The lasso was a gaping mouth that opened wide enough, we hoped, to swallow the cloud. ...more
Tags: Accident, Charleston, climate change, Earthquake, emergency, filipino, flash fiction, hurricane, interpreter, jellyfish, Niyah Morris, Rumpus Original Fiction, seoul, short fiction, short stories, short story, storm, storms, weather
I feel guilt in the not good enough I carry alongside the not bad enough. ...more
Tags: american south, childhood, childhood home, childhood trauma, Christianity, church, coming out, conversion therapy, daughters, depression, family, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, gay, Gay Girl Good God, homophobia, hurricane, LGBTQ, military, military mother, military wives, mothers, mothers and daughters, North Carolina, power outage, Pride, queer, queers, reading, religion, shame, Southern, storms, suicidal ideation, Tyler Anne Whichard, weather
Derrick Austin discusses his new poetry collection, TENDERNESS.
Tags: abusive relationship, Book Club, brian spears, Burying the Mountain, community, COVID, COVID-19, Derrick Austin, florida, friendship, geography, God of Nothingness, Gulf Coast, Horsepower, Hurricane Season, hurricanes, inheritance, Joy Priest, landscape, Madison, Mark Wunderlich, Michigan, Midwest, Mutiny, Niceville, pandemic, Phillip B. William, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Sandra Lim, Sealey challenge, Shangyang Fang, Tampa, Taylor Johnson, Tenderness, The Curious Thing, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Sealey Challenge, tropical storm, Trouble the Water, vulnerability, weather, Wisconsin, writing community, zoom
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
J. Nicole Jones discusses her debut memoir, LOW COUNTRY.
Tags: american south, Beth Ward, catapult, debut memoir, family, folklore, ghost stories, ghosts, grandmother, grandmothers, Gray Man, haunted, hurricanes, J. Nicole Jones, landscape, Low Country, memoir, meteorology, Myrtle Beach, myth, South Carolina, Southern, weather
“Technology is our most common landscape, no?”
Tags: Alphabet, Amory B. Lovins, Baudelaire, climate change, climate crisis, commuting, conservation, COVID-19, Deepwater Horizon, ecopoetics, ecopoetry, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, George Oppen, Great Recession, History of Cold Seasons, Inger Christensen, j.a. tyler, Joshua Harmon, Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie, natural world, nature, pandemic, poems, poetry, Poughkeepsie, Scape, Social Media, technology, The Annotated Mixtape, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Soft Path, weather
What my mind cannot yet fathom, my body already knows. ...more
Tags: bodies, Brooklyn, California, Camp Fire, Chico, chronic illness, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, Concow, COVID-19, deer ticks, ebola, ecoanxiety, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, fires, Glenn Albrecht, human bodies, human body, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, hurricanes, illness, Jody Jones, Kyla Schuller, Lyme, Lyme disease, Magalia, medical trauma, New Jersey, new york, paradise, Santa Rosa, SARS, ticks, trauma, Vermont, weather, wildfire, zoonotic
Chelsea Bieker discusses her debut novel, GODSHOT.
Tags: Bastard Out of Carolina, Bestiary, Black Tickets, body image, Book Club, Boys of Alabama, Breasts and Eggs, California, Carter Sickels, Central Valley, Chelsea Bieker, childhood trauma, Children of God, Christianity, coronavirus, COVID-19, Cowboys and Angels, Cruddy, cult, cults, debut novel, doomsday cults, evangelical Christianity, faith, gender inequality, gender roles, Genevieve Hudson, Godshot, Heather Christle, Heathers, Ina May Gaskin, Jayne Anne Phillips, K Ming Chang, Kate Elizabeth Russell, Lynda Barry, Melanie Rae Thon, Mieko Kawakami, My Dark Vanessa, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Otessa Moshfegh, pandemic, Quotients, religion, Rumpus Book Club, Samantha Irby, spirituality, Stephanie Danler, Stray, T Kira Madden, teenage girls, teenagers, The Crying Book, the Farm, The Prettiest Star, The Rumpus Book Club, Tracy O'Neill, trauma, weather, White Oleander, Wow No Thank You
Turn the corner, let the darkness swallow you, and you’re in the stacks. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Angels, Clive Barker, female friendship, florida, friendship, Jeffrey Dahmer, Leah Schnelbach, libraries, library, lightning, Mental Health, mental illness, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, rain, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, siblings, single mother, Single Mothers, sisters, Stephen King, storm, Sweet Valley, Sweet Valley High, teenagers, thunderstorm, tornado, V.C. Andrews, weather
It is winter, and I’ve been thinking a lot about Samuel Beckett. ...more
Tags: absurdity, ASMR, autonomous sensory meridian response, bodies, cigarettes, depression, finnegans wake, Frank Lloyd Wright, French, Illinois, Ireland, James Joyce, language, Lucia Joyce, malapropism, misophonia, mortality, sad, samuel beckett, seasonal affective disorder, smoking, Sophie Amado, Waiting for Godot, weather, winter, YouTube
Elvia Wilk discusses her debut novel, OVAL.
