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Craft Class Reading List – Fall 2021

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Craft Class Fall 2021, Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm

Our dedicated Bookshop store, already populated with the current Craft Class reading list, is here.* You can also purchase Craft Class books from the Strand Bookstore in NYC, where we hold many of our readings and events, or Bookshop or Amazon. Links for the Strand and Amazon are below.

October 5: Katherine Standefer, Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark) Taught by Katherine Standefer. Discussion led by Reneé Bibby.
Strand: Lightning Flowers
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Lightning Flowers

October 12: Kirsten Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas: Stories (Norton) Taught by Cynthia Weiner
Strand: Night at the Fiestas
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Night at the Fiestas

October 19: Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Taught by Edward Hirsch. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.
Strand: 100 Poems to Break Your Heart 
Bookshop.org
Amazon: 100 Poems to Break Your Heart

October 26: Pushcart Prize 2021, Stories and Poems: Stories include “Longshore Drift” by Julia Armfield and “It’s Not You” by Elizabeth McCracken. Poems include “The Rules” by Leila Chatti, “On the Footage of Monet Painting by Samuel Cheney, Childish Things by Chris Forhan, and A Town Somewhere by Ted Kooser (Pushcart) Taught by Peter Krass
Strand: Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, 2021 Edition
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, 2021 Edition

November 2: Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea, translation by Lloyd Alexander, Foreword by Richard Howard, Introduction by James Wood. (New Directions Paperbook) Taught by Philip Schultz
Strand: Nausea
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Nausea

November 9: Sharon Olds, Odes (Knopf) Taught by Lisa Bellamy
Strand: Odes
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Odes

November 16: Kate Chopin, The Awakening (Dover Thrift Editions) Taught by Lesley Dormen
Strand: The Awakening
Bookshop.org
Amazon: The Awakening

November 23: Natasha Tretheway, Native Guard (Mariner) Taught by Lucinda Holt
Strand: Native Guard
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Native Guard

*The Writers Studio receives a small referral fee when you purchase through Bookshop or click through Amazon-linked titles. This does not affect the price you pay for the books.

Suggested Reading: 

Fiction: Javier Marias, The Infatuations; Paul Beatty, The Sellout; Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen; John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead; Tommy Orange, There, There; Jenny Erpenbeck, Go Went Gone; Mohsin Hamid, Exit West; Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black; Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel; Xuan Juliana Wang, Home Remedies; Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous; Albert Camus, The Fall; Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, The Discomfort of Evening; Jen Begain, Pretend I’m Dead

Poetry: Maggie Nelson, Bluets; Kevin Young, Brown; Danez Smith, Homie; Nick Laird, Feel Free; Joy Harjo editor, Living Nations, Living Worlds: An Anthology of First People’s Poetry; Joy Harjo and LeeAnne Howe editors, When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry; Michael Waters, Caw; Mihaela Moscaliuc, Cemetery Ink; Jericho Brown, The Tradition

Craft Classes are being held remotely until further notice.

*The Writers Studio receives a small referral fee when you purchase through Bookshop or click through Amazon-linked titles. This does not affect the price you pay for the books.