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Mini-Interviews

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Alexis Ivy

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“Writing in this way allows me to put order in this disordered world.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Amy Mackelden and Dr. Dylan Jaggard

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“We wanted to give voice to people who are often spoken for.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Thomas Farber

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“As a writer, to describe even perils can be a form of hope.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Aruni Kashyap

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“[T]he testimonial form is rebellious; it says that it will record what the state tried to erase.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Ray Stoeve

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“You can’t fake knowledge of zip zap zup.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Felicia Rose Chavez

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“Listening is the first and most important step to maintaining a storytelling tradition.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Karen Salyer McElmurray

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“The grief felt like giving birth, these waves of pain and then receiving.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Laraine Herring

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“That’s the power of art, I think. It is transformative. It can love us all back home.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Sayantani Dasgupta

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“I wanted to write a story that doesn’t shy away from the problems but one that’s also hopeful.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Susan Shapiro

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“My challenge was to tell my own story but also find ways to weave in wisdom and gravitas.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Shannon McLeod

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“In my own experience, anxiety entails dwelling on the past.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Amy Solomon

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“Making people feel heard and seen and not left out to dry is my job.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Callum Angus

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“When I first came out as trans, I learned a lot from trans youth; they taught me so much.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: David Biespiel

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“In the act of writing about it and revising it, I’m still having the experience.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Maria Cichosz

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“Thinking about blurring those lines got me closer to the truth of the clichés.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Hope Campbell Gustafson

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“I enjoy and do all of that research, and it must make the translation better.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Forsyth Harmon

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“Yes: in terms of an authorial presence, I tried to tread lightly.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

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“The difference with memorializing my story is that I have invited others to live it, for a moment.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Mike Alberti

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“I think about loss as echoes or circular structures.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Sheila Squillante

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“I felt like I wanted to do it and not explain it.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Robin Gow

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“I always knew I wanted to write a queer saint holy book.”

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The Rumpus Mini-interview Project: Andrea Bartz

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“And as those masks fall away, we get down to the shame and envy underneath.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project: Sarah M. Sala

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“A poem is like a vision test—its vision is either clear or it’s not.”

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