Grant Faulkner shares a reading list to celebrate ALL THE COMFORT SIN CAN PROVIDE.
Tags: All the Comfort Sin Can Provide, Anais Nin, Close to the Knives, crime and punishment, David Wojnarowicz, Denis Johnson, Empire of the Senseless, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Grant Faulkner, jesus son, justin torres, Kathy Acker, Kim Addonizio, leesa cross-smith, Luster, malcolm lowry, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Raven Leilani, Roberto Bolaño, So We Can Glow, The Diary of Anais Nin, The Savage Detectives, Under the Volcano, we the animals, What to Read When
Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her newest novel, THIS CLOSE TO OKAY.
Tags: ageism, desire, Half-Blown Rose, leesa cross-smith, Monet Patrice Thomas, research, revising, revision, Roxane Gay, sexuality, So We Can Glow, therapist, therapists, therapy, This Close to Okay, Whiskey & Ribbons, Whiskey and Ribbons, WhiskeyPaper
Rumpus editors share a list of new and forthcoming books to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Tags: A House Is a Body, Adrienne Christian, Aftershocks, Alessandra Lynch, alison bechdel, Anjali Enjeti, Arisa White, Ashley C. Ford, Ashley Nelson Levy, Belabored, Beth Alvarado, Between Two Kingdoms, Black Girl Call Home, Blow Your House Down, Body of Stars, Brother Sister Mother Explorer, Carribean Fragoza, Caul Baby, Celeste Mohammed, Cleave, Come-Hither Honeycomb, Courtney Cook, Creatures of Passage, Crooked Hallelujah, Danielle Geller, Dantiel W. Moniz, Deesha Philyaw, Detransition Baby, Dog Flowers, Donika Kelly, Eat the Mouth that Feeds You, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Erin Belieu, Face: One Square Foot of Skin, Forsyth Harmon, Gabriela Garcia, Ghost Forest, Gina Frangello, girlhood, Girls Against God, goldenrod, Heather Cleary, Hinge, Home Is Not a Country, Immediate Family, J. Nicole Jones, Jamie Figueroa, Janice Nimura, Jasmine Mans, Jeannine Ouellette, Jenny Hval, Jillian in the Borderlands, Justine, Justine Bateman, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kat Chow, Kathryn Nuernberger, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kelli Jo Ford, Kendra Allen, Koa Beck, Kristen Radtke, Laura Maylene Walter, Lauren Hough, Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing, leesa cross-smith, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, Libertie, Lilly Dancyger, Love Is an Ex-Country, Low Country, Luster, lyz lenz, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, María Ospina, Mattilda B. Sycamore, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Memorial Drive, Milk Blood Heat, Milk Fed, Molly Spencer, Mona at Sea, Morgan Jerkins, Morowa Yejidé, Nadia Owusu, Naima Coster, Names for Light, Natasha Trethewey, Negative Space, Nightbitch, No One Is Talking about This, Of Women and Salt, On Freedom, Patricia Lockwood, Pik-Shuen Fung, Pleasantview, Pretty Tripwire, Rachel Yoder, Randa Jarrar, Raven Leilani, Safia Elhillo, Seeing Ghosts, Seek You, Shruti Swamy, Somebody’s Daughter, Suleika Jaouad, Suzanne Koven, The Collection Plate, The Doctors Blackwell, The Dragons the Giant the Women, The Freezer Door, The Part that Burns, The Parted Earth, The Renunciations, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, The Way She Feels, The Wild Fox of Yemen, The Witch of Eye, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, This Close to Okay, Threa Almontaser, Tiana Nobile, Torrey Peters, Torrin A. Greathouse, Variations on the Body, Water I Won’t Touch, Wayetu Moore, What to Read When, What's Mine and Yours, white feminism, White Magic, Who's Your Daddy, Women's History Month, Women’s History, Worn, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, Zakiya Dalila Harris
