The Rumpus Poetry Book Club


An arresting memoir equal parts refugee-coming-of-age story, feminist manifesto, and meditation on motherhood, displacement, gender politics, and art that follows award-winning writer Sophia Shalmiyev’s flight from the Soviet Union and her subsequent return to find her estranged mother.

Through February 29, purchase a 6-month Rumpus Poetry Book Club (or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription, or a one-year Letters in the Mail subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed copy of Mother Winter by author Sophia Shalmiyev*, just released in paperback with a new cover. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of reading to a friend and keep the signed book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!

Vividly awesome and truly great.” – Eileen Myles

“Gorgeous, gutting, unforgettable.” – Leni Zumas

“Brilliant.” – Michelle Tea

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to America in 1990. She is a feminist writer and painter living in Portland with her two children. Shalmiyev’s work has appeared in Literary Hub, Guernica, Electric Lit, Vela, Portland Review, and other publications. Her debut memoir, Mother Winter, is out in paperback February 2020.

Photograph of Sophia Shalmiyev by Thomas Teal.

*Offer valid while supplies last. Due to shipping costs, this offer is only available for US subscriptions.

How The Rumpus Poetry Book Club works: Exactly the same as our regular book club, but a little cheaper because most of the books are expected to be paperbacks (though some will probably be hardcover, too). So it’s $27 a month plus shipping (click to subscribe). You can sign up for both the Poetry Book Club and the regular Book Club for $50 a month by clicking here.

Every month we’ll choose a forthcoming poetry collection, not yet available to the public. At the end of the month, we’ll host an exclusive online discussion with the book club and the author. We’ll publish an edited version of the discussion on The Rumpus the following month (like this). We’ve featured poets like Tracy K. Smith, Jericho Brown, Solmaz Sharif, Kaveh Akbar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Natasha Tretheway, Franny Choi, Eve Ewing, Hanif Abdurraqib, Danez Smith, and t’ai freedom ford. Upcoming poets include Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Eric Tran, Mary-Kim Arnold, Ariel Francisco, Heather McHugh, Sumita Chakraborty, and more!

Please subscribe by the 20th of the month to receive following month’s book and join in the chat with its author. For example, to receive our March book, make sure to subscribe by February 20.

Programs like our Book Club put you in direct communication with the literary community and keep The Rumpus running in one fell swoop!

Please note that we do not offer international Poetry Book Club subscriptions at this time, but we hope to in the future.

HOLIDAY NOTE: All subscriptions purchased 11/15/19 through 12/15/19 will begin with our January 2020 selection. Holiday subscriptions purchased on or after 12/16/19 will begin with our February 2020 selection. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.





Q: Who do I contact for customer service? A: [email protected]

Q: Can I sign up for both the Poetry Book Club and The Rumpus Book Club and get a discount? A: Yes. You can subscribe to both for $50 a month.

Q: Is there a cut-off date to receive the upcoming book and to participate in the upcoming month’s discussion? A: Yes. Please subscribe by the 15th of the month to receive following month’s book and join in the chat with its author. For example, to receive our March book, make sure to subscribe by February 15.

Q: Are there refunds? A: No. But you can cancel a monthly subscription at any time.

Q: How do I find out about times for the Poetry Book Club chat with the author and stuff like that? A: We send announcements and hold discussions through our Slack and Facebook groups. If you joined the club but didn’t get a welcome note with info on joining those groups, please email [email protected]. It’s not mandatory to join these groups, but we do hope you’ll consider doing so and discussing the books with other members throughout the month!