A Rumpus series of work by women, trans, and nonbinary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: American Dream, breast cancer, cancer, chemotherapy, dating, Diaspora, domestic abuse, domestic violence, ENOUGH, filipino, gendered violence, immigrants, love, misogyny, mothers, mothers and daughters, Pamela Delupio, patriarchy, Rape culture, relationships, sexual assault, sexual trauma, sexual violence
How does one come to feel American in the eyes of others? ...more
Tags: American Dream, american politics, Animal Farm, border crisis, citizenship, Donald Trump, george orwell, Green Card, identity, immigration, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexico, microaggressions, naturalization, Ofelia Montelongo, Politics, privilege, Proud Boys, Racism, Trump, US-Mexico border, xenophobia
There aren’t enough trains in Los Angeles. Not enough for me to sleep. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Amtrak, Bay Area, Black families, California, Caltrain, capitalism, cars, Chicago, Coast Starlight, college, COVID-19, Davis, faith, family, grandfather, Great Migration, heritage, Howard University, imposter syndrome, India, insomnia, L.A., LA, los angeles, Mental Health, MFA, moving, privilege, Pullman, Pullman porter, railroad, railroad tycoon, San José, sleeping, Southern Railway, Stanford, Stefani Cox, train tycoon, trains, traveling, upward mobility, Washington DC, writing workshops
To say the past is in the past ignores the abundant ways it controls their lived experience. ...more
Tags: Aline Ohanesian, American Dream, Aram Ghoogasian, Aram Mrjoian, Armenia, Armenian American, Armenian diaspora, Armenian genocide, Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, ASALA, Chris Bohjalian, Chris McCormick, debut novel, diaspora literature, diasporic, family, genocide, historical trauma, identity, immigrants, immigration, john steinbeck, Kirovakan, literary tropes, Mark T. Mustian, masculinity, memory, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Ocean Vuong, Of Mice and Men, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Orhan’s Inheritance, Ottoman Empire, professional wrestling, Racism, representation, Rubina Peroomian, The Armenian Genocide in Literature: The Second Generation Responds, The Gendarme, The Gimmicks, The Sandcastle Girls, tropes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, We Are More, wrestling, xenophobia
The characters of Motherland might be displaced, but they are never alone. ...more
Tags: American Dream, book review, Courtney Desiree Morris, debut collection, displacement, homesickness, immigrants, immigration, Jamaican, kelly k. ferguson, Motherland, motherland and other stories, mothers, review, short fiction, short stories, story collection, Wandeka Gayle
The darkness crept in. I’d been expecting it. ...more
Tags: Adrian Nicole Leblanc, American Dream, Armenian genocide, Barbara Hutton, capitalism, Cary Grant, community, coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, depression, family, love, Marfan syndrome, Mental Health, Mo Daviau, money, pandemic, Poor Little Rich Girl, Porfirio Rubirosa, Quarantine, Random Family, relationships, Shawn Levy, suicidal ideation, wealth
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio discusses her first book, THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS.
Tags: American Dirt, American Dream, american politics, Borderline Personality Disorder, canon, Chronicles of Narnia, DACA, dialectical behavior therapy, Donald Trump, DREAMers, East of Eden, Ecuador, Ecuadorian, Emily Dickinson, Emily Stochl, family, harvard, Hemingway, immigrant literature, immigrants, immigration, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Karla Cornejo-Villavicencio, Latinx, literary canon, little women, louisa may alcott, Marsha Linehan, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, migrants, migration, Politics, Portuguese, Racism, research, salinger, Spanish, Stephen Miller, suicidal ideation, suicide, Sylvia Path, The Fire Next Time, the undocumented americans, trauma, Trump, undocumented, undocumented immigrants, undocumented minors, virginia woolf, white supremacist, white supremacists, White Supremacy, xenophobia
Patsy’s imagined freedom in America, she discovers almost immediately, was an illusion. ...more
Tags: American Dream, book review, caribbean, colonialism, cutting, gender roles, gender stereotypes, identity, immigrants, immigration, Jamaica, Keishel Williams, Lesbian, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Liveright, marriage, migration, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy, queer, relationships, review, self harm, single motherhood, Single Mothers
Noé Álvarez discusses his debut memoir, SPIRIT RUN.
Tags: American Dream, class inequality, college, community, family, farming, historical trauma, illegal immigrants, immigration, Indigenous, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Latinx, memoir, migrant workers, Noe Alvarez, Peace and Dignity Journey, privilege, runners, running, social work, Spirit RUn, Tonasket, trauma, washington, Wendy J. Fox, working class, Yakima
Patricia Spears Jones discusses her body of work, the future of poetry, and more.