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Adam O. Davis, Adrian Matejka, Alan Chazaro, Amy Blumenfeld, Anaïs Duplan, Anakana Schofield, André Gregory, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Benjamin Garcia, Benjamin Krusling, Blythe Roberson, Brandon Hobson, Brandon Taylor, Brent Hayes Edwards, brontez purnell, Carla M. Cherry, Catherine Barnett, Catherine Cohen, Chang-rae Lee, Cherie Jones, Christina MacSweeney, courtney maum, Curtis L. Crisler, D.A. Powell, Dan Kois, Dana Johnson, Dantiel Moniz, Dantiel W. Moniz, Darin Strauss, David L. Ulin, DeMar Walker, Deva Rashed-Boone, Donna Vorreyer, Elif Batuman, Elizabeth A. I. Powell, elizabeth gilbert, Elizabeth Knox, Ellen Hagan, Ellen Weckler, Elvira Navarro, EMily St John Mandel, Emma Hine, Esther Amini, Esther Perel, Forsyth Harmon, Gabriel Bump, Gail O’Neill, garth greenwell, Gayle Brandeis, Gil Adamson, Hannah Cajandig-Taylor, Hannah Oliver Depp, heidi julavits, Henri Cole, Janice Lowe, Jasminne Mendez, Jennifer Franklin, Jenny Molberg, Joan Wickersham, Joe Donnelly, Jon Batiste, Jon Land, Kathryn Smith, Kelly Schirmann, Kim-Marie Walker, Kristopher Jansma, Laura Read, Lauren Oyler, Leah Umansky, leesa cross-smith, Leila Chatti, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilly Singh, Lisa Zeidner, Liz Harris, Lyndsey Ellis, Madeleine Henry, Marie Arnold, Marin Ireland, Maris Kreizman, Mary Otis, Mateo Askaripour, Matt Goldman, Matthew Salesses, Matthew Yeager, Maya Jewell Zeller, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Momtaza Mehri, Naomi Fry, Nia Easley, Nicole Perlroth, Nora McInerny, Notable Online, Patricia Smith, Peter Mendelsund, Priyanka Chopra, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, R. O. Kwon, Rachel Cargle, Rachel Howzell Hall, Randa Jarrar, Rebecca Pelky, Regina Jamison, Richard Thompson Ford, Ruben Quesada, Ryan O’Connell, Sarah Bates, Sarah Kersey, Sarah Rose Etter, Shane McCrae, Shelley Noble, Spencer Quinn, Stacey Tran, Steve Ryfle, Suleika Jaouad, T Kira Madden, Tara Westover, Tina Chang, Vanessa Taylor, vendela vida, Victor I. Cazares, Vijay Seshadri, Vincent Toro, Walter Mosley, Wylliam Smith, Yxta Maya Murray, Zoraida Cordova
Rumpus editors share a list of new and forthcoming books to celebrate Black History Month!
Tags: 100 Boyfriends, A Girl Is a Body of Water, A Little Devil in America, Adrienne Christian, Aftershocks, Akwaeke Emezi, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Anodyne, Arisa White, Ashley C. Ford, Be Holding, Black Buck, Black History Month, Brandon Taylor, Brian Broome, Brit Bennett, brontez purnell, bryan washington, Cardinal, Caste, Caul Baby, Christoph Keller, Chronicling Stankonia, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Creatures of Passage, Danez Smith, danielle evans, Dantiel W. Moniz, Dawnie Walton, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, Deesha Philyaw, Destiny O. Birdsong, Donika Kelly, Doppelgangbanger, Everywhere You Don't Belong, Filthy Animals, Finna, Gabriel Bump, Hafizah Geter, Hanif Abdurraqib, Homie, How Beautiful We Were, How the World Is Passed, How to Carry Water, Imbolo Mbue, inheritance, Isabel Wilkerson, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Just Us, Justin Phillip Reed, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kevin Simmonds, Khadijah Queen, Ladee Hubbard, Lakewood, LaTanya McQueen, leesa cross-smith, Libertie, Lucille Clifton, Luster, Maisy Card, Mariame Kaba, Mateo Askaripour, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Megan Giddings, memorial, Memorial Drive, Milk Blood Heat, Morgan Jerkins, Morowa Yejidé, N.K. Jemisin, Nadia Owusu, Naima Coster, Nana Nkweti, Natasha Trethewey, Nate Marshall, Negotiations, Nichole Perkins, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Playlist for the Apocalypse, Punch Me Up