If I am audacious enough to imagine [my] reader, then I imagine this is a person who has never had the option to look away. ...more
Our next Letter in the Mail is from Christopher Soto!
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Adriana E. Ramírez, Amber Dawn, Amber Moss, Amy Gentry, Anahid Nersession, Angela Himsel, Arriel Vinson, Éireann Lorsung, Brian Broome, bryan vandyke, C. W. Emerson, Carol Edgarian, Caroline A. Miranda, Cathy Park Hong, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Charles Yu, Chekwube Danladi, Cheswayo Mphanza, Chloe Martinez, Christopher Soto, Claudia Rodriguez, cornel west, Courtney Zoffness, Danez Smith, Dantiel W. Moniz, David Ebershoff, Deesha Philyaw, Domenica Ruta, Dylan Landis, edwin frank, Elisabeth Thomas, elissa bassist, Forsyth Harmon, Hala Alyan, Imbolo Mbue, J.G. Simiński, J.R. Ramakrishnan, Jackie Wang, Jahan Khajavi, Jamie Figueroa, Jasmine Mans, Jason Reynolds, Jeannine Oullette, jenna wortham, Jennifer Egan, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Jennine Capó Crucet, Jess Bruder, Jessica Verdi, Jessica Winter, jessica zucker, Jo Ann Beard, Jordan Shapiro, Jory Mickelson, Joseph Ross, Joshua Mohr, Joyce McFadden, Kai Cheng Tom, Kate Biggs, Kate Quinn, Katherine Angel, kazuo ishiguro, Kevin Simmonds, Keya Mitra, Khaty Xiong, Kiese Laymon, Koritha Mitchell, Kristen Radtke, Lily King, Lisa Joy, Lupita Aquino, Mahogany L Browne, Marc Nieson, Mark Wunderlich, Martha Jones, Mary H.K. Choi, Max Frume, Maya Rodale, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Micah Nemerever, Michael MJ Jones, Michael Torres, Michael Weldon, Michele Filgate, Michele Morano, N.K. Jemisin, Nikki Darling, Notable Online, patricia engel, Patricia Lockwood, Ramona Ausubel, Rebecca Solnit, Rhonda Welsh, Roxane Gay, Rumaan Alam, Russell Banks, S. Brook Corfman, Safia Jama, Sam Cohen, Sandra Beasley, sarah weinman, Sonia Sanchez, sophie lewis, Stacy Parker Le Melle, Steven Salvatore, Sujeet Indap, Susan McPherson, Tamara Winfrey-Harris, Te-Ping Chen, Teodros Kiros, Terrance Hayes, Terry Blackhawk, Terry Bohnhorst Blackhawk, Terry McMillan, Thomas Grattan, Tiphanie Yanique, Tom Whalen, Tracy Clark-Flory, Tyehimba Jess, Tyrese L. Coleman, Victoria Kennedy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Yeoh Jo-Ann, Yin Q., Zoe Kazan
A weekly roundup of essays we’re reading online!
Tags: catapult, Christopher Soto, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jona Xhepa, Lisa Lee Herrick, Martin Dumont, New York Review of Books, Patricia Fancher, The Atlantic, the Bold Italic, The Cut, This Week in Essays, Xinyan Yu
It took all of the world’s beauty for me step forward, once more. ...more
Tags: break-ups, breaking up, California, Christopher Soto, grief, heartbreak, instagram, iphone, iphone photography, iPhones, loss, love, memories, memory, photographs, photography, photos, Poppies, relationships, Social Media, super bloom, superbloom, valentine's day
The organizers of Writers for Migrant Justice suggest books to read ahead of tomorrow’s events.
Tags: Al Norte, Alan Pelaez Lopez, Aline Mello, Anni Liu, Barbara Jane Reyes, Bhanu Kapil, border crisis, Cenzontle, Christopher Soto, Dear America, driving without a license, Esther Lin, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly, Frankie Concepcion, immigrants, Invocation to Daughters, Jan-Henry Gray, Janine Joseph, Javier O. Huerta, Javier Zamora, Jesus I. Valles, Jose Antonio Vargas, Juan Rodriguez, León Salvatierra, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, migrant, Some Clarifications y Otros Poemas, Sonia Guiñansaca, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Undocupoets, Writers for Migrant Justice, Yosimar Reyes, Yujane C.
Literary events in and around L.A. this week!
