I pushed him so he glided through the fish, the eels, the boxed-in worlds of blues. ...more
Tags: A Clergyman's Daughter, aging, aquarium, Ariél Martinez, California, cancer, daughters, death, drinking, family, fathers and daughters, fish, grief, Hippocampus, marine ecology, memory, Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium, mortality, nature, neuroscience, ocean, parents, Santa Cruz, science
“Balance is its own beautiful practice.”
Tags: Anne Lamott, Barrelhouse, Bird by Bird, bodies, Christine No, debut collection, dissociation, family, filmmaking, grandmother, grandmothers, heartbreak, hypervigilance, Intimacy, Jennifer Lewis, love, Mental Health, neuroscience, poems, poetry, science, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Whatever Love Mean
For anyone looking for some truth and tenderness amidst a still-trying time, look no further. ...more
Tags: A Circle of Quiet, A Ring of Endless Light, a wrinkle in time, Austin Family Chronicles, “Walking on Water, book review, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, Christianity, emma boggs, hope, madeleine l'engle, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, pandemic, religion, review, science, short fiction, short stories, The Joys of Love, the moment of tenderness, Time Quintet
becomes an experiment in itself. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, addiction, Alabama, american south, book review, Christianity, church, depression, drug addiction, drug use, faith, family, Ghana, Ghanian, grief, Heroin, Homegoing, immigrants, immigration, internalized racism, Janet Rodriguez, Mental Health, neuroscience, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, overdose, PhD, Racism, religion, review, science, siblings, Stanford, transcendent kingdom, Yaa Gyasi
And if you ask of her to come to you, her answer is refusal. ...more
Tags: A Theory of Birds, Aiya Sakr, Arab, Arab American writers, birds, book review, colonialism, Etel Adnan, extinction, immigrant, immigration, Karl Marx, Mahmoud Darwish, metaphor, naming, Napoleon Bonaparte, Pablo Picasso, Palestinian, poems, poetry, poetry review, review, science, scientific theory, thomas jefferson, University of Arkansas Press, Zaina Alsous
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
Poet Kimiko Hahn discusses her new collection, FOREIGN BODIES.
Tags: biracial, Chevalier Jackson, Civil Rights Movement, collection, collections, collector, Emily Dickinson, extinction, fairy tales, fathers, fathers and daughters, Foreign Bodies, Freud, Gerard Manley Hopkins, hoarding, insects, Isamu Noguchi, Jack Myers, Japanese, Kimiko Hahn, Lauren Henken, Mackenzie Singh, Mary Cappello, mixed marriage, mutter museum, naming, natural world, nature, poems, poetry, preservation, recovery, research, science, Swallow, The Artist's Daughter, The Portable Poetry Workshop, Toxic Flora
We have to lead with our imagination, not with preconceived limitations. ...more
Tags: activism, Adrienne Maree Brown, afrofuturism, Afrofuturist, audre lorde, Avenue 5, black lives matter, community organizing, copaganda, Emergent Strategy, Gap Band, Greg Daniels, HBO, Jada F. Smith, Joshua Rivera, military, neoliberal, neoliberalism, Netflix, Nikki Giovanni, outer space, police brutality, police violence, science, science fiction, social justice, space, Space Force, Steve Carell, systemic change, systemic inequality, systemic racism, systemic violence, television, Trump, Uses of the Erotic
Chloe N. Clark discusses her debut story collection, COLLECTIVE GRAVITIES.
Tags: Chloe N. Clark, Cotton Xenomorph, debut collection, folklore, Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi, hope, horror, iowa, Kate Finegan, landscape, memories, memory, Midwest, outer space, poetry, research, science, science fiction, short fiction, short stories, story collection, taste, The Science of Unvanishing Objects, word west, Your Strange Fortune
Light reflects differently off near and faraway objects. It’s all about the light. ...more
Tags: 3D, 3D photography, adolescence, algorithms, anorexia, autism, autistic, avatar, benjamin button, camouflaging, cousins, creativity, cutting, diary, family, Film, film industry, filmmakers, Genius, google, intelligence, journal, journaling, journals, light fields, Light Stage 6, math, neurodiverse, neurodiversity, neurotypical, oberlin college, science, self harm, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, spectrum, technology, teenagers, Vanessa Nirode, virtual reality, VR, VR180, Welcome to Light Fields
Brandon Taylor discusses his debut novel, REAL LIFE.
Tags: academia, Alexander Chee, american south, autofiction, Brandon Taylor, Cal Morgan, class inequality, edinburgh, empathy, gay, grief, Iowa City, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Lambda Literary, LGBTQ, MFA, microaggression, microaggressions, Midwest, Monet Patrice Thomas, morality, oppression, potluck, privilege, queer, queerness, racial inequality, Racism, Real Life, Riverhead, Riverhead Books, science, sexuality, Southern, Tin Hous, trauma, twitter
Vikram Paralkar discusses his debut novel, NIGHT THEATER.
