To be imbricated in hundreds of years of colonial violence is to be entangled in colorist logics and stories of loss and belonging that are rarely linear or singular. ...more
Tags: blackness, book review, Cambridge, caribbean, childhood trauma, collage, colonialism, cooperative, Essay Press, essay writing, essays, farming, historical trauma, homophobia, hybrid, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, immigration, katherine agyemaa agard, kathryn walkiewicz, Lapeyrouse, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, memoir, microagression, microagressions, mixed media, mothers, mothers and daughters, of colour, patriarchy, Peter Doig, photography, poems, poetry, Port of Spain, prose poems, queer, queerness, Racism, review, sexism, sexuality, slavery, trauma, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, visual art, whiteness
Maybe this pandemic will make us a family. ...more
Tags: camping, COVID, COVID-19, Ecuador, farm, farming, flowers, garden, gardening, Ghana, Greensboro, kudzu, MFA, money, motherhood, natural world, nature, North Carolina, pandemic, parenting, plants, pregnancy, pregnant, prison, probation, puerto rico, racial inequality, Racism, Sara Graybeal, sunflower, sunflowers, travel, traveling
When the novel begins, Alma is in the car, speeding away from her life. ...more
Tags: allison grace myers, book review, debut novel, farm, farming, farms, feminism, feminist, influencer, influencers, instagram, Makenna Goodman, mom guilt, motherhood, mothers, obsession, parenthood, parenting, review, Sheila Heti, Social Media, The Shame
It is fifteen years after the renovation, and St. Mark’s struggles to breathe.
Tags: american politics, daughters, Donald Trump, election 2016, emotional labor, Facebook, farming, farms, gender inequality, gender roles, hospital, hospitals, La Grange, Lisa Bubert, Medicare, mothers, mothers and daughters, nurse, nurses, nursing, patriarchy, Politics, rural, rural life, sexism, Social Media, St. Mark’s Medical Center, Texas
Noé Álvarez discusses his debut memoir, SPIRIT RUN.
Tags: American Dream, class inequality, college, community, family, farming, historical trauma, illegal immigrants, immigration, Indigenous, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Latinx, memoir, migrant workers, Noe Alvarez, Peace and Dignity Journey, privilege, runners, running, social work, Spirit RUn, Tonasket, trauma, washington, Wendy J. Fox, working class, Yakima
Such distinguished hybridity joined us all, animal and human, in a lonely, exclusive tribe. ...more
Tags: Andes, Asian, Asian American, Cambodia, Cambodian, Chanchamayo, college, colonialism, cooking, cultural history, dating, daughters, Diaspora, dog meat, dogs, eating, family pet, farming, food, heritage, immigrants, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, Khmer, Khmer Rouge, Latino, Mekong Delta, Midwest, Midwestern, mothers, mothers and daughters, Peru, Peruvian, pet, pets, Prek Bongkong, relationships, Saigon, Sofia Puente-Lay, Tarma, The Jungle Book, traditions, Vietnam, Vietnamese
I still wonder what became of all those gentle cows. ...more
Tags: American exceptionalism, anemia, animal cruelty, animals, breaking up, breakups, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, college, cows, depression, dispossessed, environmental crisis, exceptionalism, farming, feminism, feminist, fire, forest fires, Galicia, Hormel Foods, iowa, Louisa Pavlik, meat consumption, mothers, mothers and daughters, Oregon, patriarchal, patriarchy, relationships, spain, study abroad, travel abroad, vegetarian, vegetarianism
Change happens. It is dramatic. Poetry transformed lesbian lives. ...more
Tags: activism, Adrienne Rich, Alicia Mountain, Asiya Wadud, audre lorde, black bodies, bodies, Cherry Jones, Chocolate Waters, Claudia Scott, climate change, climate crisis, Coffeehouse Press, Copper Canyon Press, Crosslight for Youngbird, Dawn Lundy Martin, E. Sharon Gomillion, ecology, eileen myles, environmental crisis, farmers, farming, female bodies, feminism, feminist, Fran Winant, Glass Is Glass Water Is Water, good stock strange blood, Goya, Grandma, High Ground Coward, immigration, In Full Velvet, Jan Clausen, Jenny George, Judy Grahn, Julie R. Enszer, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Lamda Literary Award, Lesbian, Lesbian Poetry, lesbians, Leslie Mackinaw, LGBTQ, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, Lily Tomlin, marriage, Mary Oliver, Michael Walsh, migration, Movement in Black, natural world, nature, Nickole Brown, Nightboat Books, Obergefell v. Hodges, Pat Parker, poetry, Politics, queer, queer writers, queer writing, Rae Gouirand, Rattle, Sarah Schulman, SDiane Bogus-Adamz, sexual orientation, sexuality, Spork Press, The Dirt Riddles, The Dream of Reason, To Those Who Were Our First Gods, Transparent, University of Iowa Press, Willyce Kim, women's bodies
Following Sunday services, everyone had gathered for a potluck meal. ...more
Tags: Asheboro, Ashley Memory, community, cooking, divorce, family, farmers, farming, food, food and family, gardening, marriage, North Carolina, nourishment, potluck, Quaker, Quakers, recipe, recipes, relationships
Poison now snakes into what’s left of the water. ...more
Tags: A Friend of the Earth, Cheops, cli fi, climate change, climate fiction, Dan Bloom, drought, environmental crisis, farming, flooding, Great American Desert, Ian McEwan, j.g. ballard, Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood, Native American, Nebraska, New York 2140, Ogallala, Oglala Lakota, Politics, science, Solar, South Dakota, T. C. Boyle, Terese Svoboda, The Drowned World, The Year of the Flood, toxic waste, Waste Management Inc
Angela Mitchell discusses her debut collection, UNNATURAL HABITATS & OTHER STORIES.
Tags: Alice Munro, american south, Angela Mitchell, Animal Lovers, Arkansas, Bobbie Ann Mason, Bobcat, bobcats, debut collection, drugs, Eudora Welty, farming, Fayetteville, first book, Jill McCorkle, Kaye Gibbons, Larry McMurtry, Lee Smith, linked stories, Louise Marburg, Missouri, money, Ozarks, poverty, rural life, short fiction, short stories, Silas House, Southern literature, southern writers, The Truth About Me, unlikable characters, Unnatural Habitats, Why There Are Words, WTAW, WTAW Press
Author Laura Pritchett discusses her two most recent books, death, sex, and being rural in modern America.
Tags: Aaron Abeyta, American West., Ana Maria Spagna, Carrie La Seur, Chitra Divakaruni, Christine Sneed, Colorado, Counterpoint Press, death, Edwidge Danticant, Elizabeth Rush, elizabeth strout, Erika Sanchez, farm crisis, farming, Ivan Doig, john steinbeck, Karen Auvinen, Kent Haruf, Laura Pritchett, Les Misérables, Louise Erdrich, Making Friends with Death, meth, Olive Kittridge, Rick Bass, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Rough Beauty, rural, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, Sherwood Anderson, Siel Ju, Stanley Crawford, Steve Almond, suicide, The Blue Hour, The Dew Breaker, The Weight of an Infinite Sky, Victor Hugo, wilderness, willa cather, Winesburg Ohio
One person’s freedom to do anything they want can mean the absolute negation of another’s freedom. ...more
Tags: Allan Savory, American West., Ammon Bundy, Barack Obama, black lives matter, Branch Davidian, Carol Bundy, Cliven Bundy, cowboys, David Koresh, Donald Trump, farmers, farming, freedom of religion, frontier, Gisele Lamarre, Granger Laws, guns, Hammonds, Harney County, John Wayne, Katherine Cramer, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Michele Fiore, militia, mormons, Nevada, Nora Brooks, Oklahoma City bombing, Operation Mutual Aid, Oregon, Politics, Portland, Racism, ranchers, Rand Paul, Robert Finicum, Ryan Payne, Ted Cruz, Terrorism, Timothy McVeigh, Trump, violence, Waco, Waco: Rules of Engagement, Who Shot Liberty Valance?
Does it matter what words a sign says when a symbol says so much more? A white X. A carved swastika. Things get torn down from less. ...more
Tags: Donald Trump, Dutch Elm Disease, election 2016, Emerald Ash Borer, farming, graffiti, Hillary Clinton, insects, Kasich, Kim Weaver, Meredith Wilson, Nazi Germany, obama, parenthood, parenting, privilege, Rachel McKenney, reclaiming patriotism 2017, rural, small towns, Steve King, swastika, teaching, The Music Man, trees, twitter
…being on the edge of the natural world is like being on the edge of time. ...more
Tags: agrarianism, agriculture, Bill McKibben, climate change, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Donald Trump, Edmund Burke, environment, environmental crisis, farming, global warming, Larry Levis, modernism, natural world, nature, Paris Accord, poetry, Poetry Wire, Politics, Republican, rural, Some Grass Along a Ditch Bank, The Paris Accords, thomas jefferson, Trump, urban
[H]ere comes this white boy, Asher Mains. Red-haired too, and bearded, like the pirates that once rummaged Grenada’s coves. ...more
Tags: agriculture, Art, Artist, Asher Mains, caribbean, Celeste Mohammed, cocoa, Cocoa Farmers Project, Donald Trump, farming, Grenada, Mains Gallery, painting, prejudice, Racism, Sea Lungs, slavery, visual art, West Indies
Poetic contemplation typically is a means to container experience, like a still life. ...more
Tags: avant garde, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Deep Imagists, farming, hawaii, poetry, political poetry, Politics, Robert Lowell, The Gods, Vietnam, W.S. Merwin
Bonnie Jo Campbell discusses her collection
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, the natural world as a character, and finding writing from the male point of view easier. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abuse, Alice Walker, American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Boston, Catherine Eaton, Chicago, children, domestic violence, farming, Flannery O'Connor, gang rape, gender roles, James Cain, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo River, los angeles, Michigan, Midwest, motherhood, National Book Award, nature, Once Upon a River, Pacific University, point of view, poverty, Q Road, Rachel Crane, rape, Robert Olen Butler, rural life, rural noir, setting, sexual assault, short stories, The Color Purple, The Guardian, The Postman Always Rings Twice, trauma, violence, Women & Other Animals
I ask Hussein if he’s proud of the work he’s doing. He says that he is. We stop talking. For a moment, the market feels like peace. ...more
Tags: Africa, African immigrants, agriculture, airports, Arielle Bernstein, Civil War, CSA, Cultivating Community, Donald Trump, farmer's market, farming, immigrants, Lesley Heiser, Lewiston, Lisbon Falls, Maine, New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, Packard Littlefield Farm, Paul LePage, political asylum, Politics, Portland, protest, PTSD, refugees, Somali, Somalia, Sudan, Torch, Trump
Jeremy P. Bushnell discusses his new novel,
The Insides, themes of consent, and designing a post-apocalyptic board game. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, activism, Anders Breivik, animals, anti-semitism, black lives matter, Blogs, board games, butcher, Cinema without People, Comics, Donald Trump, doomsday, Dungeons and Dragons, dystopia, farming, Internet, Jeremy P Bushnell, literary fiction, literary tropes, magic, melville house, MFA, New York City, Norway, Politics, psychic, Racism, Republican National Convention, Restaurants, Ricardo Herrera Bandrich, RNC, sci-fi, science fiction, survivalism, survivalist, The Insides, The Weirdness, time travel, trope, Trump, VIDA, vida count, white power, white supremacists
Here we are again, another one-run game, another last chance. ...more
Tags: adolescence, anger, baseball, Chicago, child abuse, childhood, dennis the menace, Dodgers, Don Drysdale, doubt, faith, farm, farming, fathers, fathers and sons, Halloween, Joe Pepitone, Lee Martin, los angeles, Mickey Mantle, mothers, mothers and sons, moving, new york, October, Ron Fairly, rural life, Sandy Kofax, sports fans, teacher, Tom Tresh, violence, Whitey Ford, World Series, Yankees
Robin MacArthur discusses her debut story collection
