Dantiel W. Moniz discusses her debut story collection, MILK BLOOD HEAT.
Tags: A Guide To Being Born, american south, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Christianity, class inequality, Dantiel W. Moniz, daughters, debut collection, Eckhart Tolle, Female Trouble, femininity, florida, Friday Black, God, Islam, Jacksonville, James Baldwin, jehovah's witness, Krishna Consciousness, linked stories, MFA, Mike Jeffrey, Milk Blood Heat, Miscarriage, motherhood, mothers, Northeast Florida, point of view, pregnancy, racial inequality, Ram Dass, religion, revision, service industry, Sharp Objects, short fiction, short stories, short story, sisterhood, sisters, South, spirituality, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Toni Morrison, working class, workshops, writing workshop, zora neale hurston
Heather McHugh discusses her new poetry collection, MUDDY MATTERHORN.
Tags: anagram, anagrams, Book Club, Borges, brian spears, COVID-19, Danez Smith, Dawn Lundy Martin, dystopia, form, Heather McHugh, Homie, jehovah's witness, Jericho Brown, K Silem Mohammad, LGBTQ, Muddy Matterhorn, Mugwump, Ocean Vuong, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, police brutality, police violence, Politics, Protests, recession sex workers, religion, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, sex work, sonnets, The New Testament, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Trump, Willie Nelson
I needed to reshape the definitions of words that were used against me. ...more
Tags: Amber Scorah, Apocalypse, armageddon, children, climate crisis, coming out, Crisis of Conscience, cults, Daniel Allen Cox, death, disassociation, disfellowshipping, doomsday cult, doomsday cults, family, freedom of religion, grief, gus van sant, homophobia, homosexuality, hospital, hospitals, jehovah's witness, Jehovah's Witnesses, Joy Castro, Last Days, Leaving the Witness, LGBTQ, misogyny, mothers, nonbinary, parents, patriarchy, queer, queerness, Raymond Franz, religion, religious freedom, sexual abuse, stutter, The Truth Book, trans, Watch Tower, Watch Tower Society, What Belongs to You
Our love of the superfluous is helpful in better understanding ourselves. ...more
Tags: Amadora, Angola, Angolan, beauty, beauty ideals, beauty image, beauty standards, book excerpt, childhood, Cimov, colonialism, Cypress Hill, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, Eric M. B. Becker, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, family, grandparents, hair, immigrants, jehovah's witness, Lisbon, Luanda, Nietzsche, Oeiras, Portugal, Portuguese, privilege, Rumpus exclusive, São Gens, self image, summer, summer vacation, That Hair, Tin House, Tin House Books, Wu-Tang Clan
Malcolm Tariq discusses his debut collection, HEED THE HOLLOW.
Tags: american south, Book Club, brian spears, Christianity, church, cooking, Deep South, Derek Walcott, desire, food, graywolf, graywolf press, Heed the Hollow, historical violence, history, iowa, jehovah's witness, John Donne, LGBTQ, Malcolm Tariq, New Orleans, playwright, playwriting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, queer, queerness, Rage Hezekiah, religion, research, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, savannah, Sex, sexuality, slavery, Stray Harbor, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, theater, violence, What the Twilight Says, Wit
Katie Ford discusses her new collection, IF YOU HAVE TO GO.
Tags: atheism, Atheists, Book Club, brian spears, Carly Joy Miller, Christianity, Colson Whitehead, Denis Johnson, Elaine Pagels, Elizabeth Bishop, fundamentalism, fundamentalist, gilead, God, Gordon Kaufman, graywolf press, Gwendolyn Brooks, If You Have to Go, jehovah's witness, John Berryman, John Donne, Karen King, Katie Ford, Keats, Li-Young Lee, Lutheran, Marilynne Robinson, patriarchy, poetry, poetry book club, Psalm 40, Racism, religion, Robert Lowell, Rumpus Book Club, sentimentality, sestinas, Simone Weil, sonnets, spirituality, sylvia plath, Terrance Hayes, Tess Gallagher, The Whole-Brain Child, theology, U2, white nationalism
A piece of cloth is not being disrespected, but many black Americans are being disrespected, and killed. ...more
Tags: #TakeTheKnee, Abigail Manzella, activism, american flag, ferguson, football, Houston, India Landry, jehovah's witness, NFL, patriotism, pledge of allegiance, privilege, protest, racial inequality, Racism, West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette
Chen Chen discusses his new collection
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad. ...more
Tags: anaphora, Asian American, assimilation, brian spears, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, capitalism, Chen Chen, christopher smart, faith, France, French, God, immigration, Jake Gyllenhaal, jehovah's witness, Kate McKinnon, LGBTQ, Lily Tomlin, Magic School Bus, MariNaomi, MFA, My Cat Jeoffrey, Office Space, paris, queer, Racism, religion, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Turning Japanese, Wallace Stevens, White Supremacy
Adrian Matejka discusses his new collection
Map to the Stars, writing about poverty in contemporary poetry, and how racism maintains its place in our society. ...more
Tags: 1990s, Adrian Matejka, Alex Dimitrov, american south, bigotry, brian spears, confederate flag, Donald Trump, economics, election 2016, gentrification, graphic novel, Hearing Damage, Hurt Business, I'm So Fine, Indianapolis, inequality, jehovah's witness, Khadijah Queen, Luck, Map to the Stars, Marcus Wicker, New Orleans, Nicole Sealey, Ordinary Beast, Parliament, poetry, poverty, Racism, Rodney Jones, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry, Silencer, South, Star Trek, Steve King, suburbia, suburbs, Sun Ra, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Trump, william shatner