Tags: afterlife, Asghar Farhadi, atheism, atheist, Bach, bodies, bureaucracy, catapult, death, Ficciones, human body, Hume, hyperrealism, India, Jorge Luis Borges, kafka, magical realism, medical, medicine, morality, murder, ngmar Bergman, Night Theater, religion, Sarah Blake, Satyajit Ray, science, science fiction, Socrates, Supernatural, Surgeon, surgery, The Afflictions, The Trial, The Wounds of the Dead, trust, Vikram Paralkar, violence
Liz Breazeale discusses her debut story collection, EXTINCTION EVENTS.
Tags: aliens, anxiety, Bowling Green State University, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, debut collection, dinosaurs, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, experimentation, extinction, Extinction Events, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, genre, genre fiction, Laura Maylene Walter, Liz Breazeale, MFA, Missouri, natural disaster, natural disasters, natural world, nature, one hundred years of solitude, paleontologist, paleontology, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, research, science, science fiction, sexism, short stories, STEM, story collection, The X-Files, University of Nebraska Press, X-Files
“I don’t think you ever have it all.”
Tags: ageism, Cardy Raper, feminism, fungi, gender bias, gender inequality, genetics, Green Writer’s Press, harvard, John Raper, memoir, molecular geneticist, molecular genetics, mushrooms, mycology, Rachael Peretic, Schizophyllum, Schizophyllum commune, science, scientist, sexism, Splitgill mushroom, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project
Poison now snakes into what’s left of the water. ...more
Tags: A Friend of the Earth, Cheops, cli fi, climate change, climate fiction, Dan Bloom, drought, environmental crisis, farming, flooding, Great American Desert, Ian McEwan, j.g. ballard, Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood, Native American, Nebraska, New York 2140, Ogallala, Oglala Lakota, Politics, science, Solar, South Dakota, T. C. Boyle, Terese Svoboda, The Drowned World, The Year of the Flood, toxic waste, Waste Management Inc
Franny Choi discusses her second collection, SOFT SCIENCE.
Tags: Alice James Books, Bhanu Kapil, book tour, Chobits, cyborg, cyborgs, Danez Smith, disability, dystopia, ex machina, Floating Brilliant Gone, Franny Choi, Fyre Festival, gender, Josè Olivarez, Levi Todd, LGBTQ, migration, millennials, poems, poetry, polyvocality, queer, queerness, race, ross gay, science, sexuality, Social Media, Soft Science, speculative poetry, teaching writing, technology, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Tommy Orange, trans, twitter, Utopia
Kwoya Fagin Maples discusses her poetry collection, MEND.
Tags: Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, black women, Brutal Imagination, Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady, crown of sonnets, Finishing Line Press, Frances Donovan, gynecology, Harriet Washington, Kwoya Fagin Maples, Laura Secord, Lisa Williams, Literary Community, Marion Sims, Medical Apartheid, Mend, Obstetrics, poetry, research, science, scientific racism, slavery, Something of Yours, sonnet
“Stories have a power science doesn’t.”
Tags: A Time to Dance, adolescence, alcoholic, Chennai, child abuse, childhood, Christianity, chronic illness, Climbing the Stairs, disability, homelessness, India, Island's End, jacqueline woodson, kazuo ishiguro, middle grade, Nancy Paulsen, Niranjana Iyer, oceanography, Padma Venkatraman, poverty, religion, Rob Weisbach, science, south asian, Stephen Roxburgh, teaching writing, The Bridge Home, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tsunami, Yoga, young adult
The life I had doesn’t flash like I see in movies. The life I want is what stares ahead. ...more
Tags: brain, brain science, broken heart, Bumble, cancer, dating, dating site, debauchery, divorce, eHarmony, essay, falling in love, Helen Fisher, JDate, love, Madhushree Ghosh, mammogram, Match, MRI, neurology, online dating, relationships, san diego, science, tumor, Zoosk
Cai Emmons discusses her forthcoming novel, WEATHER WOMAN.
Tags: Cai Emmons, climate change, Craig Childs, environmental crisis, environmentalism, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, gender, gender roles, His Mother’s Son, Jason Box, meteorology, neuroscience, Physics, Red Hen Press, Robert Fovell, Sara Rauch, science, Siberia, speculative fiction, The Stylist, weather, Weather Woman
Elizabeth Rush discusses RISING: DISPATCHES FROM THE NEW AMERICAN SHORE.
Tags: Beasts of the Southern Wild, climate change, East Coast, ecosystem, Elizabeth Rush, environmental crisis, Eula Biss, flooding, floods, Hurricane Sandy, journalism, Katie Ford, Louisiana, Lucia Graves, Milkweed Editions, natural world, On Immunity, poetry, Politics, rising sea levels, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, science, scientists, southeast asia, swamps, tidal marsh
Anjali Sachdeva discusses her debut story collection, ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD.