Half Wild, life in rural Vermont, and how narrative—and fiction—is key to reaching across what divides us. ...more
Tags: Barry Lopez, Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Claire Vaye Watkins, David Jauss, Donald Trump, election 2016, empathy, farming, fiction, Half Wild, Hillary Clinton, interview, isolation, Jennifer Bowen Hicks, landscape, motherhood, mothers and daughters, Music, new york, On Pandering, parenting, Philadelphia, place, Politics, Racism, Red Heart the Ticker, Robin MacArthur, Rumpus Original, rural life, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, stories, The Rumpus Interview, Tigers of the New England Forest, tucson, Ty Gibbons, Vermont, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Washington Post, White Supremacy, windows, women writers, xenophobia
I grew up on a farm in Iowa where my dad has worked every day of his life. He is the hardest working yet most loving man I have ever known. ...more
Shawn Vestal discusses his new novel
Daredevils, Evel Knievel, growing up in a mainstream Mormon family, and what he thinks of the American West. ...more
Tags: alex dueben, American West., bunny bash, Daredevils, debut authors, debut novelists, debut novels, Evel Knievel, family, farming, first book, freedom, gender, Godforsaken Idaho, Idaho, Jess Walter, Jewish, journalism, journalist, LDS, MFA, Mormon, Mormon Church, Mormonism, newspapers, polygamy, religion, Shawn Vestal, Southern Idaho, Spokane, The Spokesman-Review
Tania James discusses her most recent novel,
The Tusk That Did the Damage, the challenges of writing an elephant narrator, and the moment when she knew she could be a writer. ...more
Tags: aerogrammes, animal narrators, animal psychology, animals, atlas of unknowns, Bad Marie, Broad City, Deesha Philyaw, editing, elephants, farmers, farming, fiction, Film, Frank X Walker, Girls, Gravedigger, Hausfrau, humor, India, Indian Americans, Interviews, Jainism, Kelly Norman Ellis, Kentucky, Kerala, Malayalam, Malayali, MFA, Mira Nair, murder, muslim, Nathan Englander, novels, olive kitteridge, poaching, research, short stories, tania james, The Tusk That Did The Damage, unlikeable characters, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, women writers, writers of color, writing, young adult
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Tess Taylor about her new collection
Work & Days, manual labor, and the lyric possibilities in small fields. ...more
Tags: Alice Waters, Amy Clampitt, Bees, Berkeley, California, Chez Panisse, childhood, climate change, David Rivard, Des Moines, Drones, ecosystem, Eva Saulitis, farming, fertility, food, foodie, gardening, Hesiod, Ishion Hutchinson, John Clare, Lenox, Les Murray, Midwest, motherhood, new england, Ocean Vuong, parenting, physical labor, poetry, pregnancy, Robert Frost, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Seamus Heaney, ted hughes, tess taylor, the forage house, Valzhyna Mort, Virgil, wendell berry, Work & Days, WS Merwin
What can the medium of the video game tell us about our collective desires as a society? According to Alfie Brown’s essay for The New Inquiry, a lot actually. The author details how our fascinations with apocalypse gaming and pastoral farming simulations reflect two distinct responses to the hopelessness of capitalism: Their picture of a […]
Suzanne Koven talks to food journalist, author, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better.
Tags: activism, Alice Waters, Berkeley Food Institute, California Matters, cookbooks, cooking, diet, eating, ethics, farming, feminism, food, health, How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Interviews, journalism, Mark Bittman, obama, obesity, Rachel Laudan, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The Kitchen Matrix, the new york times, The Purple Carrot, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6P.M. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health for Good, workers rights, writing
Albuquerque’s newest library won’t have any books. Instead, the new library will focus on agricultural seeds. Farmers can checkout seeds, plant them, and return new seeds after the harvest.
Visual artist and writer Peter Witte is unsure whether the killing of a sentient being is problematic, but he wishes that bacon, one of his favorite foods, could exist without all the suffering.