Elissa Bassist & Cheryl Strayed

Elissa Bassist edits the “Funny Women” column on The Rumpus. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review Daily,, The Rumpus, and most recently in the anthology Get Out of My Crotch! Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health. Please visit for literary, feminist, and personal criticism.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, The Sun, The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Missouri Review, The Best American Essays and elsewhere. Since 2010, she has written the “Dear Sugar” column for The Rumpus.