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Craft Class Reading List – Summer 2022

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Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm ET

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.

April 19: Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, My Monticello (Henry Holt) Taught by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. Discussion led by Lucinda Holt.

Strand: My Monticello
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Amazon: My Monticello

April 26: Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart. Poems include “Rooms” by Charlotte Mew, “On Living” by Nâzım Hikmet, “Poem” by Muriel Rukeyser, “Parents” by William Meredith, “What the Living Do” by Marie Howe, and “Lead” by Mary Oliver. (Ecco) Taught by Marie Kilroy.

Strand: 100 Poems to Break Your Heart
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Amazon: 100 Poems to Break Your Heart

May 3: Carl Dennis, Earthborn (Penguin Poets) Taught by Carl Dennis. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.

Strand: Earthborn
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Amazon: Earthborn

May 10: Pushcart Prize 2022, Stories and Poems Poems: “Revenge” by B.H. Fairchild, “The Holy Spirit of the Moon” by Red Hawk, “Crime Against Grief” by Xiao Xiao, “Mother Won’t Buy Polypropylene” by Patricia Cleary Miller, “Black Box” by Sandra Lim, “Lakewood” by Charles Baxter. Story: “Baikal” by Lindsay Starck (Pushcart Press) Taught by Peter Krass

Strand: The Pushcart Prize 2022
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Amazon: The Pushcart Prize 2022

May 17: Daniel Defoe, A Journal of My Plague Year (Penguin Classics) Taught by Lesley Dormen
Strand: A Journal of My Plague Year
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Amazon: A Journal of My Plague Year

May 24: Anya Krugovoy Silver, Saint Agnostica, (LSU Press), Taught by Lisa Bellamy

Strand: Saint Agnostica
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Amazon: Saint Agnostica

May 31: Marilynne Robinson, Jack (Picador Paper) Taught by Francesca Moroney

Strand: Jack
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Amazon: Jack

June 7: No Class

June 14: Philip Schultz, Comforts of the Abyss (Norton) Taught by Philip Schultz

Strand: Comforts of the Abyss
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Comforts of the Abyss

*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; Danez Smith, Homie; Nick Laird, Feel Free; Joy Harjo editor, Living Nations, Living Worlds: An Anthology of First People’s Poetry; David Hernandez, Hello I Must be Going; John Murillo, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry; Jericho Brown, The Tradition; Jessica Cuelho, Liar; Diane Seuss, Frank: Sonnets

Craft Classes are held virtually via Google Meet. Register to receive the link to attend the weekly classes. All registered students also receive recordings of the class and can subscribe to the podcast.