, the characters seem to beg of the reader, imagined mirrors of the real lives lost and mourned. ...more
Tags: book review, Earthquake, earthquakes, Gracie Jordan, grief, Haiti, Haitian, mourning, Myriam J. A. Chancy, natural disaster, Port-au-Prince, review, What Storm What Thunder
Kaitlyn Greenidge discusses her new novel, LIBERTIE.
Tags: African Diaspora, Algonquin, Algonquin Books, beloved, black history, black mothers, black women, Brandon Byrd, Brooklyn, Carrie Howland, Edith Wharton, Ellen Holly, genre, grace paley, Haiti, hilary mantel, historical fiction, homeopathy, Jacmel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Liz Button, Lynn Nottage, Malick W. Ghachem, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, One Life, oral history, Port-au-Prince, Reconstruction, research, slavery, Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the age of innocence, Toni Morrison, We Love You Charlie Freeman, Weeksville Heritage Center
An exclusive look at the cover of Kaitlyn Greenidge’s forthcoming novel, LIBERTIE.
Tags: Algonquin, Algonquin Books, Book cover, book covers, book design, Christopher Moisan, cover art, cover design, cover reveal, Haiti, Haitian, Jacmel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Laurindo Feliciano, Libertie, Rumpus exclusive
Enzo Silon Surin discusses his debut poetry collection, WHEN MY BODY WAS A CLINCHED FIST.
Tags: adolescence, anger, anxiety, Cate Marvin, Central Square Press, childhood, childhood trauma, debut collection, Enzo Silon Surin, Finishing Line Press, Frances Donovan, gang, gang violence, Haiti, Haitian, Higher Ground, Illmatic, immigrants, Lesley University, Letter of Resignation, masculinity, Music, Nas, new york, New York City, NYC, Peter Levine, poems, poetry, psychology, queens, street violence, teaching, teaching writing, therapy, toxic masculinity, trauma, Trauma and Memory, war on drugs, When My Body Was a Clinched Fist
Each poem opens a window into cities and vocabularies of exile. ...more
Tags: After the Last Sky, Alain Mabanckou, Anouk Aimée, Arab, Arabic, Bethlehem, Bleu Blanc Rouge, book review, Books, colonialism, Diaspora, edward said, English, France, French, guy de maupassant, Haiti, immigrants, Jerusalem, Juliette Gréco, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Life in a Country Album, Mahmoud Darwish, Nathalie Handal, palestine, Palestinian, paris, Pitt Poetry Series, poems, poetry, postcolonialism, refugees, University of Pittsburgh press
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: #metoo, adolescence, C. Boyer, child abuse, child molestation, choir, class inequality, economic inequality, ENOUGH, gender inequality, gender roles, Haiti, immigrant, immigration, Katia D. Ulysse, Maya Angelou, misogyny, Music, patriarchy, Petion-Ville, Politics, Rape culture, Sex, sexual assault, sexual predator, sexual violence, sexuality, shame, singing, Tarana Burke
Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi discusses her debut poetry collection, LOVE LETTER TO AN AFTERLIFE.
