I turned 39 on Thursday and got two books as gifts.
Choi, Franny. Floating, Brilliant, Gone. Austin, TX: Write Bloody Publishing, 2014.
I tore through this collection over the past two days. It is excellent! Feminist and queer. One neat feature is that some of the poems are illustrated; it’s neo-Blakean.
Dunn, Mark. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters. 2001. New York: Anchor Books, 2002.
I have not heard of Mark Dunn but the title of this book is quite intriguing.
I’m currently working on a memoir project that is in large part about my Mennonite upbringing. I bought all three of these books as resources.
Caws, Peter, and Stefani Jones, eds. Religious Upbringing and the Costs of Freedom: Personal and Philosophical Essays. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.
MacKendrick, Karmen. Failing Desire. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2018.
Remer, Molly. She Lives Her Poems: Moments from a Year in the Forest. N.p.: Brigid’s Grove, 2018.
Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. 25th Anniversary Edition. New York: TarcherPerigree, 2016.
A colleague is working through the exercises in this book and recommended it to me. I have been thinking more and more about writing as a kind of spiritual discipline over the past year and look forward to reading this book as a resource in that journey. I bought it at Northshire Bookstore before the Laymon reading last night (discussed below).
Huber, Sonya. The “Backwards” Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. Sheffield, UK: Equinox Publishing, 2011.
A colleague recommended this textbook to me because I teach personal writing in my composition classes, so I ordered an examination copy. I think it might be helpful for my own writing as well.
Laymon, Kiese. Heavy: An American Memoir. 2018. New York: Scribner, 2019.
I saw Laymon read last night at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York, and he was amazing! He was kind and insightful during the question and answer session after the reading. I had heard good things about him before but have not yet read any of his work. I bought a copy of his latest book and he graciously inscribed it for me.
Nelson, Maggie. The Latest Winter. 2003. London: Zed Books, 2018.
I love Nelson’s memoir The Argonauts, but have not read any of her poetry. While browsing before Laymon’s reading last night I came across this collection and decided to check it out.