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Posts Tagged: american south

Grounded by Circumstance: Tina Barr’s Green Target

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Barr is an astonishing image-maker, adept in creating significance through anthimeria.

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We’re All Fighting: A Conversation with Saeed Jones

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Saeed Jones discusses his new memoir, HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES.

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What We Inherit: Talking with Chanelle Benz

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Chanelle Benz discusses her debut novel, THE GONE DEAD.

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ENOUGH: The Face of Zero

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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No-Man’s Land: A Conversation with Angela Mitchell

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Angela Mitchell discusses her debut collection, UNNATURAL HABITATS & OTHER STORIES.

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Sweet Bird

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Every story needs to begin in a place of stasis, a comfortable zero.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Natasha Trethewey

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Natasha Trethewey discusses her new collection, MONUMENT: POEMS NEW AND SELECTED.

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Writing Back to History: A Conversation with Kiese Laymon

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Kiese Laymon discusses his new memoir, HEAVY.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #89: In Praise of Tom Petty

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Because Petty was so prolific and so popular, the intense craftsmanship of his body of work has been hiding in plain sight.

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One Burning Question: A Conversation with Evelyn C. White

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“I understood in that moment that my life had changed forever. And it has.”

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How to Become a Poet: A Conversation with Ashley M. Jones

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“You don’t have to drink yourself into the Great American Poetry Masterpiece.”

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These Places Surround Me: Talking with Quintan Ana Wikswo

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Quintan Ana Wikswo discusses her novel, A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be, delving into the facets of trauma, and her creative processes.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #125: Tyree Daye

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“I think if you are really doing the work, you can’t write about America and not explore race and slavery, and that goes for any writer.”

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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.

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Chewing Rocks: A Conversation with David Biespiel

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David Biespiel discusses his new book, The Education of a Young Poet, being comfortable in uncertainty, and extending moments in writing.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Brooke C. Obie

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Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel, Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival.

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Nothing Foreign about It: Talking with Omar El Akkad

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Omar El Akkad discusses his debut novel American War, suicide terrorism, fossil fuels, and blankets.

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The Lens Magnifies, the Mirror Reflects: What Photos from the Race War Show Us about Ourselves

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[Still photos] grab what otherwise might feel too foreign to understand.

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Basura

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[T]erms like “white trash” and basura most accurately reveal those who are doing the defining. Consider what we throw away, and why. Look at what we throw away. Think about the reasons why.

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I Will Not Die for You

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Each bug in the water is one less bug on my fruit, I tell myself, ignoring the truth: under the soil, another is born.

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Ward’s Mississippi Is Our Mississippi: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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Capturing the Delta in harrowing detail, Ward takes readers on a journey from her own home of the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

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The Possible Absence of a Future: Talking with Jorie Graham

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Jorie Graham discusses her latest collection, Fast, the terrifying destruction of our planet, a happy formal accident, and how to live in times of world crisis.

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