There is a hyper self-awareness in all my work that acknowledges—teases itself, maybe—what it is addressing and from what entry point. I once modeled in a campaign for socks I designed for a skate label and on the box there was a small excerpt from one of my books. ...more
Willa C. Richards discusses her debut novel, THE COMFORT OF MONSTERS.
Tags: AIDS crisis, Alex Madison, Annie Proulx, Brookfield, cold case, coming of age, debut novel, family, family secret, family trauma, garth greenwell, gay, generational trauma, grief, homophobia, Housekeeping, intergenerational trauma, Intimacy, J.M. Holmes, Jeffrey Dahmer, Joy Williams, LGBTQ, Marilynne Robinson, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal, murder, murder mystery, physical intimacy, queer, research, segregation, siblings, sisters, State of Grace, The Comfort of Monsters, The Shipping News, Wauwatosa, What Belongs to You, Willa C. Richards, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Light
Dani Putney discusses their debut poetry collection, SALAMAT SA INTERSECTIONALITY.
Tags: a. poythress, American West., Andrea Gibson, Asian American, audre lorde, bildungsroman, Borderlands, coming of age, Dani Putney, debut collection, Filipinx, Gender Identity, genderqueer, intersectionality, LGBTQ, masturbation, MFA, mixed race, mother tongue, Neil Hilborn, neurodivergent, Okay Donkey, Okay Donkey Press, personal essay, queer, queerness, Salamat sa Intersectionality, Sarah Kay, Spanish, spoken word, sylvia plath, Tagalog, Video Games
Ashley C. Ford discusses her debut memoir, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER.
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, Ashley C. Ford, childhood, childhood trauma, college, coming of age, debut memoir, Eve Ettinger, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, incarceration, Maya Angelou, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, prison, Somebody’s Daughter, trauma
“I felt like I wanted to do it and not explain it.”
Tags: 1980s, A Woman Traces the Shoreline, adolescence, aliens, Beautiful Nerve, BrickHouse Books, Brittany Hailer, Chatham University, coming of age, Dave Housley, David Lynch, feminist, Gen X, gender inequality, In This Dream of My Father, magical realism, Mostly Human, patriarchy, poems, poetry, pop culture, sexism, sexuality, Sheila Squillante, teenagers, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, twin peaks, Wicked Woman Book Prize, Women Who Pawn Their Jewelry, Writing the Personal
You want to live by your ideals, but it’s hard to make them align with reality. ...more
Tags: amaris ketcham, anarchist, autofiction, book review, capitalism, Comics, coming of age, Debt, female friendship, female friendships, France, Fun Home, graphic memoir, graphic novel, LGBTQ, ligne claire, living abroad, Maus, memoir, memories, memory, nora hickey, nostalgia, paris, Persepolis, queer, review, shoplifting, Sophie Yanow, student debt, study abroad, The Adventures of Tintin, the contradictions, travel, twentysomethings, What Is a Glacier
Fariha Róisín discusses her debut novel, LIKE A BIRD.
Tags: Amy Reardon, autofiction, Being in Your Body, capitalism, coming of age, debut novel, depression, desire, family trauma, Fariha Róisín, female sexuality, How to Cure a Ghost, I May Destroy You, immigrants, India, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Like a Bird, Michaela Coel, misogyny, muslim, patriarchy, rape, representation, Sex, Sex Scenes, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexuality, south asian, suicidal ideation, The Crown, trauma, Two Brown Girls, Unnamed Press, White Supremacy, writing sex
[Y]ou can’t grow up in a cultural milieu and be immune to what it loves. ...more
Tags: beauty, beauty ideals, beauty standards, book review, Christine Ma-Kellams, coming of age, debut novel, Diaspora, feminism, Frances Cha, gender inequality, If I Had Your Face, intermarriage, internalized oppression, internalized racism, interracial dating, interracial relationships, money, plastic surgery, Racism, review, seoul, Sex, sexism, south korea
There was a right way and a wrong way to do things, and those shoes were wrong. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Brooklyn, cancer, childhood, clothes, clothing, coming of age, daughters, Elizabeth Blackwell, Emily Blackwell, family, fashion, fathers, fathers and daughters, Janice Nimura, Janice P. Nimura, Japanese, marriage, melanoma, new york, The Doctors Blackwell, tokyo
“A poem is like a vision test—its vision is either clear or it’s not.”
Tags: academia, academic, academics, Atomizer, Australia, chronic pain, coming of age, Devil's Lake, female bodies, feminism, feminist, gay rights, gun violence, higher education, identity, immigration, India, Kiran Bhat, Lebanese, lebanon, LGBTQ, Liz Powell, Lynda Barry, microaggressions, migraines, natural world, nature, poems, poetry, poland, Polish, queer, queerness, Sarah M. Sala, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, women's bodies
Angie Cruz discusses her newest novel, DOMINICANA.
