The first thing a baby learns is silence. ...more
Kate Baer discusses her new poetry collection, HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL.
Tags: blackout poetry, COVID, COVID-19, erasure, erasure poems, erasure poetry, female friendships, feminist, friendships, George Floyd, I Hope This Finds You Well, Joanna Goddard, Kate Baer, Mary Oliver, misogyny, mommy blogger, motherhood, mothering, New York Times, pandemic, parenting, poems, poetry, revenge poems, Samantha Mann, Social Media, What Kind of Woman, zoom
Amanda Moore discusses her debut collection, REQUEENING.
Tags: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Amanda Moore, animals, beekeeping, Bees, Ben Gucciardi, Book Club, COVID, COVID-19, debut collection, Ecco Books, Focal Point, Into English, Jenny Qi, Lake Michigan, Maria Dahvana Headley, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Native Air, natural world, nature, pandemic, parenting, Plath, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Requeening, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, San Francisco, surfing, sylvia plath, teaching, The Adventures of China Iron, The Great Believers, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, translation, West Portal
I took a deep breath. A long one. And I started rocking again. ...more
Tags: babies, Carly Rae Zent, fatherhood, fathers, husbands and wives, marriage, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, new mothers, parenting, pregnancy, pregnant, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story
Megan Stielstra discusses her recently rereleased books EVERYONE REMAIN CALM and ONCE I WAS COOL.
Tags: 2nd story, Amanda Delheimer, audience, awp, Chicago, Craft in the Real World, Deborah Levy, Everyone Remain Calm, fiction, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, genre, girlhood, Laura Joyce-Hubbard, Lidia Yuknavitch, Love in the Time of Cholera, Matthew Salesses, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, memoir, motherhood, mothering, nonfiction, Northwestern University Press, Once I Was Cool, parenting, postpartum, postpartum depression, Roxane Gay, Short Story Collection, story collection, The Chronology of Water, The Cost of Living, Things I Don't Want to Know
The best books I have read about motherhood have not reassured me that these feelings will resolve. ...more
Tags: abigail tucker, book review, c-section, childbirth, children, control, depression, elizabeth barber, family, fathers, gender roles, husbands, husbands and wives, journalism, journalist, maternal instinct, memoir, mom genes, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Nell Frizzell, NICU, pregnancy, privilege, Rachel Cusk, research, review, Ross Douthat, Smithsonian Magazine, The Lion in the Living Room, The Panic Years, women's bodies, women's health
To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering. ...more
Tags: adoption, birth mother, book review, Campus Cuties, childhood, childhood trauma, Chin-Sun Lee, Cornell University, Dare Wright, debut collection, debut memoir, divorce, dollhouse, dolls, Domecon, fairy tale, family, family history, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Jean Nathan, John Broadus Watson, literary tropes, marriage, Megan Culhane Galbraith, memoir, memoir-in-essays, memories, memory, motherhood, mothering, mothers, patriarchy, photographs, photography, review, The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book, The Lonely Doll, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, trauma
Amanda Moore discusses her debut poetry collection, REQUEENING.
Tags: A.R. Ammons, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Amanda Moore, Ana Istarú, Anne Sexton, Basho, beehive, beekeeping, cancer, Cornell, Cornell University, Crystal Williams, daughters, debut collection, Duino Elegies, Forrest Gander, Haibun, haiku, hives, illness, Jack Gilbert, Kimiko Hanh, Lucille Clifton, marriage, Marvin Bell, matriarchy, matrilineage, MFA, Molly Spencer, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, Pacific Ocean, parenting, poems, poetry, Requeening, Rilke, Robert Frost, Sharon Olds, surfing, sylvia plath, teaching, the odyssey
Kendra DeColo discusses her new collection, I AM NOT TRYING TO HIDE MY HUNGERS FROM THE WORLD.
Tags: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Against Memoir, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alicia Jo Rabins, Ann Powers, Aracelis Girmay, BOA Editions, Braiding Sweetgrass, Camille Dungy, collaboration, COVID-19, desire, Eleanor Davis, Erika Meitner, Franny Choi, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Hanif Abdurraqib, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World, Italo Calvino, Jeffrey McDaniel, Jessica Hopper, Josè Olivarez, Julio Cortazar, Keith Leonard, Kendra DeColo, Last Evenings on Earth, LGBTQ, Mark Sandman, Michelle Tea, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Music, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy, nostalgia, pandemic, patrick rosal, poems, poetry, pop culture, postpartum depression, ppd, Preeti Vangani, Provincetown, queer, Revolutionary Mothering, Roberto Bolaño, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sarah Ruhl, sexuality, Stanley Kunitz, teaching, teaching writing, Thieves in the Afterlife, Tina Chang, Tyler Mills, Yusef Komunyakaa
Apples do not grow “true to seed,” meaning that what you put in the ground isn’t always what comes back out of it. ...more
Tags: adam and eve, Angie Romines, apples, child bride, child marriage, childbirth, daughters, David Benscoter, Dolly Parton, EJ Brandt, Elizabeth Seaborn, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, family, family history, Fort Wayne, fruit, gender inequality, gender roles, genealogy, God, Henry C. Hazelwood, Indiana, Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed Festival, Keavy, Kentucky, Little House on the Prairie, marriage, memories, memory, motherhood, mothering, orchards, parenting, religion, Riverhaven, rural, rural life, Susan Bishop, Temperate Orchard Conservatory, trees
For what, after all, is more monstrous than a woman who wants? ...more
Tags: Abuse, affair, cheating, Colombo, domestic abuse, domestic violence, family, family secret, fathers, fathers and daughters, infidelity, Lishani Ramanayake, marriage, Mohini, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, Mrs. Dalloway, Nuwara Eliy, rakshasas, Ramayana, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Sri Lanka, Stephen Daldry, Suparnakha, The Hours, virginia woolf
Megan Culhane Galbraith discusses her debut book, THE GUILD OF THE INFANT SAVIOUR.