Tags: Black Lawrence Press, Cane, colonialism, Corregidora, Dominican Republic, Gayl Jones, Haiti, history, home, identity, Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi, Ines Rivera Prosdocimi, Jean Toomer, Joaquin Balaguer, Love Letter to an Afterlife, maroons, memory, multiplicity, Narcisazo Gonzalez, poetry, postcolonialism, Rion Amilcar Scott, Santo Domingo, Trujillo
The ocean is deep, unfathomably so. And one can stay on the surface or keep on plumbing the depths. ...more
Tags: Aimé Césaire, An Untamed State, Basquiat, colonialism, Dominican Republic, Earthquake, edwidge danticat, Francois Duvalier, Haiti, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, immigration, Jean Bertrande Aristide, Junot Diaz, Katherine Dunham, Laurent Dubois, Maryse Conde, migration, photography, postcolonialism, Raoul Peck, refugees, Ronald Reagan, Roxane Gay, Sarah T., Sarah Trembath, Suze Baron, Ton Ton Macoute, Torch, Wyclef Jean
Filmmaker Kareem Mortimer discusses his latest feature,
Cargo, his writing process, and why the Bahamas can be “a microcosm for the world.” ...more
Tags: Allegra Hyde, ava duvernay, Bahamas, Cargo, Children of God, Cine Qua Non Lab, Fina Torres, Float, Gessica Geneus, Haiti, James Ivory, John Waters, Kareem Mortimer, Mexico, Nassau, Passage, refugees, Trinidad, writing process
Katia D. Ulysse discusses her forthcoming novel,
Mouths Don’t Speak, the importance of religion and music in the novel and in Haitian culture, and why Haiti will always be “home.” ...more
Tags: 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, Akashic, Baltimore, Book Club, characters, class, class inequality, ex-pats, globalization, Haiti, immigrants, immigration, Katia D. Ulysse, Marisa Siegel, Mouths Don't Speak, Music, post traumatic stress, poverty, PTSD, religion, Rumpus Book Club, teachers, teaching, Tradition, trauma, veterans, Vodun, war, writing process
Lola StVil discusses her latest novel,
Girls Like Me, how her characters demand to be written, what her family thinks of her writing career, and why representation is essential. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, acting, Chicago, cyberbullying, david sedaris, Deesha Philyaw, Donald Trump, Ednah Walters, fantasy, Girls Like Me, Guardians, Haiti, James Baldwin, joyce carol oates, Kissed By Shadows, Langston Hughes, Lola StVil, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Octavia Butler, Politics, Port-au-Prince, Rick Riordan, Samantha Irby, teenagers, television, Terah Edun, The Noru, The Toren, Trump, twitter, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color
Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel,
Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, afrofuturism, Alton Sterling, american south, black mothers, black women, Book of Addis, Brooke C. Obie, Brooke Obie, Deesha Philyaw, Game of Thrones, genocide, George Washington, Haiti, HBO, historical fiction, Issa Rae, Jemele Hill, marlon james, michael brown, motherhood, mothers, Octavia Butler, Philando Castile, science fiction, slavery, speculative fiction, The Book of Night Women, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Tyehimba Jess, Visible: Women Writers of Color, White Supremacy
Sometimes life is so big and so loud and being a human being in the world is so much I feel overwhelmed and need a cocoon. ...more
Tags: 28 Days Later, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, addiction, addicts, Alanna Bailey, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, David Foster Wallace, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, drug addiction, drugs, family, Haiti, I Am Legend, intergenerational trauma, iZombie, masks 2017, Max Brooks, michael jackson, Night of the Living Dead, Nora D. Volkow, Preta, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Resident Evil, Revolt of the Zombies, Roger Luckhurst, Shaun of the Dead, television, The Evil Dead, The Magic Island, The Talking Dead, the walking dead, Thriller, trauma, Voices on Addiction, Warm Bodies, White Zombie, World War Z, Zombieland, zombies
There was a lot one could see about other people, when those people didn’t see them. ...more
Roxane Gay discusses her new collection,
Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abigail Bereola, African American Literature, ambition, An Untamed State, ayiti, bad feminist, black ambition, Black Panther, body image, Break All the Way Down, Comics, crazy women, Difficult Women, diversity, Donald Trump, election 2016, essays, fame, gender, gender norms, genre, Gina Prince-Bythewood, grief, Haiti, hunger, Joyland, literary tropes, loss, Marvel, masculinity, memoir, obesity, Pain, rape, representation, Roxane Gay, sexual violence, short fiction, short stories, siblings, sisters, stories, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Hunger Games, trauma, Trump, Twins, twitter, violence, VQR, weight, whiteness, women writers, Women Writers of Color, workaholic, World of Wakanda, writers of color
