Posts Tagged: Whip Smart

What to Read When You Want a Fresh Start


In keeping with the spirit of the New Year holiday, we've put together a list of books that deal with new beginnings—and the unexpected twists and turns that come after. ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Melissa Febos


Melissa Febos discusses her new book Abandon Me, choosing to be celibate for six months, letting go of our own mythologies, and the sexist reaction women receive when they write nonfiction. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Melissa Febos


Melissa Febos discusses Abandon Me, confessional writing, Billie Holiday, reenacting trauma, cataloguing narratives, and searching for identity. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Susie Deford


Susie Deford & Melissa FebosSusie DeFord and I both finished drafts of our books in 2007. My former dog-trainer and I had labored together at café tables side by side, but after the writing process, our paths diverged. I quickly found an agent, and starting working on a book proposal, while Susie submitted her manuscript, Dogs of Brooklyn, to first-book competitions (the most common way to get a debut book of poems published), and worked on building a readership for her blog, Dog Poet Laureate.