“Sprezzatura,” “An Attempt to Explain Myself,” & “The Last Norwegian Wolf”
The sound of love: you and him. Once upon a time. ...more
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
My favorite was usually the smallest, the most alive. ...more
Tags: animals, autofiction, childhood, cooking, family, flash, flash fiction, florida, food, food and family, lobsters, natural world, nature, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, T Kira Madden
I care deeply about these characters who decide to act and react to the conflicts and tensions around them even if they fail, especially when they fail. ...more
With my first blood, a scale appears, hard and iridescent in the soft skin below my arm. In bathroom mirror light, elbow raised, I press and prod, fingertips rusted from menstrual discovery. They trace red, which soaks into the skin and blossoms more scales, reflecting blue and green. I wash my hands. And the scales […]
Christopher Gonzalez discusses his debut story collection, I’M NOT HUNGRY BUT I COULD EAT.
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Christopher Gonzalez discusses his debut story collection, I’M NOT HUNGRY BUT I COULD EAT.
Tags: Alejandro Varela, autofiction, Barrelhouse, bodies, bryan washington, Christopher Gonzalez, community, Danny Caine, desire, Diego Zuniga, eating, flash fiction, food, friendship, gatekeeping, Hannah Grieco, How to Sit, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, identity, Jenny Offill, justin torres, LGBTQ, Literary Community, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Puerto Rican, queer, Raven Leilani, regret, Santa Fe Writers Project, sexuality, SFWP, short fiction, short stories, Tyrese Coleman, Tyrese L. Coleman, we the animals
Tyler Barton discusses his new story collection, ETERNAL NIGHT AT THE NATURE MUSEUM.
Tags: amy hempel, Chris Bachelder, Eternal Nature at the Nature Museum, flash fiction, jobs, Kate Finegan, Lorrie Moore, lydia davis, Manko, Mary Robison, Mary Ruefle, microfiction, mindfulness, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, poems, Portage, Sarabande, Sarabande Books, Saranac Lake, Tell Me, The Quiet Part Loud, Tyler Barton
“Life is incredibly sad, but it’s also funny, joyful, wonderful, and strange.”
Tags: Alice Munro, American University, Amy Leach, Andrew Beraina, angela carter, bojack horseman, Borges, debut collection, Edward P. Jones, flash fiction, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, george eliot, george saunders, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, kelly link, lydia davis, Moon City Short Fiction, mothers, One Person Away From You, short fiction, short stories, short story, Steven Millhauser, The Bloody Chamber, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tolstoy, Toni Morrison
he lives in closets, stalks young kids, & takes them in the middle of the night. ...more
Beth Gilstrap discusses her new story collection, DEADHEADING.
Tags: american south, architecture, Beth Gilstrap, Carolinas, Charlotte, cooking, Deadheading, family, flash fiction, food, gardening, grandmothers, grandparents, I Am Barbarella, Kate Finegan, McConville, mill town, natural world, nature, No Man's Wild Laura, North Carolina, panic disorder, Red Hen Press, Sherrie Flick, short fiction, short stories, short story, South, South Carolina, Southern Gothic, Southern Gothic literature, story collection, Sundress Academy for the Arts, therapy, trauma, working class
“The book is about the complicated problem of loving.”
Tags: Audra Kerr Brown, BATS Comedy, Blue Light Press, bodies, chronic illness, chronic pain, flash, flash fiction, improv, Meg Pokrass, microfiction, reflexive sympathetic dystrophy, RSD, Sanford Meisner, short fiction, short stories, Spinning to Mars, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, unreliable narrator, unreliable narrators
We get to devour our horror from the top of the head down to the tips of the toes. ...more
Tags: a. poythress, amber sparks, anthologies, anthology, Black Balloon, book review, brian evenson, carmen maria machado, catapult, Chavisa Woods, flash, flash fiction, Gigantic Worlds, global warming, Halloween, horror, Jac Jemc, Kevin Brockmeier, Lincoln Michel, Monique Laban, nadxieli nieto, Remi Weekes, review, Rion Amilcar Scott, samantha hunt, sexism, short fiction, short stories, Stephen Graham Jones, stories, systemic racism, The Ghost Variations, Tiny Crimes, Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, Tiny Nightmares, Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Tales of Horror
It was strange what the nudity did to us—what the nakedness undid. ...more
Tags: bodies, flash, flash fiction, gender inequality, gender roles, Kelsey Norris, marriage, motherhood, mothers, naked, Nudity, Politics, pregnancy, pregnant, race, Racism, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story
Tara Isabel Zambrano discusses DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS.
Tags: Audra Kerr Brown, death, debut collection, desire, experimental fiction, flash, flash fiction, grief, Hindu, Hinduism, moon, Okay Donkey, religion, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, speculative fiction, spirituality, Tara Isabel Zambrano, Upanishads, Vedas
Rebecca McClanahan discusses her new memoir-in-essays, IN THE KEY OF NEW YORK CITY.