What if I said: while people still believe they are white in America, that delusion, and the dream upon which it is founded, needs to be seriously examined. ...more
Tags: America, American Dream, Amiri Baraka, Ammiel Alcalay, Benjamin Hollander, Bill Clinton, Black, capitalism, DuBois, Dutchman, election 2016, football, Haiti, Hillary Clinton, history, identity, israel, James Baldwin, Jelani Cobb, Jewish, Langston Hughes, Leroi Jones, muslim, Nazi Germany, Open Dialogue, palestine, poetry, Politics, race, Racism, San Francisco, Semezdin Mehmedinović, sports fans, Talal Asad, Toni Morrison, Yusef Komunyakaa
I’ll go one further and posit that we need our illusionists: to disprove our eyes, investigate our dreams, and sometimes charm the money from our pockets. ...more
Tags: A Trip to the Moon, Academy of Magical Arts, animism, Blithe Spirit, Bonnie Johnson, Cabaret, cheating, Chung Ling Soo, clairvoyant, Dai Vernon, Deptford Trilogy, Derek DelGaudio, dogs, dream interpretation, dreams, Dungeons & Dragons, electromagnetism, Enlightenment, Fisherman’s Wharf, fortune teller, gambling, gypsy, Haiti, Helder Guimarães, horoscope, Houdini, illusions, Inayat Khan, Jane Eyre, John Gaughan, levitation, Liberace, magic, Magic Castle, magicians, Marcel Mauss, medieval, Milt Larsen, Miss Julie, mythology, Nietzsche, numerology, ouija board, Penn & Teller, Persi Diaconis, psychics, relationships, religion, Richard Ford, Ricky Jay, Robert-Houdin, Robertson Davies, shamanism, Spiritual, Spiritualism, tarot, The Prestige, Three Card Monte, wide sargasso sea, witchcraft
I don’t think it ever fully sunk in for me that I even live in America. ...more
Tags: Ada Limon, american south, Angel Nafis, d'angelo, Dominican Republic, Elizabeth Acevedo, Great Migration, Haiti, Hamilton, hip-hop, In the Heights, Jesmyn Ward, Junot Diaz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Midwest, National Poetry Month, poetry, queer, queer writers of color, Racism, Safia Elhillo, Southern, The Artist’s Way, The Color Purple, The Conversation, The South, Their Eyes Were Watching God, zora neale hurston
This bit of vital truth to the story of how I came to be came like a puncture—strong, sharp, and sudden. ...more
Tags: AIDS, bill cosby, Earthquake, father-daughter, fathers, forgiveness, Haiti, half sisters, HIV, Huxtables, Ibi Zoboi, immigration, mothers, rape, rapists, sisters, Vodouisant
Tim Obaro profiles Rumpus Essays Editor Roxane Gay and looks at her debut novel, An Untamed State, for Chicago Magazine. The novel follows a middle-class newlywed kidnapped while on vacation in Haiti. Obaro writes: Born in Omaha, Gay conceived the idea for the novel after hearing her Haitian parents talk of acquaintances with family members who […]
For our first interview of 2014, The Rumpus sits down with the luminous Edwidge Danticat to discuss the staying power of the short story, the impact of resistance, statelessness and Dominican-Haitian relations, and giving yourself permission to write.
Of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Haiti, and V.S. Pritchett… ...more
So many of the voices in Ayiti are trapped in situations that are too difficult to bear, and yet they must. ...more
Last week journalist Mac McClelland wrote a brutal, exceptional essay for Good where she plainly discussed her experience with PTSD and her desire for violent sex as one means of coping with the atrocities she had witnessed as a human rights reporter. Early in the essay, McClelland writes about being in Haiti. As a Haitian American, […]
Tags: Chimamanda Adichie, Haiti, Mac McClelland, PTSD, rape, rough sex, Roxane Gay, Sex, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexuality
If I were independently wealthy, I would be less for it, because the chase for money to pay for food, shelter, babies, and now small children has taken me from sharing with two women an eighty square foot octagonal house originally built in the early twentieth century in rural Florida to house a wealthy child’s […]
David Grann compiles a decade of investigative profiles from The New Yorker and elsewhere in a compelling study of the dark side.
Here’s lots of good info on the situation in Chile, and here’s some more. We’re all thinking of folks down there. Who wants a Sumatran tiger for a pet? “The inescapable truth is that “the world” never forgave Haiti for its revolution, because the slaves freed themselves.” — Sidney Mintz at The Boston Review A handy interactive […]
“One in four Americans is employed to protect the rich.” Here’s an underreported story: Dominicans are coming to the aid of Haitians, despite a less-than-idyllic history between the two countries. VICE is taking a ton of heat for its treatment of Liberia in “The Vice Guide to Liberia.” A very cool looking architectural installation that […]
“And in disaster after disaster, at least since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, those in power, those with guns and the force of law behind them, are too often more concerned for property than human life. In an emergency, people can, and do, die from those priorities. Or they get gunned down for minor […]