Tags: All the Names They Used for God, Anjali Sachdeva, August Wilson, Boko Haram, carmen maria machado, Clare Beams, debut collection, Ed Simon, fabulism, fabulist, fairy tales, first book, genre, Her Body and Other Parties, John Milton, landscape, Leslie Brisman, Michael Chabon, Milgram experiment, nature, Nigeria, Pittsburgh, Politics, religion, revision, science, setting, short fiction, short stories, social justice, speculative fiction, Tom Sweterlitsch, willa cather, writing process
Elizabeth Scanlon discusses her debut full-length collection,
Lonesome Gnosis, brains and trains, and poetry as prayer. ...more
Tags: american poetry review, autism, capitalism, Donald Trump, editing, editor, Elizabeth Scanlon, Emma Winsor Wood, faith, Gen X, God, Horsethief Books, independent presses, Lonesome Gnosis, money, motherhood, neurology, Odd Regard, poetry, Politics, prayer, religion, revision, science, small presses, sonnet, spirituality, surveillance, technology, television, The Brain Is Not the United States/The Brain Is the Ocean, trains, Trump
They had begun studying memory hoping to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, the doctor explains. But instead, they found other results. ...more
Tags: Accident, brain, car accident, Claire Miye Stanford, death, marriage, memories, memory, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, neurofiction, neuroscience, Rumpus Original Fiction, science, seoul, short fiction, south korea, The Wizard of Oz
But more and more I began to wonder if you needed to be human to be a person. ...more
Tags: Aubrey Hirsch, babies, clones, cloning, Comics, death, embryo, female bodies, grief, loss, motherhood, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, pregnancy, science, Spotlight
Lauren Haldeman discusses her most recent poetry collection,
Instead of Dying, making poetry accessible, and being open to the surprising possibilities of form. ...more
Tags: afterlife, anxiety, brothers and sisters, childhood, Colorado Prize for Poetry, consciousness, death, dyslexia, form, grief, Instead of Dying, invisible cities, Italo Calvino, Kiki Petrosino, Ko Un, lauren haldeman, learning disability, loss, motherhood, Pema Chödrön, poetry, prisms, programming, S. Ferdowski, science, Shane McCrae, siblings, spirituality, toddler, visual art, writing process, Zach Savich
She said something to me, then, that has been a great comfort. “You had a choice,” she said, “but you did not have free will.” A choice that was no choice at all. ...more
Tags: 20 week ban, abortion, Boston, Catholic Church, catholicism, childbirth, Christianity, Colorado, D&E, dilation and extraction, dismemberment abortion, Donald Trump, faith, fetus, genetics, God, grief, Jewish, judaism, late-term abortion, legal system, medicine, Mike Pence, miscarriages, motherhood, mothers, parenting, Politics, pregnancy, pro-choice, pro-life, rabbi, religion, Roe v Wade, Rosh Hashanah, science, Senate Bill 8, third trimester abortion, Trump, TS Mendola, ultrasound, Yom Kippur
Why would I ask for my sanity from the Devil as I sleep walk, only to give it up again to the Holy Spirit? ...more
Tags: A Visitation of Spirits, atheism, Barnard, boarding school, Brea Salim, childhood, death of a salesman, dengue fever, depression, Devil, eating, evolution, Exeter, faith, food, freedom of religion, God, homosexuality, Hudson River, immigration, Indonesia, Indonesian, Lebaran, new england, new york, New York City, night terrors, Pancasila, Play Station Theatre, prayer, psychologist, Randall Keenan, religion, Riverside Park, science, snow, Times Square, winter
Our American obsession with the personal and individual has made us the tremendous resource consumers we are in the world. ...more
Tags: activism, Aimé Césaire, Amy Benson, An Elemental Thing, Anne Carson, anonymity, biology, chernobyl, cities, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, climate change, creative nonfiction, ecology, election 2016, Eliot Weinberger, essays, evolution, extinction, first person plural, First Person Plural Writing Series, Harlem, Here is Where We Meet, individuality, James Baldwin, Jia Talentino, John Berger, Lamarckian Evolution, memoir, Memphis, motherhood, mothers, New York City, nonfiction, nostalgia, parenthood, personal essay, perspective, rural, science, Seven Years to Zero, Sherman Alexie, Stacy Parker LeMelle, The Sparkling Eyed Boy, urban, visual art, Wendy Walters
In 2016, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s writing won the Narrative Poetry Contest. Bertram’s work is formally and thematically expansive and this sampling, called “Facts About Deer and Other Poems,” showcases her incredible range. In the poem “They were armed with long guns”—a poem written in ten parts—the sections move between lists, plain declarations like, “You know // […]
Tags: appropriation, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, Cannibal Ox, cosmology, Facts About Deer And Other Poems, Laura Wetherington, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, miley cyrus, National Endowment for the Arts, NEA, performativity, Personal Science, poetry, Red Hen Press, Rumpus Original, science, Stéphane Mallarmé, The Cold Vein, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tupelo Press, Zukofsky