Tags: 1964 World's Fair, 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, ana castillo, Angie Cruz, caribbean, Clarice Lispector, class inequality, coming of age, Cristina Garcia, Dawn Lundy Martin, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dominican, Dominican Republic, Dominicana, Dorothy Allison, dubliners, edwidge danticat, female friendship, friendship, gender inequality, gendered violence, Guayacanes, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, identity, immigrants, immigration, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Julia Alvarez, Kubrick, Latinx, Latinx literature, Let It Rain Coffee, Malcolm X, Marguerite Duras, mothers, mothers and daughters, New York City, NYC, pregnancy, quiara alegria hudes, Sandra Cisneros, Soledad, Terrance Hayes, The Lover, Toni Morrison, Vietnam War, Washington Heights
K-Ming Chang discusses her debut novel, BESTIARY.
Tags: Asian American, Bestiary, bodies, Chinese, Chinese American, coming of age, community, COVID-19, debut novel, Dorothy Allison, eating, food, genre, Grandmaster, historical trauma, Hua Hsu, inherited trauma, Jenny Zhang, jessica hagedorn, Julia Kardon, K Ming Chang, LGBTQ, Marilyn Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, migration, mothers, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, pandemic, poetry, queer, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Sour Heart, Taiwan, Taiwanese, teaching, teaching writing, Vanessa Chan, Wong Kar Wai
Cameron Esposito discusses her new memoir, SAVE YOURSELF.
Tags: Cameron Esposito, Catholic, catholicism, childhood, childhood trauma, comedian, comedy, coming of age, coming out, community, coping mechanism, COVID-19, gay, humor, humor writing, identity, jokes, LGBTQ, memoir, Molly Sprayregen, organized religion, pandemic, privilege, queer, queerness, religion, Save Yourself, shame, spirituality, stand up, trauma, twitter, writing humor, zoom
“Ultimately art is about making sense of our brief lives on earth.”
Tags: Austria, Bolivia, charango, coming of age, COVID-19, Diana Syrse, Emily Robbins, Ernesto Cavour Aramayo, Exile Music, expat, expats, Jennifer steil, Jewish, jordan, La Paz, Los Jairas, Los Kjarkas, Mahler, Music, muslim, nazis, opera, pandemic, poetry, refugees, South America, theater, traveling, Uzbekistan, war, World War II, WWII, Yemen
Girlhood remains, like the land, a constant site of male fascination, desire, and violence. ...more
Tags: animals, APR/Honickman First Book Prize, Aria Aber, book review, Books, Brenda Hillman, C. D. Wright, class inequality, classism, climate crisis, coming of age, debut collection, ecological, ecopoetics, ecopoetry, environmental crisis, Etel Adnan, fathers, fathers and daughters, female bodies, female body, feminine, femininity, feminist, feminist theory, gender inequality, gender violence, harassment, LGBTQ, masculinity, misogyny, natural world, nature, Of Cities & Women, patriarchy, poems, poetry, poetry review, privilege, queer, queerness, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexuality, Sharon Olds, simone de beauvoir, Taneum Bambrick, toxic masculinity, Vantage, working class, workplace harassment
Megan Giddings discusses her debut novel, LAKEWOOD.
Tags: Animorphs, Barry Jenkins, black culture, bodies, body horror, Bootsy Collins, C Pam Zhang, capitalism, college, coming of age, Cord Jefferson, debut novel, family, Gutshot, health insurance, healthcare, Jesmyn Ward, kelly link, Kerry James Marshall, key and peele, Lakewood, lisa hanawalt, Lorna Simpson, Mariah Carey, Megan Giddings, Michigan, Mickalene Thomas, Missy Elliott, money, Moonlight, mothers, mothers and daughters, Owosso, Parable of the Sower, racial inequality, Racism, realism, revenge, science fiction, Son House, Southern Reach, surrealism, Toni Morrison, Watchmen, Yoko Ogawa
Tope Folarin discusses his debut novel, A PARTICULAR KIND OF BLACK MAN.
Tags: A Particular Kind of Black Man, african american, African literature, autofiction, Caine Prize, coming of age, craft, Dark Room Collective, debut novel, grandmother, identity, immigrants, immigration, Iris Silverberg, James Baldwin, love, memory, narrative structure, Nigeria, Nigerian American, perspective, poetry, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, Social Media, structure, Tope Folarin, voyeurism, voyeuristic, Wana Udobang, Zoe Wickham
Kate Wisel discusses her debut story collection, DRIVING IN CARS WITH HOMELESS MEN.
Tags: abusive relationship, adolescence, Aria Aber, Boston, Chicago, coming of age, debut collection, Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, female friendship, friendship, gentrification, Heroin, high school, Kate Wisel, linked stories, Lucy Tan, Midwest, opioid epidemic, Pam Houston, repetition, short fiction, short stories, Southie, story collection, symbolism, teenagers, trauma, violence
“[H]opefully, the book is surreal but also universal.”
Tags: beauty, beauty ideals, bodies, body image, coming of age, debut novel, fathers, fathers and daughters, female bodies, female body, Loneliness, M. Randal O’Wain, mothers, mothers and daughters, patriarchy, Sarah Rose Etter, surreal, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Two Dollar Radio, women's bodies
Garrard Conley and Taylor Larsen discuss their recent work.
