Posts by: Marisa Siegel

Independent Bookstore Day: Q&A with Celeste Ng

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To help kick off the celebrations, we have an exclusive Q&A with Celeste Ng, 2018 National Bookstore Day Ambassador!

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Introducing the Rumpus Advisory Board

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When we shared our exciting news about The Rumpus’s future last month, I mentioned that we’d create an advisory board to help us guide the site forward. The function of the advisory board is to help when we have questions or need a sounding board for new ideas, to serve as role models for us, and to […]

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Save Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home

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Award-winning author Renée Watson is fighting to save the house that Langston Hughes lived in through much of the 1950s and 60s, until his death in 1967, Heather Long reports for CNN. Watson launched an Indiegogo campaign to rescue the brownstone and preserve its literary history—donate here today to make sure we don’t lose this important piece of American […]

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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 […]

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Meet Our New Rumpus Editors!

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You may have noticed some recent changes to The Rumpus masthead. First, the sad news. Our terrific Essays Editor, Tracy Strauss, is stepping down to focus on other projects, including a new series over at the Ploughshares blog. And we’re saying goodbye to our Interviews Editor, Melissa Batchelor Warnke, who is moving on to pursue her own writing—you can keep […]

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Meet Our New Rumpus Interviews Editor!

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We are sad to announce that Ben Pfeiffer, who has been working with The Rumpus for nearly two years, first as Assistant Interviews Editor and then as Interviews Editor, will be moving on to work on personal projects. Ben has been an integral part of the site, making sure to keep our Interviews section running […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Cindy Lamothe writes about Central American street gangs, folklore, and how “more than a decade’s worth of war [has] left El Salvador in an aggressive tailspin of poverty and violence.” Then, Ryan Werner reviews poet Katie Schmid’s collection, forget me / hit me / let me drink great quantities of clear, […]

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Rock and Roll Refugee Coming to NYC

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Musical pioneer Genya Ravan, who’s been featured on The Rumpus, has a new album in the works and a musical play opening in New York. In the early 60s Ravan founded Goldie and the Gingerbreads, the first all-female band signed to a major label. She went on to front the experimental jazz-fusion band Ten Wheel Drive, record […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Brandon Hicks brings us an illustrated retrospective of the works of Franklin “Boobs & Butt” Barber. Then, in the Saturday Rumpus Review of Todd Haynes’s movie Carol, Sean Donovan considers how this new film fits into Haynes’s other works that focus on the 1950s, writing, “Until Carol, Haynes’s examination of queer sexuality and fifties culture has been […]

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Meet Our New Rumpus Editors!

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You may have noticed some recent changes to The Rumpus masthead. First, the sad news. Katy Henriksen, our first-ever Music Editor, is stepping down to make time for other projects. Katy has been a key force in shaping the music section at The Rumpus, and she will be missed—though you will continue to see her name around […]

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Bad Feminist(s)

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This Friday, 8/15, The Last Bookstore will hold a celebratory release and reading for Rumpus Essay Editor Emeritus Roxane Gay‘s Bad Feminist from 7:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. The event features Rumpus friends and contributors, including Nina Bargiel, Antonia Crane, Kima Jones, Mallory Ortberg, Pamela Ribon, Kate Spencer, Karolina Waclawiak, and Roxane Gay with host Zoë Ruiz. If you’re in L.A. tomorrow, […]

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Take an #Artbreak

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Busy week? Work stressing you out? Take five minutes out of your day for an #artbreak—a short burst of creativity to free up your mind. And if you like what you come up with, go ahead and share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Plumb will donate $1 to 826 National for every post tagged #artbreak, up […]

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Meet Our New Rumpus Essays Editor!

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We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around […]

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Modern Man Defined

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Yesterday, Rumpus columnist Thomas Page McBee kicked off his new series, “The American Man,” over at the Pacific Standard. Featuring “gonzo reporting from barber shops, boxing gyms, frat houses, and other bastions of masculinity in an effort to define what makes a modern man,” the writing will also form the basis for McBee’s next book.

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The Next Generation of Female Writers

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We love Girls Write Now, the NY-based organization that helps underserved teenage girls in New York develop their creative voices and prepare for college. You can support their efforts, and preview the next generation of female writers, tomorrow at the Scholastic Auditorium in SoHo, NY from 6-8 p.m. The event features a keynote from New York Times bestselling author Christina […]

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