Clips & Stories
For more than half a century, writer Donna Baier Stein has been obsessed with Baby Doe Tabor (born 1854), a Colorado divorcee who wed a wealthy, once-married silver baron and took up mining herself, flouting social conventions of her day. The Silver Baron’s Wife is a brilliant culmination of Baier Stein’s fixation with Baby Doe. In this Rumpus author interview, Bair Stein discusses her debut novel and her lifelong fascination with the brave and brazen protagonist.
Q&A with award-winning poet Suzanne Buffam, where she discusses her latest work, A Pillow Book, and muses on sleep remedies that don’t work, her fascination with pillows and the worries that occupy her mind and keep her up at night.
Author interview with Jon Day about his latest book, Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier. A bike messenger for three years, Day discusses what it feels like to spin through the streets and experience freedom, exhilaration and exhaustion as earned a living within the capitalistic framework of the push-bike circuit.
The Rumpus interview with Susan Shapiro, whose latest novel, What’s Never Said, details an illicit relationship between an MFA student and her older poetry professor at a fictional New York City university. Ms. Shapiro, a wildly popular writing professor at The New School, shares how she came to develop her distinct teaching style to help her students get published, and dishes on her reaction to new anti-dating measures between faculty and students at universities such as Harvard and Yale.
Interview with Kara Richardson Whitely, whose newly released memoir, Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds (Seal Press, 2015), details the plus-sized hiker's three treks up the highest peak in Africa while topping 300 pounds. Kara discusses food addiction, the writing life and more, in this Q&A published on The Rumpus.