Are you an artist looking to get exposure for your work? Hoping to gain experience illustrating online? Or, maybe you just want to do some occasional work for important, beautiful writing?
The Rumpus is looking for artists working in all mediums to create original illustrations to accompany the features we run on the site! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your portfolio or website. PoC artists, LGBTQ artists, and women artists are strongly encouraged to reach out if interested.
We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Kristi Wientge! Kristi writes to us about her not-so-official status as the world’s worst speller, and the Magic Spell Wand she dreamed of inventing when she was a kid.
To make sure this fantastic letter reaches your favorite young reader, subscribe by February 26! For more information on Letters for Kids, click here. Letters for Kids is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so visit us there, too. And remember, Letters for Kids helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, your children can correspond with their favorite writers and you’ll support the website in one fell swoop. (more…)
The February installment of Carol Connolly’s Reading by Writers will feature Sandy Beach, Cristopher Gibson, Ibé, Rebecca Ramsden, and Lynette Reini-Grandell. The University Club of St. Paul, 7:30 p.m., free.
Ask anyone who grew up in an area that’s a tourist attraction—there are few things more annoying than a person visits and then claims to understand it as well as or better than a native. This is exponentially worse when the visitor is from another country, culture, and/or religion. Expatriates writing about the places and people they’ve met have to be careful not to exoticize or romanticize their subjects. It’s also important to acknowledge one’s own position in relation to one’s subject (even if that subject is one’s own life). Shara Lessley does this very well in The Explosive Expert’s Wife, her second collection, published by the Wisconsin Poetry Series. Shane McCrae put it this way: “Lessley’s gift is to make experiences alien to most people familiar, without suppressing the alien qualities.”
Erica Garza and I first met online in a group for new moms. It was only later that we discovered we had gone to the same MFA program, albeit several years apart. We talked about what we were working on—typical stuff of MFAers—and she told me about her memoir. I was instantly intrigued.
What the memoir is not is titillating or full of shock value. In this day and age, that might be surprising, given the content. What it is, in the end, is a story about connection: to oneself, and to others. (more…)
Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your community, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth.
45’s proposed military parade would cost between $10M and $30M.
The current administration wants to decide what food SNAP recipients will get.