to the Gods, Raven Leilani, Regina N. Bradley, richard wright, Rita Dove, Robert Jones Jr, ross gay, Samantha Irby, Shayla Lawson, Somebody’s Daughter, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be, Taylor Johnson, The City We Became, The Collection Plate by Kendra Allen, The Dragons the Giant the Women, The Essential June Jordan edited by Jan Heller Levi, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, The Malevolent Volume, The Man Who Lived Underground, The Monster I Am Today, The Office of Historical Corrections, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, The Other Black Girl, The Prophets, The Renunciations, The Rib King, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, The Vanishing Half, Thea Matthews, These Ghosts Are Family, This Close to Okay, This Is Major, transcendent kingdom, Tyree Daye, Un-American, Undrowned, Unearth [The Flowers], Walking on Cowrie Shells, Wanda Coleman, Waterbaby, Wayetu Moore, We Do This 'Til We Free Us, What to Read When, What's Mine and Yours, When the Reckoning Comes, Who's Your Daddy, Wicked Enchantment, Worn, Wow No Thank You, Yaa Gyasi, Zakiya Dalila Harris
Books releasing in the first half of 2021 that we can’t wait to read!
Tags: A Little Devil in America, Adrienne Christian, Aftershocks, Alessandra Lynch, Alex DiFrancesco, Andres Cerpa, Arisa White, Ashley C. Ford, Between Two Kingdoms, Bewilderness, Blow Your House Down, Brandon Taylor, Brother Sister Mother Explorer, Casey McQuiston, Caul Baby, Celeste Mohammed, Cleave, Clint Smith, Come-Hither Honeycomb, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Cosmogyny, Courtney Cook, Craft in the Real World, Creatures of Passage, Dantiel W. Moniz, Donika Kelly, Doppelgangbanger, Elise Bryant, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth Bryer, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Elizabeth McCracken, Erin Belieu, Ethel Rohan, Fake Accounts, Filthy Animals, Forsyth Harmon, Gabriela Garcia, Gina Frangello, girlhood, Hala Alyan, Hanif Abdurraqib, Happily Ever Afters, Home Is Not a Country, Honey Girl, How the Word Is Passed, How to Order the Universe, If This Is the Age We End Discovery, In the Event of Contact, Inside Passage, J. Nicole Jones, Jamie Figueroa, Jeannine Ouellette, Julia Sanches, Justine, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Karen Tucker, Kathryn Nuernberger, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Keema Waterfield, kristen arnett, Krys Malcom Belc, Land of Big Numbers, Lauren Oyler, leesa cross-smith, Libertie, Lilly Dancyger, Lina Meruane, Love Is an Ex-Country, Low Country, Lucy Ives, María José Ferrada, Marcos Gonsalez, Mariana Oliver, Matthew Salesses, Megan McDowell, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Migratory Birds, Milk Blood Heat, Milk Fed, Mona at Sea, Morgan Jerkins, Morgan Rogers, Morowa Yejidé, Nadia Owusu, Nana Nkweti, Negative Space, Nervous System, No One Is Talking about This, Of Women and Salt, One Last Stop, Patricia Lockwood, Pedro's Theory, Pleasentview, Pretty Tripwire, Randa Jarrar, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Safia Elhillo, Somebody’s Daughter, Suleika Jaouad, Te-Ping Chen, The Arsonist's City, The Dragons the Giant the Women, The Natural Mother of the Child, The Other Black Girl, The Part that Burns, The Renunciations, The Souvenir Museum, The Vault, The Way She Feels, The Wild Fox of Yemen, The Witch of Eye, This Close to Okay, Threa Almontaser, Tiana Nobile, Transmutation, Walking on Cowrie Shells, Water I Won’t Touch, Wayetu Moore, What to Read When, White Magic, Who's Your Daddy, With Teeth, Worn, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Zakiya Harris
Rumpus editors share their favorite writing that speaks to women’s history past, present, and future.
