By Any Other Name

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I try to be open about who I am.  I’m not interested in having a blank slate; I’d rather everyone just know what’s on mine. Maybe people think I’m hiding from my past by being Anna. No, far from it. I’m showing you who I am.

Do you see?

In her poignant new Foundlings column at Literary Orphans, Rumpus contributor Anna March talks about the power of naming, self-invention (and reinvention), and finding redemption.


Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in April 2022. She is senior acquiring editor for trade at Northwestern University Press, and owner/publisher of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →