The Rumpus Has the Best American Essays (and also, Goodbye!)


The last two years editing the Sunday Rumpus have allowed us to publish an exciting range of longform essays, and we’re honored to have had the chance to work with daring writers experimenting with form, and pushing the edges of personal writing in new and challenging ways. We’re proud of every last one of them, but the release of the 2016 Best American Essays anthology two weeks ago put a genuinely gratifying punctuation mark on our tenure here. Two Sunday Rumpus essays—Alexis Paige’s “The Right to Remain” and Penny Guisinger’s “The Sound of Galton’s Whistle”—got a nod in the anthology’s list of notable essays. (Also on the list: Mike Broida’s “Odysseus at Telepylos.”)

Congratulations to Alexis, Penny, and Mike—and deep thanks to all the writers we’ve been privileged to work with here. Today’s our last Sunday; we’re passing the WordPress passwords on to Toni Nealie and José Orduña, who’ll start bringing their own editorial sensibilities to bear on Sundays October 2. We can’t wait to see what they do with the day.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our final offering, from the Sunday editor whose formidable shoes we were brought on board to fill two years ago: Gina Frangello.