Posts Tagged: MFA


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

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Fairy Tales, Trauma, Writing into Dissociation


Our bodies are incredible and intelligent things. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Russell Banks


Russell Banks discusses his new book, Voyager: Travel Writings, why we are never free from our history, and how writing saved his life. ...more

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #53: Meet WTAW Press


Peg Alford Pursell is the author of the forthcoming book of flash and hybrid prose, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Publications). Her work has been published in VOLT, the Journal of Compressed Arts, and RHINO, among others, and shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award.


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(K)ink #10: Writing While Deviant: Amber Dawn


What do we as writers tell each other about the intersections of trauma and desire? How do we encourage (or discourage) each other to reveal the power and tensions in those margins? ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Blair Braverman


Blair Braverman discusses her latest book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North, gendered travel narratives, and the pressure to write about personal trauma. ...more


The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Janine Joseph


The day the manuscript became Driving without a License was the day I said “yes” to the truth of my own life and coming-of-age experience as an undocumented immigrant. ...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


Visible: Women Writers of Color #3: Cole Lavalais


Cole Lavalais discusses her debut novel, Summer of the Cicadas, why she’s a huge fan of outlining, and the importance of dedicated communities for black writers. ...more

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(K)ink #9: Writing While Deviant: Jera Brown


I wanted to uncover the nest of wires comprising my gender identity and describe its complicated mass. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Shawn Vestal


Shawn Vestal discusses his new novel Daredevils, Evel Knievel, growing up in a mainstream Mormon family, and what he thinks of the American West. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Chanan Tigay


Author Chanan Tigay discusses the complicated man at the heart of The Lost Book of Moses, the anxieties of writing true stories, how much to withhold from your reader—and tells a few jokes about creative nonfiction. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Bernadette Murphy


Bernadette Murphy on her forthcoming book, Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life, the challenges of selling a memoir, and life beyond "the suburban-wife-mother picture." ...more

Measuring Emotion


At Lit Hub, a former student talks with Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, about expressions of emotion in personal essays and why “confession and sentimentality [are] taboo.” For Jamison, the investigation of writing emotion began in her MFA program: “I hated this sort of smug assumption that we all knew what was bad.” At the same time, Jamison says, “I was deeply afraid of being seen as someone who was making too much out of a personal experience that actually wasn’t that hard.”



The Rumpus Interview With Brenda Miller


Author Brenda Miller discusses the lyric essay, her "poet self" who always bleeds through, and what she's writing about next. ...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

A Stand-In for New and Difficult Thinking


Clichés are tempting because they do the work of communicating for us. In a manifesto against workshop jargon, Helen Betya Rubinstein warns us of the dangers of sticking to old models:

…because you’d have to remember all the way back to the first time you heard this cliché against clichés to actually see, once again, that clichés are ineffective because they prevent you from seeing.


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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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The Rumpus Interview with Campbell McGrath


Campbell McGrath talks about his new collection, XX: Poems For The Twentieth Century, capitalism, history, and what it might mean to write a wordless poem. ...more

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The Conversation: Jeremy Clark and Thiahera Nurse


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