Cai Emmons discusses her new novel, SINKING ISLANDS.
Tags: Australia, Bill McKibben, Book Club, Cai Emmons, cli fi, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, climate science, Colum McCann, Craig Childs, Dana Spiotta, David Wallace-Wells, eco-fiction, ecofiction, Elizabeth Kolbert, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, From the Caves, Greenland, Hamnet, Jason Box, Jeff Goodell, Maggie O'Farrell, Marisa Siegel, meteorology, Red Hen Press, research, Rumpus Book Club, Sao Paulo, sequel, Sequels, Sinking Islands, south pacific, teachers, The Rumpus Book Club, the uninhabitable earth, The Water Will Come, Thea Prieto, TransAtlantic, Under a White Sky, Wayward, weather, Weather Woman
A Rumpus series of work by women, trans, and nonbinary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abuse, adolescence, childhood, childhood trauma, Christine Blasey Ford, coming out, domestic violence, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, ENOUGH, lesbians, misogyny, molestation, motherhood, parenting, patriarchy, Politics, power dynamics, power inequality, queer, queerness, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexism, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual identity, sexual trauma, sexual violence, sexuality, teachers, teachers and students, toxic masculinity, trauma
I used to be able to teach sex without thinking about sex. ...more
Tags: abstinence, aquarium, Bailey Cunningham, celibacy, death, divorce, fiance, grief, marriage, mothers, Rumpus Original Fiction, Sex, Sex Ed, sex education, sex toys, short fiction, short stories, short story, sisters, STDs, teachers, teaching, teenagers, vibrator, virginity, virgins, wedding, weddings
Matthew Clark Davison discusses his debut novel, DOUBTING THOMAS.
Tags: A Little Life, ACTUP, AIDS, Amble Press, Anita Bryant, Ann Patchett, Anthem: Homunculus, Autobiography of a Face, Bettyville, Between the World and Me, brothers, Cecil Williams, Celeste Chan, chris offutt, debut novel, Doubting Thomas, fleetwood mac, garth greenwell, gay, George Hodgman, Giovianni's Room, Glide Church, hanya yanagihara, homophobia, homosexuality, internalized homophobia, James Baldwin, Janice Mirikitani, John Cameron Mitchell, June Jordan, justin torres, Landslide, Lawnboy, LGBTQ, Lucy Grealy, lydia peelle, mary gaitskill, Matthew Clark Davison, Michael Cunningham, Michael Nava, My Father the Pornographer, Paul Lisicky, pedophile, pedophilia, Portland, queer, queer bodies, Queer Nation, queerness, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Satanic Scare, SFSU, siblings, Sula, Ta-Nehisi Coates, teachers, teaching, The Lab, Toni Morrison, Truth & Beauty, we the animals, What Belongs to You
The babysitters inspired me, and Kristy’s entrepreneurial vision seemed plain yet elegant; easy-to-follow, too. ...more
Tags: adam smith, adolescence, Ann M. Martin, babysitting, book excerpt, Cabbage Patch Kid, capitalism, Chicago Review Press, Chicana, childcare, economics, economy, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, friendship, gender inequality, gender roles, Girl Scouts, high school, intersectionality, Kristy's Great Idea, Latinx, machismo, Marisa Crawford, Megan Milks, Mexican, Mexican-American, misogyny, money, myriam gurba, nepotism, patriarchy, racial violence, Santa Maria, sexual violence, teachers, teaching, teenagers, The Baby-Sitters Club, The Babysitters Club, The Wealth of Nations, We Are the Baby-Sitters Club, YA, YA Lit, YA Literature, young adult literature
Nothing is not right. There is no indication there has ever been a house. ...more
Tags: Asian American, bullying, capitalism, class inequality, classism, diversity, family, fiction, gentrification, Ira Sukrungruang, liberals, money, parents, Politics, racial inequality, Racism, restaurant, Restaurants, Rumpus Original Fiction, school, schools, short fiction, short stories, short story, students, teachers, teaching, Thai, Thailand, working class
“My challenge was to tell my own story but also find ways to weave in wisdom and gravitas.”
Tags: addiction, addiction specialist, addiction therapy, Alison Singh Gee, deception, Elizabeth Maxwell, forgiveness, Gary Weinstein, Jennifer Kaluzny, Jewish, Joseph Krakoff, judaism, Kenan Trebincevic, Lighting Up, Manny Mandel, memoir, Moshe Pindrus, religion, religious, sobriety, spirituality, Susan Shapiro, teachers, teaching, The Forgiveness Tour, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, therapy, Vatsal Thakkar, World In Between
“In my own experience, anxiety entails dwelling on the past.”
