It opens a field of inquiry that stretches to the far corners of culture. ...more
Tags: Antwone Fisher, Atticus, Before Sunset, book review, Bookishness, Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age, Dan Okrent, digital age, digital media, digital revolution, e-books, ebooks, experimental lit, Four Weddings and a Funeral, James Bond, Jessica Pressman, literary fiction, Love Jones, Madea's Family Reunion, Marie Kondo, Michael Chasar, Mike Chasar, physical books, poetry, Publishing, publishing industry, review, Rupi Kaur, Skyfall, Social Media, technology, tennyson, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, The Expendables, Tyler Knott Gregson
I can’t wait for the stories yet to be told, and am thrilled to help bring you the books that will tell them. ...more
Kyle Beachy discusses his new memoir, THE MOST FUN THING.
Tags: aging, brian evenson, Don DeLillo, essay collection, essay writing, essays, Gaston Bachelard, holly m. wendt, Jason Jessee, Jenkem, Kyle Beachy, marriage, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Mos Def, phillip lopate, Point Omega, Publishing, publishing industry, skateboarding, sports, the Classical, The Most Fun Thing, The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life, The Slide, toxic masculinity, Vent City
Co-editors Bruce Owens Grimm, Miguel M. Morales, and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini discuss FAT AND QUEER.
Tags: anthology, Arielle Greenberg, Bruce Owens Grimm, Carmen Machado, carmen maria machado, community, COVID, COVID-19, editing, Emilia Phillips, fat, Fat and Queer, Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives, fatness, gaining, gatekeepers, gatekeeping, gender, LGBTQ, Miguel M. Morales, pandemic, Publishing, publishing industry, Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando, queer, queerness, Roy G. Guzmán, Sarah Fawn Montgomery, Social Media, Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini, transparency, virtual events, weight, writing community
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
Karen Tucker discusses her debut novel, BEWILDERNESS.
Tags: addiction, Aram Mrjoian, Bewilderness, Black Ankle, class inequality, COVID, COVID-19, debut novel, female friendship, friendship, gallows humor, hillbilly elegy, Julie Buntin, Karen Tucker, literary tropes, Mark Winegardner, Marlena, Naloxone, Narcan, North Carolina, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, rejection, rural, rural America, rural life, setting, sobriety, substance use disorder, The Andy Griffith Show, trauma, tropes, Troy, Uwharrie Mountains
Lilly Dancyger discusses her debut essay collection, NEGATIVE SPACE.
Tags: addiction, Anais Nin, Book Club, Burn It Down, carmen maria machado, COVID, COVID-19, David Carr, debut memoir, editing, editors, Elissa Washuta, exquisite corpse, fathers, fathers and daughters, girlhood, grief, Heroin, Joe Schactman, Just Kids, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilly Dancyger, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Maggie Nelson, Melissa Febos, memoir, Mother Winter, Negative Space, On Freedom, pandemic, Patti Smith, Publishing, publishing industry, revision, Rumpus Book Club, Santa Fe Writers Project, SFWP, Sophia Shalmiyev, T Kira Madden, The Art of Cruelty, The Chronology of Water, The Night of the Gun, The Rumpus Book Club, Tin House, visual art, White Magic
Melissa Febos discusses her new essay collection, GIRLHOOD.
