Megan Stielstra discusses her recently rereleased books EVERYONE REMAIN CALM and ONCE I WAS COOL.
Tags: 2nd story, Amanda Delheimer, audience, awp, Chicago, Craft in the Real World, Deborah Levy, Everyone Remain Calm, fiction, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, genre, girlhood, Laura Joyce-Hubbard, Lidia Yuknavitch, Love in the Time of Cholera, Matthew Salesses, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, memoir, motherhood, mothering, nonfiction, Northwestern University Press, Once I Was Cool, parenting, postpartum, postpartum depression, Roxane Gay, Short Story Collection, story collection, The Chronology of Water, The Cost of Living, Things I Don't Want to Know
Maggie Nelson discusses her new book, ON FREEDOM: FOUR SONGS OF CARE AND CONSTRAINT.
Tags: After Claude, audience, Book Club, community, COVID, COVID-19, Donald Trump, freedom, genre, graywolf, Hisham Matar, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, Jeffrey McDaniel, Like Being Killed, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, My Brother, On Freedom, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, pandemic, parenthood, parenting, pregnancy, Rumpus Book Club, Sontag, susan sontag, The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty, The Latest Winter, The Return, The Rumpus Book Club, Trump
Torrey Peters discusses her debut novel, DETRANSITION, BABY.
Tags: A Brief History of Seven Killings, audience, Ayad Akhtar, Carter Sickels, casey plett, community, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Davey Davis, debut novel, Detransition Baby, dissociation, elena ferrante, gender, gender norms, gender roles, gender transition, Homeland Elegies, Imogen Binnie, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, Jamie Hood, Kai Cheng Thom, LGBTQ, marlon james, motherhood, mothering, novella, queer, queerness, Sybil Lamb, T Fleischmann, Tales of the City, The Masker, Toni Morrison, Torrey Peters, trans, transitioning, transphobia
Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection, LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROWN GIRL.
Tags: audience, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, baybayin, BOA Editions, bodies, bodily autonomy, Cagayan, colonialism, community, Diaspora, Diwata, Dogeaters, Erin Entrada Kelly, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, Gattaran, Gravities of Center, historical trauma, historical violence, identity, Ilocano, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Invocation to Daughters, ire’ne lara silva, jessica hagedorn, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Li-Young Lee, multilingual, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Philippine diaspora, Philippines, Pinay, poems, Poeta en San Francisco, poetry, privilege, rage, systemic racism, systemic violence, Tagalog, To Love as Aswang, violence against women, women of color, women's anger, women's bodies
Raven Leilani discusses her debut novel, LUSTER.
Tags: audience, autofiction, black women, Brit Bennett, debut novel, dysfunctional relationships, flâneur, isolation, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Loneliness, Luster, marriage, Monet Patrice Thomas, open marriage, privilege, racial inequality, rage, Raven Leilani, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, suburban, suburbs, systemic inequality, systemic racism, The Mothers, women's anger
Danez Smith discusses their new collection, HOMIE.
Tags: audience, audre lorde, Book Club, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Carl Phillips, Catrachos, Dael Orlandersmith, Danez Smith, Destiny Birdsong, Dispatch, graywolf, graywolf press, Homie, Justin Phillip Reed, Kaveh Akbar, Midwest, Minnesota, Natalie Diaz, Negotiations, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Postcolonial Love Poem, privilege, Roy Guzmán, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Malevolent Volume, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, violence, white gaze, white privilege, winter, Yellowman
Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez discusses her debut poetry collection, COCONUT CURLS Y CAFÉ CON LECHE.
Tags: audience, authenticity, boricua, Coconut Curls y Café con Leche, Elizabeth Acevedo, hair, Hannah Grieco, Hurricane Maria, identity, language, microaggression, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, poems, poetry, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, spoken word, spoken word poetry, storytelling, Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez, The Poet X, translation, VONA
Keah Brown discusses her debut essay collection, THE PRETTY ONE.
Tags: #DisabledandCute, Akwaeke Emezi, Ashley C. Ford, audience, beloved, Casey McQuiston, debut author, debut collection, depression, disability, disabled, essay collection, essays, first book, Fredonia, Freshwater, identity, instagram, Jasmine Guillory, Kate Harlin, Keah brown, pop culture, Red White Royal Blue, representation, Roxane Gay, Sarah Dessen, Social Media, suicidal ideation, The Pretty One, Toni Morrison, trauma, twitter
Joseph Rios discusses his debut collection, SHADOWBOXING: POEMS AND IMPERSONATIONS.
Tags: Andres Montoya, audience, B.A. Williams, Berkeley, Brittany Ambree Williams, debut collection, first book, Fresno, Gary Soto, gertrude stein, hip-hop, immigrant, immigration, Javier Huerta, Jose Montoya, Joseph Rios, Latinx, Music, Occupy, Omnidawn, Phil Levine, poetry, Shadowboxing, Tradition, Trump
Monica Prince discusses writing, advocacy, and the art of the choreopoem.
Tags: activism, advocacy, audience, choreopoems, How to Exterminate the Black Woman, imposter syndrome, Monica Prince, Natalie Sharp, Nicole Schmidt, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, oppression, Patricia Smith, performance poetry, poetry, Politics, rape, Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe Writers Project, sexual trauma, social justice, Social Media, Susquehanna University, Tina Chang, Toni Morrison, White Supremacy
Vanessa Hua discusses her forthcoming novel, A RIVER OF STARS.
Tags: A River of Stars, Asian American, audience, Ballantine Books, bollywood, China, Chinese American, Deceit and Other Possibilities, emails, immigrants, immigration, India, journalism, maternity center, motherhood, mothers, parenting, pregnancy, San Francisco Chronicle, Simmi Aujla, vanessa hua
Leslie Jamison discusses
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, understanding that every text is incomplete, and whether motherhood has changed her writing. ...more
Tags: AA, addiction, addicts, Alana Massey, alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous, All the Lives I Want, audience, Barry Lopez, Briallen Hopper, c-section, childbirth, Chuck Klosterman, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, drugs, Flannery O'Connor, gender inequality, gender roles, Housekeeping, hybrid genre, infinite jest, Iowa City, Jean Rhys, Joan Didion, John Berryman, Leslie Jamison, Marilynne Robinson, mary gaitskill, memoir, motherhood, Raymond Carver, recovery, shame, shaming, Shirley Jackson, sober, sobriety, the empathy exams, The Lottery, The Recovering, The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, war on drugs
Laurie Stone discusses her story collection,
My Life as an Animal, writing about death, how the reader doesn’t care about you, and the Third Iago. ...more
Tags: alex dueben, André Glaz, audience, autofiction, Édouard Levé, comedy, death, Fresh Air, hybrid genre, Iago, julie hecht, Laughing in the Dark, Laurie Stone, lydia davis, short fiction, short stories, Sidney Poitier, Starting with Serge, The Defiant Ones, The Nation, the village voice, Tony Curtis, TriQuarterly, W.G. Sebald
Morgan Jerkins discusses
This Will Be My Undoing, getting her start on the Internet, and why her collection of linked personal essays isn’t just another Millennial read. ...more
Tags: audience, Bennington, black women, carmen maria machado, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, essay writing, essays, first book, identity, imposter syndrome, Internet, internet writing, Jesmyn Ward, Literary Community, marginalization, marginalized, masha gessen, memoir, memories, memory, MFA, michelle dean, millenials, Morgan Jerkins, mothers, mothers and daughters, Porochista Khakpour, Roxane Gay, single mother, This Will Be My Undoing, trauma, Visible: Women Writers of Color, vulnerability, women writers, Women Writers of Color
Hanif Abdurraqib discusses
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, honoring survival by showing up, and refusing to be governed by genre. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Alice Walker, audience, Carly Rae Jepsen, Columbus, Eric Obenauf, essay collection, essays, fleetwood mac, genre, Hanif Abdurraqib, Lindsey Buckingham, mairead case, Marvin Gaye, michael brown, Ohio, poetry, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Tusk, Two Dollar Radio, United Dairy Farmers, What's Going On
David Sedaris discusses his new collection of diary entries,
Theft By Finding, his love for book signings, and his inevitable return to IHOP. ...more
Tags: Amy Sedaris, audience, audio books, book signing, David Rakoff, david sedaris, diary, England, fame, Hugh Hamrick, humor, humor writing, IHOP, ira glass, Joan Crawford, journal, journaling, Little Chef, London, lyz lenz, new york, new yorker, NPR, Radio, snob, Spice Girls, susan sontag, Terry Gross, Theft by Finding, tobias wolff
Dolan Morgan discusses his latest short story collection,
Insignificana, losing his favorite jacket, Internet comments, and the ending of Lost. ...more
Tags: Adrien Bosch, airplanes, Atlas reading series, Atlas Review, audience, Audrey Hepburn, Blogs, Bob Seeger, comments section, Constellation, Dolan Morgan, eating, experimental lit, food, Frederic Tuten, google, Google Places, Hijacking Myth, Ian MacAllen, Insignificana, Internet, internet comments, J.J. Abrams, Javier Marias, Joe Lieberman, Lost, magic, mellow pages, Michael Bublé, New York City, Night Moves, reality television, San Francisco, Silent Barn, sorcery, Stephanie Barber, That’s When the Knives Come Down, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, titanic, Uber, Your Face Tomorrow
