Nothing is not right. There is no indication there has ever been a house. ...more
Tags: Asian American, bullying, capitalism, class inequality, classism, diversity, family, fiction, gentrification, Ira Sukrungruang, liberals, money, parents, Politics, racial inequality, Racism, restaurant, Restaurants, Rumpus Original Fiction, school, schools, short fiction, short stories, short story, students, teachers, teaching, Thai, Thailand, working class
It seems when our dialogue loses nuance, society in turn loses its mind. ...more
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Michelle Dean discusses
Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, literary legends, and the absence of Black writers from the narrative. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Alice Munro, biography, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, debut author, debut book, diversity, Dorothy Parker, elon green, feminism, feminist, first book, Grove Press, Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, janet malcolm, Joan Didion, journalism, Mary McCarthy, michelle dean, Nora Ephron, norman mailer, Pauline Kael, Ralph Ellison, Rebecca West, Renata Adler, research, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, susan sontag, The Silent Woman, virginia woolf, William Shawn, zora neale hurston
I feel ready to double down on the promise of writing, on the power of sharing stories, and on our ability to build bridges with language and knock down walls with words. ...more
Tags: diversity, Donald Trump, ENOUGH, gatekeeper, lyz lenz, Marisa Siegel, matriarchy, Publishing, Rape culture, Rumpus matriarchy, Torch, transparency, Trump, Wendy Rutkowski
The sensibilities of whiteness do not want us to work, do not want us to think, do not want us to imagine outside of its bounds. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Chinua Achebe, Claudia Rankine, colonialism, diversity, Donald Trump, Harry Potter, inequality, literary magazine, literary magazines, Malcolm X, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Mental Health, microaggressions, Ocean Vuong, Octavia Butler, Politics, race, Racism, rejection, representation, Sandra Cisneros, slush pile, Social Media, Stephen King, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The House on Mango Street, the writing life, Things Fall Apart, Trump, whiteness, writing
In Thousand Star Hotel , the bilingual writer’s struggle with expressing himself in English becomes a metaphor for the immigrant’s struggle with navigating the host nation’s hostile-yet-lucrative social terrain. ...more
Tags: Asian American, Bao Phi, bilingual, Books, Coffeehouse Press, David Mura, diversity, Drown, Gustavo Perez Firmat, immigrant, Junot Diaz, Justin Chin, Karthik Purushothaman, LGBTQ, masks 2017, minneapolis, poetry, Racism, representation, Reviews, spoken word, Thousand Star Hotel
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: Brickbat Books, Bronx, diversity, germany, hawaii, Houston, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, Japan, Kingston, McNally Jackson, new york, Philadelphia, St. Mark's Bookstore, This Week in Indie Bookstores
Nikki Wallschlaeger discusses her new collection
Crawlspace, why she chose to work with the sonnet form, and how segregation in American never ended. ...more
Tags: 1950s, american south, Anne Sexton, black lives matter, black women, brian spears, Bugs Bunny, capitalism, cities, class, Crawlspace, depression, Des Moines, diversity, Drapetomania, election 2016, fashion magazines, gender roles, houses, iowa, jacob wren, Jasmine Gibson, Jennifer Espinoza, King Cotton, LGBTQ, Milwaukee, Moss Angel, Nikki Wallschlaeger, police brutality, police violence, Polyamorous Love Song, race, Racism, Rich and Poor, Robert Lowell, Sara Woods, Sea Witch Volume 1, segregation, servants, slaves, Social Media, sonnet, structural racism, sylvia plath, systemic racism, The Fire Next Time, therapy, there should be flowers, trans, Wisconsin, wives
Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel,
The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more
Tags: #ownvoices, #weneeddiversebooks, Angie Thomas, Black, black lives matter, Corinne Duyvis, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, diversity, Eudora Welty, first book, Harry Potter, jacqueline woodson, Mike Brown, Mildred D. Taylor, New York Times Bestseller, Octavia Butler, Oscar Grant, police violence, publishing industry, Rachel Jeantel, richard wright, Sandra Bland, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tamir Rice, teenagers, The Hate U Give, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, twitter, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Need Diverse Books, William Faulkner, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, YA Literature, young adult literature
To be forced to speak in the language of the colonist, the language of the oppressor, while also carrying within us the storm of Jamaican patois, we live under a constant hurricane of our doubleness. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, African Diaspora, afrofuturism, Aimé Césaire, Bennington College, Books, Cannibal, caribbean, Cathy Park Hong, Charlottesville, colonization, confederate, confederate flag, Derek Walcott, diversity, eugenics, fathers, fathers and daughters, fear, female body, immigrants, immigration, Interviews, Jamaica, Junot Diaz, Kamau Brathwaite, Kenya, Laura Creste, Lewis and Clark, memoir, misogyny, modeling, Monticello, One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, patriarchy, poems, poetry, Poetry Magazine, power, Racism, Rastafarian, religion, Rita Dove, Robert E. Lee, Rumpus Original, Sacajawea, Safiya Sinclair, Shakespeare, slavery, Stonewall Jackson, The Tempest, thomas jefferson, university of virginia, Vermont, violence, Wangechi Mutu, white gaze, white privilege, Women Writers of Color, writers of color
Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems.
