Rumpus Originals

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jon McGregor

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Jon McGregor discusses his newest novel, Reservoir 13, his writing process, and why he chose not to sidestep the "missing girl" trope. ...more

At the Boundaries of Genre: Talking with Lily Hoang

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Lily Hoang discusses her first essay collection, A Bestiary, the importance of genre, and the lessons of teaching. ...more

Claiming Space: A Conversation with Elizabeth Crane

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Elizabeth Crane discusses her latest collection, Turf, how where she has lived has shaped her work, and why she loves writing in first-person plural. ...more

What to Read When: A Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

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Rumpus editors recommend the best books to gift children, from new releases to classics they cherished through their own childhoods. ...more

Drawing Close to the Void: Talking with Patty Yumi Cottrell

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Patty Yumi Cottrell discusses her debut novel, Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, how she accesses "the enraptured state" to write, and dreaming as an art form. ...more

Blue, Blue Windows: On Writing and Helplessness in the Age of Trump

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The brain in the jar wants out, you know. It just can’t do anything about it. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Andrew Savage’s Punk Possibilities

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I kept listening over and over again, and eventually I realized this album was challenging my idea of what punk is. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Lola StVil

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Lola StVil discusses her latest novel, Girls Like Me, how her characters demand to be written, what her family thinks of her writing career, and why representation is essential. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kamilah Aisha Moon

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Kamilah Aisha Moon discusses her new collection, Starshine & Clay, the power of naming, and the connection between creation and trauma. ...more

Breaking Through: Gayle Brandeis Discusses The Art of Misdiagnosis

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Gayle Brandeis discusses her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, out today from Beacon Press. ...more

Endless Preparation: Apples and Women’s Work

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It makes sense to me that Johnny Appleseed, a man, would travel God's earth spreading his profligate seed. And then women are doomed to their lives trying to make that seed into something useful. ...more

What Do I Do With My Fear?: A Conversation with Megan Stielstra

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Megan Stielstra discusses her new essay collection, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, fear, privilege, and the intersection of politics and everyday life. ...more

What to Read When You Want to Read an “Uncomfortable” Book

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Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other "uncomfortable" books that will make you a better person for having read them. ...more

The Story We Have Yet to Tell: Talking with Haroon Moghul

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Haroon Moghul discusses How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, his own religious journey, and the blessings that come with being an outsider. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #84: Music for Spaceships

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Perhaps space is an inevitable resting place for music of this kind, because time is completely different when conceived of in the vastness of space, and not only because of relativity. ...more

It’s All Metaphorical: A Conversation with Laurette Folk

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Laurette Folk discusses her new collection, Totem Beasts, the role of meditation and dreams in her work, and "seeking some heightened experience in the conscious world." ...more

ENOUGH: The Conversation Is Just Beginning

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A new Rumpus series of essays, poetry, fiction, comics, and artwork by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence. ...more

To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack

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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren't as safe. ...more