faith that Doesn’t Want You

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In Chelsea Station magazine, Brian Bouldrey writes about editing Wrestling with the Angel: Faith and Religion in the Lives of Gay Men, and about how he’s still wrestling with faith and homosexuality: I realized that there were these others, these priests and clergy I always regarded as opponents, but they were on my side, and […]

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The Priestly Writer

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I write for many of the same reasons that I wanted to become a priest. I want to bear witness to a sacramental vision. I want to admit my life as a sinner. Rather than judge others, I want to use empathy to sketch their imperfect lives on the page, and find the God that […]

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