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Mini-Interviews

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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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #232: Mary Morris

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“To really write, I need to hold a pen.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #231: Ruth O. Saxton

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“While the past remains always present, old women exist in the present.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #230: Carley Moore

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“I like to tell my secrets.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #229: Joshua Harmon

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“Technology is our most common landscape, no?”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #227: Karen Salyer McElmurray

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“You’re solving this mystery, you’re taking this journey, but that’s only an opening to another journey.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #226: Benjamin Nugent

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“I’m interested in beautiful events that are wrong.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #224: Marcia Trahan

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“Memoir is about recreating the complexities of a life.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #222: Kathryn Scanlan

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“I work slowly, from sentence to sentence, and attempt to stay attuned to opportunity.”

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