Scroll down to the most recent Rumpus Sunday Interview, the one where Sunday Editor Gina Frangello writes “I was going to use the word “genius,” but maybe that’s not quite right for a man who spends seventeen years honing one brilliant book.”

See that guy? He just won a MacArthur Genius grant. Get interviewed for The Rumpus, have the interviewer hesitate over the word “genius,” win a MacArthur. That’s how I’m seeing it anyway.

Congratulations to Junot Diaz and all the other MacArthur Genius grant winners this year!

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →