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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 Book Club Chat with Cai Emmons

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Cai Emmons discusses her new novel, SINKING ISLANDS.

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The More Painful Absence: Keema Waterfield’s Inside Passage

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In this lush and raw account, musicians play, voices harmonize and then separate again, town after Alaska town rolls by… and Waterfield searches for home.

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The Tragedy of Hope: Talking with Willa C. Richards

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Willa C. Richards discusses her debut novel, THE COMFORT OF MONSTERS.

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Reimagining Place in the Pandemic

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This collection suggests again and again that poets and poetry are conjoined with such places—found on a map and indelibly mapped to the psyche.

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Not Defined by Grief: A Conversation with Julie Marie Wade

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Julie Marie Wade discusses her newest poetry collection, SKIRTED.

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What to Read When You Need to Recover a Sense of the Sacred

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Shin Yu Pai shares a reading list to celebrate VIRGA.

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Inner Conversations Projected on a Surface: Bruno K. Öijer’s The Trilogy

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A family’s grief traps generations in a search for insight.

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Finding Meaning in Where the Why Leads: Talking with Kyle Beachy

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Kyle Beachy discusses his new memoir, THE MOST FUN THING.

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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 Isolation of Millennial Life: Ancco’s Nineteen

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Nineteen is a book that’s by turns smart, sad, and scathing.

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Arriving at the Mystery: A Conversation with Oliver de la Paz

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Poet Oliver de la Paz discusses art-making, hybrid forms, and his work.

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Rumpus Exclusive: “The Human”

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Man was living on the moon but Medicare was still a disaster.

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Sacred and Profane and Infinitely Compassionate: Remembering Anthony Veasna So

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Agent Rob McQuilkin and editor Helen Atsma discuss AFTERPARTIES by Anthony Veasna So.

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What to Read When You Have a Passion for Eclectic Stories

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Joe Okonkwo shares a reading list to celebrate KISS THE SCARS ON THE BACK OF MY NECK.

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Writing to Heal: Talking with Emilly Prado

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Emilly Prado discusses her debut essay collection, FUNERAL FOR FLACA.

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How We Create Ourselves: Second Place by Rachel Cusk

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The voice reaches and reaches at answers to broad questions. Sometimes it pulls back pieces of insight and beauty.

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Reinventing the Truth: A Conversation with Anna Qu

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Anna Qu discusses her debut memoir, MADE IN CHINA.

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We Are More: Shattering the Ethnic Monolith Myth in The Gimmicks

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To say the past is in the past ignores the abundant ways it controls their lived experience.

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Hope Is the Last Bastion: Talking with Suchitra Vijayan

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Suchitra Vijayan discusses her new book, MIDNIGHT’S BORDERS.

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Voices On Addiction: A Conversation with James Brown and Patrick O’Neil

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James Brown and Patrick O’Neil discuss WRITING YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY.

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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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Scrutinizing the Ties That Bind: Melissa Febos’s Girlhood

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By the end of the collection, Febos has managed to rewrite or erase entirely many parts of the patriarchal script that held her bound.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kevin Simmonds

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Kevin Simmonds discusses his new collection, THE MONSTER I AM TODAY.

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We Are Not Gods: Talking with Elizabeth Ellen

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Elizabeth Ellen discusses her new story collection, HER LESSER WORK.

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