Isaac Fitzgerald, the beating heart of this big ol’ enterprise we know and love as THE RUMPUS, has just accepted a job at McSweeney’s as their Director of Publicity. We are so proud of this kid. His announcement is up on The Rumpus:
My four years at The Rumpus have been some of the most fulfilling years of my life. I started working here as a volunteer, then as the site’s first (and, at the time, only) paid employee, and have been privileged to witness The Rumpus grow into what it is today. I am so incredibly proud of everything that we’ve built. When I say “we” I mean every editor I’ve worked with, writer we’ve published, every fan who has come to a Rumpus event, and you, the readers of the site. That adds up to many more people than I could possibly name, but you all know who you are. Thank you for helping build this place of empathy, earnestness, literature, and joy on the Internet. Thank you for being a part of The Rumpus.
I am personally so grateful to Isaac first for bullying me (in a friendly way) to write for The Rumpus a first and then a second time, for asking me to help The Rumpus get on Tumblr, and for trusting me to run it. There are few editors I know who inspire as much devotion as Isaac (Roxane Gay is one), and he deserves ever ounce of it. He is a champion of good writing and a warrior for writers.
He’s not going away totally—Isaac is still a co-owner of the Rumpus—and you can always find him Twittering away @isaacfitzgerald, recapping Friday Night Lights at Drinking with Tim Riggins, telling the stories behind people’s tattoos at Pen & Ink, and now, too, at McSweeney’s.
Lisa Dusenbery, The Rumpus’s badass editorial assistant and second ever paid employee, will be assuming the managing editor position, where she will blaze new and awesome paths for The Rumpus and all of its readers. She also sings a mean Brandy if you are ever doing “The Boy Is Mine” at karaoke.