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Ward’s Mississippi Is Our Mississippi: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Capturing the Delta in harrowing detail, Ward takes readers on a journey from her own home of the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

An Eerie Prescience: Talking with Joyce Carol Oates

Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses how the political climate affected the writing of her latest novel, A Book of American Martyrs, how she uses Twitter, and why predictions are a waste of time.

What to Read When You’re Thinking about Florida

In celebration of our Floridian friends and family, we've compiled a list of great books that take place in, engage with, or otherwise visit the "Sunshine state."

Let Us Be Singing Fools: Norman Finkelstein’s The Ratio of Reason to Magic: New & Selected Poems

If poetry is to remain a bulwark against the flagrant coarseness and cruelty at work in this moment of history, Norman Finkelstein’s work belongs right here with us.

An Erasure of Distance: Traveling in Circles with Nathan Englander

Nathan Englander talks about his new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, the experience of being interviewed, and why he believes books can save lives.

If You Are Abandoned

My uncle and I had shared many silences together and, in those silences, I felt as if we knew each other.

The Logic of the Book: Talking with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, the importance of narrative structure, and the difference between facts and stories.

Naming Our Phantoms: Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica

There is no way to classify a response to pregnancy. It is what it is, which is why people find consolation in naming their phantoms. In this case, the phantom is named Catalpa.

The Inner and Outer Self: A Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg

Sylvia Brownrigg discusses Pages For Her and returning to its world of characters, the inner voices she heeds and those she silences, and who she imagines her readers to be.

What to Read When You Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Good

A list of picture books to create meaningful conversations with kids about the way America is now and the ways we hope to make it better.

A Tour de Force of Grief: Sun & Urn by Christopher Salerno

The winner of the 2016 inaugural Georgia Poetry Prize, Sun & Urn is gloomy and luminous, nostalgic and hopeful, moribund yet brimming with life.

What If We Were Allowed to Do Anything We Wanted?: A Conversation with Clare Beams

Clare Beams discusses her debut collection We Show What We Have Learned, the magic of ninth grade, and the “living strangeness” of short fiction.

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #100: Jennifer Colville

From the tender age of eight, Jennifer Colville has known herself to be a visual artist.

Transgressive and Unruly Women: Talking with Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Peterson discusses her new book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, her writing process, and academia.

Gentrification Looks Like Us: Making Rent in Bed-Stuy by Brandon Harris

Harris thoughtfully examines what happens when privilege and lack of privilege are forced to coexist in the same neighborhood—and, occasionally, in the same apartment.

It’s Never Too Late to Be Found: A Conversation with Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book, The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape.

What to Read When You Don’t Want Summer to End

A list of books that take place in the summer, remind us of summer, and/or just make for great beach reads.

Coursing Byways and Biographical Thoroughfares: Karin Roffman’s The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life

I’ve long found that when reading Ashbery’s poetry it’s easy to lose track of just who the poet is.

Words as Events: A Conversation with Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood discusses The Glacier, his genre-bending book combining novel, poetry, screenplay, and collage, how heritage has become a brand, and the American Midwest.

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #99: Bruce Snow

The summer after Bruce Snow graduated from the University of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina arrived in his hometown.

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