Maybe growing up with a father who was a Jehovah’s Witness caused Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall to develop a sensitivity to the plight of the unlucky and underprivileged. Then again, Marshall, who is widely known by her stage name Cat Power, might also have an artist’s innate empathy and receptiveness to others’ pain—something that we, as a nation, could […]
David Rivard discusses his new collection
Standoff, writing as both a public and private act, the interiority of reading, and Pokémon GO. ...more
Tags: aging, artist colony, book covers, charles simic, Civitella Ranieri, David Blair, David Rivard, David Tomas Martinez, Dean Young, death, dementia, Edmund de Waal, ellipses, Fanny Howe, fathers, graywolf, Italy, Jamaal May, Jean Valentine, Jeff Shotts, jehovah's witness, Kenneth Koch, Literary Community, Louisiana, Mark Halliday, masculinity, Michael O'Brien, modernism, My Poems Won't Change the World, Olena Kalytiak Davis, parenthood, parenting, Patrizia Cavalli, Pierre Albert Jourdan, poetry, Pokemon GO, punctuation, reading habits, Robert Creeley, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Standoff, Stuart Dischell, The Hare with Amber Eyes, The Straw Sandals, vulnerability
I started thinking about additional, more slantwise ways we might talk about his legacy. What if I organized a bunch of guitar players? ...more
Tags: 3rdEyeGirl, BB King, Bill Janovitz, Billy Cobham, Black Power, bob dylan, Brian Jones, Buddha, Carrie Brownstein, Chet Atkins, Creep, Darin Strauss, david bowie, David Rakowski, David Ulin, death, Derek Trucks, Derrida, Dhani Harrison, divo, Donna Grantis, Dungeons and Dragons, Eastern philosophy, Eddie Hazel, Eddie Van Halen, elvis, Eric Clapton, feminism, Feminists, freddy mercury, gender, George Harrison, guitar, Hannah Marcus, homoeroticism, In Rainbows, Indigo Street, J. Mascis, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Jeff Lynne, jehovah's witness, Jerry Garcia, jimi hendrix, Jimmy Page, Johnny Rotten, Joni Mitchell, Keith Richards, Kendrick Lamar, LeBron James, Led Zeppelin, Legacy, Lester Bangs, Living Colour, Madonna, Marc Mann, Mark Rogers, masculine, metallica, Michael Hearst, Michael Jordan, Mick Taylor, Miles Davis, Montreaux, MTV, Muddy Waters, music videos, neil young, Nietzsche, Pat Metheny, Patti Smith, persona, Peter Green, postmodern, prince, Prince Rogers Nelson, Punk Rock, Purple Rain, radiohead, rhythm guitar, rick moody, riff, rock and roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stones, Rufus Wainwright, sexism, Shahin Motia, St. Vincent, Steve Winwood, Stevie Ray Vaughn, swinging modern sounds, Terry Kath, The Black Album, Tom Petty, Tom Verlaine, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, White Album
The Rumpus Book Club chats with Sari Wilson about her new book
Girl Through Glass, the demands of the dance world, and New York City as a character. ...more
Tags: ballet, Black Swan, Books, dance, elena ferrante, Elizabeth George, Girl Through Glass, Gone with the Mind, Good on Paper, jehovah's witness, Mark Leyner, Mr. Splitfoot, New York City, plot, Rachel Cantor, Rumpus Book Club, samantha hunt, Sari Wilson, Stegner Fellow, Sunil Yapa, Swan lake, Write Away, your heart is a muscle the size of a fist
What I should have learned back then, but did not, and in fact took at least another twenty years to fully learn, is that such claims are not at all about “demonic power,” “demonic possession,” or even “the Devil,” but are actually about demonization. I learned instead to no longer only imagine evil as contained […]
High as the Horses’ Bridles author Scott Cheshire discusses faith, apostasy, and apocalyse. ...more
Leave it to Nick to create a love song amidst the horrors of judgment day. When God strikes vengeance on us for our sins at Armageddon, Nick isn’t looking for survival, he’s looking for the woman he loves for that one last moment. Together.
Tags: armageddon, God, jasmine, jehovah's witness, judgment day, michelle, nick cave monday, rachel, rebecca, straight to you, tony dushane
When we die, “The Carny” will be our soundtrack. Us humans, who have been jonesing for beliefs and answers about the afterlife in this existence…. We will enter a red tent and DJ will drop the needle on the second track from “Your Funeral, My Trial.”
Tags: blixa, blixa bargeld, jehovah's witness, moses, MTV, nick cave, nick cave and the bad seeds, nick cave monday, nick cave the carny, pinkpop, ralph carney, the carny, the witness song, tony dushane, your funeral my trial
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Carmen Giménez Smith about her poetry collection
Goodbye, Flicker. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Alzheimer's, Barbara Jane Reyes, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, Carmen Giménez Smith, Diwata, e. e. cummings, fairy tales, Fringe, gender, gender roles, J MIchael Martinez, jehovah's witness, Joanna Howard, Joni Mitchell, junior high, Lost, middle school, Mike Meginnis, Noemi Press, Odalisque in Pieces, poems, poetry, psychiatric hospital, reality television, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, science fiction, Shrek, The City She Was, Treme, true crime