Tags: anxiety, apathy, berlin, capitalism, climate anxiety, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, conspiracy theories, conspiracy theorists, consumption, debut novel, detachment, Elvia Wilk, Emmelein Clein, empathy, environmental anxiety, environmental crisis, Families, family structure, family unit, feminism, feminist, first book, friendships, gender inequality, gender roles, generosity, grief, individualism, institutions, Internet, millennial, millennials, Oval, relationships, Soft Skull Press, Sruti Islam, tech industry, unconditional love, weather
When the air turns cool, and the leaves turn color. ...more
Tags: Comics, football, Indiana, Kelcey Ervick, Kelcey Parker Ervick, Notre Dame, political cartoon, south bend, sports, weather, Welcome to South Bend
Garrard Conley and Taylor Larsen discuss their recent work.
Tags: bigotry, Bobcat, Boy Erased, camp, Christianity, coming of age, conversion therapy, evangelical Christianity, family, femininity, Garrard Conley, gay, gender, gender roles, hawthorne, homophobia, identity, interiority, Jerome Ellison Murphy, landscape, LGBTQ, masculinity, memoir, Nabokov, nature, new england, queer, Rebecca Lee, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sexuality, Stranger Father Beloved, sylvia plath, Taylor Larsen, The Professor's House, The Scarlet Letter, transcendentalism, weather, willa cather
Eve L. Ewing discusses her new collection, 1919.
Tags: 1919, Anderson .Paak, Bible, Book Club, brian spears, Cat Person, Chicago, Do the Right Thing, Electric Arches, erasure poems, Eve Ewing, Eve L. Ewing, Exodus, Ghosts in the Schoolyard, Great Migration, Haymarket, Haymarket Books, Jamila Wood, Jun Fujita, Langston Hughes, Laura M. Jackson, Midwest, Natasha Trethewey, poetry, poetry book club, race riots, Red Summer, Richard Daley, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, slavery, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Negro in Chicago, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Water Dancer, weather, White Negroes
I whisper into my own ear: you are safe, you don’t need to run. ...more
Tags: California, Cara Strickland, climate change, environmental crisis, exposure therapy, FEMA, fire, PTSD, Santa Rosa, therapist, therapy, trauma, weather, wildfire, wind, wine country
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
Katie Jean Shinkle discusses her new novel, RUINATION.
Tags: adolescence, Animals Eat Each Other, Ariel Gore, Billy Graham, casey plett, Christianity, coming out, cult, E. Patrick Johnson, Elle Nash, evangelism, flowers, Fred Moten, heteronormativity, Jim Bakker, Katie Jean Shinkle, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Little Fish, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, Maurice Blanchot, Midwest, naomi alderman, No Tea No Shade, patriarchy, pedophile, pedophilia, place, post-apocalyptic, queer, religion, revival, Ruination, Selah Ann Saterstrom, SJ Sindu, Slab, Spuyten Duyvil, Stefano Harney, Steven Dunn, Tammy Faye, teenagers, The Arson People, The Meat and Spirit Plan, The Power, The Small Backs of Children, The Undercommons, vegetation, water & power, We Were Witches, weather
Jenny Boully discusses her new book,
Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life, construction of voice, occupying liminal spaces, and editing with sincerity. ...more
Tags: Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life, Camera Lucida, Carla Valadez, dreams, essays, Herman Hesse, J.M. Barrie, Jenny Boully, Lolita, Maurice Blanchot, natural world, nature, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, Peter Pan, poetry, Roland Barthes, Sadaf Ferdowsi, San Antonio, Steppenwolf, teaching, teaching writing, Texas, the body, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, Viet Thanh Nguyen, weather
It is March, almost April, and the year feels like a spool of days spliced out of order, leaping treacherously from sun to ice to sun to rain to snow. ...more
Tags: April, Emily Frisella, modernism, poem, poetry, seasons, students, symbolism, T.S. Eliot, teacher, teaching, The Last Poem I Loved, The Waste Land, weather, World War I, wwI
She tried her best to be clinical, but his dreaming scared her, made her think of ghosts and aswang stealing pieces of her—little bit by little bit. ...more
