With Deesha Philyaw, Jaquira Díaz, Danielle Gellar, and Torrey Peters.
Tags: Algonquin, brevity, class inequality, Danielle Gellar, Deesha Philyaw, Dinty Moore, Dinty W. Moore, Dog Flowers, flash, flash nonfiction, gender, Jaquira Díaz, Julie Hakim Azzam, Kathy Pories, LGBTQ, nonfiction, Ordinary Girls, Publishing, publishing industry, queer, race, racial inequality, Rose Metal Press, sexuality, t4t, The Best of Brevity, The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction, Torrey Peters, trans, word limit, Zoe Bossiere
Bethany C. Morrow discusses her debut novel,
MEM, how it felt to read Toni Morrison for the first time, and her hope for Black girl readers. ...more
Tags: A Lucky Man, After the Flare, anne of green gables, Bethany C. Morrow, California, Christopher Pike, cloning, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Dhonielle Clayton, faith, first book, Great Britain, independent press, Jamel Brinkley, Lois Duncan, MEM, memories, Montreal, Nigerians in Space, publishing industry, quebec, religion, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, science fiction, sociology, Terry McMillan, The Sound & the Stone, Tiffany D. Jackson, Toni Morrison, Unnamed Press, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Waiting to Exhale, YA, young adult
Renee Simms discusses her debut collection,
Meet Behind Mars, leaving law to become a writer, and writing through major life changes. ...more
Tags: adoption, Amina Gautier, Arizona State University, At-Risk, black women, Chinelo Okparanta, community, danielle evans, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, Desiree Cooper, Difficult Women, edwidge danticat, first book, Happiness Like Water, Helen Oyeyemi, humor, Kathleen Collins, Know the Mother, Krik? Krak!, lawyer, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Meet Behind Mars, MFA, motherhood, mothers, Now We Will Be Happy, Racism, Renee Simms, Selena Anderson, sexism, short fiction, short stories, teaching, teaching writing, The Loss of All Lost Things, University of Puget Sound, Venita Blackburn, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, Wayne State University Press, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love, zz packer
Carmen Maria Machado discusses
Her Body and Other Parties, riffing off the work of others, and how writing is like solving a math problem. ...more
Tags: Alvin Schwartz, carmen maria machado, Deesha Philyaw, fatness, francine prose, gender, george saunders, Helen Oyeyemi, Her Body and Other Parties, horror, House in Indiana, In a Dark Dark Room, kelly link, Latina, Law and Order: SVU, plagiarism, Racism, rape, Rape culture, Sadia Shepard, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Social Media, speculative fiction, The Husband Stitch, Thomas Bernhard, twitter, urban legends, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Woodcutters
Akwaeke Emezi discusses her debut novel,
Freshwater, her public and private identities, and deciding when to translate culture for readers. ...more
Tags: Akwaeke Emezi, beloved, blog, blogging, Brooklyn, Chinelo Okparanta, Chinua Achebe, Christianity, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, first book, Freshwater, goodreads, Igbo, Igoni Barrett, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Nigeria, non-binary, ogbanje, queer, religion, Social Media, spirits, spirituality, suicide, The Unblinding, Things Fall Apart, Toni Morrison, trans, transition, trauma, Visible: Women Writers of Color, women writers, Women Writers of Color
Morgan Jerkins discusses
This Will Be My Undoing, getting her start on the Internet, and why her collection of linked personal essays isn’t just another Millennial read. ...more
Tags: audience, Bennington, black women, carmen maria machado, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, essay writing, essays, first book, identity, imposter syndrome, Internet, internet writing, Jesmyn Ward, Literary Community, marginalization, marginalized, masha gessen, memoir, memories, memory, MFA, michelle dean, millenials, Morgan Jerkins, mothers, mothers and daughters, Porochista Khakpour, Roxane Gay, single mother, This Will Be My Undoing, trauma, Visible: Women Writers of Color, vulnerability, women writers, Women Writers of Color
Aurvi Sharma discusses her memoir-in-progress, finding inspiration in ancient women’s voices, and writing against erasure.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, A.K. Ramanujan, Abeer Hoque, Ambai, Amitava Ghosh, Anita Desai, Anne Carson, Apricots, Arundhati Roy, Aurvi Sharma, beauty, Deesha Philyaw, depression, Electric Arches, Eleven Stories of Water and Stone, Eliot Weinberger, erasure, Eve Ewing, Gathasaptashati, gender norms, gender roles, immigration, India, indian literature, intersectionality, Ismat Chughtai, J. K. Rowling, Kadambini, Kamila Shamsie, Lucia Berlin, Maggie Nelson, Margaret Atwood, Mariana Enriquez, memories, memory, Min Jin Lee, Nadeem Aslam, Nadim Aslam, nadine gordimer, Natalie Diaz, olive witch, Pachinko, pollution, postcolonial, revenge porn, Rings of Saturn, Sara Suleri, Sei Shonogan, sewage, Sex, south asian, The God of Small Things, The Pillow Book, Therigatha, Things We Lost in the Fire, tropes, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Visible: Women Writers of Color, W.G. Sebald, Wendy Doniger, Women Writers of Color
