How does a fictional account come to stand in for history? ...more
Tags: Alma Mahler, Andrekos Varnava, Ann Arbor, anti-semitism, antisemitism, Aram Mrjoian, Armenian diaspora, Armenian genocide, Ben Kingsley, Chicago, David R. Godine, David Welky, Diaspora, Dr. Zhivago, fathers, fathers and sons, Film, film adaptation, film adaptations, film industry, Franz Werfel, genocide, Geoffrey Dunlop, historical trauma, hitler, Holocaust, intergenerational trauma, James Reidel, Jeannette Catsoulis, Jewish, John Kurkjian, Josh Hartnett, Kirk Kerkorian, Lionel Steiman, Louis Kronenberger, Mount Ararat, Musa Dagh, nationalism, Nazi Germany, nazis, Ottoman Empire, Red Sunday, representation, Sarky Mouradian, The Ottoman Lieutenant, The Promise, Trevor Harris, Turkey, Viking Press, World War I, World War II, wwI, WWII
Marianne Chan discusses her debut poetry collection, ALL HEATHENS.
Tags: All Heathens, Antonio Pigefetta, catholicism, Cebuano, church, colonialism, colonization, death, Diaspora, forgetting, germany, historical trauma, history, identity, intergenerational trauma, irreverence, Mactan, Magellan, Marianne Chan, memory, Michigan, Momotaro, Ohio, Philippines, poems, poetry, religion, Sarabande, Sarah Haas, Sex, sexuality, Spanish-American War, therapy, World War II
A loss is a loss. Neither the circle nor the form can be completed. ...more
Tags: A Nail the Evening Hangs On, book review, Cambodia, Copper Canyon, Copper Canyon Press, debut collection, historical trauma, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Khmer Rouge, loom, Marcia Douglas, Monica Sok, paranoia, Phuong T. Vuong, poems, poetry, review, sestina, tourism, trauma, Tuol Sleng, weaving
Oksana Zabuzhko discusses her story collection, YOUR AD COULD GO HERE.
Tags: albert camus, Bluebeard, Cees Nooteboom, Cold War, death, Eastern European, female friendship, female friendships, Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex, generational trauma, Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, historical trauma, Ingeborg Bachmann, intergenerational trauma, Iryna Wilde, J. M. Coetzee, Julio Cortazar, kgb, Khrushchev, Lesya Ukrainka, Marcel Proust, Men Without Women, Milan Kundera, Miljenko Jergovic, Oksana Zabuzhko, Olga Tokarczuk, Orange Revolution, political fiction, Politics, Purge, Robert Musil, Rosanna Warren, Rostyslav Luzhetsky, shame, short fiction, short stories, sisterhood, sisters, Sofi Oksanen, Soviet Union, Srda Sings in the Twilight at Pentecost, stalin, Stockholm syndrome, story collection, The Museum of Abandoned Secrets, translation, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Vassily Grossman, Your Ad Could Go Here
Paul Lisicky discusses his new memoir, LATER: MY LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.
Tags: AIDS, Brooklyn, community, coronavirus, COVID-19, death, elegy, epidemic, gay, generational trauma, graywolf, graywolf press, grief, Henry David Thoreau, historical trauma, HIV, intergenerational trauma, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, LGBTQ, loss, memoir, memories, memory, nostalgia, pandemic, Paul Lisicky, place, Provincetown, queer, Royal Young, setting, trauma, virginia woolf, visual art
Roy G. Guzmán discusses their debut collection, CATRACHOS.
Tags: American Dream, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bluets, Catrachos, Central America, childhood, childhood trauma, Children of the Land, Chris Martin, class inequality, coronavirus, COVID-19, dinosaurs, historical trauma, Honduras, identity, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, imperialism, innocence, Jaquira Díaz, Jorge Luis Borges, language, Latin American literature, Latin American poets, Latinx, LGBTQ, Maggie Nelson, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Miami, Michael Kleber-Diggs, minneapolis, non sequitur, Ordinary Girls, Pan's Labyrinth, pandemic, persona poems, poems, poetry, pop culture, pop music, pop songs, poverty, Quarantine, queer, queerness, queerodactyl, Roy G. Guzmán, Roy Guzmán, Rubén Darío, sexuality, shame, trauma, University of Minnesota, Video Games, violence, visual arts
Kristen Millares Young discusses her debut novel, SUBDUCTION.