Tags: aging, death, electricity, family, grief, hurricane, Hurricane Irma, Irma, loss, love, M. Evelina Galang, Manila, obligation, Philippines, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, storm, typhoon, weather
[A]ll this sensationalism has made The Weather Channel, inadvertently and ever increasingly, the essential television viewing experience of the Anthropocene. ...more
Tags: Alaska: State of Emergency, American Supernatural, Animal Planet, anthropocene, Carl Parker, climate change, Cutthroat Kitchen, Dave Schwartz, Deep Blue Sea, Discovery Channel, environment, environmental crisis, Extreme Weather: The Survivors, Food Network, Good Eats, History Channel, hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Internet, Jim Cantore, justin erickson, Katrina 2065, meteorologist, Mike Bettes, Mike Seidel, national geographic, National Weather Service, Pawn Stars, Reynolds Wolf, Social Media, storm stories, television, The Day After Tomorrow, The Mark and Dave Show, Top Ten Worst Hurricanes, Tornado 360, Vivian Brown, weather, weather channel
Due to rising sea levels, most orchards have been flooded. Instead of apple picking, grab a canoe large enough for the whole family and climb aboard. ...more
Tags: Apocalypse, autumn, climate change, corn maze, environmental crisis, flooding, Funny Women, global warming, Halloween, humor, humor writing, Jane Garfinkel, sunscreen, weather, zombies
I tried to forget again that I once meant to leave, that on a few occasions I had actually felt transported by love. ...more
Tags: alcohol, California, cars, Christianity, Connecticut, Dodge, Harlem, kudzu, love, lovers, Mazda, Meghan O'Dea, minivan, Morningside Heights, new york, Ohio, relationships, Southern, tennessee, Texas, weather
A collection of short pieces written by Rumpus readers pertaining to the subject of “Harvest.”
Tags: adoption, Alex Peterson, childhood, children, climate change, coachella, college, Courtney Lavender, family, gardening, graduation, Graham Liddell, Harvest, Kazakhstan, Kim Mazyck, Leslie Bowman, Melissa Silverman, motherhood, mothers, Rachel Duboff, Readers Report, Rumpus Readers Report, Susan Clements, Thanksgiving, weather, Zamira Rahim
Poet Jennifer Barber discusses loss, identity, historical trauma, and her newest collection,
Works on Paper. ...more
Tags: Agni New Poet Series (Graywolf Press), Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, Bruce Rossley Emerging Voices Award, Emmanuel Merle, Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books), Given Away, graywolf press, Harvard Review, Heinrich Böll Cottage Residency, historical trauma, Ici en exil, identity, J. D. Salinger, Jane Miller, Jennifer Barber, Jewish, judaism, Kore Press, natural world, new england, new yorker, Olivia Kate Cerrone, poetry, Pushcart Prize, Rigging the Wind, Salamander, San Miguel de Reinante, spain, St. Botolph Grant-in-Aid, Suffolk University, Take Three: 3, Tenth Gate Prize from The Word Works, The Missouri Review, trauma, weather
These are not stories about the weather, these are stories about life and death. Over at the Ploughshares blog, E.V. De Cleyre considers the importance of weather in the works of Kathryn Schulz, Anthony Doerr, and Claire Vaye Watkins.
If I was a ghost, I wouldn’t want nothing to do with the world that killed me. ...more
Tags: Apocalypse, climate fiction, Emily Koon, environment, family, future, post-apocalyptic, Rumpus Original Fiction, science fiction, sea rising, St. Louis, weather
For the New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz analyzes “meteorological activity in fiction,” and how recent questions about climate change has led to a reemergence of weather related fiction, particularly in dystopian works: Our earliest stories about the weather concerned beginnings and endings. What emerged from the cold and darkness of the void will return to it; waters that […]
Over at The Awl, Josephine Livingstone treats us to poetics on the colorful sounds of precipitation: Actual rain falling on my urban windows was, however, just too good to miss. I have lived on three continents and my family comes from a fourth: these circumstances have forged in me a deep and abiding attachment to […]
The Peckman River broke its banks on September 14th, flooding out the center of our town, closing roads and causing days of little local streets lined with heaps of the sad, soaked contents of basements, left out not to dry, but simply to be taken away. ...more