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Call for Submissions: November ’23 Themed Month

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We’re accepting essays (750-4,000 words) by adoptees from 11/1 through 12/31 via Submittable. Publication will be in November 2023. Rumpus Essays Editor (and Book Club coordinator extraordinaire) Lauren J. Sharkey​ will be curating this series, and she’s elaborated on the types of stories (and whom) she is hoping to feature below. — Eds. *** When I was three-months-old, […]

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From the Archive: What to Read When You Want to See a World More F**ked up Than Ours

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Reading suggestions from author Celeste Ng for these f**ked-up times: worlds more—or, okay, just differently—f**ked up than ours.

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Call for Submissions: September ’22 Themed Month

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Education is perhaps the most vulnerable and intimate experience people can have with each other that is not familial or romantic. It’s so easy for the classroom to be either harmful—consider the destruction of a person’s curiosity and confidence in learning is muddled by shame or helplessness— or transformative when done well—empowering a student to […]

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What to Read When It’s the End of the World

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. . . a list of books that I feel are worth reaching for in times like ours—some because they are apocalyptic and heavy in subject or tone, others because they are satirical, and others because of how they show parts of the world that make it worth staying in or show a world so foreign to ours that it helps medicate against some of the tunnel vision of our times

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why deer and poetry mix so well: A conversation with Caitlin Scarano

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Originally from Southside Virginia, Caitlin Scarano (she/they) is a writer based in Bellingham, Washington. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They were selected as a participant in the NSF’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program and spent November 2018 in McMurdo Station in Antarctica. […]

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What to Read When You Want to Be a Bad Girl

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Ariel Delgado Dixon, author of DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU, shares a reading list for when you want to be a Bad Girl.

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What to Read When Celebrating Black History

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Rumpus editors share a list of books to celebrate Black History Month!

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What to Read When Imagining the Natural World

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In one of Jane Goodall’s early books, there’s a photo of two chimpanzees sitting on a height watching the sun set. Are they enjoying the colors the way we do? Scientists warn us not to anthropomorphize because it’s a kind of arrogance to assume we know what another species thinks and feels. Fortunately, we can […]

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