Lola StVil discusses her latest novel,
Girls Like Me, how her characters demand to be written, what her family thinks of her writing career, and why representation is essential. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, acting, Chicago, cyberbullying, david sedaris, Deesha Philyaw, Donald Trump, Ednah Walters, fantasy, Girls Like Me, Guardians, Haiti, James Baldwin, joyce carol oates, Kissed By Shadows, Langston Hughes, Lola StVil, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Octavia Butler, Politics, Port-au-Prince, Rick Riordan, Samantha Irby, teenagers, television, Terah Edun, The Noru, The Toren, Trump, twitter, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color
Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel,
Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, afrofuturism, Alton Sterling, american south, black mothers, black women, Book of Addis, Brooke C. Obie, Brooke Obie, Deesha Philyaw, Game of Thrones, genocide, George Washington, Haiti, HBO, historical fiction, Issa Rae, Jemele Hill, marlon james, michael brown, motherhood, mothers, Octavia Butler, Philando Castile, science fiction, slavery, speculative fiction, The Book of Night Women, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Tyehimba Jess, Visible: Women Writers of Color, White Supremacy
Faith Adiele discusses what it means to be a good literary citizen, the importance of decolonizing travel writing, and how she wants to change the way Black stories are being told.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Biafra, black lives matter, buddhism, California College of the Arts, Civil Rights Movement, Deesha Philyaw, Due North, Elaine Lee, Faith Adiele, family secret, Finland, immigration, interracial relationships, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Lola Akinmade Åkerström, memoir, mentors, my struggle, Nigeria, Oakland, PBS, personal narrative, San Francisco Writer's Grotto, storytelling, susan orlean, teaching, teaching writing, Thailand, The Almost Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, travel, travel writing, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, Women Writers of Color, writers of color
Erika T. Wurth talks about her latest book,
Buckskin Cocaine, persevering through rejection, and white writers writing Native characters. ...more
Tags: #weneeddiversebooks, A Rumpus Interview, A Thousand Horses Out to Sea, Buckskin Cocaine, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, Daniel Wilson, Debbie Reese, Deesha Philyaw, Erika T Wurth, erika wurth, Holly Goddard Jones, Indian Trains, indigenous peoples, Katherena Vermette, Kiese Laymon, Native American, Nina Simone, Sandra Cisneros, Sherman Alexie, teaching writing, Terese Mailhot, The Break, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, women writers, Women Writers of Color, YA, young adult literature
Samantha Irby discusses her new collection,
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, her reluctance to call herself a writer, and writing for the “cream jeans” crowd. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Allegedly, and Revolution in Trump’s America, Angie Thomas, Another Brooklyn, Bitches Gotta Eat, body image, Brit Bennett, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, comedy, cream jeans, day job, Deesha Philyaw, depression, essays, Girls Like Me, humor, humor writing, jacqueline woodson, Jenny Zhang, Kalamazoo, Lola StVil, Meaty, Nasty Women: Feminism, New Year Same Trash, Nicola Yoon, resistance, Samantha Irby, Sour Heart, The Hate U Give, The Mothers, The Sun is Also a Star, Tiffany Jackson, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, weight, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love, Women Writers of Color
Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, activism, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, bell hooks, Bitch Media, Boston, Catholic, catholicism, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Daisy Hernandez, Dear Sister, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence, Deesha Philyaw, Diaspora, election 2016, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Evelina Galang, feminism, feminist, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, genre, gloria anzaldua, Gloria Steinem, home, immigration, June Jordan, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Literary Mama, make/shift magazine, Marge Piercy, MFA, Michelle Alexander, migration, motherhood, New Jersey, new york, New York City, Ninotchka Rosca, Ohio, parenting, Philippines, place, poetry, publishing industry, rape, Roxane Gay, rural, Seattle, sexual assault, sexuality, This Bridge Called My Back, urban, Vanessa Mártir, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color
Tamiko Nimura talks about the influence of history, memory, and silence on her work; creating a private MFA for herself; and writing a generational memoir.
