It is exhausting to be a woman. ...more
Kimberly Lojewski discusses WORM FIDDLING NOCTURNE IN THE KEY OF A BROKEN HEART.
Tags: adolescence, Annemarie Ni Churreain, Bloodroot, Burrow Press, carmen maria machado, Eva Woods, fairy tales, florida, folklore, Gibsonton, If I Told You Once, independent press, Judy Budnitz, Karen Russell, Kimberly Lojewski, magical realism, Marisa Siegel, Ryan Rivas, small press, The Ballad of Sparrow Foot, Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart
Tsitsi Dangarembga discusses her new novel, THIS MOURNABLE BODY.
Tags: A House For Mr. Biswas, Ben Okri, Book Club, charlie hebdo, depression, Earl Lovelace, Eva Woods, Film, gender roles, graywolf press, language, Marisa Siegel, mourning, Nervous Conditions, photography, Rumpus Book Club, second person, Siphiwe Ndlovu, Teju Cole, The Book of Not, The Theory of Flight, The Wine of Astonishment, This Mournable Body, tourism, Tsitsi Dangarembga, V.S. Naipul, Zimbabwe
Amy Fusselman discusses her new book, IDIOPHONE!
Tags: activism, amy fusselman, Annie-B Parson, ballet, Ben Lerner, blindness, Book Club, coffee house press, consciousness, dance, dancing, essay, Hannah Gadsby, Idiophone, Iolanta, Joy Williams, leaving the atocha station, Leni Zumas, Marisa Siegel, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nanette, poetry, Politics, Red Clocks, Rumpus Book Club, Tchaikovsky, the book of mormon, The Nutcracker
Literary events in and around New York City this week!
Tags: Alex Watt, Ali Powers, Alice Kaltman, Angus McIntyre, Anna Moschovakis, Ayobami Adebayo, Brooke Bolander, Carol Zoref, Charles Otter Holmes, Christie Grotheim, Christina Vega-Westhoff, Colin O'Brien, Daniel Magariel, David Ewalt, Edmund White, Edward Mullaney, Elif Batuman, Emma Mildon, Heather Green, Hoff Matthews, Hua Hsu, Iris Cohen, Jennifer Baker, Jonathan Santlofer, keith gessen, Kelly Sundberg, Kevin Nguyen, Lena Valencia, Leslie Schwartz, Lucy Tan, Mallika Rao, Marina Blitshteyn, Marisa Siegel, marlon james, Mathias Svalina, Megan Abbott, Molly Soda, Mona Kareem, Morgan Jerkins, New York City, notable new york, Notable NYC, Rachel Heng, Rami Karim, Robert Cowan, Samantha Zighelboim, Sarah Bridgins, sarah weinman, Saul Austerlitz, Scotty Weeks, Sean Gill, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Vi Khi Nao, Weike Wang
Literary events in and around New York City this week!
Tags: Adam Tedesco, Alex Gilvarry, Alexander Chee, Alexandra Kleeman, Alibi Jones, Alissa Quart, amber tamblyn, Ariel Francisco, Bassey Ikpi, Brian Alan Ellis, Bud Smith, Caryl Phillips, Chad Frisbie, Cheryl Pearl Sucher, Chia-Lun Chang, clay risen, Cynthia Oka, E.C. Myers, Eliza Griswold, Ellen Oh, Emma Brockes, erica jong, Gabriel Tallent, george packer, Hannah Assabe, Hannah Orenstein, Hilton Als, Ife Olujobi, Iris Cushing, J. Gordon Faylor, Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, Jen Levitt, Jennifer Belle, Jennifer Soong, Jerome Ellison Murphy, Jill Hoffman, Joey De Jesus, John J. Trause, Joshua Keating, Kailey Tedesco, Katherine Tom, Keri Smith, Kim Calder, Kristin Prevallet, Kyra Simone, Lana C Marilyn, leland cheuk, Lucy Bellwood, Lynn Melnick, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Madeline Kearin, Maria Lioutaia, Marisa Siegel, Meg Onli, Meg Wolitzer, Meghan MacLean