Tags: adoptee, adoption, adoption trauma, agency, Bennington, birth mother, Catholic Charities, childhood, childhood trauma, Cornell, Cornell University, debut memoir, dollhouse, dolls, Domecon, essays, family, foster care, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, Jacqueline Alnes, Lucille Clifton, Megan Culhane Galbraith, memoir, memoir-in-essays, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nancy Verrier, parenting, photographs, photography, research, Saltonstall Foundation, shame, The Guild of the Infant Saviour, The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book, trauma, unreliable narrator, unreliable narrators
Ethel Rohan discusses her new story collection, IN THE EVENT OF CONTACT.
Tags: Brandon Taylor, bryan washington, carmen maria machado, COLIN KAEPERNICK, COVID, COVID-19, Cut Through the Bone, danielle evans, Danielle McLaughlin, daughters, diane cook, Dublin, Dzanc, Dzanc Books, elizabeth strout, Ethel Rohan, Families, family, family dysfunction, imagination, In the Event of Contact, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Ireland, Lori Ostlund, Louise Kennedy, Mackenzie Rohan, May-Lan Tan, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, Oscar Wilde, pandemic, revision, short fiction, short stories, story collection, trauma, Wendy Erskine, yiyun li
Ronit Plank discusses her new memoir, WHEN SHE COMES BACK.
Tags: absent mother, absent mothers, absent parent, And Then Everything Changed, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, childhood, childhood trauma, cult, cults, daughters, David Koresh, Debra Gwartney, Flushing, Home Is a Made-Up Place, israel, Jennifer Fliss, Jessica Lipnack, kibbutz, Mary Karr, memoir, memory, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, Motina Books, Rajneesh, Rajneeshpuram, Ronit Feinglass Plank, Ronit Plank, The Art of Memoir, The Situation and the Story, Vivian Gornick, When She Comes Back, Wild Wild Country
Shin Yu Pai discusses her new book, ENSŌ.
Tags: Asian American, buddhism, buddhist, Catherine Papenfoth, Chicago, daughters, ENSŌ, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, gender roles, Green Island, historic trauma, historical trauma, Ikka Nakashima, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Jack Kerouac School, Jane Kaplan, Ludao, miscarriages, miscarrying, motherhood, mothering, Naropa, Peter Levitt, peter madden, poems, poetry, pregnancy, Shin Yu Pai, Taiwan, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, traditions, trauma, White Terror, Zen
Torrey Peters discusses her debut novel, DETRANSITION, BABY.
Tags: A Brief History of Seven Killings, audience, Ayad Akhtar, Carter Sickels, casey plett, community, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Davey Davis, debut novel, Detransition Baby, dissociation, elena ferrante, gender, gender norms, gender roles, gender transition, Homeland Elegies, Imogen Binnie, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, Jamie Hood, Kai Cheng Thom, LGBTQ, marlon james, motherhood, mothering, novella, queer, queerness, Sybil Lamb, T Fleischmann, Tales of the City, The Masker, Toni Morrison, Torrey Peters, trans, transitioning, transphobia
The decision to have a child is fraught at the best of times. ...more
Tags: All Its Charms, BOA Editions, book review, family, Keetje Kuipers, motherhood, mothering, mothers, parenthood, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry review, pregnancy, review, Risa Denenberg, The Keys to the Jail
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
We want your essays on mothering outside the margins!
In my eight years as a Mad Men fan, the series has repeatedly prompted me to reflect on parenting. ...more
Tags: advertising, alcohol, Alias, Amanda Bynes, Anna Gunn, anxiety, Betty Draper, Betty Freidan, birth, Breaking Bad, Caroline Smith, cutting, death, depression, Don Draper, Donna Bassin, Elisabeth Moss, ER, Gilmore Girls, Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, Harry Crane, January Jones, Joan Harris, Jon Hamm, Katie Roiphe, Ken Cosgrove, Kiernan Shipka, mad men, Madison Avenue, madness, Margaret Honey, matthew weiner, Megan Draper, Mental Health, mental health industry, mental illness, Meryle Mahrer Kaplan, messiness, Mommyblogs, motherhood, mothering, obsession, parenthood, parenting, Paul Kinsey, Peggy Olson, Philip Larkin, postpartum depression, ppd, pregnancy, Representations of Motherhood, Sally Draper, self harm, Sex, Skylar White, students, sylvia plath, teaching, television, the 60's, the new york times, unlikeable characters, Walter White, writing
This is my second-to-last round-up before I go on hiatus for my book tour, which is a sprawling, insane thing that’s lasting until the end of April, on and off. That’s nothing, of course, compared to the duration of some tours (the fabulous Adderall Diaries tour, for example, that gave birth to the Daily Rumpus), but I […]
Tags: Bill Keller, Brad Listi, China, Gina Frangello, Jennifer Pastiloff, jennifer weiner, Lisa Boncheck Adams, Lizi Gilad, Mary Miller, mothering, MUTHA Magazine, Other People, Other Voices Queretaro, The Weeklings