Tags: #whyiwrite, academia, adjunct, Amy Tan, ancestors, Asian American, atlas obscura, Deesha Philyaw, Discover Nikkei, family, Frank Abe, Full Grown People, Future Generations: Challenging the Forced Incarceration through Acts of Resistance, Ghosts of Seattle Past, Gluten-Free Girl, Goodbye for Now, graphic novel, Heron Tree, HistoryLink, hyphen, immigrants, immigration, International Examiner, internment, internment camps, Japanese, Japanese American National Museum, Kartika Review, L.M. Montgomery, Laurie Frankel, madeleine l'engle, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Maxine Hong Kingston, MFA, Modern Loss, Pinay, Seattle, Shauna Aherne, Social Media, tacoma, Tamiko Nimura, tenure, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Librarian's Daughters, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, twitter, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Wing Luke Museum, Women Writers of Color, World War II, writers of color, writing process, Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure, WWII
Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel,
The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more
Tags: #ownvoices, #weneeddiversebooks, Angie Thomas, Black, black lives matter, Corinne Duyvis, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, diversity, Eudora Welty, first book, Harry Potter, jacqueline woodson, Mike Brown, Mildred D. Taylor, New York Times Bestseller, Octavia Butler, Oscar Grant, police violence, publishing industry, Rachel Jeantel, richard wright, Sandra Bland, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tamir Rice, teenagers, The Hate U Give, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, twitter, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Need Diverse Books, William Faulkner, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, YA Literature, young adult literature
Yona Harvey talks about her path to becoming a poet, Winnie Mandela as an artistic inspiration, and what it means to write more publicly.
Tags: A Poet's Craft, A Rumpus Interview, Amiri Baraka, beyonce, black femininity, Black Panther, black women, black writers, Cave Canem, collaboration, Comics, Deesha Philyaw, Doug Kearney, Hemming the Water, Howard University, Imani Owens, Imani Tolliver, Jessica Abel, Joel Dias-Porter, King, Lucille Clifton, Lynda Barry, Marvel, poetry, Ragdale, Robert Hayden, Roxane Gay, Sonia Sanchez, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Crew, The Force of What’s Possible, trauma, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Are KING, Winnie Mandela, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, Yona Harvey, Zachary Robbins
Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose.
Tags: Abeer Hoque, agent, Alzheimer's, Bangladesh, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, burnout, business school, childhood, David Mitchell, Deesha Philyaw, ekphrastic poetry, family, fiction, genre, HarperCollins, HarperCollins India, high school, independent publishing, Katherine Boo, Libya, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, MFA, Nigeria, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, nonfiction, Ocean Vuong, olive witch, Olive Witch: A Memoir, Pakistan, photography, Pittsburgh, poetry, prose, psych ward, publisher, revision, San Francisco, siblings, the long way home, The Lovers and the Leavers, Toni Morrison, travel, travel writing, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, writing
Tara Betts discusses her newest collection,
Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more
Tags: academia, activism, Alice Walker, arc & hue, audre lorde, Baby Sweets, Binghamton, Black Panthers, black women, Blackberry: a magazine, break the habit, Chicago, comic books, Comics, consent, death, Deesha Philyaw, Def Poetry Jam, Denise Levertov, depression, Devil Dinosaur, divorce, Donald Trump, economic inequality, Eve Ewing, f. scott fitzgerald, family, Foucault, gender inequality, girlspeak, Glen Campbell, grief, Hadiya Pendeleton, heartbreak, heroines, hip-hop, Huey P. Newton, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, identity, Iron Man, jazz, Jeff Chang, Jessica Care Moore, Joan Didion, Kate Zambreno, Larry Levis, Lauryn Hill, Luke Cage, marriage, marriage equality, Maya Angelou, memories, Mental Health, Moon Girl, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Paul Beatty, Paul Laurence Dunbar, poems, Poet, poetry, Politics, Princeless, prison system, Public Enemy, Radius, Rape culture, Raymond Andrews, relationships, representation, Riri Williams, Roxane Gay, science fiction, Self Care, slam poetry, superheroes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, tara Betts, Terry McMillan, The Color Purple, the cure, The White Album, Tish Benson, Trump, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Willie Perdomo, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, writing, Yona Harvey, Zelda Fitzgerald, zora neale hurston
Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.