Tags: A Lucent Fire, American Dream, Amma Birch, Arkansas, Ashbery, Blazing Saddles, Brooklyn, capitalism, Cathy Park Hong, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, class inequality, community, COVID-19, Destry Rides Again, Femme du Monde, friendship, gender inequality, George Floyd, gertrude stein, ghosts, Ilya Kaminsky, June Jordan, Kevin Young, Mel Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, ntozake shange, Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women, Painkiller, pandemic, Patricia Spears jones, poems, poetry, Politics, polyvocality, Reparations, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, The Weather That Kills, violence against women, Whitman, Willie Birch, women writers
Roy G. Guzmán discusses their debut collection, CATRACHOS.
Tags: American Dream, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bluets, Catrachos, Central America, childhood, childhood trauma, Children of the Land, Chris Martin, class inequality, coronavirus, COVID-19, dinosaurs, historical trauma, Honduras, identity, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, imperialism, innocence, Jaquira Díaz, Jorge Luis Borges, language, Latin American literature, Latin American poets, Latinx, LGBTQ, Maggie Nelson, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Miami, Michael Kleber-Diggs, minneapolis, non sequitur, Ordinary Girls, Pan's Labyrinth, pandemic, persona poems, poems, poetry, pop culture, pop music, pop songs, poverty, Quarantine, queer, queerness, queerodactyl, Roy G. Guzmán, Roy Guzmán, Rubén Darío, sexuality, shame, trauma, University of Minnesota, Video Games, violence, visual arts
La vida es dura, Tata always said. Life is hard, girlfriend. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Amethyst Editions, animals, Bogotá, book excerpt, Colombia, exclusive excerpt, Feminist Press, Fiebre Tropical, immigrants, immigration, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Marc Anthony, Miami, possums, Rumpus exclusive
No Good Very Bad Asian
is a letter to the future, to a reality that has begun taking shape in Maryann but has yet to be fully realized. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Angkor Wat, Asian American, book review, Books, comedy, fame, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and daughters, jokes, leland cheuk, lillian howan, marginalized, No Good Very Bad Asian, stand up, standup, standup comedy
How do we transcend generations of trauma and let go of our burdensome past? ...more
Tags: academia, American Dream, Asian American, assimilation, Becoming, Celine Song, class inequality, classism, education, Endlings, first generation, guilt, harvard, higher education, identity, immigrants, intergenerational trauma, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, Julie Chung, Korea, LGBTQ, marginalized, Michelle Obama, Prep 9, Princeton, privilege, queer, queer women of color, racial inequality, Racism, Sara Ahmed, structural racism, white privilege, women of color
I don’t believe in redemption stories. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, Abuse, addiction, alcoholism, American Dream, anger, Baker Act, bipolar, class privilege, con man, Diana Odasso, divorce, domestic violence, florida, fraud, gaslighting, greed, husbands and wives, LIAR, marriage, Mental Health, mental illness, money, motherhood, narcissist, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ocd, Palm Beach, paranoia, parenting, pathological liar, privilege, sobriety, sociopath, trauma, verbal abuse, white privilege, women's anger
Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses her second novel, PATSY.
Tags: abortion, American Dream, audre lorde, Book Club, edwidge danticat, Eva Woods, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, Here Comes the Sun, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, Jamaica, James Baldwin, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Marisa Siegel, meritocracy, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Patsy, Paule Marshall, pregnancy, queer, Racism, Reggae Boys, Rumpus Book Club, sexuality, The Rumpus Book Club, Toni Morrison, tropes
Joanne Ramos discusses her debut novel, THE FARM.
Tags: A Writer’s Diary, American Dream, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, capitalism, class inequality, debut novel, dystopian fiction, dystopian future, dystopian novels, filipino, first book, gender inequality, gender roles, immigrants, immigration, Joanne Ramos, Katherine Boo, money, nannies, nanny, nannying, Philippines, Politics, privilege, Rachel Sherman, Sara Lippmann, science fiction, surrogacy, surrogate, the Farm, virginia woolf, zadie smith
“I guess you could say that engineering paved the road to poetry for me, pardon the pun.”
Tags: Academy of American Poets, American Dream, Barack Obama, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, gay, How to Love a Country, immigration, LGBTQ, Looking for the Gulf Motel, Padma Venkatraman, poetry, Politics, Pulse Nightclub, queer, Richard Blanco, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams
Lilliam Rivera discusses her new novel, DEALING IN DREAMS.
