Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Naseem Jamnia considers memories, genetics, and what gets passed down from one generation to the next. She writes, “The brain is a curious, malleable thing, and just as cigarette smoke and alcohol can be tucked into a fetus, so can trauma. My mother’s experiences settled into her eggs and shaped me.”

And in a review of Rosa Liksom’s Compartment No. 6, John Flynn-York notes that “Liksom’s writing moves into a different register when it comes to describing the landscape, the decaying Russian cities, and the people and animals who inhabit them.”

Lastly, in the Sunday Essay, Ian Belknap shares his experience of raising his transgender son, who is just beginning to go through the “long and arduous transition” of becoming the gender he knows himself to be. Ian’s powerful piece is accompanied by beautiful artwork drawn by his son.


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 →