Tags: 15 Views of Miami, A Rumpus Interview, addiction, alcohol, angela carter, best american essays, Best American Nonrequired reading, Bread Loaf Writers Fellowship, carmen maria machado, childhood, closeted, Colson Whitehead, coming of age, coming out, Daniel Jose Older, DARE, Deesha Philyaw, drinking, drugs, essay writing, family, fantasy, florida, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, gay, gay literature, horror, Hugo Margenat, Hurricane Andrew, Jaquira Díaz, Karen Russell, kelly link, Kenyon Review, La Llorona, Latin America, macdowell, memoir, mental illness, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Hearld, Miami-Dade County, middle school, monsters, mythical creatures, Nalo Hopkinson, Odrinary Girls, one hundred years of solitude, paying the rent, paying writers, Ploughshares, puerto rico, Pushcart Prize, queer, queer writers, Samuel Delany, science fiction, Shirley Jackson, suicide, Tananarive Due, teenagers, THe Southern Review, the Sun, Tin House, University of Puerto Rico, vampires, Victor LaValle, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, werewolves, women writers, Women Writers of Color, writer pay, writers of color, zombies, Zone One
Cole Lavalais discusses her debut novel,
Summer of the Cicadas, why she’s a huge fan of outlining, and the importance of dedicated communities for black writers. ...more
Tags: Apogee, Aquarius Press, August Wilson, black writers, Callaloo, Carribean, Chicago, Chicago State University, Cole Lavalais, college, David Haynes, Deesha Philyaw, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Gloria Naylor, HBCU, homophobia, intersectionality, journalism, Kimbilio Center, Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, Lazaretto, Mama Day, Mat Johnson, Mental Health, MFA, misogyny, motherhood, Obsidian, outline, Sanderia Faye, screenplays, sexism, Tananarive Due, Tayari Jones, teaching writing, Terry McMillan, The Hand I Fan With, The Summer of the Cicadas, Tidal Basin Review, Tina McElroy Ansa, Toni Cade Bambara, Tumbling, University of Chicago, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, Warpland, Women Writers of Color, writers of color
If your family or your people are looking over your shoulder, change your seat or push them away. Ask them to trust you with the truth.
Tags: #blacklivesmatter, berlin, Black Deutschland, black writers, Certain People: America's Black Elite, darryl pinckney, Deesha Philyaw, Europe, expatriate, family, germany, High Cotton, Invisible Man, James Baldwin, James Fenton, Native Son, New York Review of Books, novels, NYRB, Paul Beatty, Percival Everett, race, richard wright, Rolling Stones, susan sontag, The Berlin Stories
Tania James discusses her most recent novel,
The Tusk That Did the Damage, the challenges of writing an elephant narrator, and the moment when she knew she could be a writer. ...more
Tags: aerogrammes, animal narrators, animal psychology, animals, atlas of unknowns, Bad Marie, Broad City, Deesha Philyaw, editing, elephants, farmers, farming, fiction, Film, Frank X Walker, Girls, Gravedigger, Hausfrau, humor, India, Indian Americans, Interviews, Jainism, Kelly Norman Ellis, Kentucky, Kerala, Malayalam, Malayali, MFA, Mira Nair, murder, muslim, Nathan Englander, novels, olive kitteridge, poaching, research, short stories, tania james, The Tusk That Did The Damage, unlikeable characters, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, women writers, writers of color, writing, young adult
Desiree Cooper discusses her debut collection of flash fiction,
Know the Mother, what mother-writers need, and why motherhood is the only story she’s ever told. ...more
Tags: #LitinColor, 1960s, activist, African-American surrealist, all things considered, Alzheimer's, attorney, Audrey Niffenegger, Barbara Kingsolver, Best African American Fiction 2010, Breastfeeding, Buddha in the Attic, Callaloo, Cave Canem, Charlotte’s Web, childbirth, Civil Rights Movement, Colorado, Deesha Philyaw, Desiree Cooper, detroit, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Metro Times, Detroit Noir, edwidge danticat, feminism, feminist, flash fictions, florida, gender, gender equality, gender roles, Graveyard Love, invisibility, Japan, journalism, journalist, Julie Otsuka, Karen Miller, Kate Atkinson, Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, Know the Mother, law school, lawyer, Life After Life, loss, M. L. Liebler, Made in Michigan Writers Series, marriage, maryland, Michael Cunningham, Miscarriage, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, New Mexico, NPR, Planned Parenthood, Princess Lily, private lives of women, race, racial identity, Ralph Ellison, reproductive rights, Second Sleep, sexism, single mother, single motherhood, Texas, The Hours, The Poisonwood Bible, The Time Traveler's Wife, Tidal Basin Review, Toi Derricotte, Virginia, visible, Wayne State University Press, Weekend America, women's rights, Women’s Movement, writers of color, zz packer
My ambition is personal. I don’t think I need to succeed so that the race can succeed. ...more
Tags: ambition, Angela Flournoy, Asali Solomon, Barack Obama, black writers, Chinelo Okparanta, debut novels, Deesha Philyaw, detroit, Drake, e.m. forester, feminism, ferguson, hip-hop, intersectional feminism, Jay-Z, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kayne West, Kehinde Wiley, Kendrick Lamar, Kimbilio Center, Music, novels, race, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Turner House, Toni Morrison, zadie smith