Weir, Melissa de la Cruz, Melissa Febos, Micah Zevin, Mila Myles, Monica McClure, Monique Muse Dodd, Morgan Jerkins, Muna Mohamad, Nana Chinara, Nathaniel Popkin, Nell Painter, New York City, notable new york, Notable NYC, Olivia Mardwig, Parissah Lin, Paul Legault, Peter Coviello, Philip Schultz, Preeti Chhibber, Rachel Lyon, Rafia Santana, Ramsi TH, Raven Cassell, Rob Lieber, Robert Fitterman, salman rushdie, Sarah Blackwood, Saretta Morgan, Shira Dentz, Shveta Thakrar, Sona Charaipotra, Stephanie Feldman, Thandiwe Zulu, Vanessa Newman, Vi Khi Nao, Ximena Alejandra Izquierdo Ugaz, Yeelen Cohen
Meghan Flaherty discusses her debut memoir,
Tango Lessons, how the book found its current format, and writing a memoir at a young age. ...more
Tags: Argentina, Book Club, celeste ng, dancing, debut memoir, family, first book, Giovanni's Room, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, history, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Jo Ann Beard, Joan Didion, Katherine Boo, Little Fires Everywhere, love, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, Mary Karr, Meghan Flaherty, memoir, motherhood, parenting, Patricia O'Toole, relationships, research, Rumpus Book Club, Salvage The Bones, Sex, sexuality, Sing Unburied Sing, tango, Tango Lessons, The Moralist, virginia woolf, writing sex
Melissa Broder discusses her debut novel,
The Pisces (Hogarth, May 2018), the importance of love between women, and mermaid sex. ...more
Tags: addiction, anxiety, Book Club, Channing Tatum, depression, dogs, Erotica, Eva Woods, female friendships, Giussepe di Tomasi Lampedusa, Greek mythology, Hogarth Press, Intimacy, Loneliness, los angeles, love, Marisa Siegel, Meaty, Melissa Broder, mermaids, new directions, ocean, outline, poetry, Rachel Cusk, Rumpus Book Club, Samantha Irby, Sappho, Sex, sexuality, So Sad Today, The Bridegroom Was a Dog, The Pisces, The Professor and the Siren, The Shape of Water, Transit, twitter, unconditional love, venice, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Yoko Tawada
Mary-Kim Arnold discusses her debut book,
Litany for the Long Moment, exploring adoption through a feminist lens, and dancing on the line between genres. ...more
Tags: adoptee, adoption, Anna Moschovakis, Asian, Asian American, Book Club, Do Ho Suh, Eleanor or The Rejection of the Progress of Love, Essay Press, form, hybrid genre, korean, Litany for the Long Moment, Marisa Siegel, Mary-Kim Arnold, Open Book Contest, poetry, prose, Rumpus Book Club, south korea, South Korean, Tell Me How It Ends, Valeria Luiselli, visual art, writing process
Be inspired, be moved, and celebrate poetry! ...more
Jesse Ball discusses his new novel,
Census, the inherent sinister nature of institutions, and creating imaginary authors. ...more
Tags: A Cure for Suicide, absurdism, absurdist, Agota Kristof, Alice Oswald, Archipelago, Barthelme, Book Club, book design, census, cormorants, Down syndrome, Ecco, Fleur Jaeggy, gogol, High Fidelity, Hotel Theory, hyenas, Jesse Ball, kafka, Marisa Siegel, melville house, Pantheon, Pushkin Press, Rilke, Rumpus Book Club, Samanta Schweblin, SPD, Thomas Bernhard, Tsetaeva, Vera & Linus, vintage, W.G. Sebald, Walser, wayne koestenbaum, Whitman
A selection of AWP 2018 panels, readings, and events that we are especially excited for!
