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Craft Class Reading List – Summer 2021

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Craft Class Summer 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.*

April 13: Raven Leilani, Luster (FSG) Taught by Cynthia Weiner
Strand: Luster
Amazon: Luster

April 20: Denise Duhamel, Second Story (Pitt Poetry Series) Taught by Denise Duhamel. Discussion led by Lisa Bellamy.
Strand: Second Story
Amazon: Second Story

April 27: Albert Camus, The Stranger, translation by Sandra Smith (Penguin Classics) Taught by Philip Schultz
Amazon: The Stranger

May 4: Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Seeing the Body (Norton) Taught by Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Discussion led by Lucinda Holt.
Strand: Seeing the Body
Amazon: Seeing the Body

May 11: Pushcart 2021 Stories and Poems: Stories include “Teamwork” by Shawn Vestal and “Charlie” by Colleen O’Brien. Poems include “Entreaty” by Catherine Pierce, “Sycamore” by Stanley Plumly, “Letters” by Ilya Kaminsky, and
“Composed” by Brian Swann. (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

May 18: Cécile Barlier, A Gypsy’s Book of Revelation (Red Hen Press) Taught by Cécile Barlier. Discussion led by Mark Peterson.
Amazon: A Gypsy’s Book of Revelation

May 25: Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press) Taught by Rachael Nevins.
Strand: Deaf Republic
Amazon: Deaf Republic

June 1: John Cheever, The Journals of John Cheever (Vintage Books) Taught by Lesley Dormen
Strand: The Journals of John Cheever
Amazon: The Journals of John Cheever

*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; 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.