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Craft Class Reading List – Spring 2021

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

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

February 9: Jane Hirshfield, Ledger (Knopf) Taught by Jane Hirshfield. Discussion led by Gail Ford.
Strand: Ledger
Amazon: Ledger

February 16: Pushcart 2021 Stories and Poems: Stories include “The Master’s Castle,” by Anthony Doerr and “Upright at Thyatira,” by Darrell Kinsey. Poems include “Iowa,” by T.R. Hummer, “Fifty-eight Percent is Concrete Road, 12 Percent Loose Sand,” by David Wojahn, “On the Overnight Train,” by Alice Friman, and “Rivers,” by Jo McDougall (Pushcart) Taught by Peter Krass
Strand: Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, 2021 Edition
Amazon: Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, 2021 Edition

February 23: Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books) Taught by Lisa Bellamy
Strand: Calling a Wolf a Wolf
Amazon: Calling a Wolf a Wolf

March 2: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945, Edited by Michael S. Harper & Anthony Walton. Poems include “A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till” by Gwendolyn Brooks, “Last Affair: Bessie’s Blues Song” by Michael S. Harper, “The Blues Don’t Change” by Al Young, and “The Musician Talks About ‘Process'” by Rita Dove (Back Bay Books) Taught by Lucinda Holt
Strand: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945
Amazon: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945

March 9: Bryan Washington, Lot (Riverhead Books) Taught by Cynthia Weiner
Strand: Lot
Amazon: Lot

March 16: Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark (Norton) Taught by Lesley Dormen 
Strand: Voyage in the Dark
Amazon: Voyage in the Dark

March 23: Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King (Norton) Taught by Maaza Mengiste. Discussion led by Lucinda Holt.
Strand: The Shadow King
Amazon: The Shadow King

March 30: Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary (Mariner Books) Taught by Rachael Nevins
Strand: A Writer’s Diary
Amazon: A Writer’s Diary

*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; Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic; Danez Smith, Homie; Paul Muldoon, Frolic and Detour; Nick Laird, Feel Free; 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; 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.