Tags: Alexander Chee, Alexandra Watson, Alicia Mountain, Alison Murphy, Allison Amend, Amelia Gray, Amie Zimmerman, Amy Brill, Amy Saul-Zerby, Amy Silverberg, and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, Andy Farkas, Anna March, Ashley C. Ford, AWP 2018, Ayesha Pande, Ben Fama, Ben Gwin, Ben Pease, Benjamin Schaefer, bianca stone, Brandon Taylor, Brenda Hillman, Bridget Talone, carmen maria machado, Carolina Ebeid, Carrie Lorig, Chanda Feldman, Chanelle Benz, Chelsea Rathburn, Chris Tonelli, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Christine Texeira, Colette Arrand, Conner Bassett, Crystal Williams, Dan Brady, Danez Smith, daniel nester, Dantiel W. Moniz, dawn raffel, Deesha Philyaw, Dennis Norris II, Dianca London Potts., Dinty W. Moore, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Dylan Krieger, Ed Steck, Edward Skoog, Elise Blackwell, Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Emily Corwin, Emily Geminder, Emily Pérez, Eric Shonkwiler, Erin Fleming, Esmé Weijun Wang, Evan Lavender-Smith, Evie Shockley, gabriel blackwell, Gina Apostol, Gloria Muñoz, Hafizah Geter, Heather Sellers, Helen Phillips, Hillary Brenhouse, Jaquira Díaz, Jared Yates Sexton, Jason Tougaw, Javier Zamora, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, jennifer s. cheng, Jessica Lanay, Jessie Chaffee, Jim Warner, Johannes Göransson, Jonny Diamond, josef kaplan, Julia Phillips, Julie Buntin, Kaitlin Solimine, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Karissa Chen, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kazim Ali, kelly link, Kelly Luce, Kelly Thompson, Ken Chen, Kenning J.P. Garcia, Kerri Webster, Kim Calder, Kim Liao, Kima Jones, kirsten reach, Kirstin Chen, Krista Bremer, kristen arnett, Krys Lee, Leigh Stein, Lidia Yuknavitch, Linda Gray Sexton, Lisa Ko, lisa mecham, Liz Bowen, lyz lenz, Manuel Gonzales, Marci Blackman, Marie Mockett, Marie-Helene Bertino, Marisa Siegel, Mary-Kim Arnold, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Megan Giddings, Megan Mayhew, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, Mia Alvar, Michael martone, Michele Filgate, Min Jin Lee, Mischa Haider, Mo Daviau, Monica Wendel, Morgan Parker, Muriel Leung, Nancy Reddy, Natalie Lima, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Patricia Park, Paul Lisicky, Paul Tran, Peg Alford Pursell, Piper Daniels, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Lyon, Rachelle Toarmino, Rajiv Mohabir, Raluca Albu, Reem Abu-Baker, Rion Amilcar Scott, Rob Roberge, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Ruth Awad, Saeed Jones, Safia Elhillo, Safiya Sinclair, Samantha Irby, Sandra Beasley, Sarah Blake, Shelley Feller, Sheree Greer, Shira Dentz, Shy Watson, Sonya Huber, Steph Burt, Steph Post, Steve Woodward, Suleika Jaouad, Sy Safransky, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Tampa, tara Betts, Tarfia Faizullah, Tasha Lamberto Coryell, tatiana ryckman, Thaïs Miller, Tiffany D. Jackson, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Toni Jensen, Tony Fu, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, vanessa hua, Vanessa Mártir, Vi Khi Nao, Virginia Konchan, Wendy C. Ortiz, Wright, Yahdon Israel, Yuki Jackson
Terese Mailhot discusses her debut memoir,
Heart Berries, writing candidly about one’s personal life, and the good that can come from anger. ...more
Tags: Abuse, amy hempel, Bluets, Book Club, Capeman, creative nonfiction, Emily Dickinson, essays, Heart Berries, Indigenous, Institute of American Indian Arts, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Joy Harjo, Marisa Siegel, mary gaitskill, memoir, Momaday, Morgan Jerkins, mothers, mothers and daughters, Native American, parents, Roxane Gay, Rumpus Book Club, sexual abuse, Sherman Alexie, Terese Mailhot, This Will Be My Undoing
Author Verónica Gerber Bicecci and translator Christina MacSweeney discuss the novel,
Empty Set. ...more
Tags: Book Club, Christina MacSweeney, collaboration, Daniel Saldana Paris, Empty Set, language, Marisa Siegel, math, Rumpus Book Club, translation, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, visual art, writing process
I feel ready to double down on the promise of writing, on the power of sharing stories, and on our ability to build bridges with language and knock down walls with words. ...more
Tags: diversity, Donald Trump, ENOUGH, gatekeeper, lyz lenz, Marisa Siegel, matriarchy, Publishing, Rape culture, Rumpus matriarchy, Torch, transparency, Trump, Wendy Rutkowski
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
The Rumpus editorial staff selects our favorite pieces from 2017!
