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
Does it matter what words a sign says when a symbol says so much more? A white X. A carved swastika. Things get torn down from less. ...more
Tags: Donald Trump, Dutch Elm Disease, election 2016, Emerald Ash Borer, farming, graffiti, Hillary Clinton, insects, Kasich, Kim Weaver, Meredith Wilson, Nazi Germany, obama, parenthood, parenting, privilege, Rachel McKenney, reclaiming patriotism 2017, rural, small towns, Steve King, swastika, teaching, The Music Man, trees, twitter
Geeta Kothari discusses her debut collection, American xenophobia, and the immigrant narrative.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, America, childhood, debut collection, depression, Donald Trump, dystopia, election 2016, first book, Geeta Kothari, gender, I Brake for Moose, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, immigrants, immigration, Indian, Indian Americans, internment camps, mccarthyism, New York City, parents, Parul Kapur Hinzen, Politics, race, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, short fiction, short stories, Steve King, Stuart Dybek, the bluest eye, Toni Morrison, Trump, United Nations, Vietnam War, Women Writers of Color
Adrian Matejka discusses his new collection
Map to the Stars, writing about poverty in contemporary poetry, and how racism maintains its place in our society. ...more
Tags: 1990s, Adrian Matejka, Alex Dimitrov, american south, bigotry, brian spears, confederate flag, Donald Trump, economics, election 2016, gentrification, graphic novel, Hearing Damage, Hurt Business, I'm So Fine, Indianapolis, inequality, jehovah's witness, Khadijah Queen, Luck, Map to the Stars, Marcus Wicker, New Orleans, Nicole Sealey, Ordinary Beast, Parliament, poetry, poverty, Racism, Rodney Jones, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry, Silencer, South, Star Trek, Steve King, suburbia, suburbs, Sun Ra, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Trump, william shatner
Paranoid—From the greek: Paranoos, “distracted” from “para” irregular and “noos,” mind. There are rats in my garage. Boot-sized ones that run straight up the walls and then tiptoe along the roof beams.
Tags: Black Sabbath, Blizzard of Oz, dick cheney, Elvis Presley, Estonia, Heidi Fleiss, Jeffery Dahmer, Martin de Porres, Nolan Ryan, Paranoid, Rats, Steve King, The Fox and the Cat, Tom Harkin, War Pics