Posts Tagged: Roxane Gay

Erasing the Girl: Why Don’t We Trust Women to Tell Their Stories of Disordered Eating?

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I didn’t want to criticize her, or demand explanations from her. I just wanted to hear her speak. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Iris Dunkle

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Iris Jamahl Dunkle on her new collection Interrupted Geographies, writing against the pastoral tradition, the power of persona poems, and the town of Pithole. ...more

The Myth of White Male Rage: Jared Yates Sexton’s The People Will Rise

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[I]n a book that argues we are divided and stuck in our own echo chambers, Sexton’s own divide goes unexamined, his own echo chamber unchallenged. ...more

Notable Los Angeles: 6/26–7/2

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Monday 6/26: Mel Goodman discusses and signs Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

ALOUD presents An Evening with Roxane Gay. She will be discussing her new book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, in conversation with journalist Ann Friedman.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Lisa Factora-Borchers

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Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York. ...more

Notable Twin Cities: 6/11-6/17

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Monday 6/12: Dani Shapiro will present her new memoir, HourglassMagers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/13: Check out the June Books & Bars! It’s a live performance and discussion centering around a monthly book, plus beer, and this month’s book is Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

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Notable NYC: 6/10–6/16

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Saturday 6/10: Katie Kitamura and others join AmpLit Fest. Pier i, West 70th Street, Noon, Free.

Sunday 6/11: Hafizah Geter, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, Lara Mimosa Montes, Cathy Linh Che, Lucas De Lima, and Carly Joy Miller join the Dead Rabbits Reading Series.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Raising A Feminist Son

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I think about the birth of Mosley, and all of the dreams I already have for him at the ripe age of one. I know how I want him to see me—strong, smart, capable of anything and everything. This is how I want him to see all women, but me especially. ...more

What to Read When You Need More Anne Shirley in Your Life

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Today, the new series Anne with an E premieres on Netflix. Here's a list of books for times when you need a strong female protagonist like Anne Shirley. ...more

Notable Los Angeles: 5/8–5/14

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Monday 5/8: Write Club Chapter 63: Better Off Fed. Featuring Moramarco, Brian Sonia Wallace, Rachel Kann, Tanya White, Amy Gonzales, and Yelena Litvak. Co-hosted by Justin Welborn, Paula Killen, and Jeff Dorchen. 7 p.m. at the Bootleg Theater. $10+ Pay What You Can (it goes to charity).

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Notable Los Angeles: 5/1–5/7

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Monday 5/1: Reyna Biddy presents and signs I Love My Love. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 5/2: Gina Sorrell launches her new novel, Mothers & Other Strangers. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Scott Westerfeld discusses and signs Spill Zone.

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What We’re Reading in May!

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We’re thrilled to share that our May Book Club pick is We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby! Samantha is the author of Meaty: Essays and creator of the blog “bitches gotta eat.” The essays in We Are Never Meeting in Real Life span topics as varied as living on a budget, explaining why Irby should be the next Bachelorette, a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, and advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Yona Harvey

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Yona Harvey talks about her path to becoming a poet, Winnie Mandela as an artistic inspiration, and what it means to write more publicly. ...more

Notable Philadelphia: 3/21–3/27

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Tuesday 3/21: Movie Screening, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom, Doors at 7:15 p.m., $4.

Science After-Hours: Cosmos. 7 p.m.–10 p.m., The Franklin Institute, $20 for non-members, $15 for members.

Jason Paul & the Know It Alls, the Whips, Ruby Buff, and Little Kicks.

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Notable Chicago: 3/10–3/16

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Friday 3/10: The Poetry Foundation Hosts the National Youth Poet Laureate Convocation featuring Jacqueline Woodson, who was named Young People’s Poet Laureate in 2015. The finalists, Hajjar Baban, Nkosi Nkululeko, Andrew White, Amanda Gorman, and Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, will read from their work.

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What to Read When You Want to Avoid the News

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From drugs to celebrities to murder to just plain good writing, here are five books that offer us a brief respite from the onslaught of terrifying news. ...more

Introducing the Rumpus Advisory Board

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When we shared our exciting news about The Rumpus’s future last month, I mentioned that we’d create an advisory board to help us guide the site forward. The function of the advisory board is to help when we have questions or need a sounding board for new ideas, to serve as role models for us, and to support us as we try to achieve our goals: a commitment to ongoing resistance of the Trump administration, a commitment to continuing paying writers and to increase those payments to a standard industry rate, a commitment to increase our coverage of small presses and indie authors and to continue giving a platform to new voices who might not otherwise find one.

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Taking a Stand with Roxane

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I wouldn’t have volunteered at The Rumpus for the past three years, if I didn’t believe in the power of words. But words ring hollow if they are not met with action. Outrage tweets and Facebook posts mean noting if you don’t march, call, email, filibuster, stand, sit-in, demand, riot, challenge, and vote.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Tara Betts

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Tara Betts discusses her newest collection, Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin

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Today in Rumpus Books, Elizabeth Stark reviews Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, edited by Manjula Martin. ...more

Notable Los Angeles: 1/16–1/22

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Monday 1/16: It’s MLK Day. Take some time today to read one of those fancy new books you bought.

Tuesday 1/17: Gregg Hurwitz discusses and signs his new thriller The Nowhere Man. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

David Lida discusses and signs One Life, in conversation with Alex Espinoza.

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Notable NYC: 1/7–1/13

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Saturday 1/7: Greenlight Bookstore celebrates the grand opening of the store’s second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. 632 Flatbush Avenue, 7:30 p.m., free.

Camonghne Felix and José Olivarez join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 1/8: Nancy Hightower, Sarah Perry, Jeremy Freedman, and Linda Harris Dolan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading series.

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The Rumpus Interview with Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay discusses her new collection, Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic. ...more

This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, VICE’s 2016 Fiction Issue is out, with work from exciting voices like Ottessa Moshfegh, Rachel Cusk, Roxane Gay, and more. This year’s fiction issue, like the magazine itself, is an engaging, diverse, and sometimes in-your-face read with topics ranging from smart cars to campus rape, love triangles to the meaning of life.

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The Rumpus Interview with Wendy C. Ortiz

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Wendy C. Ortiz discusses her new book Bruja, what a "dreamoire" is, the magic all around us, and why she loves indices—and cats. ...more

#Betrayal: On Instagram, Is Hell Other Women?

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Instagram: an app powerful enough to blow a million Think Pieces to smithereens in everything it says about female relations. ...more

When Home Doesn’t Embrace

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Roxane Gay is from the Midwest, but as a woman of color she feels like an outsider in the rural places she often inhabits. In an essay for Brevity“Black in Middle America,” Gay examines reactions to her face in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a place so remote “my blackness was more curiosity than threat”, and in Illinois’s cornfields—somewhere blackness is more familiar but no more understood.

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