“The distances are staggering. It could take you an hour to drive to a spot on the edge of the horizon, yet that spot feels like it’s just within reach,” Barry writes. “This is what it means to live on the steppe. There are no walls between you and nature. You are nature.” ...more
Avni Vyas discusses her debut poetry collection, LITTLE GOD.
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Laurel Nakanishi discusses her debut poetry collection, ASHORE.
Tags: Ashore, Berkshire Prize, buddhism, Campbell McGrath, community, David Seal, debut collection, El Castillo, florida, Fulbright, hawaii, Honolulu, hybrid genre, James Hillman, Janine Oshiro, Julie Marie Wade, Kanaka Maoli, Laurel Nakanishi, lyric essay, lyric essays, Mahealani Perez Wendt, Mary Kawena Pukui, Mary Szybist, meditation, MFA, Miami, mindfulness, Missoula, Missoula Writing Collaborative, Montana, Nana Veary, Nicaragua, poems, poetry, privilege, Puanani Burgess, spirituality, teaching, teaching writing, The Black Notebooks, The Soul's Code, Toi Derricotte, Tupelo Press, University of Montana, writing community
Shin Yu Pai discusses her new book, ENSŌ.
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In short, lightness is the capacity to leave without regret. ...more
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Vijay Seshadri discusses his new collection, THAT WAS NOW, THIS IS THEN.
Tags: Alberto Caeiro, Book Club, Buddha, buddhism, Fernando Pessoa, graywolf, graywolf press, John Ashbery, poetry book club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Snoopy, teaching, teaching writing, That Was Now This Is Then, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, There There, Tommy Orange, TS Eliot, Vijay Seshadri, Wallace Stevens
Again, the red door stands open, allowing the world to enter. ...more
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The thing we most had in common was that none of us wanted to be there. ...more
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If the art of drag has taught me one thing, it’s that I am not unique. ...more
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I want to respond from my heart—not my anger, my judgment, my desire. ...more
Tags: addiction, addicts, anger, buddhism, buddhist, drug abuse, drug test, drug use, drugs, family, Heroin, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, jail, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, oxycodone, PCP, Pittsburgh, Rebecca Brenner, rehab, siblings, sisters, sobriety, Voices on Addiction
Christina Chiu discusses her forthcoming novel, BEAUTY.
Tags: #metoo, 2040 Books, Abuse, Addie Tsai, adolescence, Alexander McQueen, Allen Gee, Asian American, beauty, buddhism, buddhist, Christina Chiu, design, fashion, gender inequality, Gish Jen, Me Too, Michael Cunningham, motherhood, mothers, narcissism, Pen Parentis, rape, Rei Kawakubo, Santa Fe Writers Project, sexual assault, sexuality, Shoes, trauma, Troublemaker and Other Saints
Juliana Delgado Lopera discusses their new novel, FIEBRE TROPICAL.
Tags: Ariel, Bay Area, beauty standards, Bogotá, Borges, buddhism, Colombia, Colombian, faith, Feminist Press, Fiebre Tropical, gay, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, gendered language, God, hair, historical fiction, identity, immigrants, immigration, Juliana Delgado Lopera, LGBTQ, matriarchy, matrilineal, Miami, performative, protest, protesting, queer, Queer Words, queerness, religion, San Francisco, Sarah Haas, sex worker, sexuality, Spanglish, Spanish, spirituality, sylvia plath, telenovelas, traditions, trans, Wayne Goodman, xenophobia
I need to hear myself say it out loud to make it real. ...more
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At some point, I would have to break my silence. ...more
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Isobel O’Hare discusses her debut full-length collection, ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS.
Tags: #metoo, all this can be yours, Blythe Baldwin, buddhism, dancing girl press, Dream Pop Press, Erase the Patriarchy, erasure, erasure poems, Eve Connell, Facebook, gender inequality, Heartbreak Machinery, Isobel O’Hare, Jack Halberstam, Jody Gladding, Judith Halberstam, LGBTQ, Meisha Rosenberg, paganism, poems, poetry, queer, Rupi Kaur, sexual assault, sexual harassment, Social Media, Susannah Kelly, The Queer Art of Failure, Translations from Bark Beetle, Trinity College, twitter, University of Hell, University of Hell Press
Blair Hurley discusses her debut novel, THE DEVOTED.
Tags: #metoo, Abuse, Alice Munro, appropriation, Blair Hurley, Boston, buddhism, Catholic Church, cats, creative writing workshop, cultural appropriation, Darin Strauss, debut novel, Eudora Welty, faith, first book, Flannery O'Connor, Liz Harmer, meditation, religion, Sex, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, spirituality, teaching writing, writing workshop, Zen Buddhism
The truth is different. The truth is always different. ...more
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[W]hat do you do when you meet the Buddha on the road? ...more
Tags: Blair Hurley, Boston, buddhism, catholicism, debut novel, indentity, Irish Catholic, Maikie Paje, Manhattan, new england, spirituality, The Devoted, trauma, Zen Buddhism
“Categories are, by definition, externally created and applied.”
