The lasso was a gaping mouth that opened wide enough, we hoped, to swallow the cloud. ...more
Tags: Accident, Charleston, climate change, Earthquake, emergency, filipino, flash fiction, hurricane, interpreter, jellyfish, Niyah Morris, Rumpus Original Fiction, seoul, short fiction, short stories, short story, storm, storms, weather
A Rumpus series of work by women, trans, and nonbinary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: American Dream, breast cancer, cancer, chemotherapy, dating, Diaspora, domestic abuse, domestic violence, ENOUGH, filipino, gendered violence, immigrants, love, misogyny, mothers, mothers and daughters, Pamela Delupio, patriarchy, Rape culture, relationships, sexual assault, sexual trauma, sexual violence
Poet Oliver de la Paz discusses art-making, hybrid forms, and his work.
Tags: A Face to Meet the Faces, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Denise Duhamel, fatherhood, fathers, Ferdinand Marcos, filipino, Filipino American, Gail Wronsky, Holly Iglesias, hybrid, hybrid genre, immigrants, Joseph Legaspi, Julie Marie Wade, Kristen Tracy, memoir, neurodivergent, neurodiverse, Oliver de la Paz, parenting, persona poems, Philippines, poems, poetry, Post Subject: A Fable, prose poem, prose poems, requiem for the orchard, robert penn warren, Stacey Lynn Brown, teaching, teaching writing, The Boy in the Labyrinth, Zbigniew Herbert
Appearance aside, my boss took his work seriously. ...more
Tags: 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, barong, brothers, cats, christmas, Christmas Eve, Davao City, death, divorce, dreams, E. P. Tuazon, family, filipino, Filipino American, funeral, gay, grief, LGBTQ, marriage, nightmares, pets, Philippines, queer, Rodrigo Duterte, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, siblings, wedding, weddings
Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection, LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROWN GIRL.
Tags: audience, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, baybayin, BOA Editions, bodies, bodily autonomy, Cagayan, colonialism, community, Diaspora, Diwata, Dogeaters, Erin Entrada Kelly, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, Gattaran, Gravities of Center, historical trauma, historical violence, identity, Ilocano, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Invocation to Daughters, ire’ne lara silva, jessica hagedorn, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Li-Young Lee, multilingual, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Philippine diaspora, Philippines, Pinay, poems, Poeta en San Francisco, poetry, privilege, rage, systemic racism, systemic violence, Tagalog, To Love as Aswang, violence against women, women of color, women's anger, women's bodies
She holds me. We hold each other. ...more
Tags: Aswang, beauty ideals, beauty standards, Christianity, chronic illness, church, colonialism, colorism, Diaspora, eczema, Ella deCastro Baron, faith, family, filipino, Glossolalia, heritage, isolation, Loneliness, on monsters, Paul Virilio, Philippine, Philippine diaspora, Philippines, prayer, Racism, religion, Supernatural, superstition, tikbalang
My Filipino father refused to be upstaged by a white man’s lechon. ...more
Tags: Ali Wong, american, assimilation, barbecue, bbq, buffet, cooking, divorce, essay, ethnic, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, filipino, Filipino American, food, immigrants, immigration, Kristen Gaerlan, Labor Day, lechon, Manila, marriage, mothers, mothers and daughters, Philippines, pig, pinoy, pork, potluck, skewers, stepmother, Tagalog, The Philippines, traditions
“I was moved to write the unspeakable and unsayable.”
Tags: Alden Jones, bodies, Eating Animals, filipino, grace talusan, hereditary illness, identity, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, intersectionality, Jonathan Safran Foer, memoir, memoryv, Nathan Rostron, new england, Philippines, Racism, Restless Books, sexual abuse, The Body Papers, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, undocumented immigrant, undocumented minors
Joanne Ramos discusses her debut novel, THE FARM.
Tags: A Writer’s Diary, American Dream, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, capitalism, class inequality, debut novel, dystopian fiction, dystopian future, dystopian novels, filipino, first book, gender inequality, gender roles, immigrants, immigration, Joanne Ramos, Katherine Boo, money, nannies, nanny, nannying, Philippines, Politics, privilege, Rachel Sherman, Sara Lippmann, science fiction, surrogacy, surrogate, the Farm, virginia woolf, zadie smith
Malaka Gharib discusses her graphic memoir, I WAS THEIR AMERICAN DREAM.