Tags: academia, anthropologist, anthropology, Coast Salish, colonialism, colonization, Cowlitz, Cuban, debut novel, Diaspora, Doc Daugherty, Elissa Washuta, historical trauma, immigrants, Indigenous, intergenerational trauma, James Baldwin, journalism, journalist, Kristen Millares Young, Latinx, Leni Zumas, Luis Urrea, Makah, Makah Indian Reservation, Melissa Febos, Native, Native American, Neah Bay, Pacific Northwest, racial inequality, Racism, Red Hen Press, repatriation, research, reservation, revision, Ruth Kirk, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, storytelling, Subduction, trauma, zadie smith
Maisy Card discusses her debut novel, THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY.
Tags: colonialism, colorism, debut novel, family, family history, family tree, folklore, ghosts, Greg Mania, hallucinations, Harlem, hereditary trauma, historical trauma, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Jamaica, librarians, Maisy Card, paranormal, Pentecostal, PTSD, religion, Reparations, Shelley R Adler, slavery, sleep paralysis, These Ghosts Are Family
This is my mother’s soup. This is what I aim for. ...more
Tags: ancestors, Chicago, cooking, daughters, eating, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, food, grandmother, heritage, historical trauma, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Italian, Jeju, kimchee, kimchi, korean, Korean American, Korean food, Korean War, Maria T. Allocco, mermaids, mothers, mothers and daughters, North Korea, ocean, recipe, recipes, San Francisco, sea, seaweed, seaweed soup, seoul, sisters, soup, south korea, trauma, vegetarian, vegetarianism
E. J. Koh discusses her debut memoir, THE MAGICAL LANGUAGE OF OTHERS.
Tags: A Lesser Love, book design, Bruce Cumings, Daejeon, daughters, debut memoir, Don Mee Choi, E.J. Koh, Eun Ji Koh, family, heritage, historical trauma, Inez Tan, intergenerational trauma, James McMichael, Japan, Japanese, Korea, korean, language, memoir, memory, mothers and daughters, poetry, Sonia Ryang, south korea, The Magical Language of Others, Tin House, Tin House Books, tokyo, trauma
Barbara Berman’s 2019 Poetry Shout-Out!
Tags: 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Barbara Berman, Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, Black Arts Movement, C.S. Lewis, City Lights Books, Colonize Me, Deer Trails, historical trauma, holiday gifts, holidays, Indigenous, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Kim Shuck, Laura Vrana, Lorenzo Thomas, Misty Skaggs, Native American, natural world, nature, New York Times, Ohio University Press, Ohlone, Onondaga, Pete Wells, Planted By the Signs, rural, rural life, Saturnalia Books, The Collected Poems of Lorenzo Thomas, the new york times, Tsalagi, Umbra, Wesleyan University Press
Chanelle Benz discusses her debut novel, THE GONE DEAD.
Tags: american south, as I lay dying, Ben Greenburg, Black Arts Movement, Chanelle Benz, civil rights, Civil Rights Movement, Crystal Hana Kim, debut novel, first book, george saunders, historical fiction, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, jim crow, Mississippi, Mississippi Delta, Politics, Racism, Rhiannon Giddens, segregation, slavery, The Gone Dead, Trump, White Supremacy
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: domestic abuse, domestic violence, ENOUGH, historical memory, historical trauma, Laura Jensen, Lauren McCluskey, misogyny, Natalie Hirt, patriarchy, Politics, rape, Rape culture, sexual assault, sexual violence, trauma
Valeria Luiselli discusses her new novel, LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE.
Tags: A Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man, americana, Apache, childhood, children, deportation, E.P. Floyd, Faces in the Crowd, genocide, historical trauma, immigration, Latin American literature, Lawrence Venuti, Lost Children Archive, migration, Mrs. Dalloway, Native American, parenthood, parenting, political violence, Politics, road trip, Sidewalks, storytelling, Tell Me How It Ends, The Story of My Teeth, The Translator’s Invisibility, translation, Valeria Luiselli, virginia woolf, Walter Benjamin
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto discusses her newest book, SHADOW CHILD.