Tags: A Little Devil in America, Abandon Me, Alex Dimitrov, Angeline Boulley, Anna North, Ashley C. Ford, Bestiary, Between Two Kingdoms, Body Work, Book Club, Catherine Lacey, Caul Baby, COVID, COVID-19, Deborah Paredez, Donika Kelly, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth McCracken, Ellen Bryant Voigt, essay collection, essay writing, essays, feminism, feminist history, Firekeeper's Daughter, Forsyth Harmon, gendered violence, girlhood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jeannette Winterson, journalism, K Ming Chang, Kiki Petrosino, kristen arnett, Kyrie, Let the Record Show, LGBTQ, Lilly Dancyger, Love and Other Poems, Love Is an Ex-Country, Marisa Siegel, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Milk Fed, misogyny, Morgan Jerkins, Negative Space, Nnedi Okorafor, Outlawed, pandemic, patriarchal, patriarchy, Pew, Publishing, publishing industry, queer, Randa Jarrar, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Schulman, sexism, sexual violence, simone de beauvoir, Siri Hustvedt, Somebody’s Daughter, Suleika Jaouad, The Canterbury Tales, The Renunciations, The Rumpus Book Club, The Second Sex, The Souvenir Museum, Toni Morrison, Tracy Clark-Flory, trauma, trauma writing, Want Me, Whip Smart, White Blood, White Magic, Who Fears Death, William Morris, With Teeth, Year of the Dog
With Lilly Dancyger, Sari Botton, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, and Christine Taylor.
Tags: AAWW, Ada Limon, agents, Alexander Chee, anthologies, anthology, Asian American, Asian American Writers' Workshop, Asian diaspora, book promotion, book publicity, book publishing, book tour, book tours, Burn It Down, Carolita Johnson, Cheryl Strayed, Christine Taylor, Dani Shapiro, Danielle A. Jackson, diasporic, editing, Emily Raboteau, Feminist Press, Gallery Books, Gina Apostol, Go Home!, Good and Mad, Goodbye to All That, Harmless Like You, heidi julavits, Jisu Kim, Joan Didion, Jyothi Natarajan, Kissing Dynamite, Leanne Shapton, Leslie Jamison, Lift Every Voice, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Ko, literary agents, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Melissa Febos, Negative Space, never can say goodbye, publicity, Publishing, publishing industry, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Rage Becomes Her, Rebecca Traister, Rosie Schaap, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Roxane Gay, Sari Botton, Seal Press, Sheila Heti, Soraya Chemaly, Starling Days, The Queen City, Women in Clothes, women's anger
Kiese Laymon discusses the revised HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA.
Tags: american south, April Blevins Pejic, Bible, black femininity, black women, Catherine Coleman, class inequality, community, COVID, COVID-19, family, femininity, Good God, grandmother, grandmothers, Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Kiese Laymon, Mississippi, mothers, mothers and sons, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, shame, South, teachers, teaching, University of Mississippi
Mateo Askaripour discusses his debut novel, BLACK BUCK.
Tags: Bed-Stuy, Black Buck, debut novel, Insecure, Jason Reynolds, Jay Ellis, Mateo Askaripour, microaggressions, On Writing, Publishing, Racism, startups, Stephen King, tech companies, tech culture, workplace
Molly Spencer discusses her new collection, HINGE.
Tags: After the Fall, Allison Titus, autoimmune, Book Club, brian spears, children's books, chronic illness, Crab Orchard Review, Deborah Keenan, Emily Dickinson, fairy tales, fathers, Greek mythology, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hinge, If the House, illness, Jack Bedell, Jennifer Richter, Jon Tribble, Jorie Graham, Leo Lionni, Loft Literary Center, lupus, MFA, Minnesota, Molly Spencer, motherhood, mothers, mythology, myths, parenthood, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Publishing, publishing industry, Pushcart Prize, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, st. paul, Strega Nona, Swimmy, The End of Beauty, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Sum of Every Lost Ship, Tom Ruud, Tomie dePaola, Walt Whitman, We Don't Eat Our Classmates
With Deesha Philyaw, Jaquira Díaz, Danielle Gellar, and Torrey Peters.
Tags: Algonquin, brevity, class inequality, Danielle Gellar, Deesha Philyaw, Dinty Moore, Dinty W. Moore, Dog Flowers, flash, flash nonfiction, gender, Jaquira Díaz, Julie Hakim Azzam, Kathy Pories, LGBTQ, nonfiction, Ordinary Girls, Publishing, publishing industry, queer, race, racial inequality, Rose Metal Press, sexuality, t4t, The Best of Brevity, The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction, Torrey Peters, trans, word limit, Zoe Bossiere
Emily J. Smith interviews her mentor, Chloe Caldwell.
