We both can disappear in our own ways, can’t we? ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, alcoholism, brothers, brothers and sisters, Cassandra, childhood, childhood home, divorce, family, grief, Hillary Leftwich, home, loss, siblings, Voices on Addiction
“The grief felt like giving birth, these waves of pain and then receiving.”
Tags: academia, Appalachia, badlands, bodies, Chris Moore, confessional, essay collection, ghosts, grief, home, Iris Press, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Kentucky, memoir, memory, nonfiction, Sarah Minor, South Dakota, Steven Dunn, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, Surrendered Child, teaching, teaching writing, The Motel of the Stars, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, university of virginia, Vermillion, voice lessons, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Wanting Radiance
If I get sick again and I can’t get better, my heart will break too intensely. ...more
Tags: breast cancer, cancer, climate crisis, death, faith, family, God, grief, home, Hudson River, husbands and wives, illness, Jessica Wahlstrom, love, marriage, mortality, motherhood, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, parenting, trees, tumor
These poems present a challenge to the typically imposed strictures of ownership, narrative, and solution. ...more
Tags: Arab diaspora, Birthright, book review, debut collection, Diaspora, George Abraham, home, identity, israel, J. David, Jerusalem, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, LGBTQ, Mahmoud Darwish, memory, palestine, Palestinian, poems, poetry, poetry review, queer, queerness, systemic change, systemic inequality, systemic racism, systemic violence, white gaze
I’ve been everywhere, but I don’t belong anywhere. ...more
Tags: Angelina Jolie, anxiety, anxiety disorder, brittany murphy, Clea Duvall, Elizabeth Moss, Film, film adaptation, film adaptations, foster care, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, gentrification, Girl Interrupted, Hackensack, home, institutionalization, James Mangold, Mental Health, mental illness, mental institution, movie adaptation, New Jersey, panic, Robin Jennings, Susanna Kaysen, Teaneck, therapist, therapy, trauma, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg, winona ryder
Kapka Kassabova discusses her latest book, TO THE LAKE.
Tags: Balkanization, Balkanize, Balkans, black lives matter, border, bulgaria, COVID-19, epigenetics, family, forgiveness, generational trauma, graywolf, graywolf press, Highlands, historical trauma, home, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Jorge Luis Borges, Kapka Kassabova, New Zealand, pandemic, psychology, Sarah Haas, Scotland, Scottish Highlands, To the Lake, trauma, war, Zen Buddhism
Sejal Shah discusses her debut essay collection, THIS IS ONE WAY TO DANCE.
Tags: academia, Ahmedabad, Alice Adams, Asian Americans, Bharati Mukherjee, Burning Man, Cathy Park Hong, COVID-19, creative nonfiction, debut collection, depression, Diaspora, disability, east africa, essay collection, essays, family, first book, food, gender inequality, graduate school, Gujarat, Gujarati, home, humor, humor writing, identity, immigrants, Indian, Indian American, James Wright Foley, jasmine, Junot Diaz, Kenya, language, Leslie Roberts, Madhushree Ghosh, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, MFA, MIchael Derrick Hudson, Minor Feelings, Mississippi Masala, myung mi kim, names, naming, Ordinary People, parents, paris, Purvi Shah, racial inequality, Racism, Rochester, Sejal Shah, sexism, south asian, suicide, This Is One Way to Dance, University of Georgia Press, writing humor
I’m saying people can be imperfect and still be remembered as beautiful. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, addicts, Brooklyn, brothers and sisters, bushwick, cocaine, crack, crackhead, death, drug abuse, drug dealer, drugs, family, Heroin, high, home, nostalgia, opioid crisis, opioids, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, racial inequality, siblings, sober, sobriety, Thomas Reppetto, Vanessa Mártir, Voices on Addiction, war on drugs
There’s a collective guilt. So, our parents buy us friends. ...more
Tags: 1980s, absent father, absent parent, Barbie, Barbie Dream House, cats, childhood, christmas, daughters, Die Hard, divorce, dolls, family, friend dolls, grandmothers, He-Man, home, Jurassic Park, Kid Sister, M.M. Carrigan, Masters of the Universe, MM Carrigan, mothers and daughters, My Buddy, My Pet Monster, oregon trail, santa, siblings, single mother, sisters, Teddy Ruxpin, toys
Emily Arnason Casey discusses her debut essay collection, MADE HOLY.
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, Bill Holm, Burlington, Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction, debut collection, Emily Arnason Casey, essay collection, first book, genetics, hereditary trauma, home, imagination, intergenerational trauma, landscape, laurie easter, Loneliness, Made Holy, memoir, memory, Mental Health, Minnesota, nostalgia, Pain, recovery, shame, sobriety, substance abuse, University of Georgia Press, Vermont, Voices on Addiction
An exclusive cover reveal + excerpt from Lee Matalone’s debut, HOME MAKING.
