Posts Tagged: fiction


The Rumpus Interview with Jonathan Corcoran


Jonathan Corcoran discusses his debut collection The Rope Swing, Appalachian writing communities, getting disowned by his family for coming out, and his father's death. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Brit Bennett


Brit Bennett discusses her debut novel The Mothers, investigating “what-if” moments, and navigating racism in white spaces. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Brian Booker


Brian Booker discusses his debut collection Are You Here For What I’m Here For?, giving characters strange and unusual names, and sleeping sickness. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Max Porter


Max Porter discusses his debut novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, literary genres, and the changing roles of editors. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Abigail Ulman


Abigail Ulman talks about her debut collection Hot Little Hands, the limitations of the cultural narrative, her paralyzing pre-publication fears, and why she loves adolescent narrators. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Stephanie Danler


Stephanie Danler discusses her debut novel, Sweetbitter, writing sensually, and the power of an authentic voice. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Robin MacArthur


Robin MacArthur discusses her debut story collection Half Wild, life in rural Vermont, and how narrative—and fiction—is key to reaching across what divides us. ...more

September in the Rumpus Book Club


This month, The Rumpus Book Club is reading Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, which Jami Attenberg calls her “favorite debut of the year,” and of which Kirkus Reviews writes, “A Chinese-American family tumbles from riches to rags in Chang’s jam-packed, high-energy debut… this debut novelist holds nothing back.”

In our Poetry Book Club, we’re thrilled to read Janice Harrington’s Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H.



The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Christine Sneed


Floyd Skloot interviews Christine Sneed about her latest story collection, The Virginity of Famous Men. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Ramona Ausubel


I find tremendous hope in the act of storytelling—the way we can redirect energy, to reclaim history, to build back lives that have been otherwise upset. ...more

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Leslie Pietrzyk


Think about the stories you have inside that scare you. That’s what you should be writing. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Cristina García and Truong Tran


How do you work with a material that you don’t have trust in? I had to step away from it and find another way of articulating and I had to do it without words. ...more

Tara Laskowski

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Tara Laskowski


I realized that I’m interested in how people change when something terrible happens to someone else. ...more

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Visible: Women Writers of Color #2: Tania James


Tania James discusses her most recent novel, The Tusk That Did the Damage, the challenges of writing an elephant narrator, and the moment when she knew she could be a writer. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Brendan Jones


Brendan Jones talks about his debut novel, The Alaskan Laundry, living in Alaska, his time as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and living and loving what you write. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Jedediah Berry


Author Jedediah Berry talks about interactivity in fiction, the various forms a story can take, and his goals in founding his own press. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Mark Leyner


Mark Leyner discusses his new novel, Gone with the Mind, about a failed novelist, Mark Leyner, who gives a reading to his mom in an almost-deserted food court. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Charles Bock


Charles Bock discusses his new novel, Alice & Oliver, the challenges of writing from experience, and how art and life can mirror one another. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Miroslav Penkov


Miroslav Penkov discusses his debut novel, Stork Mountain, Balkan history, and the difficulties and rewards of being a bilingual writer. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Manuel Gonzales


Manuel Gonzales talks about his new novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, transitioning from nonprofit work to teaching, and how to zig when a trope wants you to zag. ...more

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(K)ink #7: Writing While Deviant: Brian Kornell


The more secrets I wrote about, the fewer I wanted to keep. And the more secrets I made public through my writing, the more I gained. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Keith Lee Morris


Keith Lee Morris discusses his latest book Traveler’s Rest, Lewis and Clark, and how writing a novel about dreams requires much more than sleep. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Anthony Marra


Anthony Marra discusses his latest book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, how humor affects literature, how absurdity affects war, and what makes the perfect mixtape. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Sanae Ishida


Sanae Ishida discusses her debut children's book, Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl, embracing her creativity after years in the corporate world, and finding inspiration in her young daughter. ...more