Posts Tagged: motherhood

People and Poetry: A Conversation with Kim Fu

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Poet and novelist Kim Fu discusses her new novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, how poetry impacts her fiction, and the expectations that accompany a book about lost children. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #123: Erica Garza

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"[T]here was something really empowering about being honest and open about this part of myself. Somehow, writing helped lessen the shame." ...more

Rumpus Exclusive: “In the Kitchen”

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Women grooming their daughters to be good housewives teach them how to cook, no? A woman grooming her daughter to be something else in the world would keep her out of the kitchen. ...more

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. ...more

Voices on Addiction: Dead Eyes and Bob Barker Crocs

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Broken people are drawn to other broken people. Comparing scars. Laying belly to belly. Two similar pieces of different puzzles. ...more

Writing into the Void: Talking with Mary Jo Salter

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Mary Jo Salter discusses her latest collection, The Surveyors, writing about the domestic as a feminist act, and how her title poem came from someone else’s dream. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #116: David Lazar

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"Becoming an essayist has always seemed to me as a bit of a pratfall." ...more

The Thread: Ways of Being Seen

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Can you see it now? Is the image different in your mind yet? A thing you can’t unsee. ...more

The Miracle Bowl

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Praise the family that tethers me. Praise the well-used kitchen utensils and scoured mixing bowls and butter knives, thick slabs of jelly on the bread. ...more

Endless Preparation: Apples and Women’s Work

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It makes sense to me that Johnny Appleseed, a man, would travel God's earth spreading his profligate seed. And then women are doomed to their lives trying to make that seed into something useful. ...more

What Do I Do With My Fear?: A Conversation with Megan Stielstra

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Megan Stielstra discusses her new essay collection, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, fear, privilege, and the intersection of politics and everyday life. ...more

Beneath a Pile of Tulle and Tiaras: Talking with Devorah Blachor

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Devorah Blachor discusses The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess, princess culture in America and abroad, and publishing a book on feminism in the current political climate. ...more

More Than Just a Single Identity: A Conversation with Camille T. Dungy

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Camille T. Dungy discusses her prose debut, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, traveling across America as a black mother, and spaces of inclusion and exclusion. ...more

A Hinging Thing: Talking with Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith discusses her new collection Good Bones, how motherhood has changed her writing, and what it felt like to have a poem go viral. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Brooke C. Obie

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Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel, Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more

There Is No Break: A Conversation with Nicole Homer

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Poet Nicole Homer discusses her debut collection, Pecking Order, writing motherhood from many angles, and the importance of representation in the media. ...more

Reclaiming the Identity of the Witch: A Conversation with Katy Horan

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Katy Horan discusses Literary Witches, which she illustrated and worked on in collaboration with writer Taisia Kitaiskaia, out tomorrow from Seal Press. ...more

What to Read When You Want to Write Like a Mother

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A list of books that wrangle, directly or indirectly, with motherhood and all that comes with it (or its absence). ...more

Reinventing Motherhood and Re-Dreaming Reality: Talking with Ariel Gore

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Ariel Gore discusses her new novel We Were Witches, why capitalism and the banking system are the real enemies, and finding the limits between memoir and fiction. ...more