Tags: Angola, book covers, book design, book excerpt, cover reveal, death, debut novel, domestic, domesticity, exclusive excerpt, family, first book, Grace Helmer, grief, Harper Perennial, home, Home Making, illness, Lee Matalone, marriage, Nora Summers, prison, Robin Bilardello
Thank God music has wings and it can fly wherever, even countries we can’t reach. ...more
Tags: A-Wa, Arabic, arranged marriage, Bayti Fi Rasi, concept album, family, family history, folk music, gender inequality, gender roles, grandmother, Habib Galbi, hip-hop, history, home, Homeland, israel, Jewish, Kendrick Lamar, Liron Haim, middle east, MTV, Music, rick moody, sisters, songwriting, swinging modern sounds, Tagel Haim, Tair Haim, Tony Gatlif, Travis Scott, Yemen, Yemenite
Genevieve Hudson discusses her debut story collection, PRETEND WE LIVE HERE.
Tags: A Little in Love with Everyone, A Lover’s Discourse, Alexander Chee, alison bechdel, Amsterdam, Barthes, bodies, body, book tour, Daniel J Cecil, Fiction Advocate, Fun Home, Future Tense, Genevieve Hudson, home, Joy Williams, landscape, LGBTQ, Pacific Northwest, Pretend We Live Here, queer, short stories, story collection, Versal
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
A list of Melissa Stephenson’s down-and-out favorites for when you have a case of the grays.
Tags: Abandon Me, All About Love, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, bell hooks, Between the World and Me, Cheryl Strayed, Dept. of Speculation, Driven, Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back, Erin Belieu, gilead, home, Housekeeping, Jenny Offill, Jim Harrison, Letters to Yesenin, lila, Lydia Millet, Marilynne Robinson, Melissa Febos, Melissa Stephenson, Nick Flynn, slant six, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tiny Beautiful Things, What to Read When
Adrian Todd Zuniga discusses his debut novel, COLLISION THEORY.
Tags: Adrian Todd Zuniga, Bright Lights Big City, Collision Theory, death, debut novel, elvis, Fight Club, first book, Great Gatsby, grief, home, Housekeeping, Literary Death Match, Longshot, los angeles, love, Mahershala Ali, Mary Anna King, mothers, mothers and sons, opium magazine, Rare Bird, romantic comedies, Scott Porter, screenwriting, Sleepless in Seattle, Stockholm, The Handmaid's Tale, travel, traveling, Video Games, When Harry Met Sally
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. ...more
Tags: 7-Eleven, Alexander Chee, Amelia Gray, animals, Bastard Out of Carolina, danielle evans, debut collection, Dorothy Allison, Felt in the Jaw, female bodies, female body, Flannery O'Connor, florida, home, Intimacy, Joy Williams, Karen Russell, kelly link, kristen arnett, Lan Samantha Chang, lauren groff, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Lori Ostlund, Maggie Cooper, menstruation, place, queer, Randa Jarrar, setting, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Split Lip, twitter, writing process
The 2018 Whiting Awards winners share books that have inspired them, plus a giveaway!
Tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Agnes Smedley, amy hempel, Anne Boyer, Antoinette Nwandu, Black Gay Man, Boy with Thorns, brontez purnell, chemistry, Collected Poems, cotton candy on a rainy day, crush, Daughter of Earth, Delicate Edible Birds, Diane di Prima, Esmé Weijun Wang, Feather on the Breath of God, Frederick Douglass, Garments Against Women, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami, Heads of the Colored People, home, lauren groff, lydia davis, Marilynne Robinson, My Bondage and My Freedom, myriam gurba, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Nathan Alan Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Painting Their Portraits in Winter, Patty Yumi Cottrell, reading recommendations, Revolutionary Letters, Richard Siken, Rickey Laurentiis, Robert Hayden, Robert Reid-Pharr, Shunryū Suzuki, Sigrid Nunez, since i laid my burden down, Tennessee Williams, The Border of Paradise, The Collected Schizophrenias, The End of the Story, Tumble Home, Weike Wang, What to Read When, Whiting Award, Whiting Awards, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
[T]o be a tourist in a foreign country is very different than being a tourist in a foreign country where you are expected to feel you have returned home. ...more
Tags: american, family, Gujarati, Hindu, home, immigrants, immigration, India, Indian, Mumbai, prayer, religion, Shaila Kapoor, Torch, travel, traveling
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
A list from Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters to celebrate the release of
This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home. ...more
Tags: 10 Mile Radius, Adrian Nicole Leblanc, alison bechdel, Carson Ellis, Cat Gwynn, celeste ng, Fun Home, home, Homegoing, Housekeeping, Hyperboreal, Jeannette Walls, Joan Kane, Julie Otsuka, Kelly McMasters, Little Fires Everywhere, Margot Kahn, Marilynne Robinson, Random Family, Sandra Cisneros, The Best We Could Do, The Buddha in the Attic, The Glass Castle, The House on Mango Street, Thi Bui, This Is the Place, What to Read When, women writers, Yaa Gyasi