Tags: A Tale for the Time Being, ghosts, hallucinations, hawaii, historical trauma, identity, In The Time of the Butterflies, japanese internment, Julia Alvarez, michael ondaatje, monsters, mystery, N.K. Jemisin, Racism, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Ruth Ozeki, Shadow Child, The English Patient, trauma, war, World War II, WWII
[T]erms like “white trash” and basura most accurately reveal those who are doing the defining. Consider what we throw away, and why. Look at what we throw away. Think about the reasons why. ...more
Tags: american south, Basura, Breaking Bad, Carlsbad, community, consumerism, descansos, Dorothy Allison, drugs, DUI, Dutch Elm Disease, Earth, earthships, Easter, egg hunt, Emily Withnall, Food Stamps, Gallinas Canyon, garbage, highway, historical trauma, Indigenous, landfill, Las Vegas, littering, Los Alamos, medicaid, meth, Michael Reynolds, motherhood, Native American, neighbors, New Mexico, Pecos Wilderness, plastic, privilege, Pueblo, recycling, rural, Santa Fe, single mom, single motherhood, slur, small towns, Starvation Peak, substance abuse, Taos, Trader Joe's, trash, unemployment, William Rathje
But still: A pattern. The trauma had been diluted by time. But, it was still present, still discernible, in my blood. ...more
Tags: absent mothers, Aleppo, anxiety, Armenian, Armenian genocide, Cairo, childhood, depression, dna, epigenetics, fathers, genes, genetics, Ghana, grief, historical trauma, Holocaust, immigrants, immigration, intergenerational trauma, Islam, John Bowlby, loss, Marash, middle east, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nadia Owusu, one night stand, orphan, Ottoman Empire, refugees, Syrian Desert, Torch, trauma, Turkey, World War I, wwI
Jon Raymond is one of Portland’s finest wordsmiths. His writing spans TV, film, short story, novel, art criticism, and a hefty array of magazine work. His new novel, Freebird, is the story of a Californian Jewish family entangled in clashing politics, unspoken histories, and personal dissolve. The Singers are Holocaust survivor Sam, his contemptuous children, […]
Tags: Angels, Books, California, Denis Johnson, Donald Trump, faith, family, freebird, God, historical trauma, Holocaust, Jewish, jon raymond, Jonathan Raban, judaism, kafka, Legacy, Liz Asch, Oregon, phylogenetic memory, Politics, Portland, religion, research, siblings, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trauma, Trump
Melissa Febos discusses her new book
Abandon Me, choosing to be celibate for six months, letting go of our own mythologies, and the sexist reaction women receive when they write nonfiction. ...more
Tags: Abandon Me, anger, Bestiary, Book Club, brian spears, celibacy, Donald Trump, Donika Kelly, essay writing, essays, gender inequality, historical trauma, honesty, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Julie Buntin, Junot Diaz, Lidia Yuknavitch, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, Melissa Febos, memoir, Monogamy, Music, mythology, Nick Flynn, nonfiction, psychology, Rebecca Solnit, research, Rick Hanson, Rumpus Book Club, sexism, The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness, truth, Whip Smart, writing workshop
Perched on the shoulders of generational trauma sit these two theses: suffering begets cruelty begets suffering begets cruelty, and pain is empathy’s catalyst. ...more
Tags: american south, boarding schools, Civil War, colonization, historical trauma, illness, Indian Removal Act of 1830, Indian Territory, intergenerational trauma, language, Laura Da', lyric essay, Manifest Destiny, Native American, Pain, personal essay, removal, Shawnee, suffering, Tecumseh, treaties, tribe, westward expansion
Poet Jennifer Barber discusses loss, identity, historical trauma, and her newest collection,
Works on Paper. ...more
Tags: Agni New Poet Series (Graywolf Press), Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, Bruce Rossley Emerging Voices Award, Emmanuel Merle, Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books), Given Away, graywolf press, Harvard Review, Heinrich Böll Cottage Residency, historical trauma, Ici en exil, identity, J. D. Salinger, Jane Miller, Jennifer Barber, Jewish, judaism, Kore Press, natural world, new england, new yorker, Olivia Kate Cerrone, poetry, Pushcart Prize, Rigging the Wind, Salamander, San Miguel de Reinante, spain, St. Botolph Grant-in-Aid, Suffolk University, Take Three: 3, Tenth Gate Prize from The Word Works, The Missouri Review, trauma, weather