Tags: Abigail Bereola, Alexandra Kleeman, Alexandra Serio, Angie Sijun Lou, Anita Gill, Argun Ulgen, Arwen Donahue, ben pfeiffer, brandon hicks, Brea Salim, brian spears, Britney Davis, Caro Macon, Chelsea Leu, Cherise Wolas, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Christine Spillson, Eileen G'Sell, elissa bassist, elon green, Guy Delisle, Hannah Baxter, Ian MacAllen, Jane Garfinkel, Jared Yates Sexton, Jera Brown, Joe Okonkwo, Julie Greicius, Karissa Chen, Katherine Coldiron, Katherine Magyarody, Katherine Sinback, Laura Lippman, Laura Thorne, Lizz Huerta, lyz lenz, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Marisa Siegel, Matt Brogan, Michael Croley, Molly Spencer, Nora Brooks, Rachel Inberg, Robbie Maakestad, Roxane Gay, Sonya Chung, Sonya Redi, Stacie Evans, Tim Taranto, tom mcallister
Jon McGregor discusses his newest novel,
Reservoir 13, his writing process, and why he chose not to sidestep the “missing girl” trope. ...more
Tags: Alice Oswald, Book Club, By the Lake, carmen maria machado, characters, Dart, Derbyshire, gender roles, Her Body and Other Parties, Jesmyn Ward, Jessica Westhead, John McGahern, Jon McGregor, literary tropes, male violence, Marisa Siegel, Miranda July, missing girl, mystery, Reservoir 13, Rumpus Book Club, Sing Unburied Sing, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Tom Drury, Wallace Stevens, writing process
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abigail Bereola, Amy Letter, Arielle Greenberg, catcalls, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, date rape, ENOUGH, feminism, feminist, gaslight, Karissa Chen, lyz lenz, Marisa Siegel, objectification, Racism, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexism, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexuality, shame, street harassment, victim, victimization
Carmen Maria Machado discusses her debut story collection,
Her Body and Other Parties, her favorite horror writers and movies, and writing the book(s) she’s always wanted to read. ...more
Tags: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Achy Obejas, Anne Rivers Siddons, Bennett Sims, bisexuality, Book Club, Carmen Marie Machado, ethan nosowsky, Get Out, graywolf, Helen Oyeyemi, Her Body and Other Parties, horror, horror movies, It Follows, Jennifer Egan, Jenny Zhang, joyce carol oates, Law and Order: SVU, Lesley Nneka Arimah, LGBTQ, Lindy West, Manhattan Beach, Marisa Siegel, memoir, Nathan Ballingrud, queer, REC, residency, Rumpus Book Club, Shirley Jackson, short fiction, short stories, Shrill, Sofia Samatar, Sour Heart, tender, The Day We Got Drunk on Cake, The Descent, The Others, The Tower of the Antilles, The Witch, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, White Dialogues, William Trevor, Yoko Ogawa
Rumpus editors share our Nobel Prize in Literature predictions with you!
Tags: Anne Carson, ben pfeiffer, brian spears, Christine Lee, elon green, Haruki Murakami, Ian MacAllen, Jennifer Egan, Joan Didion, Kenny G, lyz lenz, Man Booker, Margaret Atwood, Marisa Siegel, Milan Kundera, Molly Spencer, Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature, p.e. garcia, Phillip Roth, Robbie Maakestad, The Handmaid's Tale, Tiffany Midge, Ursula K. Le Guin
Danzy Senna discusses
New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs. ...more
Tags: 1990s, A Separation, bell hooks, biracial, Book Club, Book clubs, Brooklyn, Camus, Chameleon Street, cults, Danzy Senna, Disgrace, Don't Look Now, Dostoyevsky, Giovanni's Room, hip-hop, horror, James Baldwin, Jonestown, Katie Kitamura, Luther Vandross, lydia davis, Marisa Siegel, mary gaitskill, matthew klam, motherhood, New People, Peoples Temple, Quicksand and Passing, race, Repulsion, Roman Polanski, Rumpus Book Club, Safe, the stranger, the talented mr. ripley, The Tenant, thrillers, Todd Haynes, Toni Morrison, Who Is Rich?
