Women, trans, and nonbinary writers share work on rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abuse, Bluets, childhood trauma, domestic violence, ENOUGH, Harry Styles, Maggie Nelson, misogyny, patriarchy, Politics, queer, queerness, rape, Rape culture, Sam Taub, Sex, sexism, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual identity, sexual trauma, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, short story, toxic masculinity, trauma
Meredith Clark discusses her debut lyric memoir, LYREBIRD.
Tags: Bluets, Common Area Maintenance, debut memoir, Dictee, divorce, grief, Jenny Boully, John Keats, language, letterpress, linguistics, loss, Lyrebird, lyric memoir, Maggie Nelson, marriage, memoir, Meredith Clark, Miscarriage, miscarriages, miscarrying, motherhood, mothers, Platypus Press, poems, poetry, pregnancy, relationships, SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Seattle, Shin Yu Pai, the body, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, trauma
Amy Long discusses her debut book, CODEPENDENCE.
Tags: addiction, Amy Long, Andrea Anderson, Bluets, Brian Foreman, chronic pain, Codependence, debut memoir, depression, disability, disabled, drug abuse, drugs, emotional abuse, essay collection, essays, Haley Sherif, Kate Nicholson, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maia Szalavitz, memoir, Michael Schatman, online activism, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, Pain Management, recovery, relapse, Social Media, Stefan Kertesz, substance use disorder, Terri Lewis, twitter, withdrawal
Alisson Wood shares a reading list to celebrate her debut memoir, BEING LOLITA.
Tags: Alisson Wood, Being Lolita, Bluets, Chasing Lolita, excavation, Graham Vickers, jazz, Leslie Jamison, Lolita, Luster, Maggie Nelson, Marguerite Duras, Meg Wolitzer, Nabokov, Raven Leilani, sarah weinman, Susan Choi, the empathy exams, The Lover, The Real Lolita, The Wife, Toni Morrison, Trust Exercise, vladimir nabokov, wendy ortiz, What to Read When
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
Rachel Vorona Cote shares a reading list to celebrate TOO MUCH.
Tags: Analicia Sotelo, Anna Sewell, audre lorde, Black Beauty, Bluets, Briallen Hopper, elena ferrante, Esmé Weijun Wang, george eliot, gilead, Hard to Love, Maggie Nelson, Marilynne Robinson, Mrs. Dalloway, rachel vorona cote, The Collected Schizophrenias, The Days of Abandonment, the mill on the floss, Too Much, virgin, virginia woolf, What to Read When, Zami, Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name
“For me, when I write nonfiction, my mind moves from the outside to the inside.”
Tags: Adrienne Rich, ageism, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Anthropologies: A Family Memoir, Anxious Attachments, Arianne Zwartjes, audre lorde, autotheory, Beth Alvarado, Bhanu Kapil, Bluets, Brian Blanchfield, Carolyn Forche, Christina Sharpe, class inequality, CNF, creative nonfiction, death, domesticity, essay collection, essays, feminism, gender inequality, gloria anzaldua, grace paley, grandchildren, grief, Irene Cooper, Jillian in the Borderlands, Karen Brennan, Lisa Borst, Little Labors, loss, Maggie Nelson, marriage, motherhood, mothers, nonfiction, Not a Matter of Love, parenting, personal essay, rivka galchen, sexism, The Argonauts, The Red Parts, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tisa Bryant, wayne koestenbaum, Wendy S. Walters
Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family!
