One of the more frequent conversations I’ve had since arriving in Europe is if I plan on consistently having strong, complex female characters at the center of my books. And the answer is: Yes, because there are not enough complicated female characters represented in art and culture, there can always be more, and it is a feminist act to do so.
Please join us in wishing Gish Jen a happy birthday — she was born on Long Island, New York on this day in 1955.
To have no particular aim was to open grand possibilities; even at her know-nothing age, she knew that.
― Gish Jen, Who’s Irish?: Stories
Gish Jen, hooray!
We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around here.
Luckily, she’s leaving us in good hands. We’re happy to welcome Mary-Kim Arnold as our new Essays Editor! You can get to know Mary-Kim on tumblr, twitter, facebook, and instagram—and of course, here on the Rumpus.