S165. Writing, Rumpus, and Community

Room 305, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Since going live in 2009, the Rumpus has been a place for unknown writers to find an audience and for established writers to find new ones. It redefined the advice column and has become one of the foremost publishers of personal narratives and book reviews online. This panel will discuss the Rumpus' first five years and its plans for the future.



Brian Spears is the Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and author of A Witness in Exile. He also teaches in the English Department of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and sells wine and beer at a local market under the name The Mighty Malt Master.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the memoir Wild, the novel Torch, and Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of her Dear Sugar columns. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays, the New York Times magazine, Vogue, and the Sun.

Roxane Gay is the author of three books: Ayiti, An Untamed State, and Bad Feminist. She has had work in Best American Short Stories 2012, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, and New York TImes Book Review. She is the co-editor of PANK and teaches at Eastern Illinois University.

Isaac Fitzgerald is co-owner of The Rumpus, a co-founder of Pen & Ink, and director of publicity at McSweeney’s.


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