ire’ne lara silva discusses her third poetry collection, CUICACALLI/HOUSE OF SONG.
Tags: Blood Sugar Canto, Chicanx, Chupacabra, colonialism, CUICACALLI, CUICACALLI/House of Song, Deborah Miranda, e. e. cummings, flesh to bone, furia, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, House of Song, identity, ire’ne lara silva, Juan Rulfo, Kimberly G. Weiser, Latinx, Latinx literature, magical realism, María Luisa Bombal, mythology, myths, Nepantla Familias, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families In-Between Worlds, one hundred years of solitude, Pedro Paramo, point of view, publishing industry, Texas
Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her debut novel, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL.
Tags: 1980s, Atria Books, Black women writers, black writers, blackness, Connecticut, debut novel, flashback, gender inequality, Hamden, Kukuwa Ashun, MFA, microaggressions, Not Another Teen Movie, Octavia Butler, perspective, point of view, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, speculative fiction, Stephen King, The New School, The Other Black Girl, White Supremacy, workplace, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Zakiya Harris
A.E. Osworth discusses their debut novel, WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT.
Tags: A. E. Osworth, bigotry, cancel culture, capitalism, community, computer programming, COVID, COVID-19, digital culture, Eve Ettinger, gamergate, gaming, gaming culture, Greek chorus, groupthink, Internet, Javert, Law & Order: SVU, Law and Order: SVU, Les Misérables, LGBTQ, lockdown, misogyny, Namwali Serpell, pandemic, point of view, Portland, programming, queer, queerness, Reddit, restorative justice, surveillance, SVU, tech culture, tech industry, technology, trans, We Are Watching Eliza Bright
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
Theodore Wheeler discusses his new novel, IN OUR OTHER LIVES.
Tags: 9/11, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Anna Seghers, Bad Faith, Conor Oberst, Edward Snowden, historical fiction, In Our Other Lives, Internet, Jenny Lewis, Kings of Broken Things, Maria Taylor, marriage, Midwest, Midwestern, Nebraska, NSA, Omaha, patrick modiano, perspective, point of view, Ryan Borchers, saddle creek, September 11, September 11th, Simon Joyner, Speculations about Jakob, spying, state surveillance, Stephanie Delman, surveillance, Theodore Wheeler, Tillie Olsen, Tim Kasher, Uwe Johnson, willa cather
Jameson Fitzpatrick discusses their debut full-length poetry collection, PRICKS IN THE TAPESTRY.
Tags: AIDS, Birds LLC, childhood, Chris Stewart, confessional poetry, Diana Hamilton, eileen myles, Elisa Gonzalez, family, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Kierkegaard, LGBTQ, Morrisroe: Erasures, Olena Kalytiak Davis, poems, poetry, point of view, Pricks in the Tapestry, queer, queerness, The Poem She Didn’t Write
Rachel Genn discusses her new novel, WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON.
Tags: addiction, Amy Winehouse, And Other Stories, Dries Van Noten, drugs, hilary mantel, Jo Varnish, kafka, Mat Treiber, Max Brod, music industry, musicians, neuroscience, Paul Celan, perspective, point of view, power dynamics, psychiatrist, psychiatry, Rachel Genn, rehab, relationships, satire, science, social satire, the cure, the sopranos, tony soprano, Ursula K. Le Guin, What You Could Have Won
Carter Sickels discusses his new novel, THE PRETTIEST STAR.
Tags: 1980s, A Seahorse Year, AIDS, AIDS crisis, AIDS epidemic, Appalachia, Appalachian, capitalism, Carter Sickels, community, COVID-19, David Weissman, Dorothy Allison, Emma Copley Eisenberg, gay, historical fiction, HIV, homophobia, Hub City Press, LGBTQ, Louise Erdrich, Mike Sisco, Mysterious Skin, Ohio, point of view, POV, queer, queerness, rural, rural America, Scott Heim, Stacey D'erasmo, The Evening Hour, The Prettiest Star, The Third Rainbow Girl, trans, We Were Here
“You’re solving this mystery, you’re taking this journey, but that’s only an opening to another journey.”
Tags: adoption, autofiction, Berea College, birth mother, child abuse, childhood trauma, Chris Moore, genre, ghosts, identity, Julie Marie Wade, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Kentucky, magic, Mary Karr, motherhood, mothers, point of view, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, structure, Sue William Silverman, Surrendered Child, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Wanting Radiance, Wishbone
Erin Pringle discusses her debut novel, HEZADA! I MISS YOU.
