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Craft Class Reading List – Summer 2020

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Craft Class Summer 2020, Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm

You can now purchase Craft Class books via Bookshop here.*

May 5: Lesley Nneka Arimah, What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Riverhead Books) Taught by Lucinda Holt

May 12: Wesley McNair, Dwellers in the House of the Lord (Godine). Taught by Wesley McNair. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.

May 19: Pushcart 2020 Stories and Poems: Stories include “The Arms of Saturday Night” by Cally Fiedorek and “Braindrain” by C Pam Zhang. Poems include”Monticello House Tour” by Kiki Petrosino, “The Ugly American” by Shara Lessley, “Walking in Fast-Falling Dusk What is Between Us Besides” by Mary Szybist, and “Young Hare” by Diane Seuss (Pushcart) Taught by Peter Krass         

May 26: Azar Nifisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran (Random House) Taught by Lesley Dormen

June 2: Michael Bazzett (translation), The Popul Vuh (Milkweed Editions) Taught by Lisa Bellamy

June 9: Peter Handke, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams (FSG Classics) Taught by Philip Schultz

June 16: Natalia Ginzburg, Family Lexicon (New York Review of Books Classics) Taught by Isabelle Deconinck

June 23: Christopher Shade, Shield the Joyous (Paloma Press) Taught by Christopher Shade. Discussion led by Rachael Nevins.

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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; Jen Begain, Pretend I’m Dead

Poetry: Maggie Nelson, Bluets; Kevin Young, Brown; Matthew Olzmann, Contradictions in the Design; Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic; Danez Smith, Homie; Paul Muldoon, Frolic and Detour; Nick Laird, Feel Free; Nancy Krygowski, The Woman in the Corner

Craft Classes are being held remotely until further notice.