Tags: 9/11, Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Dimitrov, Alicia Ostriker, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Anselm Berrigan, Ashleigh Young, Australia, Billy Collins, Black Mountain, Cape May, Claire Henderson, Denise Duhamel, diversity, Doc Drumheller, Douglas Piccinnini, Eleanor Catton, Erik Kennedy, expats, form, germany, grad school, jack kerouac, James Norcliffe, John McPhee, joyce carol oates, Junot Diaz, Justin Woo, Kerrin P. Sharpe, language, lit mag, literary magazine, Lois Marie Harrod, mark strand, Mayhem Poets, Māori, Melissa Wyse, MFA, Miguel Algarín, Munich, New Brunswick, New Jersey, new york, New Zealand, Nuyorican Café, nuyorican poet's cafe, NYC vs. MFA, Objet d’Art, On the Road, Pacific Northwest, patrick rosal, paul auster, Paul Muldoon, Princeton, Queen Mob's Teahouse, R A Villanueva, Reid Bingham, Rita Banerjee, Rita Dove, robert hass, Robert Pinsky, rutgers, Rutgers University, Seattle, slam poetry, Steven Toussaint, Suman Sridhar, The Anthologist, UK, Verbal Mayhem, Wildwood, William Carlos Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa
Melissa Yancy discusses her debut story collection
Dog Years, using her day job for inspiration, and being “an old curmudgeon at heart.” ...more
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Editors and producers skin my art and wrap my entire face with it, asking me to write and read in Black face. ...more
Tags: Amiri Baraka, Art, Black art, black artists, black bodies, black writers, diversity, Joel Salcido, Malcolm X, Marco Piña, Multitudes, poetry, police, police brutality, police violence, Racism, racist, Rashaad Thomas, systemic racism, The Gutta' Collective, violence, VONA, white gaze, white supremacists, White Supremacy, writers of color
This show’s true strength is its diverse portrayal of African-American subjectivity and morality, amongst both the male and female characters. ...more
Tags: Alfre Woodard, atlanta, ava duvernay, beyonce, Cheo Hodari, david simon, Devil in a Blue Dress, diversity, Do the Right Thing, Faith Evans, female characters, Gabrielle Union, Gang Starr, Glory, Harlem, He Got Game, hip-hop, Kerry Washington, Kevin Avery, Luke Cage, Malcom X, Marvel, Marvel Comics, Method Man, Mike Colter, Netflix, Queen Sugar, Racism, racist, Raphael Saadiq, Rebecca Bodenheimer, representation, Rosario Dawson, RZA, selma, Shonda Rimes, Simone Missick, Social Media, Spike Lee, television, The Wire, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Treme, twitter, Viola Davis, w. kamau bell, Wu-Tang
Roxane Gay discusses her new collection,
Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abigail Bereola, African American Literature, ambition, An Untamed State, ayiti, bad feminist, black ambition, Black Panther, body image, Break All the Way Down, Comics, crazy women, Difficult Women, diversity, Donald Trump, election 2016, essays, fame, gender, gender norms, genre, Gina Prince-Bythewood, grief, Haiti, hunger, Joyland, literary tropes, loss, Marvel, masculinity, memoir, obesity, Pain, rape, representation, Roxane Gay, sexual violence, short fiction, short stories, siblings, sisters, stories, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Hunger Games, trauma, Trump, Twins, twitter, violence, VQR, weight, whiteness, women writers, Women Writers of Color, workaholic, World of Wakanda, writers of color
Best-selling author James Patterson is handing out bonuses to bookstore employees once again, celebrating the people who make best-selling authors possible. The Daily Beast has a roundup of some of the best independent bookstores across the country. As if you needed another reason to move to Canada, Toronto is getting five new bookstores.
