Anna March’s Foundlings!

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Rumpus contributor Anna March has a new column at Literary Orphans. In her first column, she features essays by Rumpus contributor Laura Bogart, Shannon Barber, and our very own poetry editor, Brian Spears!

Here is a taste from Brian’s essay:

“I was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1984 at the age of 15. I’d been raised in the church and looked at fellow Witnesses around the world as family. Eleven years later, I left the church and with it, my families. That might make me a metaphorical orphan, though I usually think of that condition as one which happens to a person rather than one which a person takes an active role in. It’s like that definition of chutzpah which involves children who’ve murdered their parents asking the court for mercy because they’re orphans now. Only I didn’t kill anyone. In a sense, I died, which I guess makes me a reverse orphan.”


Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for Women Who Submit, Entropy, Jaded Ibis Press, and Why There Are Words. You can find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide. More from this author →