A.A. Balaskovits discusses her new story collection, STRANGE FOLK YOU’LL NEVER MEET.
Tags: A.A. Balaskovits, Beauty and the Beast, Brothers Grimm, Cartridge Lit, class inequality, classism, Colette Arrand, Disney, fairy tales, fairytales, gaming, hans christian andersen, John Fowles, Little Red Riding Hood, Maria Rasputin, Russian Revolution, Santa Fe Writers Project, Strange Folk You'll Never Meet, The Collector, Video Games, working class, wrestling
A Rumpus series of work by women, trans, and nonbinary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abuse, Alex DiFrancesco, bisexuality, C-PTSD, child abuse, childhood abuse, childhood trauma, domestic violence, ENOUGH, fairy tales, family, family secret, fathers, gaslighting, gender, gender dysphoria, Mental Health, mental illness, misogyny, mothers, parents, patriarchy, Politics, psychology, psychosis, PTSD, queer, queerness, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexism, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual identity, sexual trauma, sexual violence, sexuality, siblings, sisters, toxic masculinity, trans, transgender, transgender children, transphobia, transphobic, trauma
An exclusive look at the cover of Joy Castro’s forthcoming novel, FLIGHT RISK.
Tags: Appalachia, Appalachian Mountains, book covers, book design, Brothers Grimm, Chicago, collaboration, cover art, cover design, cover reveal, Cuban-American, divorce, domestic violence, fairy tales, family dysfunction, Flight Risk, illustration, Joy Castro, Lake Union, Lake Union Publishing, Latina, Latinx, marriage, Micaela Alcaino, mixed media, photography, Rumpus exclusive, runaway, The Six Swans, West Virginia
Molly Spencer discusses her new collection, HINGE.
Tags: After the Fall, Allison Titus, autoimmune, Book Club, brian spears, children's books, chronic illness, Crab Orchard Review, Deborah Keenan, Emily Dickinson, fairy tales, fathers, Greek mythology, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hinge, If the House, illness, Jack Bedell, Jennifer Richter, Jon Tribble, Jorie Graham, Leo Lionni, Loft Literary Center, lupus, MFA, Minnesota, Molly Spencer, motherhood, mothers, mythology, myths, parenthood, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Publishing, publishing industry, Pushcart Prize, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, st. paul, Strega Nona, Swimmy, The End of Beauty, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Sum of Every Lost Ship, Tom Ruud, Tomie dePaola, Walt Whitman, We Don't Eat Our Classmates
Poet Kimiko Hahn discusses her new collection, FOREIGN BODIES.
Tags: biracial, Chevalier Jackson, Civil Rights Movement, collection, collections, collector, Emily Dickinson, extinction, fairy tales, fathers, fathers and daughters, Foreign Bodies, Freud, Gerard Manley Hopkins, hoarding, insects, Isamu Noguchi, Jack Myers, Japanese, Kimiko Hahn, Lauren Henken, Mackenzie Singh, Mary Cappello, mixed marriage, mutter museum, naming, natural world, nature, poems, poetry, preservation, recovery, research, science, Swallow, The Artist's Daughter, The Portable Poetry Workshop, Toxic Flora
Happiness never seemed to linger. She often wondered why. ...more
Tags: Blue Crow Press, book excerpt, childhood, childhood trauma, cinderella, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, fairy tales, Final Girl, grandmother, grandmothers, hansel and gretel, happy endings, Kelly J. Baker, Little Red Riding Hood, mothers and daughters, rapunzel, Rumpus exclusive, sleeping beauty, snow white, The Snow Queen
C. Kubasta discusses her new collection, ABJECTIFICATION: STORIES & TRUTHS.
Tags: Abjectification, Barbara Creed, blood, Bluebeard, bodies, Bonnie Jo Campbell, C. Kubasta, carmen maria machado, Carol J. Clover, class inequality, COVID-19, Dorothy Allison, fairy tales, gender, gender roles, Girling, Her Body and Other Parties, horror, hybrid genre, identity, Intimacy, John Darnielle, Julia Kristeva, laura van den berg, Linda Williams, mothers, Mouthful of Birds, Of Covenants, pandemic, poetry, Quarantine, representation, rural, rural life, Samanta Schweblin, short fiction, short stories, Stuart Ross, the Bechdel test, The Third Hotel, This Business of the Flesh, Universal Harvester, women's bodies
Jihyun Yun discusses her debut poetry collection, SOME ARE ALWAYS HUNGRY.
Tags: Cameron Finch, daughters, debut collection, fairy tales, family, female bodies, food, form, Fulbright, gender inequality, gender roles, gendered violence, generational trauma, grandmother, grandmothers, hereditary trauma, historical trauma, inherited trauma, Jihyun Yun, Korea, korean, mothers and daughters, poems, poetry, sexual violence, Some Are Always Hungry, trauma, violence against women, women's bodies
“While the past remains always present, old women exist in the present.”