Rumpus editors share their thoughts on Charlottesville and white supremacy. When we have a platform to speak out against hatred and bigotry, we must use it to do so.
Tags: activism, Amy Letter, anti-semitism, bigotry, brian spears, Charlottesville, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Donald Trump, Eileen G'Sell, Ian MacAllen, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Marisa Siegel, police brutality, police violence, Politics, protest, Racism, Robbie Maakestad, Sarah Lyn Rogers, Trump, white supremacists, White Supremacy
Achy Obejas discusses her new collection,
The Tower of the Antilles , what she’s learned from translating works of others, and why we should all read poetry every day. ...more
Tags: abortion, academia, Achy Obejas, Adrienne Rich, Alurista, Ava Gardner, bilingual, Book clubs, Cuba, Danez Smith, Donald Trump, e. e. cummings, embargo, English, female characters, Havana Noir, health, healthcare, jennifer s. cheng, journalism, Judy Grahn, Juliana Spahr, Junot Diaz, Kaveh Akbar, Mai Der Vang, Marisa Siegel, marlon brando, Miguel Piñero, Mills College, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Ocean Vuong, Olga Broumas, Papi, poetry, Politics, reproductive rights, Rita Indiana, Rumpus Book Club, Saeed Jones, short fiction, short stories, Solmaz Sharif, Spanish, Stephen Ratcliffe, tenure, the Shanghai, The Tower of the Antilles, This Is How You Lose Her, translation, writing process
Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection,
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 90s, A Few Good Men, anne of green gables, Anne with an E, Aretha Franklin, aziz ansari, Beach House, Book Club, Book clubs, book tour, Carl Hiaasen, Caroline Kepnes, cats, Dark Places, Dave Chappelle, david sedaris, De La Soul, Death Proof, divorce, essay collection, essay writing, essays, Everything You Want Me to Be, Fargo, Forest Whitaker, gillian flynn, Girls, Gone Girl, horror, House of Cards, hunger, Insecure, James Blake, King Krule, Lost, Love Jones, Marie Claire, Marisa Siegel, Marisha Pessl, Master of None, Mavis Staples, Meaty, Mike Epps, Mindy Mejia, Mo'nique, Mr. Splitfoot, New York City, Night Film, parenting, Patti Smith, Paul Mooney, Portishead, radiohead, Reddit, Room, Roxane Gay, Rumpus Book Club, samantha hunt, Samantha Irby, Sharon Van Etten, Sharp Objects, Stephen King, television, The Affair, The Ides of March, The Leftovers, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
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
One day. Seven hours. Over a hundred writers and fifty events, including a Rumpus panel you won’t want to miss!
Tags: Anisse Gross, Arisa White, Bay Area, LARB, Los Angeles Review of Books, Marisa Siegel, Medaya Ocher, Oakland, Oakland Book Festival, rumpus events, Samantha Giles, Small Press Distribution, Small Press Traffic, SPD, Trisha Low
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more
Tags: absent father, adaptations, addiction, adolescence, Book Club, Book clubs, book covers, catapult, craft, death, Dreamland, editing, Elizabeth Bishop, fathers, female friendship, Film, friendship, grief, Housekeeping, Julie Buntin, Kayla Rae Whitaker, likable characters, Lorrie Moore, loss, Marilynn Robinson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, meth, Methland, Michigan, opiates, revision, Rita Dove, Rumpus Book Club, teenage girls, teenagers, television, The Animators, tweakers, unlikable characters, Ursula K. Le Guin, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing process
Every year, The Rumpus celebrates National Poetry Month by running new poems from poets we admire. We feature a different poet each day, and aim to illustrate the variety in voices and styles of poetry being written today.
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