Tags: adolescence, anxiety, bodies, dance, dancing, dating, fencing, figure skating, interpretive dance, linked stories, Long Day Press, narcissism, novella, Novellas, Rebecca van Laer, relationships, Shannon McLeod, short fiction, short stories, teachers, teaching, teenagers, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, unreliable narrator, unreliable narrators
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
Trauma’s wing conceals and reveals. ...more
Tags: Öland, book review, death, debut novel, diane zinna, grief, holly m. wendt, Intimacy, John Gardner, landscape, Midsommar, mythology, Neptune’s beach, Neptuni Åkrar, professors, review, setting, Sweden, teachers, teachers and students, the all-night sun, trauma
Literacy, you know firsthand, is a tool, is a motivator, is the beat of education. ...more
Tags: Adam Diehl, Atticus Finch, beloved, Boo Radley, canon, class inequality, classroom, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Georgia Regents University, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City, Harper Lee, hip-hop, James Baldwin, kanye west, Kendrick Lamar, King of the Hill, lesson plan, literacy, literary canon, Music, one hundred years of solitude, Politics, racial inequality, Sean Enfield, syllabus, teachers, teaching, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Blacker the Berry, To Kill a Mockingbird, To Pimp a Butterfly, Tom Robinson, Toni Morrison, W.E.B. Du Bois
There are no line breaks here because there are no breaks here. ...more
Tags: academia, bildungsroman, book review, CNF, creative nonfiction, education, education system, educational system, genre, hybrid genre, kunstlerroman, Marie Alexander Poetry Series, memoir, Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, parenting, poems, poetry, school, Stacey Waite, students, teachers, teaching, Teaching Queer, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing, University of Pittsburgh press, White Pine Press, William Wordsworth, You Are No Longer in Trouble
Greenwell tells his story on the narrator’s terms, and that makes all the difference. ...more
Tags: bdsm, book review, Call Me By Your Name, Carley Moore, Cleanness, Djuna Barnes, dogs, Erotica, garth greenwell, kink, LGBTQ, mentors, Mitzi Angel, queer, queerness, review, Sex, sexual trauma, sexuality, shame, teachers, teaching, The Not Wives, trauma, What Belongs to You
It feels like a luxury to have just enough. ...more
Tags: addiction, Bronx, Chance the Rapper, Clancy Tripp, drug use, drugs, family, food, food and family, gender roles, getting high, Lunchables, marijuana, motherhood, parenting, Same Drugs, students, teacher, teachers, teachers and students, teaching, weed
I tell Kurinda I’d lie flat on the floor under a pile of jackets. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Christian McLean, gender roles, gun violence, guns, lockdown drill, middle school, motherhood, Rumpus Original Fiction, school shooting, school shootings, short fiction, short stories, short story, teachers, teaching
Debut author Allie Rowbottom interviews her mentor, Maggie Nelson.
Tags: Allie Rowbottom, Annie Dillard, Bluets, CalArts, Christina Crosby, debut author, eileen myles, feminism, feminist theory, first book, Jane: A Murder, Jell-O Girls, Maggie Nelson, Mat Johnson, Mentor Series, mentors, publishing industry, rejection, Social Media, teachers, teachers and students, teaching writing, The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty, The Red Parts
Nina Revoyr discusses her new novel, A STUDENT OF HISTORY.