Tags: Adam Popescu, Aleida Rodriguez, Alfredo Loza, Amber West, Ani Babayan, Annie Jacobsen, Arevik Torosyan, Ben Passmore, Ben Rhodes, Beth Caldwell, Bridgette Bianca, bryan washington, Carl Weintraub, Cecilia Fairchild, Christian Flores, Christopher Soto, Dana L. Davis, Darrel Larson, David Zasloff, Derek Shearer, Dimitris Lyacos, Dorothy Randall Gray, Eve Brandstein, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Harold Abramowitz, Harry E. Northup, Heather Robertson, Heliazar Ramirez Rivera, Holly Prado Northup, Jacqueline Suskin, James Cushing, James Kelly, Jennifer Gil, Joan Moran, Josh Levin, Julia Turner, Julian Magallanes, justin torres, Kwan Kew Lai, Laurie O’Brien, Laurie Okin, Lituo Huang, Lori Kozlowski, los angeles, Lynn Bender, Madeline Molina, Manifa Baghomian, Mason Funk, Michael Narkunski, Molly Thornton, Notable LA, notable los angeles, Phoebe MacAdams, Pico Iyer, Ren Madlangsakay, Rhiannon Ramirez, Robert Forster, Susannah Rodriguez Drissi
A look back at the books we’ve reviewed in 2018!
Tags: A Crown of Violets, A Different Physics, A Good Day for Seppuku, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, Aaron Belz, Abigail Bereola, Ahsan Butt, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Aja Gabel, Akwaeke Emezi, Alex Cavanaugh, Alex Dimitrov, Alexander Chee, Alexandra Teague, Alfredo Flores, All You Can Ever Know, Allie Rowbottom, Allison Noelle Conner, Amelia Possanza, America Is Not the Heart, Amy Dresner, An American Marriage, Analicia Sotelo, anaphora, And Now We Have Everything, Anne Graue, August Kleinzahler, Back Talk, Barbara Berman, because, Best American Experimental Writing 2016, Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life, Bird Book, Blair Hurley, Body Full of Stars, book reviews, brandon hicks, Brian Clements, Bullets into Bells, Calypso, Carla Bruce-Eddings, Caro Macon, Carrying the Branch, Charles Bernstein, Chelsea Leu, Christian Anton Gerard, Christine No, Christopher Soto, Citizen Illegal, Claudia Castra Luna, Coming of Age at the End of Nature, Courtney Allison, Cristina Rey, dandelions, Danielle Lazarin, Daphne Kalotay, Davey Davis, david sedaris, Dean Rader, Denis Johnson, Diamond Forde, Diane Seuss, Dirty Plotte, Doing Harm, Echolocation, Edward Derby, Eileen G'Sell, Emily Burns Morgan, Emily Pérez, emma bolden, Erica Dawson, Erica Trabold, Erin Adair Hodges, Erin Moure, Evan Coles, Everyone Knows You Go Home, Fady Joudah, Fireworks in the Graveyard, Five Plots, Flights, florida, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Frank Johnson, Freshwater, Good and Mad, Good Bones, Hands That Break and Scar, Heads of Colored People, Hillary Made Up, Holdfast, How Lovely the Ruins, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, I Am I Am I Am, Ian MacAllen, Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa, ikya kandula, Inheriting the War, Inquisition, Interior States, Jac Jemc, Jaime Zuckerman, Jaimee Hills, James Davis May, Janna Klostermann, Jasminne Mendez, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jell-O Girls, Jenny Boully, Jenny George, Jenny Molberg, Joan Morgan, Joanna Luloff, Jonathan Crowl, Josef Kuhn, Josè Olivarez, Joshua Mensch, Joy Ladin, Julie Carr, Julie Doucet, Julie Dunlap, Julie Marie Wade, Kasey Jueds, kate braverman, Kate Greathead, Kazim Ali, Keegan Lester, Kevin Goodan, Kevin Mclellan, Kevin O'Kelly, Kevin Zambrano, Killing Marias, Kings of Broken Things, Kristi Carter, Kristin Chang, Kristin Hannah, Laren McClung, Laura & Emma, Laura Thorne, lauren groff, Lauren Morgan Whitticom, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Leni Zumas, Let's All Die Happy, Li-Young Lee, Libby Burton, Life After Rugby, Lisa Rosenberg, Lizzie Hutton, Maggie O'Farrell, Maggie Smith, Maikie Paje, María Isabel Álvarez, Maria Dahvana Headley, Maria Qamar, Marianne Kunkel, Marvels of the Invisible, Maryann Corbett, Matthew Minicucci, Maw Shein Win, Max Ritvo, Maya Dusenbery, Meaghan O’Connell, Meghan O'Gieblyn, Melissa Broder, Micah Perks, Michael Natalie, Mike Broida, Miranda Perrone, molly caro may, Molly Fisk, Molly Spencer, Moonbrow, My Fair Junkie, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Nasty Women Poets, natalia sylvester, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer People of Color, Nicole Chung, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e, Nina Riggs, nvisible Gifts, Objects from a Borrowed Confession, Oceanic, Olga Tokarczuk, Ornitheology, Past Lives Future Bodies, Planetary Noise, Porochista Khakpour, R. O. Kown, Raina K. Puels, Rebecca Traister, Red Clocks, Remind Me Again What Happened, Renée Vivien, Risa Denenberg, Robin Becker, Rummage, Ryan