Tags: A Room Of One's Own, ageism, aging, aging women, Alzheimer's, Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Christine H. Lee, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Debra Dean, dementia, Elizabeth Taylor, fairy tales, gender inequality, gender roles, Jeanne Ray, Julie and Romeo, Leonora Carrington, literary tropes, male gaze, Margaret Drabble, Mills College, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, old women, patriarchy, Ruth O. Saxton, Ruth Saxton, She Writes, She Writes Press, TBI, The Book of Old Ladies, The Book of Old Ladies: Celebrating Women of a Certain Age in Fiction, The Dark Flood Rises, The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women, The Hearing Trumpet, the madonnas of leningrad, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toni Cade Bambara, traumatic brain injury, virginia woolf, Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold
I searched in its beady eyes and tried to find a motherly warmth. ...more
Tags: aging, animal life, animals, church, death, domestic animals, fairy tale, fairy tales, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, hare, hares, identity, loss, magical realism, mothers, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, Ohio, parents, rabbit, rabbits, Ren Weber, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, spring, wild animals
Julian K. Jarboe discusses EVERYONE ON THE MOON IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.
Tags: Appalachian, Catholic, catholicism, coronavirus, COVID-19, Dead Horse Beach, debut collection, E.B. Bartels, Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, fairy tales, folklore, gentrification, Greek myth, Greek mythology, Jonathan Safran Foer, Julian K. Jarboe, Lethe Press, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, Misery Islands, Moody Street, mythology, new england, Our Lady of Good Voyage, Outlining, pandemic, queer, religion, revision, science fiction, setting, short fiction, short stories, Somerville, spreadsheet, White Mountains, world building, writing process
“I wanted every reader to see her or his own story.”
Tags: C. G. Jung, Carl Jung, Daniil Kharms, Darf Publishers, debut novel, dreams, Fables, fairy tales, first book, Freud, germany, Jen Calleja, Makina Books, Mein Vater war ein Mann an Land und im Wasser ein Walfisch, Michelle Steinbeck, My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water, Nina Moog, poetry, Rome, Russian, surrealism, surrealist, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, translation
J. Kasper Kramer discusses her debut novel, THE STORY THAT CANNOT BE TOLD.
Tags: capitalism, Ceausescu, Chuck Norris vs Communism, communism, communist, consumerism, fairy tales, fairytales, fantasy, fascism, folklore, genre fiction, Ghostbusters, historical fiction, J. Kasper Kramer, Japan, middle grade, oppression, Romania, Romanian, Sarah Einstein, science fiction, The Story That Cannot Be Told
Kimberly Lojewski discusses WORM FIDDLING NOCTURNE IN THE KEY OF A BROKEN HEART.
Tags: adolescence, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Bloodroot, Burrow Press, carmen maria machado, Eva Woods, fairy tales, florida, folklore, Gibsonton, If I Told You Once, independent press, Judy Budnitz, Karen Russell, Kimberly Lojewski, magical realism, Marisa Siegel, Ryan Rivas, small press, The Ballad of Sparrow Foot, Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart
How hard it is to trust the difference between sacrifice and sabotage! ...more
Tags: adolescence, awp, Books, Emily Pérez, fairy tales, hansel and gretel, House of Sugar House of Stone, Julie Marie Wade, poetry, Reviews, The Center for Literary Publishing
Anjali Sachdeva discusses her debut story collection, ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD.
Tags: All the Names They Used for God, Anjali Sachdeva, August Wilson, Boko Haram, carmen maria machado, Clare Beams, debut collection, Ed Simon, fabulism, fabulist, fairy tales, first book, genre, Her Body and Other Parties, John Milton, landscape, Leslie Brisman, Michael Chabon, Milgram experiment, nature, Nigeria, Pittsburgh, Politics, religion, revision, science, setting, short fiction, short stories, social justice, speculative fiction, Tom Sweterlitsch, willa cather, writing process
Mallory Ortberg discusses their new book,
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, what it means to be a self-taught writer, and questioning gender. ...more
Tags: Art History, Christianity, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Daniel Ortberg, Dear Prudence, Evangelical, fairy tales, G.K. Chesterton, gawker, gender, Gender Identity, hormone therapy, humor, humor writing, internet writing, Mallory Ortberg, Orthodoxy, religion, Rumaan Alam, short fiction, short stories, slate, texts from jane eyre, The Hairpin, The Merry Spinster, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, The Toast, Thomas Aquinas, trans, transgender, W. Somerset Maugham
Enchantment. Lying. Are they really so different? ...more
Tags: Anne Sexton, Byron Howard, daughters, Disney, emotional incest, Enchantment, fairy tales, Grimm, incest, Linda Gray Sexton, magic, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nathan Greno, rapunzel, Searching for Mercy Street, sexuality, Susan Faludi, The Thread, Transformations
Lily Hoang discusses her first essay collection,
A Bestiary, the importance of genre, and the lessons of teaching. ...more
Tags: 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers, A Bestiary, A Rumpus Interview, Bluets, Catherine LaSota, Chinese Zodiac, essay writing, essays, fairy tales, genre, hybrid genre, Lily Hoang, Maggie Nelson, MFA, revision, Rikki Ducornet, teaching writing, The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde, wayne koestenbaum
Zinzi Clemmons on
What We Lose, representations of blackness, and life’s influences on writing. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Adrienne Rich, Alessandro Spina, Apogee Journal, Audre Lord, Barack Obama, Black Skin White Masks, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, death, Disney, Donald Trump, fairy tales, family, Finding Nemo, Frantz Fanon, grief, Hillary Clinton, hip-hop, identity, Jaime Herndon, memory, obama, Of Woman Born, Orphans, Politics, rappers, the bluest eye, The Cancer Journals, The Confines of the Shadow, Toni Morrison, trauma, Trump, What We Lose, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, Zinzi Clemmons
Ariel Gore discusses her new novel
We Were Witches, why capitalism and the banking system are the real enemies, and finding the limits between memoir and fiction. ...more
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And what weapons does Trump have in his arsenal, beyond the name he has been able to hide malignant words and actions behind? ...more
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Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book,
The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape. ...more
Tags: adoption, autism, child abuse, childhood, children, election 2016, Fables, fairy tales, forest, foster care, Frankenstein, Kelly Thompson, magic, Mary Shelley, memory, missing children, monsters, natural world, Oregon, pedophile, pedophilia, political crisis, Politics, Portland, prison, Rene Denfeld, rural life, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, shame, The Child Finder, The Enchanted, trauma, triggers
The woman whose face appears on the Czech five-hundred koruna doesn’t appear there without consequence. During the late 19th century, politically active Božena Němcová was an innovator of Czech literature. Twenty-first century writer Kelcey Parker Ervick continues Němcová’s legacy in her own fairy tale-like work: a biographical collage, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová. Comprised […]
Tags: Anne Carson, biography, Božena Němcová, Brad Gooch, collage, Czech, Czech Republic, dada, Edna St. Vincent Millay, fairy tales, feminism, Flannery O'Connor, George Grosz, Hannah Höch, hybrid genre, jack zipes, Jiří Kolář, Jindřich Štyrský, Joseph Cornell, Kelcey Parker Ervick, Kelly Lydick, Lawrence Sutin, memoir, Nancy Milford, Nox, Raoul Hausmann, Robert Seydel, Rose Metal Press, Sedlec Ossuary, The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toyen, virginia woolf, Wild Bára
Susan Briante discusses
The Market Wonders, her newest collection of poetry in which she draws on market indicators like the Dow Jones Industrial Average to construct a criticism of contemporary culture. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Ahsahta Press, Anne Boyer, bernadette mayer, Bhanu Kapil, black lives matter, Carmen Giménez Smith, CD Wright, class, DAPL, Dow Jones Industrial Average, economic crisis, economics, fairy tales, family, feminism, folk tales, form, gender, Great Recession, Janet Holmes, Juliana Spahr, M.I.A., Muriel Rukeyser, Paper Planes, Paradise Lost, Pioneers in the Study of Motion, poems, poetry, race, Revelations, Sarah Blake, Standing Rock, stock market, Susan Briante, The Book of the Dead, The Corporation, The Market Is a Parasite that Looks like a Nest, The Market Wonders, the odyssey, Uroyoan Noel, Utopia Minus
Our bodies are incredible and intelligent things. ...more
Tags: child abuse, david bowie, dissocciation, Dorothy Allison, fairy tales, Girl Interrupted, incest, Institute of American Indian Arts, Jennifer Connelly, kathryn harrison, labyrinth, Lushootseed, memoir, memory, MFA, nonfiction, PTSD, reservation, Sasha LaPointe, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, Susanna Kaysen, Swinomish, The Goblin King, the kiss, trauma, trauma writing, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Vi Hilbert, Wendy C. Ortiz, workshop
Trolls have come a long way since their days guarding bridges. Over at Electric Literature, Andrew Ervin compares today’s Internet vermin to their bestial forbears.
Fairytales can be seen as formulaic, but these formulas provide the bones for modern writers to fill in as they please; adaptations of classic fairytales are still making bestseller lists and hitting the box office every few months, showing how versatile these classic tales can be, as Lincoln Michel points out over at the Guardian. The nondescript […]
Jennifer Whitaker discusses her new collection
The Blue Hour, persona poems, the violence in fairy tales, and writing about sexual abuse. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Alan Shapiro, Brian Teare, Brothers Grimm, C. D. Wright, Camille Dungy, Carolyn Forche, Christy Garren, claudia emerson, death, fairy tales, family, Father, fathers and daughters, Giambattista Basile, Hundred-Year Wave, incest, Jennifer Whitaker, Kim Thuy, Lucille Clifton, Martin Wittfooth, parents, persona, poetry, Rachel Richardson, Richie Hofmann, Ru, Second Empire, sexual abuse, The Blue Hour, The Pentamerone, The Room Where I War Born, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, trauma writing
What’s a witch? Green skin, warts, and broomsticks? A hag bent over a foul, steaming cauldron? A cold-blooded queen in a wardrobe? One thing’s for certain: witches are feared and powerful. And they’re women. Maybe being a witch isn’t so bad after all. In a new story, “Nights in the Forest,” at the YA lit mag […]
Tags: Cicada, fairy tales, fairytales, female body, feminism, Nights in the Forest, Sarah McCarry, short fiction, teenagers, this week in short fiction, witches, YA