Posts Tagged: florida

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Kimberly Lojewksi

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Kimberly Lojewski discusses WORM FIDDLING NOCTURNE IN THE KEY OF A BROKEN HEART.

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Change Is Necessary: A Conversation with Kristen Arnett

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Kristen Arnett discusses her debut collection, Felt in the Jaw, how place informs writing, and deciding to hold her book release party at a local 7-Eleven.

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Moving Targets

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Love twists itself into fear, into statistics, into things people can live with.

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Seeking Terra Firma

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To truly know a land is to become it—to embody its storms in your bones, taste its dark soil beneath your nails, know the tangled history of the people who walked before you.

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Which Flame Is Mine?: A Conversation with Rajiv Mohabir

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Rajiv Mohabir discusses his second collection, The Cowherd’s Son, his work as a translator, and resisting erasure in a racist America.

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What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner

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While we can’t promise that 2018 won’t find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration.

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A Life of Words: A Conversation with Chip Livingston

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Chip Livingston discusses his new novel, Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death, his move to Uruguay, his writing life, and the significance of owls.

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Nothing Foreign about It: Talking with Omar El Akkad

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Omar El Akkad discusses his debut novel American War, suicide terrorism, fossil fuels, and blankets.

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What to Read When You’re Thinking about Florida

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In celebration of our Floridian friends and family, we’ve compiled a list of great books that take place in, engage with, or otherwise visit the “Sunshine state.”

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #99: Bruce Snow

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The summer after Bruce Snow graduated from the University of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina arrived in his hometown.

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Voices on Addiction: The Honeybee

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She never stopped, a bee buzzing from flower to flower to flower, collecting all the sweetness she could.

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This Week in Essays

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Over at The Walrus, Fatima Syed looks to build space in popular culture for depictions of different types of Muslims. With a sinking feeling, Kristen Arnett looks inside herself and finds nothing but the swamp of Florida’s influence in a reflective essay for Lit Hub. Alcy Levya launches The Rumpus’s July series, #reclaimingpatriotism2017, with a powerful essay about his duties on the front lines […]

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #88: Sarah Gerard

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Sarah Gerard’s dazzling second book, Sunshine State, is a collection of essays interlacing narrative nonfiction and personal essay. The thirty-one year old Brooklynite teaches nonfiction and writes a monthly column for Hazlitt. She has received rave reviews from the New York Times, NPR, and The Millions. Using her home state of Florida as the medium to navigate […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Stocking backlist titles helps some bookstores differentiate themselves. Harvard Book Store has set up a section commemorating the Bowling Green Massacre. A Florida bookstore has become a source of food for those in need, serving as a Little Free Pantry.

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Otter

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The emblem, not the animal, mattered. We swatted mosquitoes, made no pilgrimages to Vermont to see bears and moose. I wanted to get as close as possible to my potential animal totem.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: No Wound

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Maybe I can touch it and show it to you. If I convince you, we can call it real. And then perhaps it will be.

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The Rumpus Interview with Patrick Ryan

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Patrick Ryan discusses his new collection The Dream Life of Astronauts, the “bad old days,” and the human need to believe that everything will turn out okay in the end (even when we know it won’t).

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The Trouble with Confidence

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“But what are the statistics? Aren’t you taking a similar risk just driving?” Wide-eyed, attentive, he leans forward slightly.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #56: Patricia Engel

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I met one of my favorite writers before she ever published a single story. We were classmates vying for our MFAs in Creative Writing from Florida International University and would smile at each other from across the room. She was shy, but never defensive, in workshop and always strove, really made the effort, to answer […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Russell Banks

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Russell Banks discusses his new book, Voyager: Travel Writings, why we are never free from our history, and how writing saved his life.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The next victim of Amazon’s physical stores will be Chicago. If Los Angeles is having a literary renaissance, it is happing at The Last Bookstore. A bookstore in Tampa pokes fun at Amy Schumer poking fun at Tampa.

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Wildlife of Unknown Status

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The only way forward when you’re lost in the woods, Frost once wrote, is straight ahead. But where is the Florida jungle straight?

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Jaquira Díaz

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Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Monkey Men

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Still lying on the bed in the Wausau hotel room, I started counting ceiling tiles. From above the covers. Not under. Never under. I always feel constricted, under.

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