McIlvain, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Samantha Pious, Samantha Zighelboim, Same-Sexy Marriage, Sandra Allen, Sara Goodman, Sara Rauch, Sarah A. Chavez, Scott Beal, Shahriar Mandanipour, She Begat This, She Would Be King, sick, Sidney Wade, Siham Karami, Simone John, Soft Volcano, starfish, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Susan Cohen, Susan Jackson Rodgersv, Tajja Isen, Tayari Jones, Taylor Larsen, Testify, The Black Bear Inside Me, The Bright Hour, The Devoted, The Dream of Reason, the earthquake room, The Ensemble, The Fat Sonnets, The Final Voicemails, The Great Alone, The Grip of It, The Half-Finished Heaven: Selected Poems, The Incendiaries, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, The Mere Wife, The Pisces, The Radicals, The Souls of Yellow Folk, The Undressing, Theodore Wheeler, There There, this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it, Together and by Ourselves, Tom Griffen, Tomas Tranströmer, Tommy Orange, Torrin A. Greathouse, Tracie Morris, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape, Trust No Aunty, Unearthings, virgin, Wayetu Moore, Wendy Chen, wesley yang, When Rap Spoke Straight to God, Whitney Beber, Yasunari Kawabata, Zakiya Harris, Zoey Cole
Fundamentally, [Nepantla] is an act of history-making in verse. ...more
Tags: Books, Christopher Soto, Emanuel Xavier, freedom ford, George Abraham, gloria anzaldua, Harlem renaissance, historiography, Jess X. Snow, Joseph O. Legaspi, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, June Jordan, LGBTQ, Natalie Diaz, Nepantla, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Nightboat Books, poetry, QTPOC, queer, Qwo-Li Driskill, Reviews, Ryka Aoki, Torrin A. Greathouse
Books by queer poets of color included in the
Nepantla anthology! ...more
Tags: Cenzontle, Chen Chen, Christopher Soto, Fatimah Asghar, gay, gay pride, If They Come for Us, Indecency, JUlian Talamantez Brolaski, June Jordan, Justin Phillip Reed, KOKUMO, LGBTQ, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Nepantla, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, Of Mongrelitude, Para las duras, Pat Parker, poetry, Pride, Reacquainted with Life, tatiana de la tierra, The Complete Works of Pat Parker, We’re On: A June Jordan Reader, What to Read When, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
“I took a six or seven year break from sending out my own poems, just waiting for my abilities to catch up a bit with my ambitions.”
Tags: addiction, Being in This World Makes Me Feel Like a Time Traveler, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Christopher Soto, Divedapper, God, Greek mythology, Iran, Iranian American, James L White, Kaveh Akbar, Kazim Ali, Learning to Pray, Matthew Zapruder, poetry, Purdue University, Randolph College, religion, spirituality, substance abuse, Tehran, The Straw Is Too Long
Every year, The Rumpus celebrates National Poetry Month with new poems daily from poets we admire. We aim to illustrate a variety of voices and perspectives in contemporary poetry.
The more of us there are out here sharing our work and telling our own stories and flying our freak flags, being our intricate, strange, and idiosyncratic selves, the less power the monolith has. ...more
Tags: A.R. Ammons, Alexander Chee, Angel Nafis, Ariana Reines, book-length poem, California, Camoghne Felix, Christopher Soto, grindr, Indigenous, Internet, IRL, Jayson Smith, Jennifer Tamayo, Kamden Hilliard, Kumeyaay, Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, Morgan Parker, Native American writers, Nicki Minaj, Pamela Sneed, Paul Tran, poetry, reservation, revision, Solmaz Sharif, Teebs, texting, Tommy Pico, Wendy Xu
For Lambda Literary, Christopher Soto talks with Brenda Shaughnessy about her new collection of poetry and how she relates to her writing as someone who is already four collections in. She outlines the ways in which her work has been shaped by embarrassment, her experiences within the queer community, and the importance of a writer […]
Over at Lit Hub, Christopher Soto (aka Loma) reflects on Orlando and writes movingly about the experience of holding an identity that is constantly targeted and executed in our world: He propped me up like the roof of a cathedral, in NYC / Before, we opened the news and read. And read about people who […]
The Internet may have irreversibly altered the forms activism takes, but there is still room for change. Christopher Soto reflects on activist frameworks used in 2015 and offers their strategies for working toward a more inclusive poetry community in the future: I believe in critical conversations with my community, I believe in doing rehabilitative work […]