Tags: addiction, alcoholic, American Dream, Bronx, capitalism, Cheryl Upshaw, Dealing in Dreams, Donald Trump, gentrification, horror, Lilliam Rivera, patriarchy, Politics, privilege, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, Racism, science fiction, sexism, sisterhood, sisters, sobriety, speculative fiction, The Education of Margot Sanchez, transphobia, violence, Women's March, YA, young adult literature
Does America like me? Do I like her? What is America actually like? ...more
Tags: 9/11, America, American Dream, American Teen, God Bless the USA, Khalid, Lee Greenwood, Music, patriotism, Politics, Shay Alexi
If you ask me why I did it, I can’t give you a proper answer. I was hungry and didn’t have much money, but it wasn’t like I was homeless or went to sleep starving. ...more
Tags: American Dream, burritos, Chihuahuan Desert, class inequality, Dallas, Dear Summer, El Paso, food, frozen burritos, higher education, hispanic, hunger, immigrants, Jay-Z, John Wooden, Juárez, Latino, Mexican, Mexican-American, Mexico, poverty, Roberto Franco, Texas, theft, working class
Lilliam Rivera discusses her debut novel,
The Education of Margot Sanchez, world-building, and her desire to see bookshelves filled with stories by people of color. ...more
Tags: adolescence, American Dream, Bronx, colorism, coming of age, family, family secret, gentrification, Judy Blume, Keah brown, Lilliam Rivera, los angeles, summer romance, teenagers, The Education of Margot Sanchez, The Outsiders, world building, YA, young adult literature
The sensibilities of whiteness do not want us to work, do not want us to think, do not want us to imagine outside of its bounds. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Chinua Achebe, Claudia Rankine, colonialism, diversity, Donald Trump, Harry Potter, inequality, literary magazine, literary magazines, Malcolm X, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Mental Health, microaggressions, Ocean Vuong, Octavia Butler, Politics, race, Racism, rejection, representation, Sandra Cisneros, slush pile, Social Media, Stephen King, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The House on Mango Street, the writing life, Things Fall Apart, Trump, whiteness, writing
The day after Hugh Hefner died, I received a text from my sister that our grandfather was starring alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO’s new series, The Deuce . ...more
Tags: 1970s, Abuse, addiction, adult bookstore, American Dream, body image, child abuse, childhood, childhood trauma, cocaine, covert incest, David Susskind, dissociation, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Donald Trump, drugs, family, fathers, fbi, female bodies, grandfather, HBO, Heroin, Hugh Hefner, james franco, Linda Lovelace, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marty Hodas, peep show, Percocet, porn, pornography, PTSD, Rachel Inberg, Saul Stein, Sex, sex work, sexual abuse, sexuality, sexualized violence, suicide attempt, television, The Deuce, trauma, Ukraine, violence, woody allen
Love of country, some argue. With their boots firmly planted in my chest as I struggle to protest. No, that is not love, but blindness. ...more
Tags: ableism, Abraham A. Joven, alcoholism, Alien Land Law, American Dream, american south, anti-miscegenation laws, baseball, Chinese Exclusion Act, civil rights, constitution, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, filipino, Filipino American, Freedom Riders, gambling, homophobia, immigrants, immigration, Indigenous, Islamaphobia, japanese internment, los angeles, misogyny, MS St. Louis, Native Americans, obama, patriot, patriotism, Philippines, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Salem witch trials, slavery, Tagalog, transphobia, white supremacists, xenophobia
I love the United States, too. Like a house I was raised in, though, I know it up close and can spot its many fissures. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Athens, childhood, democrat, Donald Trump, family, famine, fathers, fathers and daughters, Greece, Greek, Hillary Clinton, immigration, Litsa Dremousis, nazis, parents, Politics, protesting, Reagan, reclaiming patriotism 2017, refugees, Republican, Seattle, Torch, travel ban, tuberculosis, washington, World War II, WWII, Yakima
When you pick up a pen instead of a rifle, you’re fighting an entirely different battle. This is my duty. This is my patriotism. ...more
Tags: Alcy Leyva, American Dream, Bronx, children, Donald Trump, election 2016, Harlem, Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again, Make America Great Again, marines, military, patriotism, poetry, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Soldiers, students, teachers, teaching, war
To deny violence is to do it. Our surprise at Sandy Hook and Cold Springs and Columbine is a form of violence in its own right. ...more
Tags: alcohol, American Dream, American Indian Movement, childhood, civil rights, Civil Rights Movement, Cold Springs, Columbine, concentration camps, David Treuer, Edward Murrow, Emerson, fathers, fathers and sons, Haymarket, Holocaust, Indians, indigenous peoples, jim crow, Martin Luther King Jr., meritocracy, meth, Myron Wallace, Native American, Neil Diamond, Peter Bulkley, Pickawillany, police violence, prejudice, protest, Racism, Ralph Edwards, rape, reservation, Sand Creek, Sandy Hook, sexual assault, Simon Willard, slavery, Treaty of Ghent, Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo, Treaty of Paris, violence, Wounded Knee, Zorba the Greek
Everyone around us is speaking Russian, and I feel like we are in Russia, the old one, before the wall came down. For a moment, I even feel like I belong. ...more
Tags: America, American Dream, Brighton Beach, car theft, censorship, freedom, immigrant, immigration, matryoshka, Milwaukee, Ny Pogodi!, piroshkies, r.l. stine, robbery, Russia, Siberia, Soviet Jews, Soviet Union, theft, Ukraine, USSR, Zhanna Slor
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]
Tags: 9/11, American Dream, Braddock Avenue Books, Friendly's, Geeta Kothari, globalization, I Brake for Moose, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, identity, immigrants, Kenyon Review, Lee K. Abbott, September 11th, This Week in Books