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Craft Class Reading List – Fall 2017

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Craft Class Fall 2017, Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm

Sept 26: Isaac Babel, The Isaac Babel Collected Stories (Norton) Taught by Philip Schultz

Oct 3: Best American Poetry 2016, Edward Hirsch, guest editor; David Lehman, series editor: “The Lady Responds” by Juliana Gray, “Bible Study” by Tony Hoagland, “Morning Tableau” by Ishion Hutchinson, “Everything Will be Taken Away” by Morgan Parker, “Variation of a Line from Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Five Flights Up'” by Stanley Plumly, and “Drones: An Exercise in Awe-Terror” by Nomi Stone (Scribner) Taught by Peter Krass

Oct 10: Molly Patterson, Rebellion (Harper) Taught by Molly Patterson. Discussion led by Mark Peterson.

Oct 17: Christopher Buckley, Star Journal (University of Pittsburgh Press) Taught by Lisa Bellamy

Oct 24: Akhil Sharma, A Life of Adventure and Delight (Norton) Taught by Akhil Sharma. Discussion led by Lesley Dormen.

Oct 31: Mary Miller, Always Happy Hour: Stories (Liveright Publishing Corporation) Taught by Lesley Dormen

Nov 7: Gerald Stern, Galaxy Love (Norton) Taught by Gerald Stern. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.

Nov 14: Pushcart 2016 Poems: Broken Cup” by Margaret Gibson, “Welcome to the Jungle” by Morgan Parker, “Love Poem” by Michael Marberry, “The Autistic Son” by Scott Morgan, “Porn” by Dorothea Lasky, and “My Father’s Laundry” by Sue Ellen Thompson (Pushcart) Taught by Rachael Nevins

Nov 21: Rachel Cusk, Outline (Picador) Taught by Isabelle Deconinck

Suggested Reading: 

Fiction: Javier Marias, The Infatuations; Joseph O’Neill, Netherland; Phil Klay, Redeployment; Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows; Paul Beatty, The Sellout; Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen; John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead; Maylis de Kerangal, The Heart; Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World

Poetry: Yoma Harvey, Hemming the Water; Morri Creech, The Sleep of Reason; Linda Pastan, Insomnia: Poems; Devin Becker, Shame/Shame; James Wright, Selected Poems; Amit Majmudar, Dotheads: Poems; Campbell McGrath, XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century; Solmaz Sharif, Look; Mark Jarman, The Heronry; Gregory Pardlo, Digest; Pattiann Rogers, Quickening Fields

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