“I always try to locate stories deep inside myself, physically and emotionally.”
Tags: Carribean Fragoza, Chicanx Gothic, East of East, Eat the Mouth that Feeds You, Elaine Katzenberge, Gothic, Graciela Iturbide, grandmothers, Janet Rodriguez, Latinx Gothic, Latinx literature, Mexican Gothic, mothers and daughters, patriarchy, Romeo Guzmán, short fiction, short stories, short story, Tropics of Cancer
I hate the word clean. It’s antiseptic, scrubbed raw; it makes me think of sin and guilt and a God I don’t believe in. ...more
Tags: aging, bathing, British Columbia, canada, Christianity, coming out, COVID, COVID-19, crying, faith, family, God, grandmother, grandmothers, grandparents, grief, Karine Hack, LGBTQ, pandemic, queer, sexuality, shame, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, vulnerability, water
“Balance is its own beautiful practice.”
Tags: Anne Lamott, Barrelhouse, Bird by Bird, bodies, Christine No, debut collection, dissociation, family, filmmaking, grandmother, grandmothers, heartbreak, hypervigilance, Intimacy, Jennifer Lewis, love, Mental Health, neuroscience, poems, poetry, science, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Whatever Love Mean
Finding joy in the now, even as death and difficulty mark the days, is possible, a choice, and a practice. ...more
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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
is a book that’s by turns smart, sad, and scathing. ...more
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Joy Lanzendorfer discusses her debut novel, RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM.
Tags: 1930s, 1930s Hollywood, ambition, California, California Gold Rush, debut novel, entitlement, family, family history, family secret, Frances Badalamenti, gender inequality, gender roles, Gold Rush, grandmothers, Great Depression, greed, Healdsburg, heritage, historical fiction, Hollywood, identity, Joy Lanzendorfer, magic realism, magical realism, marriage, matriarchy, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Petaluma, pop culture, privilege, relationships, research, Right Back Where We Started From, romantic relationships, San Francisco, socioeconomics, the 1930s, unlikable characters, Walnut Creek, WWII
Her name was Ing Hua. Literal translation: Cherry Blossom. ...more
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J. Nicole Jones discusses her debut memoir, LOW COUNTRY.
Tags: american south, Beth Ward, catapult, debut memoir, family, folklore, ghost stories, ghosts, grandmother, grandmothers, Gray Man, haunted, hurricanes, J. Nicole Jones, landscape, Low Country, memoir, meteorology, Myrtle Beach, myth, South Carolina, Southern, weather
What they really needed in Pleasantview was light. ...more
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It’s true that when I speak of machines I also mean dimensions. ...more
Tags: Cantonese, cremation, crematorium, death, disidentification, divorce, family, Fred Moten, funeral, Glitch Studies Manifesto, grandmother, grandmothers, grief, Hokkien, hong kong, identity, language, machines, Malaysia, Mandarin, memories, New Zealand, Nietzsche, parapsychology, Paul de Man, psychic, Rosa Menkman, Singapore, single mother, single motherhood, smartphone, smartphones, Social Media, Tan Tuck Ming, technology, Teresa Teng, translation, WhatsApp, Wu Tsang
Jessica Lind Peterson discusses her debut essay collection, SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER.
Tags: 1980s, A. Kendra Greene, Angela Pelster, animals, Bright Felon, Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, debut collection, debut essay collection, essay collection, essays, Fear Icons, generational trauma, grandmother, grandmothers, grizzly bears, inherited trauma, Jenny Boully, Jessica Lind Peterson, Kazim Ali, Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, lyric essay, lyric essays, marriage, Midwest, Midwestern, Minnesota, Naja Marie Aidt, natural world, nature, Over the Top, second person, Seneca Review Books, Sound Like Trapped Thunder, Sylvester Stallone, trauma, whales, When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back, Yellow Tree Theatre
I wasn’t pressured to be stoic. I was permitted to release. I was permitted to be. ...more
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Kiese Laymon discusses the revised HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA.
