Book Clubs

We have two book clubs: Prose ($35/mo) and Poetry ($30/mo).

Every month you’ll get a book in the mail that is not yet available for public purchase. You’ll be added to our Slack channel where you can discuss the book as you read it on your own time, and you’ll then be invited to an exclusive moderated online discussion with the book’s author at the end of the month.

Please subscribe by the 15th to receive following month’s book and join in the author chat. For example, to receive our March book, make sure to subscribe by February 15. Examples of previous book club picks are listed below.

Programs like our Book Club put you in direct communication with the literary community and keep The Rumpus running in one fell swoop!

Prose Book Club

Books we’ve featured include Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden, Love Is an Ex-Country by Randa Jarrar, and Girlhood by Melissa Febos. Upcoming writers include Christopher Gonzalez, Gabrielle Civil, Eva Jurczyk, Suzanne Roberts, Laura Stanfill, Morgan Talty, and more.

Poetry Book Club

We’ve featured poets like Tracy K. Smith, Jericho Brown, Kaveh Akbar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Natasha Tretheway, Franny Choi, Eve Ewing, Danez Smith, torrin a. greathouse, and Erin Belieu. Upcoming poets include Cynthia Dewi Oka, Matthew Olzmann, Jennifer Huang, Angel Dominguez, Jos Charles, C. Russell Price, Tara Betts, and more.

Love Both? Indecisive Libra?

Subscribe to both our poetry and prose book clubs for $50 a month.



HOLIDAY NOTE: All subscriptions purchased 11/16/21 through 12/15/21 will begin with our January 2022 selection. Holiday subscriptions purchased on or after 12/16/21 will begin with our February 2022 selection. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


Q: Can I participate in your book club if I live outside the US?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer international book club subscriptions at this time, but we hope to in the future.

Q: What’s the cut-off date to receive the upcoming month’s book and to participate in the discussion?

A: Please subscribe by the 15th of the month to receive following month’s book and join in the chat with its author.

Q: How do I find out about times for the Book Club chat with the author and stuff like that?

A: The date for the chat is printed onto a bookmark that’s included in the copy we send you. There are also announcements through our Slack groups. If you joined a book club but didn’t get an invitation to the group, please send an email to [email protected]. It’s not mandatory to join these groups, but we do hope you’ll consider doing so and discussing the books with other members throughout the month.

Q: Are there refunds?

A: No. But you can cancel a monthly subscription at any time.

Q: What if my question wasn’t answered here?

A: Please contact [email protected] with any additional questions about our book clubs.