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Craft Class Reading List – Fall 2022

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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 included in the list.

October 11: Anthony Veasna So, Afterparties (Ecco) Taught by Cynthia Weiner.

Strand: Afterparties
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Amazon: Afterparties

October 18: Sean Singer, Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press) Taught by Lisa Bellamy.

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Amazon: Today in the Taxi

October 25: Pushcart Prize 2022, Stories and Poems. Poems: “Old Women Talking About Death” by Jennifer L. Knox, “Finland” by Ron Riekki, “Black Box” by Sandra Lim, “The Description I Carry in My Wallet In Case Eve Goes Missing and I Go Mute” by Box Hicok, and “Aftermath” by Holly Iglesias. Stories: “Leave No Trace” by Daniel Orozco and “Mark on the Cross” by Maria Black (Pushcart Press) Taught by Marie Kilroy.

Strand: Pushcart Prize 2022
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Pushcart Prize 2022

November 1: Robert Pinsky, Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet (Norton) Taught by Robert Pinsky. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.

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Amazon: Jersey Breaks: Becoming an American Poet

November 8: Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart, “Old School” by Michael Waters, “The People of the Other Village” by Thomas Lux, “(Dedications)” by Adrienne Rich, “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye, “Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg” by Richard Hugo, and “Simile” by Rosanna Warren (Ecco) Taught by Peter Krass

Strand: 100 Poems to Break Your Heart
Bookshop.org
Amazon: 100 Poems to Break Your Heart

November 15: Diana Abu-Jaber, Fencing with the King, (Norton), Taught by Diana Abu-Jaber. Discussion led by Gail Ford.

Strand: Fencing with the King
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Amazon: Fencing with the King

November 22: Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (Norton) and The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, both translated by Stephen Mitchell(Vintage) Taught by Philip Schultz

Strand: Letters to a Young Poet
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Bookshop.org

Amazon: Letters to a Young Poet
The Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

November 29: Jhumpa Lahiri, Whereabouts (Knopf) Taught by Sylvie Bertrand

Strand: Whereabouts
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Whereabouts

*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 List

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; Julie Otsuka, The Swimmers

Poetry: Kevin Young, Brown; Nick Laird, Feel Free; David Hernandez, Hello I Must be Going; John Murillo, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry; Jericho Brown, The Tradition; Diane Seuss, Frank: Sonnets; Victoria Chang, Obit; Erika Meitner, Useful Junk; Kemi Alabi, Against Heaven

Craft Classes are being held remotely until further notice.