John Freeman discusses his debut collection of poetry,
Maps, displacement, empathy, and trying to find a way forward in the nation and the world. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, alex dueben, Annie Proulx, beirut, Carmichael, Copper Canyon Press, death, displacement, dying, empathy, family, Freeman's, granta, grief, home, How TO Read a Novelist, John Freeman, Lit Hub, maps, paris, poetry, Sacramento, Sarajevo, Tales of Two Americas, The Future of New Writing, The Tyranny of E-mail
The experience of migration lies not in binaries—pleasure-pain and triumph-catastrophe—but rather, like life itself, it resides in the space in between. ...more
Tags: America, Amherst, borders, coming out, Frances Bruno Catalano, gay, home, homosexuality, immigration, India, Les Voyageurs, LGBTQ, MFA, migration, Nathan Hill, Sabina Murray, Shastri Akella, Temple of Poseidon, The Nix, Torch
Karolina Ramqvist discusses
The White City, her first novel to be translated to English, and the idea of a writer’s persona out in the world versus a just being a writer, writing. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, autofiction, Breastfeeding, crime novels, criminal, female friendship, feminism, gender inequality, gender roles, Gustave Courbet, home, immigrants, journalism, Karolina Ramqvist, Margueritte Duras, Marie Darrieussecq, mickie meinhardt, motherhood, Netsuke, organized crime, research, Rikki Ducornet, Romania, Scandinavia, sequel, sisterhood, Social Media, Stockholm, Sweden, The Beginning of Everything, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girlfriend, The White City, twitter, women writers, worry
Mahtem Shiferraw discusses her debut collection,
Fuchsia, how she uses color to understand the world and to communicate, and why her work continually addresses displacement. ...more
Tags: alex dueben, Amharic, color, displacement, editing, Eritrea, Eritrean, Ethiopia, Ethiopian, Fuchsia, grief, home, identity, immigrant, immigration, Italian, Keeper of Sorrows, Kwame Dawes, language, loss, Mahtem Shiferraw, migration, nomad, poems, poetry, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, sorrow, The Book of Exodus, Tigrinya, University of Nebraska Press, writing process
Poet and essayist Jennifer S. Cheng discusses her collection
House A, working “in the dark,” and the idea of home. ...more
Tags: Barbara Tomash, Brown University, Claudia Rankine, Donald Trump, election 2016, Emma Winsor Wood, Fanny Howe, home, House, House A, identity, immigrants, immigration, Jean Mohr, jennifer s. cheng, John Berger, Kundiman Fellow, language, MFA, ocean, Omnidawn, Pacific Ocean, poetics of refraction, poetry, Politics, Puschart Prize, Rebecca Solnit, Roland Barthes, San Francisco State University, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, University of Iowa, US Fullbright Scholar, water, writing process
Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, activism, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, bell hooks, Bitch Media, Boston, Catholic, catholicism, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Daisy Hernandez, Dear Sister, Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence, Deesha Philyaw, Diaspora, election 2016, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Evelina Galang, feminism, feminist, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, genre, gloria anzaldua, Gloria Steinem, home, immigration, June Jordan, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Literary Mama, make/shift magazine, Marge Piercy, MFA, Michelle Alexander, migration, motherhood, New Jersey, new york, New York City, Ninotchka Rosca, Ohio, parenting, Philippines, place, poetry, publishing industry, rape, Roxane Gay, rural, Seattle, sexual assault, sexuality, This Bridge Called My Back, urban, Vanessa Mártir, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Women Writers of Color
I left the car by the roadside and ran up the slope, in tears now, reaching the picnic tables and swings and, as bright and vivid as in my dreams, my purple-shaped climbing frame, exactly as I remembered it. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Ariana Grande, Belmont, berlin, Boston, Brexit, childhood, culture shock, David Foster Wallace, Donald Trump, England, European Union, globalization, Harvard University, home, hong kong, hunting, immigrants, Indian, Indian Americans, kathmandu, Lancashire, London, Manchester, McLean Hospital, migrants, new england, New York City, racial violence, Racism, Rajeev Balasubramanyam, sylvia plath, Terrorism, terrorist attack, Torch, trauma, Trump, Vermont
Gabrielle Bell discusses her forthcoming graphic memoir,
Everything Is Flammable, what it was like to mine her own life for subject matter, and how anxiety affects her work. ...more
Tags: Alice Munro, anxiety, Book clubs, Breakfast of Champions, catharsis, childhood, Comics, Everything Is Flammable, fire, Gabrielle Bell, graphic memoir, graphic novel, Haruki Murakami, home, Kurt Vonnegut, Marisa Siegel, memoir, memories, memory, mothers, mothers and daughters, paul auster, Rumpus Book Club, rural california, rural life, SSRI, visual art, writing process, Xanax, Zoloft