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The Rumpus Guide to AWP 2019

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A selection of AWP 2019 panels, readings, and events that we are especially excited for!

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Next Letter in the Mail: Colin Dickey

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Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Colin Dickey! Colin begins his letter by telling us about how he used to hate email, and reminds us that a letter is so much more than its content—a letter is an experience. To make sure you experience Colin’s letter, subscribe to Letters in the Mail before June 1! And remember, Letters in […]

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Notable NYC: 12/3–12/9

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  Saturday 12/3: Natalie Diaz and T’ai Freedom Ford join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 12/4: Jonathan Lethem discusses Italo Calvino. The Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., $8. Alexandra Kleeman and Kelly Luce join the Sunday Night Fiction series. Kleeman’s latest collection of stories, Intimations, feature neurotic characters with deranged comedy. […]

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Bittersweet Symphony

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Though it’s clichéd and maladaptive to cast mental illness as the wellspring of great writing, to write about one’s life honestly often means writing about one’s mental illness. In an essay for Catapult, Colin Dickey writes lushly about his experiences with depression, musing on the historical conceptions of melancholy and how perhaps our highly clinical and […]

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The Ghostly Power of Mirrors

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Colin Dickey writes for Hazlitt about the practice of covering mirrors after a death: There seems to be no universal reason behind the custom. Reginald Fleming Johnston, documenting this practice in China in 1910, claimed that the reason mirrors are covered is because “if the dead man happens to notice a reflection of himself in […]

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Rolling in Carrion

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Colin Dickey writes about death and its metaphors. Our dog has an insatiable curiosity and a love of these dead things. The time he dove into the wreck of a carcass that I could not even identify was the most horrifying of all. I remind myself that I am projecting my revulsion, but because it […]

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Crashing on Ice

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The sound you hear when you put ice cubes into warm (but not hot) water—that subtle but quick crackling—is the sound all around you in the summer fjords near glaciers. There is ice everywhere in the water, the size of your fist and the size of small islands, and because the water is only a […]

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