California or Bust!


This Sunday Rumpus happens to find me arriving in  original Rumpus stomping ground, San Francisco, where I’m thrilled to be reading at The Make-Out Room tonight with Janice Cooke Newman and Liza Monroy!  Master of ceremonies is San Fran and Rumpus Fave, Joshua Mohr.  7pm–please come!

I’m also at Books, Inc. at the Marina with San Franciscoans Kate Milliken and Michelle Richmond on April 9, before heading to Los Angeles on April 10th for THIS awesome event, sponsored by The Rumpus, Hot Dish Reading Series and The Nervous Breakdown:



If you’re anywhere near LA on April 10, the only good reason to miss this thing is if you’re currently on fire.

Hope to see you soon, California!  After my winter in the Midwestern polar vortex, I’ll be the one rapturously moaning because it’s not 17 below zero…

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction and a forthcoming memoir, Blow Your House Down. Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Netflix as a series produced by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including UIC, Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. More from this author →