Tags: A Student of History, Akashic Books, California, class inequality, Great Expectations, income disparity, income inequality, LA, los angeles, Lost Canyon, Madison, Midwest, money, mystery, natural world, nature, Nina Revoyr, privilege, racial inequality, Racism, Shannon Henry Kleiber, Southland, teachers, The Age of Dreaming, The Great Gatsby, wealth, Wingshooters, Wisconsin
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
Dickson Lam discusses his debut memoir,
Paper Sons, the writing advice that transformed his approach to thee book, and the duty of a memoirist. ...more
Tags: #metoo, 1990s, absent father, Abuse, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Autumn House Press, brothers and sisters, chess, child abuse, child molestation, Dangerous Minds, Dickson Lam, family, fathers, first book, Freedom Writers, graffiti, gun violence, intergenerational trauma, Jessica Wilbanks, Mat Johnson, memoir, molestation, Paper Sons, San Francisco, sexual abuse, social justice, teachers, teaching, The Fortress of Solitude, trauma
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: #metoo, accountability, ally, Brendan Kiely, Caroline Heldman, consent, Crissle West, Danielle Butler, ENOUGH, femininity, gaslighting, gender norms, gender roles, male privilege, masculinity, misogyny, Nikèl Bussolati, patriarchy, Politics, privilege, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, teachers, teaching, The Gospel of Winter, The Hunting Ground, The Mask You Live In, toxic masculinity, victim blaming, workplace harassment
The poem is no longer a part of the book I own. I ripped it out, had it framed, and nailed it to the wall right next to the door in our master bedroom. ...more
Can a person with some agency ever claim victimization, or are agency and victimhood a binary? ...more
Tags: agency, domestic violence, Donald Trump, elissa wald, femme fatale, Film, francine prose, Goodbye Sweet Girl, Greek mythology, Jessica Rabbit, Kelly Sundberg, Marilyn Monroe, Marissa Korbel, Moby Dick, patriarchy, pornography, rape, Rebecca Solnit, Salomé, sex work, sexual abuse, sexuality, Sherman Alexie, Sirens, starbucks, Stephanie Clifford, Stormy Daniels, students, submission, teachers, teachers and students, The Blue Angel, The Thread, victimization
My voice begins to crack so I clear my throat. I look at each one of the girls one by one. The heat in me rises. My skin feels like the Texas pavement in July. ...more
Tags: black lives matter, Catholic, Catholic School, catholicism, discrimination, Donald Trump, election 2016, feminism, feminist, Hillary Clinton, Holocaust, immigration, institutional racism, Jasminne Mendez, Jesus, jews, police brutality, Politics, prejudice, private school, privilege, race, Racism, slavery, teachers, teaching, Trump, white privilege
I’m still working on this balance, and given that I only have about eighty or ninety years tops to get it right, I doubt I ever will. ...more
Tags: bodies, body image, dieting, eating disorders, female body, husbands and wives, language, love, marriage, math, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, patriarchy, Rachel Klein, relationships, religion, scrabble, teachers, teaching, Weight loss, Weight Watchers, women's bodies
They say justice is blind, and a lady, but it is neither. Justice is a wheel. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Brock Turner, due process, Dylan Byers, Harvey Weinstein, high school, justice, Marissa Korbel, rape, Rape culture, sexual assault, sexuality, Shitty Media Men, teachers, teachers and students, The Thread
Katia D. Ulysse discusses her forthcoming novel,
Mouths Don’t Speak, the importance of religion and music in the novel and in Haitian culture, and why Haiti will always be “home.” ...more
Tags: 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, Akashic, Baltimore, Book Club, characters, class, class inequality, ex-pats, globalization, Haiti, immigrants, immigration, Katia D. Ulysse, Marisa Siegel, Mouths Don't Speak, Music, post traumatic stress, poverty, PTSD, religion, Rumpus Book Club, teachers, teaching, Tradition, trauma, veterans, Vodun, war, writing process
We’ve gathered up our favorite gifting ideas this holiday season and put them together into one handy list!
Tags: ACLU, Be Brave, Book clubs, candles, Chanukah, christmas, christmas gifts, Dear Sugar, Electric Literature, Frankenstein, gift guide, gifts, Hanukkah, holiday shopping, holidays, Letters for Kids, letters in the mail, Mary Shelley, New York Public Library, Papercuts, poetry book club, Rumpus Book Club, Shakespeare, Storiarts, teachers, The Strand, Write Like a Motherfucker
Clare Beams on
We Show What We Have Learned and the “living strangeness” of short fiction. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Aimee Bender, angela carter, Chronicles of Narnia, Clare Beams, fabulism, feminism, feminist, Helen Oyeyemi, kelly link, little women, Lois Lowry, Maggie Cooper, Newtown, short fiction, short stories, story collections, teachers, teachers and students, teaching, The World According to Garp, We Show What We Have Learned
When you pick up a pen instead of a rifle, you’re fighting an entirely different battle. This is my duty. This is my patriotism. ...more
Tags: Alcy Leyva, American Dream, Bronx, children, Donald Trump, election 2016, Harlem, Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again, Make America Great Again, marines, military, patriotism, poetry, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Soldiers, students, teachers, teaching, war
A hurricane is coming. Rita is in the Gulf of Mexico and is approaching Houston at a slow but steady pace of nine miles an hour. I don’t have many, or any, illusions that God and Jesus will see us through. ...more
Tags: american south, Gulf of Mexico, Houston, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Kristin Wagner, love, New Orleans, South, students, teachers, teaching, Texas