“It was like wandering through my own labyrinth.”
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Molly Spencer discusses her new collection, HINGE.
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This, I learned, is what rawness tasted like. I wanted more. ...more
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Julian K. Jarboe discusses EVERYONE ON THE MOON IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.
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Oliver de la Paz discusses his newest collection, THE BOY IN THE LABYRINTH.
Tags: ableism, ableist, advocacy, Akron Series in Poetry, Alicia Ostriker, Ariadne, autism, brian spears, children, Dictee, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, Greek chorus, Greek mythology, Greek tragedy, Keetje Kuipers, Minotaur, mythology, neurodiverse, neurodiversity, neurotypical, Oliver de la Paz, parenthood, parenting, poems, poetry, Post Subject: A Fable and Requiem for the Orchard, spectrum, standardized testing, standardized tests, Steve Silberman, The Boy in the Labyrinth, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Theseus, University of Akron Press
Ayşe Papatya Bucak discusses her debut story collection, THE TROJAN WAR MUSEUM.
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To control your story is to own your reality. ...more
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Poet and author Nanos Valaoritis discusses the political and cultural situation in Greece today.
Tags: Alex Tsipris, Andreas Embiriko, Bitter Carnival, bulgaria, City Lights, Claude Levi-Strauss, Dylan Thomas, Europe, European Union, France, George Seferis, Gerard Genette, germany, Greece, Greek mythology, hitler, Homer and the Alphabet, Ioannos Valaoritis, James Frazer, Maria Espinosa, Michael Ventris, Michel Foucault, Nanos Valaoritis, Odysseus Elytis, poetry, Politics, robert graves, Roland Barthes, San Francisco State University, socialism, T.S. Eliot, Thanasis Maskaleris, The Broken Arms of Venus de Milo, The Iliad, the odyssey, translation, W H Auden, WWII
Melissa Broder discusses her debut novel,
The Pisces (Hogarth, May 2018), the importance of love between women, and mermaid sex. ...more
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Can a person with some agency ever claim victimization, or are agency and victimhood a binary? ...more
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Will Boast discusses his new novel,
Daphne, Roman myths, emotional control via cell phone towers, and the rise of the “neuro novel.” ...more
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“I took a six or seven year break from sending out my own poems, just waiting for my abilities to catch up a bit with my ambitions.”
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“Nothing is ever one thing.”
Tags: Bao Phi, fatherhood, Greek mythology, Loft Literary Center, minneapolis, Minnesota, poetry, police brutality, police violence, Sông I Sing, slam poetry, spoken word, star wars, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thousand Star Hotel, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vietnam, violence
Rabih Alameddine discusses his newest novel,
The Angel of History, surviving the AIDS epidemic, and the role of religion in his life and writing. ...more
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Tags: anorexia, Art, depression, drinking, eating disorders, Emma Winsor Wood, Florence, Florence in Ecstasy, Fulbright, Giambologna, Greek mythology, history, Italy, Jessie Chaffee, language, Medusa, mythology, Persephone, rowing, The Rape of the Sabine Woman, trauma
If you recall your Greek mythology, you’ll remember Cassandra, princess of Troy, priestess of Apollo, seer of prophecies, and patron saint of women everywhere screaming themselves blue but never being heard. Cassandra’s prophecies unfailingly proved to be true, but still she was seen as insane by her family and the Trojan people and, in some […]
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Patrick Madden teaches writing at Brigham Young University and is the author of the essay collection Quotidiana. His essays frequently appear in literary magazines and have been featured in The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. He pays close attention to the details of the every day, infusing humor and self-deprecation, combining […]
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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
Max Ritvo passed away on August 23, 2016. Earlier this summer, he spoke with Sarah Blake about his debut collection
Four Reincarnations, writing with and about cancer, and how language is a game. ...more
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Lauren Groff talks about her new novel,
Fates and Furies, the life of creative people and those who love them, and why she’s grateful to anyone who reads books. ...more
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Over one third of the women in my survey had been called “Thunder Thighs” at some point in their life. Many were still haunted by this. None of them interpreted “thunder” to mean “power. ...more
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The first printed book in the English language was just sold at auction for £1,082,500. Coming in at 540 years old, The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye revamps Greek mythology idols as chivalric heroes and is considered the crowning achievement of William Caxton, “the father of printing in England.”
One of Karen Russell’s favorite myths is the tale of Apollo and Daphne. Read about how it inspired her short story “The Bad Graft” and how she feels about the Joshua tree, here. Without boring everybody further, I was thrilled to learn about the ancient evolutionary love story between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth, […]
Writer Sarah McCarry chats about girl friendships, holding down multiple jobs at once, and setting her novel, a retelling of the Orpheus myth, against the backdrop of 1990s grunge-fueled Seattle.
Morrow’s supple prose is grounded in lyricism, prose unafraid to give the reader both the forest and the trees. Bradford Morrow’s new novel, a feminist interpretation of fairy-tale tropes, explores the life of Cassandra: single-mother, teacher, dowser.