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Craft Class Reading List – Winter 2020-2021

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Craft Class Winter 2020-2021, 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.*

December 1: Toni Cade Bambara, Gorilla My Love (Vintage) Taught by Lucinda Holt
Strand: Gorilla My Love
Amazon: Gorilla My Love

December 8: Natalie Diaz, Postcolonial Love Poem (Graywolf) Taught by Lisa Bellamy
Strand: Postcolonial Love Poem
Amazon: Postcolonial Love Poem

December 15: Claire Messud, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays (Norton) Taught by Claire Messud. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.
Strand: Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays
Amazon: Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography in Essays

December 22: Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Harvest Books) Taught by Lesley Dormen
Strand: To the Lighthouse
Amazon: To the Lighthouse

January 5: Pushcart 2020 Stories and Poems: Stories include “Hi Ho Cherry-O” by Becky Hagenston and “New Bees” by Claire Luchette. Poems include “How to Mourn the Dead” by Nausheen Eusuf, “Rewinding an Overdose on a Projector” by Sean Shearer, “Falling” by Ron Stottlemyer, and “Draft/Mouth” by Peter LaBerge (Pushcart) Taught by Cynthia Weiner
Strand: Pushcart Prize 2020 Best of the Small Presses
Amazon: Pushcart Prize 2020 Best of the Small Presses

January 12: Major Jackson, The Absurd Man (Norton) Taught by Major Jackson. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.
Strand: The Absurd Man
Amazon: The Absurd Man

January 19: Anne Frank, The Diary of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (Bantam) Taught by Sylvie Bertrand
Strand: Anne Frank, The Diary of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
Amazon: Anne Frank, The Diary of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

January 26: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945, Edited by Michael S. Harper & Anthony Walton (Back Bay Books) Taught by Lucinda Holt and Rachael Nevins.
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

*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; 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.