R.A. Frumkin

Instructor & Writer
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R.A. is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Medill School of Journalism. Their fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and criticism have been featured or are forthcoming in Granta, The Paris Review, Guernica, The Washington Post, The Baffler, Catapult, In These Times, LitHub, McSweeney’s, Outside, Pacific Standard, Poetry Magazine, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. They wrote a novel, The Comedown, which was published by Henry Holt in 2018 to critical acclaim. They are an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.  


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Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
On Envy, the MFA, and Writing Under Capitalism

“No one had told me to prepare myself for this—for wanting what someone else had.”

Mar 19, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Election: On Brain Trauma, Queerness, and Digging for Old Coke Bottles in Cleveland

“We were confident we’d wake up into a business-as-usual capitalist democracy.”

Dec 16, 2016
Cover Photo: Marilyn Cosho, Worst Fear

On autism, misfits, and neurodiversity

Dec 11, 2015