Poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo discusses the reverence for poetry found in other cultures, how he strings a book together, and the future of American poetry in light of our national crisis. ...more
Alice Mattison discusses her newest book, The Kite and the String, a meditation on her lifelong journey through the craft of writing, the joys of teaching writing, and the importance of community. ...more
This holiday season, give the gift of The Rumpus! We have plenty of holiday gift options for the well-read optimist or literary child in your life, and we're kicking things off with a Black Friday sale! ...more
Sunday 12/4: The Loft’s Second Story series for YA and middle-grade authors continues with Kelly Barnhill, author of The Mostly True Story of Jack and Abby Cooper, author of Sticks & Stones. Loft Literary Center, 2 p.m., free.
Monday 12/5: Head out to Camp Bar Twin Cities for Button Poetry Live, a slam open to the public. The event’s featured poet Sam Rush will hold a free workshop at 6 p.m. at Keys Cafe (next door to Camp Bar). The slam starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free.
Tuesday 12/6: The Big Idea series, a new project from The Loft Literary Center, kicks off with a conversation between Alex D. Pate and Tea Rozman Clark. The event will be facilitated by poet and editor Sun Yung Shin. 7 p.m., $10.
My family was always political, but I have a love/hate relationship with politics.
Today, I can feel the country swinging towards madness. And make no mistake, a country can go mad. It is familiar territory, exciting and threatening, seductive and fearful. It feels good; it does NOT feel good. Or, if I may coin a phrase: the best of times, and the worst. Heads, I fear, will roll. (more…)
Motherhood is an all-consuming thing. The sleepless nights, the endless diapers, the undying love, the absurd tasks that must be performed to ease a baby into nap time. But time and energy aren’t the only casualties of motherhood. In our culture, motherhood often demands one’s identity as well, consumes it whole as the woman becomes a public object for fawning over, for scrutinizing, for judging whether she measures up. In “Baby in a Bar” by Sara Jaffe at Catapult, one mother in a two-mother family takes her baby on a walk that begins normally but drags onwards, stretching for hours until it ends with mother and baby seeking refuge in a bar.
I brought my baby into a bar. It was the middle of the day. We’d been walking for hours as if pursued, and it had started to feel as if we wouldn’t stop until we slammed into something.
It is not clear at first, or ever, if the woman is actually being pursued by a literal person, but she is certainly being pursued by something, even if that something is her own fears and doubts. (more…)
Friday 12/2:Poetry Night at City Lit Books! Valerie Hsiung, author of the new booke f g: a trilogy, will be reading from her work, along with Julia Cohen, Hannah Brooks-Motl, and Toby Altman. 6:30 p.m., free.
Laura Jane Grace, lead singer of Against Me! reads from her memoir, TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout at the Wilson Abbey. 7 p.m., tickets $35 (includes book).
Visit Women & Children First for the book launch party for Michelle Falkoff’s Pushing Perfect. Michelle will be joined in conversation by Nami Mun. 7:30 p.m., free.
Sunday 12/4: As always, the Uptown Poetry slam is going down at The Green Mill. Open mic starts at 7 p.m. followed by the slam itself. $7, 21+.
2016 quite a year, and the future is looking… interesting. But the Rumpus Book Clubs fight on, choosing books that challenge and delight and inspire month after month. We choose books that haven’t been released yet, which means our members get them before anyone else, and then we get to talk about each book with its author. There aren’t any other book clubs quite like ours. (And they make great holiday gifts, too.) And, our Book Clubs help us keep The Rumpus running—so, you can speak with your favorite writers, read great books, and support the website in one fell swoop.
Leah Kaminsky’s debut novel, The Waiting Room, depicts one fateful day in the life of an Australian doctor and mother, Dina, living in Haifa, Israel. Dina is trying to maintain normalcy as she goes about her work as a family doctor, cares for her son, and fights to preserve her faltering relationship with her husband, with whom she’s expecting a daughter. But the day is anything but normal: the city is on high alert, living under a heightened threat of terror, and Dina is followed everywhere by the talkative and opinionated ghost of her mother, who is deceased but was a survivor of the Holocaust and whose history weighs heavily on the protagonist. As these pressures converge on her, Dina faces dramatic tests to her resilience—and even her life.
In addition to being a writer, Kaminsky is a medical doctor, living in Australia. She is an editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her publication history includes the anthology, conceived and edited by her, Writer, M.D.: The Best Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction by Doctors (Knopf 2012). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. (more…)
If A Tribe Called Quest had to make one final statement, a boisterous, politically conscious, and funky record would be the most fitting way to do so. We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was released on November 11, 2016, eighteen years after Tribe’s last album and only a few months after the death of founding member, Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. The lovable, often blunt, always funny Phife was an integral part of the influential group’s sound. What is incredible—considering Phife’s ailing health during the studio recording sessions—is the energy and personality that swells the seams of every track on We Got It from Here… This time capsule from the present moment is bursting with life, especially the standout protest song, “We the People….”
Local author and Olympian Carolyn Wood reads from her memoir, Tough Girl. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.
Friday 12/2: The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s 1001: A Literary Journal and Portland Review team up to throw a reading, featuring contributors Shayla Lawson, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Coleman Stevenson, Julian Smuggles, Rob Gray, Tessa Livingstone, and Michael Magnes.Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.
Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia, a new Rumpus column in which I, your passionate, sometimes angry, mostly emotional, Aries/Taurus cusp host, will highlight PEOTUS-related news that you need to know.
Who am I? I’m a freelance writer from Philadelphia (also, the biggest fan of Buffy) who wants to make a difference and stand against the xenophobia, white supremacy, misogyny, and general bigotry of Trump and his supporters. I’m a bigender, Latinx, vegan writer who proudly supports #BlackLivesMatter, #NODAPL, and global-minded, intersectional feminism. I’m a hit at family parties. I can be found on Twitter at @Gayonabudget. Say hi!
With everything that’s going on, it’s tempting to check out, but unfortunately—no exaggeration necessary—rights and lives are on the line. Remaining engaged, staying informed, and being critical are all more important than ever. In a world of dependent media, white male-filled newsrooms, and publications obsessed with shares and page views, there are still people out there doing extraordinary work. You just have to know where to find them.
There’s where we come in. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a toilet drain. We know it can be triggering and overwhelming to read about Trump, but you owe it to yourself, your communities, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth. (more…)