Tags: Austin, Awst Press, circus, class inequality, death, debut novel, Erin Pringle, grief, Hezada! I Miss You, LGBTQ, loss, Marsha Norman, mental illness, Midwest, money, motherhood, perspective, point of view, queer, queerness, rural, rural America, rural life, Sex, Sex Scenes, Shannon Perri, siblings, sisters, suicide, T Kira Madden, tatiana ryckman, therapy, Wendy Walker, women, writing sex
Chia-Chia Lin discusses her debut novel, THE UNPASSING.
Tags: Alaska, book covers, book design, Chia-Chia Lin, death, debut novel, first book, grief, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, June Park, loss, meningitis, Mental Health, point of view, Ruth LeFaive, The Unpassing, unreliable narrator, unreliable narrators
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
Jamel Brinkley discusses his debut story collection, A LUCKY MAN.
Tags: A Lucky Man, Aaron Teel, Alice Munro, American Short Fiction, Antonya Nelson, Bronx, Brooklyn, Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship, danielle evans, Deborah Eisenberg, Edward P. Jones, Facebook, first book, graywolf press, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Jamel Brinkley, Manhood, Maria Anderson, masculinity, MFA, point of view, POV, Ron Rash, Roxane Gay, short fiction, short stories, Social Media, Stanford, Stegner Fellow, The Ascent, twitter
Kelly O’Connor McNees discusses her new novel,
Undiscovered Country, the timeliness of its story, and the genre of historical fiction. ...more
Tags: biography, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Clan of the Cave Bear, Doris Faber, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, gender roles, historical fiction, In Need of a Good Wife, Jean M. Auel, Jessica Jernigan, journalism, Kelly O'Conner McNees, Lenora Hickok, Lesbian, LGBTQ, louisa may alcott, misogyny, New Deal, point of view, POV, sexism, The Island of Doves, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Undiscovered Country
Tom McAllister discusses his new novel,
How to Be Safe, workshops, Twitter, dystopia, and narrative voice. ...more
Tags: Annie Liontas, Barrelhouse, Book Fight, Bowling for Columbine, bury me in my jersey, Columbine, Dave Cullen, Dave Housley, DJ Waldie, dystopia, Elisa Gabbert, fear, geoff dyer, gun violence, guns, Holy Land, How to Be Safe, Internet, Iowa Writers' Workshop, James Baldwin, Leslie Jamison, lyz lenz, mass shootings, michael moore, Pain, Paul LePage, Philadelphia Eagles, point of view, Sandra Newman, Social Media, Steve King, teachers, The Young Widower's Handbook, tom mcallister, Trump, twitter, violence, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech massacre
Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection
Invocation to Daughters, poly-vocality in poetry, and the importance of centering women’s voices. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Airea D. Matthews, anger, Barbara Jane Reyes, brian spears, City Lights, Donald Trump, election 2016, erasure, Filipina, Greek chorus, I'm So Fine, Invocation to Daughters, Janice Sapigao, Javier Zamora, kapwa, Khadijah Queen, Layli Long Soldier, Philip Metres, Pinay, poetry, poetry book club, point of view, prayer, religion, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Sand Opera, sexual assault, Stacy Doris, Tagalog, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Trump, women writers
Jac Jemc discusses
The Grip of It, revision, and returning to the theme of trustworthiness again and again. ...more
Tags: A Different Bed Every Time, A Rumpus Interview, Aaron Burch, Anne Valente, Books, Claudia Ballard, haunted house, Hitchcock, horror, horror stories, House of Leaves, Jac Jemc, multiple sclerosis, My Only Wife, point of view, Rear Window, revision, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Shirley Jackson, Stone Animals, The Grip of It, The Lady Vanishes, The Orphanage
After writing several books (A Friend of the Family, The Explanation for Everything) from a male point of view, Lauren Grodstein’s new novel, Our Short History, is an intimate glimpse into a woman’s life, at a critical juncture between life and death. Karen Neulander, the protagonist of the novel, has a six-year-old boy, Jake, whose father […]
Tags: A Separation, A Seperation, ACLU, adoption, babies, cancer, death, Jaime Herndon, Lauren Grodstein, mother in laws, motherhood, mothers, Mrs. Bridge, Nintento, novels, Our Short History, ovarian cancer, Planned Parenthood, Pod Save America, point of view, Politics, POV, social issues, The Nix, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Santa Clarita Diet, The Santa Cliarta Diet