Tags: A Fish Growing Lungs, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, afterlife, Aftershocks, Alison Stine, All My Mother's Lovers, Alysia Sawchyn, Arrow, Barbara Jane Reyes, Belabored, Bestiary, Chelsea Bieker, Cynthia Cruz, Deceit and Other Possibilities, Elisa Gabbert, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Fairest, Girls Against God, Godshot, Guidebooks for the Dead, Hafizah Geter, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, hysteria, Ilana Masad, Inconvenient Daughter, Jenn Shapland, Jenny Hval, Jessica Gross, Julia Alvarez, K Ming Chang, Keep Moving, Kiki Petrosino, Lakewood, Lauren J. Sharkey, leesa cross-smith, Leigh Stein, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Lidia Yuknavitch, lyz lenz, Maggie Smith, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mary-Kim Arnold, Mattilda B. Sycamore, Megan Giddings, Melissa Faliveno, Memorial Drive, Meredith Talusan, Monica Sok, Morgan Jerkins, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Nadia Owusu, Natalie Diaz, Natasha Trethewey, Obit, parakeet, Postcolonial Love Poem, Quotients, rachel vorona cote, Road Out of Winter, Samantha Irby, Sejal Shah, Self Care, So We Can Glow, Sumita Chakraborty, The Fish & The Dove, The Freezer Door, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, The Unreality of Memory, Thea Matthews, This Is One Way to Dance, Tomboyland, Too Much, Tracy O'Neill, Un-American, Unearth [The Flowers], vanessa hua, Verge, Victoria Chang, Wandering in Strange Lands, What to Read When, White Blood, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Women's History Month, Wow No Thank You, zora neale hurston
Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her new story collection, SO WE CAN GLOW.
Tags: Alvin Park, desire, Every Kiss a War, female characters, femininity, flash fiction, Grand Central Publishing, high school, Jane Austen, leesa cross-smith, Monet Patrice Thomas, nostalgia, obsession, Pride and Prejudice, relationships, Scent, sentimental, sentimentality, Sex, sexual tension, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, smell, smells, So We Can Glow, teenage girls, teenagers, Whiskey & Ribbons, Whiskey and Ribbons, WhiskeyPaper
Rumpus editors share for their favorite writing that speaks to Black history past, present, and future.
Tags: A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Adrian Matejka, Aftershocks, Anagnorisis, Aracelis Girmay, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, Black History Month, Brandon Taylor, Buck Studies, Busted in New York, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Carl Phillips, Clifford Thompson, DaMaris Hill, Danez Smith, danielle evans, darryl pinckney, Dispatch, Douglas Kearney, Evie Shockley, Faylita Hicks, Felon, Here for It: Or, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, Homie, HoodWitch, How to Save Your Soul in America, How to Sit, How We Fight for Our Lives, John Murillo, Justin Phillip Reed, Kiki Petrosino, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, kyle dargan, Lakewood, leesa cross-smith, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Megan Giddings, Memorial Drive, Morgan Jerkins, Nadia Owusu, Natasha Trethewey, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, R. Eric Thomas, Real Life, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rion Amilcar Scott, Riot Baby, Robin Coste Lewis, Saeed Jones, Sam Irby, Semiautomatic, So We Can Glow, The Big Smoke, The Black Maria, The House at the End of the Road, The Malevolent Volume, The World Doesn't Require You, tochi onyebuchi, Tyrese L. Coleman, Voyage of the Sable Venus, W. Ralph Eubanks, Wandering in Strange Lands, We Cast a Shadow, What It Is, What to Read When, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Wow No Thank You
Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her debut novel,
Whiskey & Ribbons, what it takes to return to a story after a long time away, and how her faith influences her writing. ...more
Tags: Bonnie Nadzam, Britt Bennett, Christian, Christianity, Every Kiss a War, faith, Hub City Press, leesa cross-smith, male friendship, masculinity, Monet Patrice Thomas, Oxford American, pregnancy, race, racial identity, religion, stereotypes, The Mothers, twitter, violence, Whiskey & Ribbons
Don’t miss Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s Letter in the Mail!
Now through 3/31, get a signed copy of WHISKEY & RIBBONS by Leesa Cross-Smith!