Tags: bigotry, Bobcat, Boy Erased, camp, Christianity, coming of age, conversion therapy, evangelical Christianity, family, femininity, Garrard Conley, gay, gender, gender roles, hawthorne, homophobia, identity, interiority, Jerome Ellison Murphy, landscape, LGBTQ, masculinity, memoir, Nabokov, nature, new england, queer, Rebecca Lee, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sexuality, Stranger Father Beloved, sylvia plath, Taylor Larsen, The Professor's House, The Scarlet Letter, transcendentalism, weather, willa cather
“Understanding that you can have what you desire can be healing and transformative.”
Tags: #metoo, bdsm, berlin, brian gresko, coming of age, debut novel, dominatrix, Fifty Shades of Grey, Intimacy, kink, LGBTQ, los angeles, permission, pornography, queer, role play, sadomasochism, Saskia Vogel, Sex, sex work, sex worker, sexuality
Bryan Washington discusses his debut story collection, LOT.
Tags: bryan washington, coming of age, coming out, first book, Houston, immigrants, immigration, justin torres, LGBTQ, linked stories, Lot, Lot: Stories, queer, representation, Riverhead Books, Ruth LeFaive, short fiction, short stories, story collection, Texas
“I want to always fight for art, not against it.”
Tags: addiction, adolescence, Alice Sola Kim, Annie Proulx, beauty standards, biracial, Black Tickets, Boca Raton, Che Yeun, coming of age, Daniil Kharms, debut memoir, editing, editor, Encyclopedia Brown, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, first book, florida, gender roles, grace paley, Heather Lewis, imposter syndrome, Jaime Herndon, Jaquira Díaz, Jayne Anne Phillips, Joy Williams, Justine Champine, katherine anne porter, kazuo ishiguro, Kenzaburo Oe, kristen arnett, Kristin Dombek, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Lynda Barry, memoir, Nikolai Gogol, Osama Alomar, photographs, photography, privilege, queer, Samantha Irby, T Kira Madden, The Chronology of Water, the remains of the day, trauma, WG SEbald, Yasunari Kawabata
Governor Madeleine Kunin shares a list of books to celebrate her new memoir, COMING OF AGE.
Tags: A Room Of One's Own, At Seventy, Atul Gwande, Being Mortal, beloved, coming of age, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, Gloria Steinem, James Baldwin, Jill Ker Conway, Joan Didion, John Updike, Katherine Graham, Madeleine Kunin, Madeleine May Kunin, May Sarton, Notes of a Native Son, Of the Farm, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Personal History, The Road from Coorain, the Year of Magical Thinking, Toni Morrison, virginia woolf, What to Read When
Lisa Locascio discusses her debut novel, OPEN ME.
Tags: adolescence, bildungsroman, bodies, coming of age, debut novel, denmark, Eileen, Elif Batuman, female bodies, female friendship, female sexuality, first book, friendship, Gone Girl, Janet Frishberg, Joyland, Julie Buntin, Lisa Locascio, menstruation, Open Me, Ottessa Moshfegh, scatology, Sex, sex writing, sexual assault, sexuality, teenagers
is the coming-of-age novel at its darkest: all the lessons are learned too late, if at all. ...more
Tags: academia, activism, activists, anger, capitalism, coming of age, Elders, faith, foreclosure, foreshadowing, Hogarth Press, injustice, Kevin O'Kelly, protest, Rückert-Lieder, Ryan McIlvain, The Radicals, The Tempest
There are two ways to read Freshwater : there is the knowing and the unknowing. ...more
Tags: Abigail Bereola, Akwaeke Emezi, book review, coming of age, debut novel, debut novelist, first book, Freshwater, gender, gender fluidity, Igbo, LGBTQ, mental illness, Nigeria, Nigerian literature, ogbanje, schizophrenia, Tamil, The Cut, trans, trauma, Yagazie Emezi
Lilliam Rivera discusses her debut novel,
The Education of Margot Sanchez, world-building, and her desire to see bookshelves filled with stories by people of color. ...more
Tags: adolescence, American Dream, Bronx, colorism, coming of age, family, family secret, gentrification, Judy Blume, Keah brown, Lilliam Rivera, los angeles, summer romance, teenagers, The Education of Margot Sanchez, The Outsiders, world building, YA, young adult literature
“I think time is really undervalued by people who come from money because they just have the time.”
Tags: advertising, Caca Dolce, Chelsea Martin, coming of age, essay collection, essays, nostalgia, Rebecca Schuh, teenagers, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, workshop, writing workshop
Hannah Tinti discusses how
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley came into being, the formation of its characters, and how twelve scars and the celestial heavens help give this book structure and heft. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, American Vampire, Brian K. Vaughan, bronte sisters, Comics, coming of age, daughters, e.l. doctorow, fathers, fathers and daughters, Fiona Staples, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gloucester, graphic novels, hannah tinti, Hiromu Arakawa, Jeff Lemire, Licia Morelli, Lynda Barry, Marjorie Liu, Massachusetts, Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT, New York Times, parents, Rafael Albuquerque, salem, Sana Takeda, Scott Snyder, Sweet Tooth, The Good Thief, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley