Ashley C. Ford discusses her debut memoir, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER.
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, Ashley C. Ford, childhood, childhood trauma, college, coming of age, debut memoir, Eve Ettinger, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, incarceration, Maya Angelou, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, prison, Somebody’s Daughter, trauma
Annie Connole shares a reading list to celebrate THE SPRING.
Tags: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Annie Connole, Are You an Echo, Chin Music Press, David Jacobson, Ester Hernández, Grief Sequence, Have You Seen Marie, How We Became Human, Joy Harjo, Letters from Max, Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship, M Train, Max Ritvo, Maya Angelou, Me and Mom and Mom, Michiko Tsuboi, Misuzu Kaneko, Mom & Me & Mom, Obit, Patti Smith, Prageeta Sharma, Rebecca Solnit, Sally Ito, Sandra Cisneros, Sarah Ruhl, Studs Terkel, The Spring, Toshikado Hajiri, Victoria Chang, What to Read When, Will the Circle Be Unbroken
The 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winners share books that have inspired them!
Tags: Andre Aciman, Ani Cooney, Ann Patchett, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Arundhati Roy, Autobiography of a Face, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Best Debut Short Stories, Best Debut Short Stories 2020, catapult, Commonwealth, Damitri Martinez, Dau Prize, David Kelly Lawrence, deb olin unferth, Enigma Variations, G.K. Chesterton, Gaston Bachelard, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Joy Williams, Kikuko Tsumura, Kristen Sahaana Surya, Lillian Ross, Lucy Grealy, Lysley Tenorio, Matthew Jeffrey Vegari, Maya Angelou, Mbozi Haimbe, Mohit Manohar, Monstress, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, PEN, Picture, Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Sena Moon, Shannon Sanders, State of Grace, The God of Small Things, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, The Poetics of Space, Tracy O'Neill, Valerie Hegarty, What to Read When, Willa C. Richards, Yoko Ogawa, yuka igarashi
Marcia Trahan shares a reading list to celebrate MERCY: A MEMOIR OF MEDICAL TRAUMA AND TRUE CRIME OBSESSION.
Tags: Alice Sebold, audre lorde, Christa Parravani, Elissa Washuta, Her, hunger, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lucky, Marcia Trahan, Maya Angelou, Mercy, Mercy: A Memoir of Medical Trauma and True Crime Obsession, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Nancy Mairs, Porochista Khakpour, Remembering the Bone House, Roxane Gay, sick, Strange Piece of Paradise, Terri Jentz, The Chronology of Water, What to Read When, Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: #metoo, adolescence, C. Boyer, child abuse, child molestation, choir, class inequality, economic inequality, ENOUGH, gender inequality, gender roles, Haiti, immigrant, immigration, Katia D. Ulysse, Maya Angelou, misogyny, Music, patriarchy, Petion-Ville, Politics, Rape culture, Sex, sexual assault, sexual predator, sexual violence, sexuality, shame, singing, Tarana Burke
Rumpus editors share a Mother’s Day reading list to challenge traditional views of motherhood!
Tags: A Life's Work, A River of Stars, Ada Limon, Adrienne Rich, After Birth, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, alison bechdel, All You Can Ever Know, Ararat, Are You My Mother, Barbara Almond, Blackacre, Boy Snow Bird, Camille Dungy, Catherine Wagner, Chelsea Rathburn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, China Martens, Dani McClain, Dear Ijeawele, Dept. of Speculation, elena ferrante, Elisa Albert, Emily Rapp, Everything Is Flammable, Gabrielle Bell, Gabrielle Oliveira, gender inequality, gender roles, Good Bones, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Helen Oyeyemi, Irina Reyn, James McBride, Jennifer Givhan, Jenny Offill, Jodie Patterson, Landscape with Headless Mama, Linda Gray Sexton, Lita Judge, Louise Glück, Lydia Kiesling, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, Mai’a Williams, Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary's Monster, Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom, Monica Youn, Mother Country, Mother Winter, Mother's Day, motherhood, Motherhood So White, mothering, mothers, Nefertiti Austin, Nicole Chung, Not for Mothers Only, Of Woman Born, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Zucker, reading list, reading recommendations, Rebecca Wolff, Revolutionary Mothering, Rumaan Alam, Searching for Mercy Street, Secret Daughter, Shara Lessley, Sheila Heti, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Sophia Shalmiyev, Still Life with Mother and Knife, That Kind of Mother, The Argonauts, The Bold World, The Carrying, The Color of Water, The Days of Abandonment, The Explosive Expert's Wife, The Golden State, The Mere Wife, The Monster Within, The Still Point of the Turning World, vanessa hua, We Live for the We, What to Read When
Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman discusses her debut memoir, SOUNDS LIKE TITANIC.
Tags: #metoo, Abigail Thomas, Abuse, abusive relationship, American Media, Appalachia, assault, Barbara Ehrenreich, Barrie Jean Borich, beauty ideals, beauty standards, body image, Cherry, debut memoir, feminism, feminist, first book, health insurance, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Iraq War, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, Jessica Hindman, Linsey Maughan, Mary Karr, mass media, Maya Angelou, Meghan Daum, memoir, Music, Naomi Wolf, Nickel and Dimed, point of view, POV, Safekeeping, sexual assault, Sounds Like Titanic, The Beauty Myth, The Situation and the Story, violin, violinist, Vivian Gornick, W. W. Norton
Huda Al-Marashi discusses her new memoir, FIRST COMES MARRIAGE.
Tags: 9/11, Arab, arranged marriage, Azadeh Moaveni, azar nafisi, Diana Abu-Jaber, Elmaz Abinader, Esmeralda Santiago, family, Fay Afaf Kanafani, First Comes Marriage, Hanan al-Shaykh, heritage, Huda Al-Marashi, immigrants, immigration, Iraq War, Jasmin Darznik, Jennifer Marie Donahue, love, Marjane Satrapi, marriage, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, memoir, muslim, relationships, sexuality, stereotypes, Tara Bahrampour, traditions, tropes
Terry H. Watkins shares a list of books to celebrate her novel, DARLING GIRL.
Tags: Alice Walker, Angie Thomas, anne of green gables, charlotte bronte, Circe, Darling Girl, Eleanor H. Porter, Harper Lee, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Jane Eyre, Joan Didion, L.M. Montgomery, Larry McMurtry, Lilith’s Brood, little women, louisa may alcott, Lynn Povich, Madeline Miller, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, play it as it lays, Pollyanna, Stieg Larsson, Suzanne Collins, Terms of Endearment, Terry H. Watkins, Terry Watkins, The Color Purple, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Good Girls Revolt, The Hate U Give, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, What to Read When
We here at The Rumpus matriarchy are celebrating all of our feminist “mothers” this Mother’s Day!
Tags: Adelaide Crapsey, Against Forgetting, Andi Zeisler, Angela Y. Davis, Anne Carson, Anything That Burns You, audre lorde, bad feminist, charlotte bronte, cherrie moraga, Christian Bancroft, Etel Adnan, feminism, Feminists, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Gender Trouble, gertrude stein, gloria anzaldua, Good Woman, Gwendolyn Brooks, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, If Not Winter, Ijeoma Oluo, intersectional feminism, Jane Eyre, Jenny Molberg, jessica valenti, Judith Butler, Kate Chopin, Lucille Clifton, Lyn Hejinian, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, Mother's Day, Not That Bad, ntozake shange, reading recommendations, Roxane Gay, Sex Object: A Memoir, Sister Outsider, So You Want to Talk About Race, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Susan Griffin, sylvia plath, tender buttons, Terese Svoboda, The Awakening, The Bell Jar, The Eros of Everyday Life, The Language of Inquiry, This Bridge Called My Back, To look at the sea is to become what one is, We Were Feminists Once, What to Read When, Wislawa Szymborska, Woman Warrior, Women Race Class
Barbara Berman reviews three social justice oriented poetry anthologies today at The Rumpus.
Tags: A. E. Stallings, Alicia Ostriker, Ami Kaye, Annie Chagnot, Barbara Berman, Books, Bullets into Bells, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, Claude McKay, Connie Post, Denise Levertov, Diane Frank, Dorothy Subow Nelson, e. e. cummings, Elizabeth Alexander, ellen bass, Emi Ikkanda, Fred Marchant, Glass Lyre Press, Gloria Mindock, Grace Bauer, How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Refugees, J. C. Reilly, Jane Hirshfield, Jenn Givhan, Julie Kane, Kazim Ali, Langston Hughes, Lois P. Jones, Lost Horse Press, Marge Piercy, Mark Doty, Maya Angelou, Melissa Studdard, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, Neon Vernacular, No More Masks!, Ocean Vuong, poetry, Rebecca Foust, Reviews, Rita Dove, Robert Frost, Robert Pinsky, Rochelle Spencer, Rustin Larson, social justice, Spiegel and Grau, Veterans of War Veterans of Peace, Yusef Komunyakaa
A list from Julia Pierpont to celebrate the release of
The Little Book of Feminist Saints. ...more
Tags: A Room Of One's Own, Anne Carson, audre lorde, Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder, Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan, Brenda Wineapple, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frida Kahlo, Gender Gap: Bella Abzug’s Guide to Political Power for American Women, Gloria Steinem, helen keller, If Not, Infinity Net, It's Up to the Women, Julia Pierpont, Manjit Thapp, Max Sherman, Maya Angelou, My Life on the Road, Nellie Bly, Pussy Riot, Pussy Riot!: A Punk Prayer for Freedom, Sappho, Sholeh Wolpe, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, Sister Outsider, Ten Days in a Mad-House, The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, The Diary of Frida Kahlo, The Feminine Mystique, The Little Book of Feminist Saints, The World I Live in & Optimism, Unbowed, virginia woolf, Wangari Maathai, What to Read When, White Heat, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, Women's History Month, Yayoi Kusama
Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other “uncomfortable” books that will make you a better person for having read them.
Tags: 10000 Dresses, A Midwinter Break, A Time to Kill, Alain Deneault, Alice Walker, American Library Association, Andrew Aydin, Angie Thomas, banned books, beloved, Bernard MacLaverty, censorship, Charles Johnson, chris hedges, crank, Daughter of the Forrest, David France, Edward P. Jones, Einstein's Beach House, Ellen Hopkins, Emily Rosenblum, Empire of Illusions, growing, Harper Lee, Heather Has Two Mommies, How to Survive a Plague, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Imperial Canada Inc, In the Night Kitchen, It's Perfectly Normal, Jacob M. Appel, James Joyce, Janet Fitch, John Grisham, John Lewis, Juliet Marillier, Leslea Newman, Life is Funny, Love Comes Later, MARCH series, Marcus Ewert, Margo Lanagan, mariko tamaki, maurice sendak, Maya Angelou, Middle Passage, Mohana Rajakumar, Nate Powell, Nawal El Saadawi, No Choirboy, reading recommendations, Rex Ray, Robie H. Harris, Spencer Folkins, Susan Kuklin, Tender Morsels, the bluest eye, The Color Purple, The Hate U Give, The Known World, This One Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Toni Morrison, Ulysses, What to Read When, White Oleander, Woman at Point Zero
Ariel Gore discusses her new novel
We Were Witches, why capitalism and the banking system are the real enemies, and finding the limits between memoir and fiction. ...more
Tags: Ariel Gore, Atlas of the Human Heart, banks, Bay Area, Black Wave, Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness, capitalism, Debt, Diane DiPrima, End of Eve, fairy tales, feminism, fiction, gender roles, genre, Girls Like Me, Hip Mama, husbands, Kim Brooks, LGBTQ, magic, magical realism, marriage, Maya Angelou, memoir, Michelle Tea, Mills College, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nina Packebush, nonfiction, Oakland, parenting, patriarchy, poverty, queer, Rufi Thorpe, single mother, student loans, teen mom, The Feminist Press, The Mother Trip, We Were Witches, witches, zines, Zoe Zolbrod
Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel,
The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives. ...more
Tags: 1989, A Rumpus Interview, AIDS, Alli Maloney, Antigua, anxiety, astrology, Barbados, Brooklyn, Center for Fiction, child rape, death, debut novel, debut novelist, depression, destiny, empathy, family dysfunction, fate, first book, grandmothers, Hedgebrook, homophobia, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Jamaica, John Leonard Prize, Maya Angelou, mental illness, NAACP Image ward finalist, Naomi Jackson, perspective, rape, Sex, Sheena Ross, sisters, suicide, The Star Side of Bird Hill, womanhood, women
We poets do not believe the world belongs to us. Our existence is a miracle, and yet we know our world is limited. ...more
Tags: autocrat, brian spears, community, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Alexander, hate, hatred, Inaugural Poems, Inauguration 2017, Julia Alvarez, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, poems, poetry, Poets, Politics, Richard Blanco, Robert Frost, Trump, Vaclav Havel
Tara Betts discusses her newest collection,
Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more
Tags: academia, activism, Alice Walker, arc & hue, audre lorde, Baby Sweets, Binghamton, Black Panthers, black women, Blackberry: a magazine, break the habit, Chicago, comic books, Comics, consent, death, Deesha Philyaw, Def Poetry Jam, Denise Levertov, depression, Devil Dinosaur, divorce, Donald Trump, economic inequality, Eve Ewing, f. scott fitzgerald, family, Foucault, gender inequality, girlspeak, Glen Campbell, grief, Hadiya Pendeleton, heartbreak, heroines, hip-hop, Huey P. Newton, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, identity, Iron Man, jazz, Jeff Chang, Jessica Care Moore, Joan Didion, Kate Zambreno, Larry Levis, Lauryn Hill, Luke Cage, marriage, marriage equality, Maya Angelou, memories, Mental Health, Moon Girl, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Nina Simone, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Paul Beatty, Paul Laurence Dunbar, poems, Poet, poetry, Politics, Princeless, prison system, Public Enemy, Radius, Rape culture, Raymond Andrews, relationships, representation, Riri Williams, Roxane Gay, science fiction, Self Care, slam poetry, superheroes, Ta-Nehisi Coates, tara Betts, Terry McMillan, The Color Purple, the cure, The White Album, Tish Benson, Trump, visible, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Willie Perdomo, Women Writers of Color, World of Wakanda, writers of color, writing, Yona Harvey, Zelda Fitzgerald, zora neale hurston
I’m thinking about the difference between “I stay somewhere” and “I live somewhere.” ...more
Tags: Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Amaud Jamal Johnson, american south, audience, Callaloo, Christianity, death, home, homeless, Jeremy Michael Clark, Maya Angelou, MFA, names, Nathaniel Mackey, National Poetry Month, poetry, Rekia Boyd, Roger Reeves, Sandra Bland, Shakespeare, Southern, spirituality, the body, The Conversation, The South, Thiahera Nurse, trauma, Trayvon Martin, Trinidad, Vievee Francis, writers of color
Mary Karr talks about her new book
The Art of Memoir, the perception of memoir from a “trashy” form, the virtues of poetry, and the complexity of truth-telling. ...more
Tags: Amy Tan, autobiographical fiction, autobiography, Black Boy, carnal, catholicism, Daniel Defoe, doubt, Emma Winsor Wood, form, Frank Conroy, Fresh Air, Geourge Saunders, Greg Mortenson, Harper, helen keller, human connection, James Joyce, Journal of a Plague Year, Karl Ove Knausgard, Mary Karr, Maya Angelou, memoir, Mona Simpson, Native Son, poetry, quotation marks, religion, richard wright, San Francisco, Seamus Heaney, self-consciousness, sensory, structure, Syracuse University, Taliban, Terry Gross, The American Academy, The Art of Memoir, Three Cups of Tea, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, trashiness, truth
After the United States Postal Service misattributed a quote to Maya Angelou on a commemorative stamp, many suggested that the Postal Service “had simply believed too readily what they read on the Internet.” Now, for the New Yorker, Ian Crouch argues that although the Postal Service received approval from the Angelou family to publish the quote, the […]
As if we needed any more evidence that Maya Angelou was both a goddess of verse and the chill best friend you wish you had (sorry JLaw), Billboard has revealed her collaboration on an album that mixes her poetry with hip-hop beats in order to reach a wider audience. Caged Bird Songs is scheduled for […]
In February 2013, just over a year before her death, Maya Angelou spoke to Whitney Mackman about her writing process, her influences, and the act of looking for joy.
On Wednesday, the writing world (and the world at large) lost literary luminary Maya Angelou. In this 1990 interview with the Paris Review, the beloved American author and poet discussed her deep appreciation for the English language and shed light on her writing process. But what I try to keep in mind mostly is my craft. That’s what I […]
I wouldn’t be much of a book columnist if I didn’t celebrate Alice Munro and her much deserved Nobel Prize for Literature. It surprises me, the number of people who have never read Munro. If you’re one of them, you might start here. In 2004, Jonathan Franzen made an appeal in The New York Times […]
Tags: Alice Munro, book blogs, Books, divorce, family, Fun Home, Jeanette Winterson, jonathan franzen, marriage, Maya Angelou, musicals, new york, Todd VanDerWerff
Maya Angelou is ruffling some feathers with a recent statement insulting the choice of words that are splayed across the side of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Monument in Washington: “I was a drum major for justice peace and righteousness.” She expressed her discontent with her own choice words: “The quote makes Dr. Martin […]
As American women, we are privileged to have every March dedicated to our accomplishments. For thirty-one incredible days, we can walk into any elementary school classroom and see our sisters’ faces decoupaged on pink poster board alongside bullet points of praise.