Tags: Abandon Me, academia, agents, Carole Maso, Chelsea Martin, chloe caldwell, claire messud, college, creative nonfiction, Emily J Smith, I'll Tell You in Person, Joe Brainard, Legs Get Led Astray, literary magazines, literary world, Lorrie Moore, Melissa Febos, Mentor, Mentor Series, mentors, MFA, Michelle Tea, motherhood, parenting, personal essay, Publishing, publishing industry, Samantha Irby, Social Media, teaching, teaching writing, The Red Zone, the writing life, Vivian Gornick, women
Tope Folarin discusses his debut novel, A PARTICULAR KIND OF BLACK MAN.
Tags: A Particular Kind of Black Man, african american, African literature, autofiction, Caine Prize, coming of age, craft, Dark Room Collective, debut novel, grandmother, identity, immigrants, immigration, Iris Silverberg, James Baldwin, love, memory, narrative structure, Nigeria, Nigerian American, perspective, poetry, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, Social Media, structure, Tope Folarin, voyeurism, voyeuristic, Wana Udobang, Zoe Wickham
What exactly is a platform? How do you create one? ...more
Tags: community, HIP Lit, Hurry Up and Wait, Kim Perel, Literary Community, marketing, mediabistro, platforms, Publishing, publishing industry, Social Media, the writing life, twitter, writing, Writing Life
Lisa Locascio interviews her mentor, Aimee Bender.
Tags: Aimee Bender, An Invisible Sign of My Own, Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird, Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, Lisa Locascio, Mentor Series, michael ondaatje, Open Me, Publishing, publishing industry, Sarah Ruhl, The Color Master, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, the writing life, Willful Creatures, writer's block, writing, writing process
“Being misunderstood is a really terrible feeling.”
Tags: Amplify, Besotted, Black Light, book promotion, craft essays, essays, gender inequality, gender roles, Kimberly King Parsons, marketing, Melissa Duclos, personal essay, Publishing, publishing industry, self-promotion, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project
Sorry for my obtuseness! I wish you the best of luck elsewhere! ...more
Tags: editors, Funny Women, humor, humor writing, Jill Adams, Publishing, rejection, rejection letters, rejections, submissions, writing humor
“[Y]ou really want to engage a reader, and not abuse their time.”
Tags: appropriation, César Aira, Horacio Castellanos Moya, humor, humor writing, literary humor, Michael Barron, michael ondaatje, novella, Paul Beatty, philip roth, Politics, Publishing, publishing industry, Riots I Have Known, Ryan Chapman, satire, Senselessness, Sri Lanka, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Sellout, Thomas Bernhard, writing humor
Founder and publisher Lisa Pearson discusses Siglio Press.
Tags: #metoo, Adam Pendleton, Adrian Piper, Bough Down, Carrie Mae Weems, Cecilia Vicuña, Christine Burgin, eileen myles, feminism, feminist, Frail Sister, graywolf, independent press, It Is Almost That, Juliana Spahr, Karen Green, lisa mecham, Lisa Pearson, Litmus Press, Nancy Spero, new directions, physical books, Politics, Primary Information, Publishing, publishing industry, Siglio Press, small press, sophie calle, Stephanie Young, Torture of Women, transgressive, Trump, ugly duckling presse, visual art
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“[A]s long as we retain all of these conflicting ideas of what sex is, and what it means to us, sex will always sell—until it’s inconvenient.”
Tags: A Dirty Word, A Dirty Word: How a Sex Writer Reclaimed Her Sexuality, advertising, amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, erotic fiction, Erotica, Game of Thrones, itunes, memoir, moral panic, morality, Motherboard, pornography, Publishing, Radish, Sex, sex education, sex work, sex writing, sexuality, steph auteri
Kate Angus of Augury Books and Joe Pan of Brooklyn Arts Press discuss the challenges and triumphs that come with running an indie press, and the recent decision to make Augury an imprint of BAP.
