Meet Our New Rumpus Editors!

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You may have noticed some recent changes to The Rumpus masthead.

First, the sad news. Mary-Kim Arnold, our fearless Essays Editor who took over for the inimitable Roxane Gay, is leaving to pursue other projects. We wish her all the best, and are excited to see what she’ll be working on next!

We’re also saying goodbye to Arielle Bernstein, who has been our wonderful Film, TV, & Media/Saturday Editor for the last year. Arielle has done an amazing job bringing in moving, thoughtful content each Saturday and she will be missed.

Luckily, we’ve found awesome new editors to step in.

Our new Essays Editor, Tracy Strauss, has been working with Mary-Kim as an Assistant Essays Editor, so she’s already part of the Rumpus family. Tracy has published essays here at The Rumpus, in Poets & Writers MagazineWriter’s Digest Magazine, The Huffington Post, SalonCognoscentiThe Feminist WireThe Southampton Review, xoJane, and other publications. Tracy currently teaches writing and liberal arts at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Get to know Tracy on Twitter or on Facebook.

Eileen G’Sell, our new Film, TV, & Media editor, teaches rhetoric, poetry, and film at Washington University in St. Louis. Her latest book, Portrait of My Ex with Giant Burrito, was recently published by BOAAT Press. Eileen is eager to grow our Film, TV, & Media section—if you have something you’d like to submit to Eileen, you can do that here.

Finally, taking over Saturdays here at The Rumpus is Elissa Washuta. Elissa is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, at BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. An adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and a nonfiction faculty member in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Elissa lives near Seattle.

A warm Rumpus welcome to all of our new editors, and a big thank you and “see ya soon” to Mary-Kim and Arielle!


Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC but thinks twenty times a day about heading back west. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” will appear in the anthology Burn It Down, forthcoming from Seal Press in fall 2019. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of The Rumpus. Find her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →