Posts Tagged: poetry

Michael Helm

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Michael Helm


The Rumpus Book Club chats with Michael Helm about his new novel After James, the line between paranoia and caution, and the use of poetry as a plot device. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Max Ritvo


Max Ritvo passed away on August 23, 2016. Earlier this summer, he spoke with Sarah Blake about his debut collection Four Reincarnations, writing with and about cancer, and how language is a game. ...more

Fear and Loathing


For Lambda Literary, Christopher Soto talks with Brenda Shaughnessy about her new collection of poetry and how she relates to her writing as someone who is already four collections in. She outlines the ways in which her work has been shaped by embarrassment, her experiences within the queer community, and the importance of a writer unselfconsciously leaving herself open to new things:

But I found that I could use my embarrassment against itself: a new kind of fuck-you to an inner critic I hadn’t realized I’d been listening to my whole life.



David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 1): “The Idea of Ancestry”


I know / their dark eyes, they know mine. ...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 Connie Wanek


Connie Wanek discusses her latest book, Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, the challenge of looking back at older poems, and what prioritizing writing looks like. ...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.


Profitable Poetry


Rupi Kaur’s poetry collection, Milk and Honey, has sold almost half a million copies since its publication by Andrews McMeel Publishing last year, according to Anisse Gross in Publishers Weekly. While that is the company’s best selling poetry collection, it isn’t the only one that’s sold well:

“We saw that there was this generation of young women, mostly in that early-20s age group, who were responding to this form of expression,” [President Kristy Melville] said, adding that the type of poetry that was resonating with readers is often associated with spoken-word poets or poets publishing online.



The Rumpus Interview With Alejandro Zambra


Alejandro Zambra discusses his latest book, Multiple Choice, inspired by the Chilean exam administered to students seeking college admission ...more

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Swinging Modern Sounds #74: A Social Practice


Everywhere there is sterling musicianship, of the original, unexpected sort. ...more

David Rivard

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with David Rivard


David Rivard discusses his new collection Standoff, writing as both a public and private act, the interiority of reading, and Pokémon GO. ...more

Save Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home


Award-winning author Renée Watson is fighting to save the house that Langston Hughes lived in through much of the 1950s and 60s, until his death in 1967, Heather Long reports for CNN. Watson launched an Indiegogo campaign to rescue the brownstone and preserve its literary history—donate here today to make sure we don’t lose this important piece of American poetry’s past.


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The Rumpus Interview with Arielle Greenberg


Arielle Greenberg talks about her new collection, Locally Made Panties, the possibility of feminist pornography, and curating her Rumpus column, (K)ink: Writing While Deviant. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Leigh Stein


Leigh Stein discusses her new memoir, Land of Enchantment, co-founding Out of the Binders, and why most of her projects begin as "an idea that someone else pushes back on." ...more

Jesse Lee Kercheval

The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Jesse Lee Kercheval


I have learned to put myself, my ego, to one side and truly experience someone else’s poetry. ...more


Podcatcher #4: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness


Jonathan Van Ness discusses his podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, fierceness, curiosity, and hairstyles. ...more