Tags: 1980s, 1990s, Artist, California, Cerritos, Comics, Egypt, Egyptian, family, filipino, food, graphic memoir, I Was Their American Dream, immigrants, immigration, Malaka Gharib, memoir, Michelle Ajodah, The Runcible Spoon, visual art, zine, zines
Love of country, some argue. With their boots firmly planted in my chest as I struggle to protest. No, that is not love, but blindness. ...more
Tags: ableism, Abraham A. Joven, alcoholism, Alien Land Law, American Dream, american south, anti-miscegenation laws, baseball, Chinese Exclusion Act, civil rights, constitution, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, filipino, Filipino American, Freedom Riders, gambling, homophobia, immigrants, immigration, Indigenous, Islamaphobia, japanese internment, los angeles, misogyny, MS St. Louis, Native Americans, obama, patriot, patriotism, Philippines, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Salem witch trials, slavery, Tagalog, transphobia, white supremacists, xenophobia
Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, activism, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, bell hooks, Bitch Media, Boston, Catholic, catholicism, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Daisy Hernandez, Dear Sister, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence, Deesha Philyaw, Diaspora, election 2016, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Evelina Galang, feminism, feminist, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, genre, gloria anzaldua, Gloria Steinem, home, immigration, June Jordan, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Literary Mama, make/shift magazine, Marge Piercy, MFA, Michelle Alexander, migration, motherhood, New Jersey, new york, New York City, Ninotchka Rosca, Ohio, parenting, Philippines, place, poetry, publishing industry, rape, Roxane Gay, rural, Seattle, sexual assault, sexuality, This Bridge Called My Back, urban, Vanessa Mártir, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color
I think about the birth of Mosley, and all of the dreams I already have for him at the ripe age of one. I know how I want him to see me—strong, smart, capable of anything and everything. This is how I want him to see all women, but me especially. ...more
Tags: Baby, bad feminist, Breastfeeding, feminism, feminist, filipino, Italian, Jocelyn Suarez, minority, motherhood, mothers, mothers and sons, parenthood, parenting, Polish, Pristine Cartera-Turkus, religion, Roxane Gay, Roxanne Gay, Russian, sons
Viet Than Nguyen discusses his story collection
The Refugees, growing up in a Vietnamese community in San Jose in the 1980s, and the power of secondhand memories. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, adolescence, beverly parayno, child abuse, childhood, domestic violence, dubliners, Edward P. Jones, family, Fatherland, filipino, gender, gender roles, identity, immigrants, James Joyce, loss, Lost in the City, love, middle school, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, paris, Philippines, political writing, Provincetown, PTSD, Pulitzer Prize, Quimby Oak Junior High School, refugees, Saigon, San Francisco, San José, short fiction, short stories, silicon valley, Syrian refugees, The Refugees, The Sympathizer, trauma, UC Berkeley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Vietnamese, violence, World War II
Through incisive and uncompromising verse, Reyes unearths the hypocrisy at work in exalted American democracy… ...more
Tags: Abigail Licad, Afghanistan, Barbara Jane Reyes, Bay Area, catholicism, colonialism, colonization, filipino, Filipino American, identity, imperialism, Iraq, Last Book I Loved, law school, Oxford University, Philippines, Poeta in San Francisco, poetry, religion, San Francisco, Tagalog, To Elsie, Vietnam, William Carlos Williams
I once heard the only thing faster than the speed of light is the speed of thought, and I wonder if simply thinking about Sawyer’s sister until my head hurts could get us to the place we fear talking about. ...more
Tags: babies, catholicism, childbirth, DC, dilation and curettage, downton abbey, Elison Alcovendaz, fetus, filipino, gender roles, God, grief, husbands and wives, IMDB, Jesus, loss, Lost, marriage, Miscarriage, Misoprostol, Nicole Miller, paris, poker, pregnancy, religion, superstition, Tagalog, the big bang theory, Tom Hanks, trying to conceive, TTC, ultrasound, What to Expect When You're Expecting
Each story was inspired by anything from a personal memory or a family anecdote to a news item or something I had heard happen to someone else. Or sometimes it was a formal challenge in combination with those things: for instance, I love short stories written from the collective first person point of view, so […]
But these were not men, she realized. They were a cackle of spotted hyena, bright-toothed in the dark, and they were laughing at her. ...more
Tags: Africa, army, Bataan, black market, China, elephant, extinction, filipino, gender equality, hunting, ivory, ivory trade, Japanese, Kenya, military, Mozambique, Philippines, poachers, poaching, Pretoria, rhino, rhinoceros, Rumpus Original Fiction, sexism, sexual assault, short fiction, Taylor Brown, tusks, Vietnam, war
Jeremy Allan Hawkins reviews Barbara Jane Reyes’s
To Love as Aswang: Songs, Fragments & Found Objects today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more
Allyson McCabe talks to June Millington of Fanny, the first all-female rock band to release an album on a major label.
Tags: all-female rock band, Allyson McCabe, angela davis, California, Carol Kaye, Carrie Brownstein, Courtney Barnett, Cris Williamson, Fanny, filipino, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, Institute for the Musical Arts, Interviews, Jean Millington, June Millington, Land of a Thousand Bridges, Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World, los angeles, memoir, Mo Ostin, Music, Philippines, Richard Perry, Sacramento, Sound & Vision, Sound and Vision, The Changer and the Changed, woodstock
Author Mia Alvar discusses her debut short story collection,
In the Country, fictional motherhood, literature’s role in society, and the limits of belonging to a place. ...more
Tags: activism, Bahrain, fiction, filipino, FiveChapters, hiraeth, immigrants, in the country, jhumpa lahiri, Junot Diaz, LGBT activism, Mia Alvar, motherhood, Nathan Englander, new york, Noelani Piters, One Story, Philippines, short stories, The Cincinnati Review, The Missouri Review, workshops, writing
I let the flame get low. I fall asleep before blowing it out. I know I shouldn’t, but in the moments when I wake from nightmares, I like the warmth the candle offers, despite the danger.
Tags: Abroad, Abuse, animals, child abuse, depression, domestic violence, filipino, hospital, illness, laurel fantauzzo, orphanage, Orphans, PTSD, The Philippines
Like an all-night rager in the apartment upstairs or a crying infant on a red-eye, the Super Bowl is one of those ineluctable public occurrences that’s seemingly impossible to stop and difficult to ignore. ...more
Tags: A Super Bowl Preview for People Who Don’t Know Football, Bill Belichick, Burger Tyme, Doug Baldwin, filipino, football, green bay packers, Indianapolis Colts, J. Ryan Stradal, James Baldwin, Joan Baez, Joan Didion, Julian Edelman, kerouac, Marshawn Lynch, new england patriots, NFL, Patriots, pete carroll, Richard Sherman, Rob Gronkowski, seattle seahawks, skittles, super bowl, Super Bowl Preview, Tom Brady