Tags: 9/11, A.R. Ammons, audre lorde, autofiction, cancer, COVID-19, Daniel Lehman, Denise Levertov, essay writing, essays, flash, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, George Garrett, In the Key of New York City, Julie Marie Wade, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Michael Steinberg, new york, New York City, nonfiction, pandemic, poems, poetry, Rebecca McClanahan, Red Hen Press, revising, Revisions, River Teeth, Robert Root, The Fourth Genre, The Tribal Knot, Word Painting
Tara Campbell discusses her new book, POLITICAL AF: A RAGE COLLECTION.
Tags: anger, birth control, black women, capitalism, Circe's Bicycle, Civil Rights Movement, colorism, fascism, flash fiction, gender inequality, George Floyd, George S. Schuyler, Hannah Grieco, hermit crab essay, hybrid genre, identity, John Lewis, Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, misogyny, Negroland, patriarchy, poems, poetry, police brutality, Political AF, Political AF: A Rage Collection, political writing, Politics, racial inequality, Racism, science fiction, sexism, slavery, speculative fiction, Tara Campell, Unlikely Books, Walking with the Wind, White Supremacy, women's anger, writing process, Zoe Leonard
A permanent job doesn’t need her, and neither do her boyfriends. ...more
Tags: book review, capitalism, day job, day jobs, exaggeration, flash, flash fiction, gender inequality, ghosts, gig economy, Hilary Leichter, hyperbole, leah gaus, review, temp job, temping, temporary, workplace
Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her new story collection, SO WE CAN GLOW.
Tags: Alvin Park, desire, Every Kiss a War, female characters, femininity, flash fiction, Grand Central Publishing, high school, Jane Austen, leesa cross-smith, Monet Patrice Thomas, nostalgia, obsession, Pride and Prejudice, relationships, Scent, sentimental, sentimentality, Sex, sexual tension, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, smell, smells, So We Can Glow, teenage girls, teenagers, Whiskey & Ribbons, Whiskey and Ribbons, WhiskeyPaper
Could scars be daughters? The hands don’t understand why I am asking this. ...more
Tags: Andrea Passwater, daughters, fairy tale, fairytale, faith, flash fiction, God, hansel and gretel, microfiction, motherhood, mothers, on monsters, religion, Rumpus Original Fiction
“I hope it will mean as much to readers as it does to me.”
Tags: Cathy Ulrich, Chloe N. Clark, Cotton Xenomorph, dead girl, flash fiction, Frankie Mxsgendered, Ghosts of You, horror, Indigenous, literary tropes, murder, Murdered Ladies, Okay Donkey, on monsters, repetition, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tropes, violence, violence against women
Peg Alford Pursell discusses her new story collection, A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST.
Tags: A Girl Goes into the Forest, Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, daughters, Dzanc, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Eula Biss, fairy tale, fairytales, flash fiction, Four Way Books, gender inequality, gender roles, hans christian andersen, Kate Milliken, Literary Citizenship, Martha Rhodes, microfiction, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Peg Alford Pursell, Ramona Ausubel, Ruth Stone, Show Her a Flower a Bird a Shadow, The Snow Queen, virginia woolf, WTAW Press
Imagine a man looking at the artist looking at the art at the party. ...more
Tags: Artist, car accident, flash fiction, husbands and wives, marriage, microfiction, parents, Rachel Hannigan, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, visual art
Will you join us? When you are ready, lie down to rest. ...more
Tags: breasts, convent, feminism, flash fiction, gender roles, Maggie Cooper, nuns, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, women
The only way to guarantee a secret is for the only person to know about it be you. ...more
Tags: Catherine Mitchell, cigarettes, fire, flash fiction, high school, rape, Rumpus Original Fiction, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short story, teenagers, vaping, virginity
April 4th, 2017
In the first story of this collection, a girl learns the shocking truth that the world is made of atoms, that “when you get right down to it, it’s all just studs and holes.” ...more
Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his story collection
Insurrections, father relationships, hip-hop, knowing when to abandon a project, and choosing not to workshop certain stories. ...more
Tags: awp, black lives matter, Bowie State University, Chance the Rapper, Drown, dubliners, Earl Sweatshirt, Edward P. Jones, fascism, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, flash fiction, flashback, Flying Lotus, George Mason University, Gloria Naylor, Hamilton, hip-hop, Insurrections, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Iraq, James Joyce, Junot Diaz, Kendrick Lamar, Kiese Laymon, Lost in the City, marlon james, Mensah Demary, MFA, relationships, Rion Amilcar Scott, short fiction, short stories, Stephen King, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, To Pimp a Butterfly, untitled unmastered, Women of Brewster Place, workshop, writing, YG
Vi Khi Nao on her new novel
Fish in Exile, why women shouldn’t apologize (even when they’re wrong), moving between genres, and why humor is vital in a novel full of darkness and grief. ...more
Tags: apologies, Brown University, coffee house press, dyslexia, fiction, fish in exile, flash fiction, footnotes, form, gender roles, genre, Greek mythology, grief, Hades, humor, interview, iphone, language, Latin, Lily David, MFA, mythology, novel-writing, poetry, Roman mythology, Sappho, short fiction, solitude, Stephanie Trott, Swans in Half-Mourning, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, The Six Swans, tragedy, travel, Vi Khi Nao, Vietnamese, writing, youth