Our next Letter in the Mail is from Leesa Cross-Smith, plus get a signed copy of WHISKEY & RIBBONS!
While we can’t promise that 2018 won’t find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration.
Tags: A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, Adrienne Celt, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Aja Gabel, Akwaeke Emezi, Alexander Chee, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, America Is Not the Heart, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, amy fusselman, An American Marriage, Analicia Sotelo, And Now We Have Everything, Anne Raeff, beth bachmann, book lists, Brood, Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen, Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, Cease, census, Choose Your Own Disaster, colin winnette, Dana Schwartz, Diane Seuss, Eats of Eden, Elaine Castillo, Eloisa Amezcua, Empty Set, Everyday People, Eye Level, Fady Joudah, Feel Free, florida, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Freshwater, From the Inside Quietly, Go Home!, Heart Berries, Hermoine Hoby, Homeplace, How to Be Safe, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Idiophone, Idra Novey, Ijeoma Oluo, Indictus, Invitation to a Bonfire, Jasmine Guillory, Jennifer Baker, Jenny Xie, Jesse Ball, John Lingan, Katia D. Ulysse, Kimiko Hahn, Laura Lippman, laura van den berg, lauren groff, leesa cross-smith, Leslie Jamison, Lincoln Michel, Litany for the Long Moment, Mallory Ortberg, marilyn robinson, Mary-Kim Arnold, Meaghan O’Connell, Meg Wolitzer, Meghan Flaherty, Melissa Broder, michelle dean, Morgan Jerkins, Mouths Don't Speak, nadxieli nieto, Natalie Eilbert, Neon in Daylight, Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture, Oceanic, Porochista Khakpour, R. O. Kwon, reading recommendations, Registers of Illuminated Villages, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Roxane Gay, Rumaan Alam, Sandra Allen, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Shara Lessley, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, Sick: A Memoir, Sigrid Nunez, So You Want to Talk About Race, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Sunburn, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Tango Lessons, Tarfia Faizullah, Tayari Jones, Ted Scheinman, Terese Mailhot, Terrance Hayes, That Kind of Mother, The Ensemble, The Explosive Expert's Wife, The Female Persuasion, The Friend, The Incendiaries, The Job of the Wasp, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, The Pisces, The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, The Second O of Sorrow, The Third Hotel, The Wedding Date, This Mournable Body, This Will Be My Undoing, Thomas Page McBee, Those Who Knew, Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, tom mcallister, Tracy K Smith, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, virgin, Wade in the Water, What are We Doing Here?, What to Read When, Whiskey & Ribbons, Winter Kept Us Warm, zadie smith
One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe. ...more
Tags: A Change is Gonna Come, Alabama, All Kinds of Kinds, Am I Wrong, America, american south, Arizona, black women, Box of Rain, California, Chicago, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, Free Fallin', grateful dead, Harry Potter, Hole, I'll Take You There, Indiana, Janis Joplin, Jason Mraz, John A. Williams, John Mellencamp, Kentucky, KKK, Lake Michigan, Lana Del Ray, leesa cross-smith, Long Way Home, Love Someone, Malibu, Me and Bobby McGee, Miranda Lambert, Music, music playlists, Nico and Vinz, Nina Simone, obama, Ohio, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Paul Simon, Pink Houses, playlist, Poldark, race, racial violence, Racism, road trip, Sam Cooke, Sinnerman, Soul Kitchen, South Dakota, The Doors, The Staple Singers, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, travel, Utah, West Coast, Wyoming, YouTube
Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut story collection, Every Kiss a War, dropped last week from Mojave River Press. Written in the second person, her incantatory response reads like a spiritual to-do list, almost a story in itself. Try a sip: Drink red wine, cold. Buy cheap beer and sparklers. Wear a skirt and cowboy boots. Kiss in an empty […]
Tags: Boston Review, Carve Magazine, Edmondo Paz Soldan, Every Kiss a War, Kirk Nessett, leesa cross-smith, Little Fiction, McOndo MOvement, Mojave Press, Necessary Fiction, this week in short fiction, Whiskey & Ribbons