Weekend Rumpus Roundup


It’s that time again. Time to round up all the Rumpus weekends. Or the weekend Rumpuses. Or something.

This weekend, we featured two super-cool interviews. Saturday’s was a lively discussion with Michelle Meyering, director of programs and events at PEN Center USA, about her lit-mag The Rattling Wall, which “isn’t necessarily a journal about LA, but a journal that’s influenced by LA’s ‘anything goes’ mentality.”

On Sunday, we spoke with fiction writer Preston L. Allen, who, when he hears “write what you know,” head straight toward gambling and evangelical Christianity. A snippet:

…there is the story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible that is the end of all things, but it is also the beginning of all things. In fairy tales, the evil witch is always followed by the happily ever. The dreadful or the joyous. Which to choose? Which, oh which, to choose?

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →