Out here on the balcony, perched three stories above the ground, we’re in her world. ...more
Tags: Abuse, addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, child abuse, drinking, Gabrielle Rucker, hunger, mothers, mothers and daughters, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story
Jade Sharma discusses her first novel
Problems, the complicated feelings that came with debuting to rave reviews, and her writing and editing processes. ...more
Tags: addiction, affair, body image, Catherine Cusick, cheating, coffee house press, dale peck, dark humor, David Foster Wallace, david gates, depression, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, Eating Disorder, Emily Books, fiction, Getting Through It, Heroin, humor, Indian, interview, Jade Sharma, jernigan, John Updike, lauren holmes, Lit Hub, marriage, mental illness, Naked Lunch, New York Times, Problems, sex work, Stephen Wright, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, william burroughs, writing
You’ll look back and you’ll think the scars seem almost invisible, like maybe they’ll be gone one day. But then you’ll realize you’re just looking at the smaller ones, and yes, the bigger one is still right there. ...more
Using opioids while maintaining my sobriety became a skill that I continued to develop over the following couple of years. The irony—finally becoming capable of moderating my drug use—was not lost on me. ...more
I wanted to write about opioids because I didn’t have an opioid problem. ...more
Then the road less traveled by diverged in a wood and took him in the night. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, dating, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, love, marriage, Megan Aronson, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, pills, recovery, rehab, relationships, sobriety, Voices on Addiction
We both can disappear in our own ways, can’t we? ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, alcoholism, brothers, brothers and sisters, Cassandra, childhood, childhood home, divorce, family, grief, Hillary Leftwich, home, loss, siblings, Voices on Addiction
This was a reconnaissance mission. My intention was to save her, not alienate her. ...more
Tags: A Harp in the Stars, addiction, All the Leavings, book excerpt, child custody, custody, custody hearing, detox, divorce, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, exclusive excerpt, female friendship, friendship, laurie easter, meth, methamphetamine, missing person, missing persons, motherhood, Oregon, Portland, rehab, relapse, Richard Rawson, Rumpus exclusive, sobriety, substance abuse, substance use disorder, suicide, trauma, tweakers, Voices on Addiction
Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection, PILGRIM BELL.
Tags: A Luminous Republic, addiction, Andrés Barba, Anne Carson, Book Club, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Donika Kelly, faith, graywolf, graywolf press, Hadith, Islam, Islamic art, Jeff Shotts, Kaveh Akbar, Kevin Simmonds, Mai Der Vang, Massinissa Selmani, Mutiny, No One Is Talking about This, opera, Patricia Lockwood, Phillip B. Williams, Pilgrim Bell, Pioneer Works, Plainwater, poems, poetry, poetry book club, punctuation, Radna Fabias, recursion, religion, repetition, rimbaud, Rob Spillman, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Seamus Heaney, sobriety, Social Media, spirituality, Such Small Hands, Sufi, The Monster I Am Today, The Renunciations, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, twitter, Yellow Rain
“Writing in this way allows me to put order in this disordered world.”
Tags: AA, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alexis Ivy, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, beatnik generation, community, Frances Donovan, homeless, poems, PoemWorks, poetry, recovery, Romance with Small-Time Crooks, Saturnalia, Saturnalia Books, sobriety, sonnets, substance abuse, Taking the Homeless Census, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project
I can tell he knows exactly what kind of trouble I like. ...more
Tags: addiction, Alex Watson, Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, dating, dominican, Dominican Republic, drug use, drugs, fathers, fathers and daughters, Heroin, rehab, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, stepmother
With Steven Espada Dawson, Elisa Gonzalez, and Gaia Rajan.
Tags: addiction, Aeneid, Alice Notley, Anne Carson, Before the First Book, Black Aperture, Brenda Shaughnessy, Brian Dillon, C. D. Wright, Cathy Park Hong, community, Curves of the Apple, David Graeber, Debt, descent, Donna Tartt, Elisa Gonzalez, Essayism, Gaia Rajan, George Oppen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Heroin, Jorie Graham, Lauren Russell, Matt Rasmussen, Maud Martha, MFA, Midwest, Minor Feelings, Mitski, Natalie Diaz, nostalgia, Patrycja Humienik, place, poems, poetry, Quan Barry, robert hass, Rosmarie Waldrop, Shallcross, Steven Dawson, Steven Espada Dawson, The Goldfinch, Tory Dent, Water Puppets, When My Brother Was An Aztec, writing ritual, Zbigniew Herbert
James Brown and Patrick O’Neil discuss WRITING YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY.
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, Anarchy at the Circle K, Apology to the Young Addict, collaboration, craft, creative writing, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, dyslexia, dyslexic, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, incarceration, James Brown, journaling, los angeles, memoir, Patrick O'Neil, philip lopate, prison, recovery, sobriety, Sue William Silverman, The Los Angeles Diaries, This River, Tim Hillegonds, triggers, Vivian Gornick, Voices on Addiction, Writing Your Way to Recovery
Andrea Actis discusses her debut book, GREY ALL OVER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, aliens, Andrea Actis, Communion: A True Story, daughters, dead, death, dreams, drinking, experimental poetry, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, generational trauma, Grey All Over, grief, hybrid genre, intergenerational trauma, memoir, nada alic, paranormal, parents, poems, poetry, Supernatural, The Astronaut Farmer, UFOs, Walter Benjamin, whiteness, Whitley Strieber, working class
Television babysat our family—our thirteen-channel set, reception via a rooftop antenna. ...more
Tags: #generalstrike, absent father, absent fathers, addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, alcoholic, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Alphabet City, California, Carol Burnett, Charles G. Thompson, Cher, child support, childhood, childhood trauma, chronic pain, cocaine, crack, depression, divorce, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, gay, Indochine, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, mothers, mothers and sons, overdose, parents, queer, San Luis Obispo, sobriety, television, TV, Voices on Addiction
I grieve my father’s disembodiment. It is my grief inheritance. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, class inequality, daughters, Dayna Velasco, depression, domestic abuse, domestic violence, drinking, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, immigrants, immigration, Mexico, Neenah, racial inequality, Racism, Voices on Addiction, Wisconsin
The frame expands. The structure collapses. The pieces are still speaking. ...more
Tags: addiction, book review, Burn It Down, Claire Rudy Foster, death, debut memoir, East Village, family, family history, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, Heroin, Joe Schactman, Lilly Dancyger, memoir, Negative Space, New York City, NYC, opioids, parents, recovery, review, suicide attempt
Karen Tucker discusses her debut novel, BEWILDERNESS.
Tags: addiction, Aram Mrjoian, Bewilderness, Black Ankle, class inequality, COVID, COVID-19, debut novel, female friendship, friendship, gallows humor, hillbilly elegy, Julie Buntin, Karen Tucker, literary tropes, Mark Winegardner, Marlena, Naloxone, Narcan, North Carolina, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, rejection, rural, rural America, rural life, setting, sobriety, substance use disorder, The Andy Griffith Show, trauma, tropes, Troy, Uwharrie Mountains
Lilly Dancyger discusses her debut essay collection, NEGATIVE SPACE.
Tags: addiction, Anais Nin, Book Club, Burn It Down, carmen maria machado, COVID, COVID-19, David Carr, debut memoir, editing, editors, Elissa Washuta, exquisite corpse, fathers, fathers and daughters, girlhood, grief, Heroin, Joe Schactman, Just Kids, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilly Dancyger, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Maggie Nelson, Melissa Febos, memoir, Mother Winter, Negative Space, On Freedom, pandemic, Patti Smith, Publishing, publishing industry, revision, Rumpus Book Club, Santa Fe Writers Project, SFWP, Sophia Shalmiyev, T Kira Madden, The Art of Cruelty, The Chronology of Water, The Night of the Gun, The Rumpus Book Club, Tin House, visual art, White Magic
It hadn’t felt like teasing. It felt the way it always did these days—that I had disappointed her. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, Abuse, addiction, alcoholic, alcoholics, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Andrea Jarrell, argument, binging, Birthday, COVID, COVID-19, disordered eating, domestic abuse, domestic violence, drinking, dysfunctional relationships, Eating Disorder, family, fathers, Fontainebleau, France, I'm the One Who Got Away, Jayne Anne Phillips, La Closerie des Lilas, marriage, memoir, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, pandemic, paris, perfectionism, purging, recovery, Scandinavia, shame, single motherhood, Single Mothers, travel, traveling, Voices on Addiction
“My challenge was to tell my own story but also find ways to weave in wisdom and gravitas.”
Tags: addiction, addiction specialist, addiction therapy, Alison Singh Gee, deception, Elizabeth Maxwell, forgiveness, Gary Weinstein, Jennifer Kaluzny, Jewish, Joseph Krakoff, judaism, Kenan Trebincevic, Lighting Up, Manny Mandel, memoir, Moshe Pindrus, religion, religious, sobriety, spirituality, Susan Shapiro, teachers, teaching, The Forgiveness Tour, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, therapy, Vatsal Thakkar, World In Between
Lauren Hough discusses her debut essay collection, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING.
Tags: addiction, Anthony Bourdain, audiobooks, Austin, barrett bowlin, berlin, Changeling, Children of God, Comet Kohoutek, country music, cult, cults, day jobs, debut collection, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elizabeth McCracken, Emmylou Harris, essay collection, family, gay, Gillian Welch, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, Jason Isbell, Jeanette Walls, Lara Prescott, Lauren Hough, Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing, LGBTQ, lydia davis, Mary Karr, Massachusetts, memoir, Music, Patty Griffin, queer, Social Media, Taylor Stevens, Texas, The Family, The Secrets We Kept, Townes Van Zandt, travel, traveling, twitter, Vesper Flights, voyeurism, working class
Lilly Dancyger discusses her debut memoir, NEGATIVE SPACE.
Tags: addiction, artwork, Burn It Down, drug use, drugs, editing, editors, Erin Khar, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, inherited trauma, Joe Shactman, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilly Dancyger, memoir, memoir monday, Monograph, mothers, mothers and daughters, Negative Space, parents, Strung Out, visual art, Voices on Addiction
Melissa Febos discusses her new essay collection, GIRLHOOD.
Tags: Abandon Me, addiction, Adrienne Rich, audre lorde, colonization, consent, daughters, disordered eating, drug addiction, essay collection, essays, female bodies, female body, femininity, feminism, feminist, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, girlhood, Heroin, identity, Judith Butler, Kelly Thompson, LGBTQ, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, mothers, mothers and daughters, naming, patriarchy, Paul Valery, personal essay, queer, queerness, sex work, sexism, sexuality, shame, slut shaming, sober, sobriety, Uses of the Erotic, Whip Smart, White Supremacy, women's bodies
The toll I took on people I love can’t be measured. But I want to know. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, blackout, blackouts, cancer, Chicago, childhood, Childhood Memories, death, divorce, drinking, family, family history, family secret, gender inequality, gender roles, Glen Ellyn, grandmother, grief, husbands and wives, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Kristin Gourlay, marriage, Midwestern, prostate cancer, rehab, sobriety, Voices on Addiction
“Yes: in terms of an authorial presence, I tried to tread lightly.”
Tags: 1990s, addiction, adolescence, Alexander Chee, beauty ideals, beauty industry, beauty standards, body image, Brianna Holt, Brideshead Revisited, Britney Spears, Catherine Lacey, cutting, Daniel Clowes, desire, disordered eating, eating disorders, Edie Sedgwick, Euphoria, female body, female body image, female friendship, female friendships, Forsyth Harmon, Framing Britney Spears, Ghost World, girlhood, Hermione Hoby, identity, illustrated novel, illustrator, Julie Buntin, Justine, Kate Moss, Leslie Jamison, LGBTQ, Long Island, Marlena, mary gaitskill, Melissa Febos, Milk Fed, Paul Stephens, Peter Bentley, queer, queerness, Quentin Blake, repressed queerness, samantha hunt, Sanaë Lemoine, Sarah Perry, self harm, sexual identity, sexuality, Sula, teenagers, The Art of the Affair, Tin House, Tin House Books, Toni Morrison, trauma, Two Girls Fat and Thin, visual art
Addiction steals your integrity. Your freedom, too. ...more
Tags: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, addiction, brothers and sisters, childhood trauma, cocaine, crack, crack cocaine, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, family, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, Heather Stokes, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, larceny, loss, Parole, prison, siblings, theft, therapist, therapy, uncles, Voices on Addiction
becomes an experiment in itself. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, addiction, Alabama, american south, book review, Christianity, church, depression, drug addiction, drug use, faith, family, Ghana, Ghanian, grief, Heroin, Homegoing, immigrants, immigration, internalized racism, Janet Rodriguez, Mental Health, neuroscience, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, overdose, PhD, Racism, religion, review, science, siblings, Stanford, transcendent kingdom, Yaa Gyasi
For years, decades even, my father tried to escape meth’s hold. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol abuse, Bolivia, child abuse, childhood, childhood trauma, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, Elara Cáceres, Elara Elizabeth Cáceres, fathers, fathers and daughters, immigrant, immigrants, meth, methamphetamine, Mexican, single mother, Single Mothers, Voices on Addiction
She introduced me to the ugly of religion and to the beauty of the world. ...more
Tags: addiction, adolescence, child molestation, childhood molestation, childhood trauma, church, dating, drug addiction, drugs, friendship, grief, Heroin, high school, incest, loss, molestation, Nicole Shawan Junior, Ohio, overdose, pills, religion, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, Starr Davis, teenagers, trauma, virgin, virginity, Voices on Addiction