Tags: a public space, Alicia Jo Rabins, Arisa White, Augury Books, Brigid Hughes, Brooklyn Arts Press, Christine Kanownik, collaborating, collaboration, Createspace, Daniel Borzutzky, Donald Trump, feminism, Fire in the Hero Building, Fruit Geode, independent press, intersectionality, Joe Fletcher, Joe Pan, Kate Angus, Kimberly Steele, Lightning Source, Literary Community, Meghan O’Rourke, New York City, poetry, Publishing, publishing industry, Sheila Maldonado, small press, The Performance of Becoming Human, Trump, Tuff Sunshine, VIDA, vida count
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
I was pretty sure I could produce a manuscript superior to anything [this editor had] ever published before by letting my cat walk over my keyboard a few times. ...more
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, amazon, b.n. harrison, Charlemagne, Cleopatra, communism, conspiracy theories, digital media, Dorothy Sayers, e-books, e-reader, editing, Gaudy Night, George Washington, ghostwriter, ghostwriting, Himmler, history, kindle, nazis, Parson Weems, Plutarch, proofreading, Publishing, publishing industry, Robert K. Massie, Ron Chernow, Shakespeare, Third Reich
Allyson McCabe talks with Anthony DeCurtis, author and music journalist, about the art of the interview, his friendship with Lou Reed, and teaching in the digital age.
Tags: Allyson McCabe, Anthony DeCurtis, berlin, Clive Davis, Crossroads, david bowie, Delmore Schwartz, Emory, Eric Clapton, Fresh Air, In Other Words: Artists Talk About Their Life and Work, Interviews, James Atlas, John Cale, journalism, laurie anderson, lou reed, Magic and Loss, Michael Bolton, Mick Rock, Mos Def, Music, music journalism, music writing, Nancy Spungen, new york, New York Times, Patti Smith, Publishing, Rocking My Life Away, Rolling Stone, Sid Vicious, Songs for Drella, Sound & Vision, Sound and Vision, teaching, teaching writing, Terry Gross, The Soundtrack of My Life, Velvet Underground, VIBE
The founders of Transit Books discuss Wioletta Greg’s debut novel,
Swallowing Mercury, and the challenges and rewards that come with starting a small independent press. ...more
Tags: Adam Z. Levy, Andrés Barba, Ashley Nelson Levy, Bay Area, Book Club, Carlos Yushimoto, Darker with the Lights On, David Hayden, Eliza Marciniak, fathers, fathers and daughters, granta, independent press, indie press, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Kintu, Lessons for a Child Who Arrives Late, Man Booker, Max Porter, new york, nonprofit, Oakland, Portobello, Publishing, publishing industry, Rumpus Book Club, San Francisco, Such Small Hands, Swallowing Mercury, The Center for the Art of Translation, Transit Books, translation, Wioletta Greg
I wouldn’t have volunteered at The Rumpus for the past three years, if I didn’t believe in the power of words. But words ring hollow if they are not met with action. Outrage tweets and Facebook posts mean noting if you don’t march, call, email, filibuster, stand, sit-in, demand, riot, challenge, and vote. Today, Roxane […]
Tags: activism, Arts Resistance, bad feminist, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Donald Trump, EPA, Flint water crisis, hunger, lyz lenz, Milo Yiannopoulos, National Parks, protest, Publishing, publishing industry, resistance, Roxane Gay, Simon and Schuster, Trump
As a poet I get it: talking about “literary infrastructure” is boring. Who wouldn’t rather talk about poets, poems, or aesthetic movements? When we start hearing a lot about the organizations dedicated to supporting authors, presses, and readings rather than the people making literature it probably means those organizations are threatened. Well, welcome to 2017! […]
Tags: Arte Publico, Aunt Lute, BOA Editions, Brent Cunningham, Coffee House, Copper Canyon, Donald Trump, Dorothy, Hanging Loose, independent press, indie press, Literary Community, literary ecosystem, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, NEA, Politics, publishers, Publishing, publishing industry, small press, Small Press Distribution, SPD, Trump, ugly duckling presse