Tags: Alexander Hamilton, Brooklyn Ink, canada, Chicago, diversity, Donald Trump, election 2016, Emma Straub, Espresso Book Machine, Houston, inclusion, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, James Patterson, kathmandu, Latino, Latinx, On Demand Books, San Mateo, Shakespeare & Company, the daily beast, This Week in Indie Bookstores, Toronto, Trump, Unnameable Books
I envisioned a new science fiction canon, one in which I was a cyborg, fashioning my body into something new. ...more
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Poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo discusses the reverence for poetry found in other cultures, how he strings a book together, and the future of American poetry in light of our national crisis.
Tags: air traffic, Brenda Hillman, contemporary poetry, Danielle Susi, Digest, diversity, divorce, election 2016, essay writing, essays, family, Gregory Pardlo, identity, individualism, interview, La Prensa, literary festivals, memoir, Music, Nicaragua, nternational Poetry Festival, Patrice Rushen, poetry, Politics, proust, Pulitzer Prize, Reagan, salman rushdie, Sri Lanka, The Jaguar Smile, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Totem, visual art, Walt Whitman, writing, writing proces
For Brooklyn Magazine, Molly McArdle profiles poet, essayist, and BuzzFeed Literary Editor Saeed Jones. McArdle solicits Jones’s thoughts on diversity in media and describes him as a “literary citizen” for his work with BuzzFeed’s Reader vertical and the Emerging Writers’ Fellowship program. Last but not least, Jones mentions one of his first published pieces was at The […]
Since the the first Nobel Prize was awarded, Cassie Gonzales explains in “An Unconventional Nobel Laureate” at the Ploughshares blog, the Laureate winner list has not been a bastion of diversity. However, Selma Lagerlöf was an exception—in her brief, funny essay, Gonzalez explains how a “disabled, Swedish, cross-genre, lady-loving author” bucked the white male (and heterosexual and able-bodied) […]
Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, pens an essay for Lit Hub pointing out the meagerness of diversity as a meaningful end goal for creative communities. He critiques the repeated use of diversity panels, as they merely benchmark the fact that we have not even managed bring that small goal to fruition […]
The plot thickens: literary fiction may not affect empathy after all. China’s solution to producing entrepreneurs? Science fiction. Kids of all races prefer black and Latinx teachers to whites. Science says: everything you learned about sexuality is wrong. Take back dinosaurs from the children!
Tags: China, dinosaurs, diversity, literary fiction, race, science, science fiction, sexuality, teaching, technology, weekly geekery
These and many other stories hope to remind us that the freedom to choose our own reading is a form of resistance against the looming threat of a totalitarian state… YA literature has situated itself as one of the most influential genres in publishing, with more adults reading YA than ever, and young adults being the most “literate” […]
Podcatcher talks with Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh of
#GoodMuslimBadMuslim about the podcast format, finding humor in absurdity, and diversity within the Muslim identity. ...more
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As I processed a dominant Euro-American writing pedagogy from the perspective of an aspiring fiction writer and an immigrant critic of color, I couldn’t stop wondering: are we, in 21st-century America, overvaluing a sight-based approach to storytelling? And could this be another case of cultural particularity masquerading itself as universal taste? Namrata Poddar tries to […]
At Ploughshares, Bryan Washington explores the lack of racial diversity in the “campus novel” genre, where the students rebelling against their educational establishments are still overwhelmingly white.
Many times the tone just simply says, “I do not feel you belong here.” Over at Saint Heron, Solange Knowles shares her experience of spending time in predominantly white spaces.
They’re there but not there. They’re included but their stories don’t fully weave into the story. ...more
Tags: Asian American, Between the World and Me, Curtis Sittenfeld, diversity, Eligible, Heart of Darkness, Jane Austen, Jill Soloway, joseph conrad, minorities, Nancy Kim Park, Pride and Prejudice, reality tv, stereotype, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the Bachelor, trans, transgender, Transparent, tropes
Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, is the East Coast’s first black female comic book store owner. For CNN, Ryan Bergeron talks with Johnson about opening up the geek world to young black girls, bringing comic authors of color to the forefront, and creating a welcoming space for comic lovers everywhere.
Streep’s career encapsulates the mid-to-late 20th century ideal of American whiteness as aspirational and as attainable. ...more
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