Tags: A Fortune for Your Disaster, Alexander Chee, All You Can Ever Know, Ayse Papatya Bucak, Bluets, bodega, Brilliant, Build Yourself A Boat, Burn It Down, Camonghne Felix, christmas, Claire Rudy Foster, Deaf Republic, Dealing in Dreams, Eat Joy, Elizabeth Bradfield, Eula Biss, Exhalation, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, Feel Free, Hanif Abdurraqib, Hanukkah, Heart Berries, Heather Christle, Hiroko Oyamada, holiday gifts, holidays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Ilya Kominsky, Jake Skeets, Jane Brox, Jaquira Díaz, Jennifer Pastiloff, Jericho Brown, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, kristen arnett, kyoko mori, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Leslie Jamison, Lilliam Rivera, Lilly Dancyger, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Madness Rack and Honey, Maggie Nelson, Make It Scream Make It Burn, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Mary Ruefle, Megan Stielstra, MFK Fisher, Miraculum, Moon Trees and Other Orphans, Mostly Dead Things, Mother Winter, Natalie Eve Garrett, Ocean Vuong, Odes to Lithium, Oliver de la Paz, On Being Human, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, On Immunity, Ordinary Girls, Rion Amilcar Scott, ross gay, Ruth Reichl, Sabrina & Corina, Sandra Beasley, Sarah M. Broom, Secure Your Own Mask, Shaindel Beers, Shine of the Ever, Shira Erlichman, Sophia Shalmiyev, Steph Post, Su Hwang, T Kira Madden, Ted Chiang, Tender at the Bone, The Boy in the Labyrinth, The Crying Book, The Dream of Water, The Factory, The Gastronomical Me, The Revisioners, The Tradition, The Trojan War Museum, The World Doesn't Require You, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, The Yellow House, Thick, Toward Antarctica, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Vinegar and Char, What to Read When, zadie smith
I’m hungry for truth and kids are just spouting facts up and down the street. ...more
Tags: Bluets, book review, Clutch, Coffee House, coffee house press, Darcy Jay Gagnon, Felix Gonzales-Torres, gender, hybrid genre, LGBTQ, Maggie Nelson, Mark Doty, metaphor, queer, Samuel Delany, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Syzygy: Beauty, T Fleischmann, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, Times Square Red Times Square Blue, trans
“I wanted to write a manifesto on the artistic act of a woman looking and making.”
Tags: art monster, Bluets, Caroline Hagood, Elisabeth Frost, Elizabeth Stone, female bodies, female body, gender inequality, gender roles, Hanging Loose, hybrid genre, impostor syndrome, Jane Van Slembrouck, John Berger, Looking at a Woman, Lunatic Speaks, Maggie Nelson, Making Maxine’s Baby, Mary Shelley, memoir, motherhood, mothers, Nabokov, Pale Fire, poetry, Rufi Thorpe, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, women's bodies
Kelly Sundberg shares a reading list to celebrate the paperback release of GOODBYE, SWEET GIRL.
Tags: Alice Anderson, Anne Boyer, Bluets, Cheryl Strayed, Garments Against Women, Goodbye Sweet Girl, Heart Berries, hunger, Kelly Sundberg, Kerri Webster, Lidia Yuknavitch, Maggie Nelson, Megan Stielstra, Natalie Diaz, Roxane Gay, Silences, Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away, Terese Marie Mailhot, The Chronology of Water, The Trailhead, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, Tillie Olsen, Tiny Beautiful Things, What to Read When, When My Brother Was An Aztec
Chelsea Biondolillo shares a reading list in celebration of her debut essay collection, THE SKIN BIRD.
Tags: 300 Arguments, A Bestiary, Abigail Thomas, Beth Ann Fennelly, Bluets, chelsea biondolillo, Colson Whitehead, Elissa Washuta, Heating and Cooling, jill talbot, Kat Gardiner, KERNPUNKT Press, Lily Hoang, Little Wonder, Maggie Nelson, Micrograms, Nicole Walker, Penny Guisinger, Postcards from Here, Safekeeping, sarah manguso, Starvation Mode, Sun Yung Shin, The Colossus of New York, The Skinned Bird, The Way We Weren't, Unbearable Splendor, What to Read When
Debut author Allie Rowbottom interviews her mentor, Maggie Nelson.
Tags: Allie Rowbottom, Annie Dillard, Bluets, CalArts, Christina Crosby, debut author, eileen myles, feminism, feminist theory, first book, Jane: A Murder, Jell-O Girls, Maggie Nelson, Mat Johnson, Mentor Series, mentors, publishing industry, rejection, Social Media, teachers, teachers and students, teaching writing, The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty, The Red Parts
Kiki Petrosino discusses her newest collection,
Witch Wife, the career she’d have in an alternate universe, and the relationship between reading and writing. ...more
Tags: adolescence, All My Pretty Ones, Anne Carson, Anne Sexton, blood, Bluets, Camille Dungy, Charles Wright, Daphne DuMaurier, essay writing, essays, Eula Biss, Facts for Visitors, family, Fort Red Border, genre, hybrid genre, Hymn for the Black Terrific, Instead of Dying, Iowa City, Julie Marie Wade, Katie Ford, Kiki Petrosino, Kim Brooks, lauren haldeman, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Nelson, Mary Szybist, motherhood, Nox, poetry, Radio, rebecca, Roxane Gay, Sarabande Books, Shane McCrae, Srikanth Reddy, Suck on the Marrow, teaching, teaching writing, thomas jefferson, University of Louisville, Witch Wife
Terese Mailhot discusses her debut memoir,
Heart Berries, writing candidly about one’s personal life, and the good that can come from anger. ...more
Tags: Abuse, amy hempel, Bluets, Book Club, Capeman, creative nonfiction, Emily Dickinson, essays, Heart Berries, Indigenous, Institute of American Indian Arts, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Joy Harjo, Marisa Siegel, mary gaitskill, memoir, Momaday, Morgan Jerkins, mothers, mothers and daughters, Native American, parents, Roxane Gay, Rumpus Book Club, sexual abuse, Sherman Alexie, Terese Mailhot, This Will Be My Undoing
Chelsey Clammer discusses her new essay collection,
Circadian, her writing process, and the body as text. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Ander Monson, B.J. Hollars, Bending Genre, Bluets, Blurring the Boundaries, bodies, BodyHome, Chelsey Clammer, Circadian, creative nonfiction, essay writing, essays, Eula Biss, fathers, fathers and daughters, Graftology, jen palmares meadows, language, Maggie Nelson, Margot Singer, Marya Hornbacher, Nicole Walker, Outline for Change, Red Hen Press, tattoos, The Nervous Breakdown, Waco, writing process
Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family, from recent 2017 releases to longtime literary loves.
Tags: A Sense of the World, Abandon Me, Alana Massey, All the Lives I Want, Anne Carson, Arundhati Roy, Autobiography of Red, Blood Sparrows and Sparrows, Bluets, book recommendations, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, carmen maria machado, celeste ng, Chanukah, Chrissy Teigen, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, christmas, cravings, Danez Smith, Dear Friend from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, Deb Perelman, Don't Call Us Dead, Electric Arches, elena ferrante, Eugenia Leigh, Eve Ewing, Florence in Ecstasy, Good Bones, Hala Alyan, Hanukkah, Harmless Like You, Her Body and Other Parties, Him Me Muhammed Ali, holiday gifts, holidays, hunger, Jason Roberts, Jenny Zhang, Jesmyn Ward, Jessie Chaffee, Jung Yun, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kate Harding, Kaveh Akbar, Lisa Ko, Little Fires Everywhere, madness, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, Mike Scalise, Min Jin Lee, Morgan Parker, My Brilliant Friend, Nasty Women, Nature Poem, Neapolitan Novels, One Day We'll ALl Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Pachinko, Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy, Randa Jarrar, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Roxane Gay, Salt Fat Acid Heat, Salt Houses, Sam Sax, Samantha Irby, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Samin Nosrat, Scaachi Koul, Shelter, Sing Unburied Sing, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, Sour Heart, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember, The Brand New Catastrophe, The Leavers, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Tommy Pico, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, We Love You Charlie Freeman, We Were Eight Years in Power, What to Read When, What We Lose, yiyun li, Zinzi Clemmons
Lily Hoang discusses her first essay collection,
A Bestiary, the importance of genre, and the lessons of teaching. ...more
Tags: 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers, A Bestiary, A Rumpus Interview, Bluets, Catherine LaSota, Chinese Zodiac, essay writing, essays, fairy tales, genre, hybrid genre, Lily Hoang, Maggie Nelson, MFA, revision, Rikki Ducornet, teaching writing, The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde, wayne koestenbaum
Kick off the holiday season with a list of books that Rumpus editors are thankful for!
Tags: Abandon Me, Ada Limon, Alexandra Kleeman, An Elemental Thing, Anne Sexton, beryl markham, Bluets, Bright Dead Things, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Carolina Ebeid, Carson McCullers, Cathy Linh Che, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Danez Smith, Dangerous Angels, Don't Call Us Dead, edwidge danticat, ee cummings, Elena Passarello, Eliot Weinberger, Emily Dickinson, Eula Biss, Forest Dark, Four-Year-Old-Girl, Francesca Lia Block, Geek Love, Graham Greene, Harryette Mullen, hunger, Jeanette Winterson, jill lepore, Joan Didion, Juliana Spahr, Katherine Dunn, Kaveh Akbar, Ken Liu, Krik? Krak!, Leslie Jamison, Let Me Clear My Throat, Li-Young Lee, Louise Glück, Maggie Nelson, Mary Jo Bang, Meadowlands, Megan Stielstra, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, Natalie Diaz, Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, nicole krauss, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong, reading recommendations, Rose, Roxane Gay, Sleeping with the Dictionary, Split, thankful, Thanksgiving, the balloonists, The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans, the empathy exams, The HEart is a lonely hunter, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, The Power and the Glory, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, thisconnectionofeveryonewithlungs, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Weetzie Bat, West with the Night, What to Read When, When My Brother Was An Aztec, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
Here are some books to read that will remind you that there is beauty out there, even if it’s hard-wrought. ...more
Tags: A Moveable Feast, Bluets, Call Me by My Other Name, Chris Adrian, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Death with Interruptions, Donald Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Eula Biss, Exit West, george saunders, Gob's Grief, Jose Saramago, Maggie Nelson, Mohsin Hamid, Neil Gorsuch, Nuclear Option, poetry, Rachel Kushner, reading list, reading recommendations, Supreme Court, syria, the balloonists, The Flamethrowers, Valerie Wetlaufer, What to Read When
Reading Maggie Nelson can be like banging your head against the wall of categories—or being miraculously freed from them. At Fiction Advocate, Colter Ruland elicits an explanation of hybridity from Nelson: I just do what’s natural, I’m not thinking, “this is high,” “this is low,” “let’s combine them.” Often I don’t know that something wasn’t […]
Author Maggie Nelson talks about matrophobia, “sodomitical maternity,” breaking down categories between genres of writing, and her new book,
The Argonauts. ...more
Tags: Alice Munro, amy fusselman, Annie Dillard, audre lorde, birth, Bluets, Bruce Benderson, CalArts, Catherine Millet, Catherine Opie, darcey steinke, Days Of Abandonment, Denis Johnson, Dodie Bellamy, eileen myles, Elena Ferante, family, Foucault, Georges Bataille, graywolf press, Harriet Daimler, Harry Dodge, Henri Nouwen, Herve Guibert, Jane Gallop, Jenny Offill, Joy Williams, Maggie Nelson, matrophobia, misogyny, motherhood, New York Review of Books, nonfiction writing, novels, Pat Califia, Paul Preciado, poetry, pregnancy, prodigal son, relationships, Robert Gober, Rosaline Kraust, Self-Portrait/Cutting, Sex, sex writing, Simone Weil, Susan Fraiman, The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty, The End of the Story, The Red Parts
15. Bluets becomes a space for desire (thwarted), for mystery, for obscurity and unattainability. To explore the space where these intersect in Nelson is the project of the book. ...more