Top 21 Posts of 2021


On this last day of 2021, we’ve tallied the traffic, did some math (wuh-oh), and are delighted to share this list of what you, our beloved readers, found most compelling this past year. We look forward to another new year of great writing—and may our futures and fortunes be bright.

Here’s a look at what you, our beloved readers, found most compelling in the last twelve months.

1. “Searching for Sleeper Trains” by Stefani Cox

2. “The Debt Never Promised” by Benjamin Thorp

3. “What to Read When You Grew Up with the Babysitter’s Club by Marisa Crawford and Megan Milks

4. “Tongue Stuck” by Irina Dumitrescu

5. Voices on Addition: “Thief in the Night” by Heather Stokes

6. Rumpus Original Poetry: “The Hurting Kind” by Ada Limon

7. “What to Read When You’ve Made It Halfway through 2021”

7. “Omayra (In Other Words)” by Ricardo Frasso Jaramillo

8. “Sleeping with Myself” by Eve Ettinger

9. ENOUGH: “How the President Broke Up My Marriage” by Aarti Rao

10. “Reading Whitman While White” by Han Vanderhart

11. “On Baby Fever” by Krys Malcom Belc

12. Funny Women: “Amelia Bedelia Takes a COVID Test” by Lindsay Hameroff

13. “The Resumes of Identity We Present to Strangers: A Conversation with Dolly Alderton” by Mikaela Dery

14. Rumpus Original Fiction: “Hibiscus Tacos” by Ire’ne Lara Silva

15. “What to Read When You’re In the In-Between Place” by Suleika Jaouad

16. “Malus Domestica” by Angie Romines

17. Rumpus Original Poetry: Three Poems by Kelli Russell Agodon

18. “Waiting for a Trans Audience: Talking with Torrey Peters” by Carter Sickels

19. “The Space Between Vertebrae” by August Lamm

19. “Hope is the Last Bastion: An Interview Suchitra Vijayan” by Aruni Kashyap

21. Rumpus Original Fiction: “Poor People Disappear” by Ira Sukrungruang