Bonnie Jo Campbell discusses her collection
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, the natural world as a character, and finding writing from the male point of view easier. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abuse, Alice Walker, American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Boston, Catherine Eaton, Chicago, children, domestic violence, farming, Flannery O'Connor, gang rape, gender roles, James Cain, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo River, los angeles, Michigan, Midwest, motherhood, National Book Award, nature, Once Upon a River, Pacific University, point of view, poverty, Q Road, Rachel Crane, rape, Robert Olen Butler, rural life, rural noir, setting, sexual assault, short stories, The Color Purple, The Guardian, The Postman Always Rings Twice, trauma, violence, Women & Other Animals
The Rumpus Book Club chats with Jon Raymond about his new novel
Freebird, intergenerational trauma, and the unshakeable love of family. ...more
Tags: adam driver, All That Man Is, David Szalay, Echo Park, Elliot Smith, family, fathers, fathers and sons, film writing, freebird, grandfathers, Holocaust, identity, intergenerational trauma, israel, jon raymond, Joy Williams, L.A., Little Miss Sunshine, los angeles, Meek's Cutoff, memories, memory, murder, outline, parenting, parents, Paul Dano, phylogenetic memory, point of view, Rachel Cusk, Rumpus Book Club, screenplays, The Quick and the Dead, trauma, writing process
Think about the stories you have inside that scare you. That’s what you should be writing. ...more
Tags: a year and a day, anne lammott, autobiographical fiction, beyonce, creative nonfiction, death, fiction, grief, husband, james agee, Lemonade, Leslie Pietrzyk, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, pears on a willow tree, plot, point of view, short stories, teaching writing, this angel on my chest, Tyrese L. Coleman
Karolina Waclawiak discusses her latest book,
The Invaders, the dark side of human nature, and what it really means to be a “beach read”. ...more
Tags: aging, ashley perez, beach reads, editing, family, fiction, How To Get Into The Twin Palms, Interviews, Karolina Waclawiak, los angeles, love, marriage, mothers and daughters, Oprah Magazine, point of view, power, preying, revision, sexuality, Social Media, stepmother, the believer, The Invaders, Two Dollar Radio, unlikable characters, wealth, women
Garth Risk Hallberg talks about his debut,
City on Fire, living in New York City now and in the ’70s, and the anxiety and gratitude you feel when your first novel generates so much buzz. ...more
Tags: art world, Birdland, Black Flag, Chip Kidd, City on Fire, craft, crime, Deborah Eisenberg, debut novels, drugs, Edmund White, fiction, first novels, Garth Risk Hallberg, Horses, jimi hendrix, lewis hyde, Maggie Hinders, MFA, mystery, New York City, novels, Patti Smith, point of view, punk, Richard Florida, Rise of the Creative Class, rock n roll, ryan krull, Shooting, teenagers, The Gift, Thomas Pynchon, violence, writing, zines
I wanted to talk about ambiguity and loss with this book. Love can be a source of power and joy, but it’s so precarious. A relationship ends and one can’t fully explain why or what it was. In a conversation with Electric Literature, writer Rachel B. Glaser talks about her novel Paulina & Fran, point […]
E.L. James is releasing a new book for the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. The latest iteration of the popular pornographic pulp fiction is told from the perspective of Christian Grey. And sometimes from the point of view of his penis. The Gawker Review of Books has a rundown of all the things Christian Grey’s […]
The Rumpus talks to David Bezmozgis about Israel, making fact into fiction, politics in novels, and his new book,
The Betrayers. ...more
Tags: Arthur Koestler, Bernard Malamud, bildungsroman, Cam Terwilliger, cell phones, comedy, Crimean peninsula, Darkness at Noon, David Bezmozgis, digital life, email in fiction, gaza, israel, kgb, Natasha, Novelist, novels, palestine, philip roth, point of view, Politics, refuseniks, Russia, smartphones, Soviet Jews, Stalinism, The Betrayers, The Fixer, The Free World, The Ghostwriter, West Bank, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, writing, Zionists
We spend an enormous amount of our lives … thinking about other people, their motives, their desires and their opinions. ...more
Tags: as I lay dying, f. scott fitzgerald, Flexible First Person, Hemingway, point of view, POV, Rob Roberge, Steve Almond, The Great Gatsby, the last tycoon, To Have and Have Not, william gass, writing