Oct 13

Women of The Rumpus

Round 1

November 12th, 2016 at 8pm at Radiant Ink Lab


Let the Wild Rumpus Start!  The Rumpus was founded by Stephen Elliot in 2009 to “change the conversation,” turning the idea ofthe modern online literary journal on its head. Four sorceress scribes and magical wielders of words set on holding you spellbound with their written work. Readers are Melissa Chadburn, Rachel Kann. Lauren Eggert-Crowe and Shawna Kenney.


TEDx Poet Rachel Kann is a modern-day mystic: irreverently reverent and exuberantly human. Her most recent work is The Upward Spiral, a spoken word album and collaboration with music producer Jaz 1 on the M87 record label. She’s a resident writer for Hevria. Her poetry has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale.

Her poetry and short story collection, 10 For Everything, is available from Orange Ocean Press. Her writing (poetry and fiction) also appears in journals such as Eclipse, Quiddity, Permafrostand Lalitamba. You can find her work in anthologies including A Poet’s Haggadah and Word Warriors from Seal Press. She’s performed her poetry at venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage, The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and the Vans Warped Tour. She teaches poetry and fiction workshops through the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. Visit her at rachelkann.com


Melissa Chadburn has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America and dozens other places. She is a fellow for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.


Shawna Kenney wrote the award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix (Last Gasp), co-authored Imposters (Mark Batty Publisher), and edited the anthology Book Lovers (Seal Press). Her essays and reportage have appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, Vice, The Rumpus, Narratively, Ms. and more, while her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Kenney is a PEN in the Community resident instructor and teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She earned a BA in Communications from American University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Lauren Eggert-Crowe‘s most recent chapbook, Bitches of the Drought, was selected as a finalist in Sundress Publications’ 2016 chapbook contest and is forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of three other chapbooks: In the Songbird Laboratory, The Exhibit, and Rungs (co-written with Margaret Bashaar).  Her work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Millions, Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Puerto Del Sol, and Sixth Finch, among others. She is the Reviews Editor for Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, and is a proud member of Women Who Submit.