This site is still a work-in-progress, but will eventually be a landing page for my ramblings, tributes to my problematic faves, random ephemera that delights me, self-reflection, in-jokes, dog pics, and (hopefully) a sense of play.
Image: Snake Amongst Flowers, ca. 1895. Designed by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (British, 1857-1941). Silk and linen. The Huntington Library.


New Essay, “Instructions for Losing Your Mind” now up at Cosmonauts Avenue

In the heyday of his collection going home for a visit was like living inside a used bookstore curated by someone who loved you, who’d shaped your sensibilities and sense of humor through dinner table puns and drinking-song lullabies, who’d taken you on walks when you were sad or anxious for some forgotten teenage reason. …

Writing and Interviews

“Visitors” The Southeast Review, Fall 2019
(Nominated for 2019 Pushcart Prize)

“Grapevine” (co-written with Shasta Grant), Little Fiction, July 2019

“Application for a Restraining Order” Barren Magazine, June 2019

“Bela Karolyi” Blood Orange Review, December 2018
(Nominated for Sundress Best of The Net 2019)

“Instructions for Losing Your Mind” Cosmonauts Avenue, October 2018

“The Scientific Method” Sundog Lit, October 2018
(Nominated for Sundress Best of The Net 2019; Longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50, 2019)

“Apology” Jellyfish Review, August 2018

“Cyber Monday” Split Lip Magazine, November 2016
(Selected as a Longform Fiction “Pick of the Week”)

Author Interviews (via Late Night Library)

Note: As of 10/5/2019 the interview links below have been temporarily disabled while this content is updated–check back soon!

Claudia Savage, Bruising Continents, October 2017

John Jodzio, Knockout, September 2016

Tyehimba Jess, Olio, August 2016

Jerome Charyn, A Loaded Gun, March 2016

Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, March 2016

Matthew Griffin, Hide, February 2016

Link here for a comprehensive list of Anne’s LNL interviews (2014-2017)


Anne Rasmussen lives in Portland, Oregon. She has taught writing in jail, advised graduate students, and constructed giant bear costumes worn by Rockettes. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Sundog Lit, Cosmonauts Avenue, Blood Orange Review, Little Fiction, and The Southeast Review. Currently she is an Assistant Fiction Editor at Pithead Chapel. Previously she has served as a guest reader for Smokelong Quarterly, read fiction submissions for Sundress Best of The Net, and from 2014-2017 she served as editor of Late Night Library’s Late Night Interview. She sympathizes with unreliable narrators.


Drop me a line at Anne [at] whatll-i-do.com
Illustration from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, copyright 1964