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Craft Class Reading List – Winter 2021-2022

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Craft Class Winter 2021-2022, Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00pm

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 below.

December 7: Ruth Padel, Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life (Knopf) Taught by Peter Krass
Strand: Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Beethoven Variations: Poems on a Life

December 14: Pushcart Prize 2021, Stories and Poems. Stories include “The Shame Exchange” by Karen E. Bender, “Vows” by David Means, “My Father Recycles” by Naira Kuzmich, “Hoeing Beets 1964 Skagit Valley” by Samuel Green, and “Rivers” by Jo McDougall.(Pushcart) Taught by Sylvie Bertrand
Strand: Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, 2021 Edition
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses, 2021 Edition

December 21: Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive (Ecco) Taught by Lucinda Holt
Strand: Memorial Drive
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Memorial Drive

January 4, 2022: Carl Phillips, Pale Colors in a Tall Field (FSG) Taught by Lisa Bellamy
Strand: Pale Colors in a Tall Field
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Pale Colors in a Tall Field

January 11: Rosanna Warren, So Forth (Norton). Taught by Rosanna Warren. Discussion led by Philip Schultz.

Strand: So Forth
Bookshop.org
Amazon: So Forth

January 18: André Gide, The Immoralist (Penguin Classics) Taught by Lesley Dormen
Strand: The Immoralist
Bookshop.org
Amazon: The Immoralist

January 25: Kirsten Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds (Norton) Taught by Kirsten Valdez Quade. Discussion led by Cynthia Weiner.
Strand: The Five Wounds
Bookshop.org
Amazon: The Five Wounds

February 1: Saul Bellow, Seize the Day, Introduction by Cynthia Ozick (Penguin Classics), Taught by Philip Schultz.
Strand: Seize the Day
Bookshop.org
Amazon: Seize the Day

*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; Nick Laird, Feel Free; Joy Harjo editor, Living Nations, Living Worlds: An Anthology of First People’s Poetry; 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; Michael Waters, Caw; Mihaela Moscaliuc, Cemetery Ink; 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.