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan discusses her new novel,
Sarong Party Girls, concubine culture, and the freedom of writing fiction after a career in journalism. ...more
Tags: A Tiger in the Kitchen, asia, audience, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Catherine Cusick, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Clueless, concubine, election 2016, Emma, Emma Bovary, female friendship, feminism, friendship, Hillary Clinton, Hua Hsu, Jane Austen, Jazzy, jocular racism, jocular sexism, journalism, KTV lounge, madame bovary, marriage, patriarchy, Politics, Sarong Party Girls, satire, Sex and the City, sexism, sexual harassment, Singapore, Singlish, Thailand, women, women's studies
Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Chris Tusa’s second novel, In the City of Falling Stars (Livingston Press, September 2016), tells a tale of paranoia and intrigue. Maurice Delahoussaye witnesses dead birds falling from the sky, and becomes convinced the air is toxic. With equal parts humor and depravity, the novel chronicles a fractured family amidst a […]
Tags: 1984, 9/11, A Clockwork Orange, audience, Books, Catcher in the Rye, Choke, Chris Tusa, Cuckoo’s Nest, dark humor, Dirty Little Angels, family, family dysfunction, genre, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, In The City of Falling Stars, Katrina, Mental Health, mental illness, mini interview, natural disaster, New Orleans, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rosemary's Baby, Steven Petite, The Handmaid's Tale, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, writing
Dawn Lundy Martin discusses her most recent collection,
Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life. ...more
Tags: A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, activism, activist, Adrian Piper, angela davis, audience, bell hooks, Dawn Lundy Martin, Discipline, feminism, gender, Gloria Steinem, good stock strange blood, Gwyn Kirk, Julie Marie Wade, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, Margo Okazawa-Rey, memory, miami book fair international, myung mi kim, Neil de la Flor, poems, Poet, poetry, queer, queerness, race, Reading Queer, Sharon Olds, Stephen Frears, teaching writing, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, trans, Trinh T. Min-ha, violence, Vivien Labaton, women's lives: multiple perspectives, writing
At Electric Literature, poet and critic K. Thomas Khan walks through the unraveling of a relationship, deliberate isolation from online life, and the questions both raise in a lyrical, longform piece that pushes and pulls at the concepts of personal and professional connection. In-between 3 a.m. fights and fortune teller visits and literally and metaphorically going […]
My sister wrote and published a memoir about our childhood. It’s a good book, and I’m proud of her. It has won awards, and put her in demand on a national speaking circuit. Am I jealous of my little sister? Yep. She’s an engineer by training; I was the artist in the family. By rights, […]
I once, years ago, sat next to a colleague at a premiere, and as the lights dimmed I whispered, “Why do I do this to myself?” And yet, I persist. ...more
Tags: A Year in the Life, audience, Bargemusic, classical music, collaboration, composer, daniel felsenfeld, Elvis Costello, insecurities, Lara Downes, Mad Love, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Greenaway, Piano, postmodern, Prokofiev, puccini, Richard Rorty, Romeo and Juliet, Schöneberg, Tori Amos, West Side Story
I’m thinking about the difference between “I stay somewhere” and “I live somewhere.” ...more
Tags: Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Amaud Jamal Johnson, american south, audience, Callaloo, Christianity, death, home, homeless, Jeremy Michael Clark, Maya Angelou, MFA, names, Nathaniel Mackey, National Poetry Month, poetry, Rekia Boyd, Roger Reeves, Sandra Bland, Shakespeare, Southern, spirituality, the body, The Conversation, The South, Thiahera Nurse, trauma, Trayvon Martin, Trinidad, Vievee Francis, writers of color
During the eight months he was sentenced to Rikers Island, a poet named Lauren Ireland wrote postcards to Lil Wayne. The rapper never responded, but the writer compiled them into a tiny purple book.
Tags: audience, celebrity, Correspondence, Dear Lil Wayne, E.B White, hero, Kaitlyn Tiffany, Lauren Ireland, letter writing, Nick Hornby, Ten Years in the Tub, Tumblr
You can find forever-young baby boomer grandmas falling in love at 60 and novels about spirited older women finding self-fulfillment, but novels about grandparents’ relationships with their grandchildren seem in short supply. Over at the Guardian, Helen Harris shares her experience of finding an underrepresented audience for her latest novel, about a grandmother-grandson relationship.