Tags: american south, April Blevins Pejic, Bible, black femininity, black women, Catherine Coleman, class inequality, community, COVID, COVID-19, family, femininity, Good God, grandmother, grandmothers, Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Kiese Laymon, Mississippi, mothers, mothers and sons, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, shame, South, teachers, teaching, University of Mississippi
My grandmother, Frankie L. Baker, was born 72 years before me. ...more
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Happiness never seemed to linger. She often wondered why. ...more
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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
[W]hat was going wrong? Why were our stories not being written or published? ...more
Tags: ageism, aging, aging women, Alice Walker, Antonia, book excerpt, Carolyn Heilbrun, charlotte bronte, Doris Lessing, Edith Wharton, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, female characters, feminism, feminist, Flannery O'Connor, gender, gender inequality, grace paley, grandmother, grandmothers, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Jo March, Kate Chopin, literary tropes, Lizzie Bennet, louisa may alcott, Rumpus exclusive, Ruth O. Saxton, She Writes, stereotypes, The Book of Old Ladies, The Diary of a Good Neighbour, The Last Gift of Time, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, virginia woolf, willa cather, zora neale hurston
I needed my beauty to be invisible, either accidental or not at all. ...more
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There’s a collective guilt. So, our parents buy us friends. ...more
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I am cooking myself back in to my family, back into my own skin. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, ancestors, Atlantic City, braciole di cotenna, butcher, California, cooking, death, family, food, food and family, grandmother, grandmothers, grief, heritage, inheritance, Italian, Italian food, Italian-American, Jessica Rae Bergamino, Legacy, LGBTQ, memory, New Jersey, pig, pig skin, pizzagaina, pork, queer, recipe, recipes, San Francisco, Seattle, vegetarianism
Chris Dennis discusses his debut story collection, HERE IS WHAT YOU DO.
Tags: Aaron Magruder, academia, addiction, arrest, bdsm, Chris Dennis, Coretta Scott King, Cormac McCarthy, debut collection, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, E.L. James, Eldorado, Emily Robbins, fatherhood, fathers, Flowers in the Attic, gay, grandmothers, Here Is What You Do, jail, LGBTQ, Mark Doten, Melissa Borries, methamphetamine, opioid epidemic, opioids, prescription, prison, queer, queer theory, queerness, rural, rural life, Sex, sex writing, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Soho Press, the road, Tom Waits, writing sex
J. Ryan Stradal discusses his new novel, THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA.
Tags: beer, Between Heaven and Here, brewery, class inequality, family, family secret, female characters, food, gender, gender roles, grandmothers, J. Ryan Stradal, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Midwest, Minnesota, mothers, secrets, sisters, strong female characters, Susan Straight, The Lager Queen of Minnesota
My daughter is beautiful. I wanted to be beautiful. And isn’t she a reflection of me? ...more
Tags: adolescence, Andrea Askowitz, beauty, bikini, clothing, daughters, gender inequality, gender norms, grandmothers, instagram, Internet, LGBTQ, Lolita, Miami, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, prude, selfies, Sex, sexism, sexuality, Social Media, teenagers, uniforms
Women grooming their daughters to be good housewives teach them how to cook, no? A woman grooming her daughter to be something else in the world would keep her out of the kitchen. ...more
Tags: childcare, cooking, divorce, family, femininity, feminism, gender, gender roles, grandmothers, home, husbands and wives, kitchen, Lean In, Margot Kahn, marriage, motherhood, mothers, paid family leave, parenting, sexism, Sheryl Sandberg, stay at home mom, This Is the Place, women writers
I like to listen to my mother’s voice; the sounds she makes in an English-Korean mashup; we are each the other’s dictionary. ...more
Tags: anger, Asian, Christine No, fathers, fathers and daughters, grandmothers, grief, Guernica, Internet, marriage, memory, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Multitudes, Pain, Picasso, porn, pornography, rape, revenge, sex work, sexual assault, stepfather, teacher, trauma, trauma porn
Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel,
The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives. ...more
Tags: 1989, A Rumpus Interview, AIDS, Alli Maloney, Antigua, anxiety, astrology, Barbados, Brooklyn, Center for Fiction, child rape, death, debut novel, debut novelist, depression, destiny, empathy, family dysfunction, fate, first book, grandmothers, Hedgebrook, homophobia, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Jamaica, John Leonard Prize, Maya Angelou, mental illness, NAACP Image ward finalist, Naomi Jackson, perspective, rape, Sex, Sheena Ross, sisters, suicide, The Star Side of Bird Hill, womanhood, women
It will be red like your neighbor’s convertible. And like that convertible, there will be a spreading open, an exposure of vulnerable flesh. ...more
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“Distance” is part of a growing collection of graphic essays in which AshleyRose Sullivan tries to make sense of her oddball family history by looking at it through the lens of popular culture.
Shame is the haunting that’s hardest to scrub away. ...more
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