Tags: Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, buddhism, buddhist, Burma, Burmese, capitalism, Carmen Giménez Smith, Clarice Lispector, debut novel, emigration, family, first book, genre, immigration, janice lee, Joseph Scapellato, Juliette Lee, Myanmar, myth, mythology, Noemi Press, Pamela Lu, Rowland Saifi, Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih, The End of Peril, The End of Peril the End of Enmity the End of Strife a Haven, The Minotaur’s Daughter, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, virginia woolf, W.G. Sebald, Yangon
Faith Adiele discusses what it means to be a good literary citizen, the importance of decolonizing travel writing, and how she wants to change the way Black stories are being told.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Biafra, black lives matter, buddhism, California College of the Arts, Civil Rights Movement, Deesha Philyaw, Due North, Elaine Lee, Faith Adiele, family secret, Finland, immigration, interracial relationships, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Lola Akinmade Åkerström, memoir, mentors, my struggle, Nigeria, Oakland, PBS, personal narrative, San Francisco Writer's Grotto, storytelling, susan orlean, teaching, teaching writing, Thailand, The Almost Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, travel, travel writing, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, Women Writers of Color, writers of color
Rajith Savanadasa discusses his debut novel,
Ruins, writing across oceans, and the chance encounter with refugees that led to the story at the heart of his novel. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, asylum, Australia, buddhism, caste system, Civil War, Colombo, Darebin, day job, debut novel, Emily Dickinson, first book, immigrants, immigration, Juniper Writers Institute, Kate Stevens, Melbourne, migrants, moonstone, Nirvana, Noy Holland, Open City Stories, Politics, Rajith Savandasa, refugees, ruins, Samantha Facciolo, Sri Lanka, war writing, writing
Poet Corinne Lee on writing her epic book-length poem
Plenty and finding new ways to live in a rapidly changing world. ...more
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Christina Nichol, author of
Waiting for the Electricity, takes a deep dive into Korean literature and catches up on some classics of anthropology and psychology. ...more
Tags: Annals of the Joseun Dynasty, anthropology, Ask a Korean Dude, buddhism, Christina Nichol, Clifford Geertz, Diary of a Zen Buddhist Monk, Georgia, Hallyu, Han Kang, Hwang Sunwon, India, Jiheo, Kazakhstan, Kelsey Osgood, Kim Dae June, Kim Hyesoon, Kim Hyung-geun, Kim Namcheon, Ko Un, Korea, Korean Literature, Korean Literature Now, Kosovo, Kyung-Sook Shin, Little Pilgrim, Lost Souls, Nelson Mandela, Park Wan-su, Please Look After Mom, psychology, reading recommendations, residency, Scenes from the Enlightenment, seoul, Seoul Art Space, Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream, south korea, The Read Along, The Vegetarian, travel, travel writing, Waiting for the Electricity, Who Ate Up All the Shinga, Women Who Love Monks Too Much
We had to ask everyone. Not just the people who looked “good” to get money from. And that was great because of course I was surprised by who responded and who didn’t. I feel, in general, in my life at this moment, I’m very aware of how off my preconceptions are, whereas I’ve always thought […]
This week, your Storming Bohemian has moved to a new house. Again. And so some reflections: There is much to be said for stability, I know. The steady quiet observation of the likes of Annie Dillard or Henry Thoreau evokes my admiration. I am even an oblate of a Benedictine monastery. I know monks who […]
Tags: Annie Dillard, Buddha, buddhism, change, Charles Kruger, hippies, home, landlord, Miami, Mississippi, moving, runaway, Shih Tzu, stability, The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse, Thoreau, wanderlust
I wanted to uncover the nest of wires comprising my gender identity and describe its complicated mass. ...more
Tags: (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, androgynous, body image, buddhism, buddhist, butch, Charles D'Ambrosio, choking, Christianity, creative nonfiction, dating, dildo, dominant, dungeon, emotional eating, essays, experimentation, fear, femme, fitness, gender, Gender Identity, gender roles, God, graduate school, James Carse, Jera Brown, journaling, kink, kinky, literary essay, Marie Claire, meditation, MFA, Michel de Montaigne, mohawk, pagan, pegging, polyamorous, polyamory, queer, relationships, religion, self-acceptance, Sex, sexuality, shame, spirituality, tarot, theology, tomboy, tomboy femme, vogue, Weight loss, Women's Issues
One week last spring I said it out loud for the first time: “Sometimes I play so long, my fingers go numb.” ...more
Tags: addiction, adolescence, adulthood, alcohol, apps, Bay Area, blackout, Bubble Spinner, buddhism, buddhist, cult of productivity, dating, drinking, gamers, growing up, Jainism, Janet Frishberg, middle school, obsession, paying the rent, productivity, relationships, relax, Right Livelihood, San Francisco, self harm, skin picking, Sufist, tetris, The Sims, Video Games
[Memoir] comes alive at the fissures of its coherency: when a narrator is struggling to hold the self together in a text—for the reader’s sake if not also her own. Scott F. Parker met up with Maggie Nelson at AWP to talk about her writing, her sudden popularity, memoir (or life writing), autotheory, and Buddhism for […]
Last month a bear ripped into my tent, clenched his teeth onto my upper left arm, just below my shoulder, and would not let go. ...more
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Yumi Sakugawa discusses her latest book,
Ikebana, discovering meditation, exploring blank spaces, and drawing a world of sentient oranges and one-eyed monsters. ...more
Tags: A New Earth, Adrian Tomine, Asian American, babysitters club, Black Hole, Blank Space, buddhism, bunnies, Charlie Burns, craig thompson, David Lynch, Eckhart Tolle, elizabeth gilbert, Giant Robot, I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You, Ikebana, introversion, Japan, Japanese-American, L.A., Loneliness, los angeles, meditation, Mia Nakaji Monnier, mindfulness, monsters, Moon Between the Mountains, Optic Nerve, orange, Sesame Street, silence, Skylight Books, Spirited Away, the muppets, The Power of Now, There is No Right Way to Meditate, UCLA, webcomic, Wonder How To, writer's block, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa, zine