what i’m reading / who i’m learning from & with:

january 2019:

  • citizen illegal, josé olivarez

  • whereas, layli long solider*

  • giovanni’s room, james baldwin

  • tiny beautiful things, cheryl strayed*

  • what the living do, marie howe

february 2019:

  • conversations with friends, sally rooney

  • the argonauts, maggie nelson*

  • bluets, maggie nelson

  • registers of illuminated villages, tarfia faizullah

  • bestiary, donika kelly

  • the cradle of the real life, jean valentine

  • a place for us, fatima farheen mirza*

  • if they come for us, fatimah asghar

  • the kingdom of ordinary time, marie howe*

march 2019:

  • the book of delights, ross gay*

  • what is found there: notebooks on poetry and politics, adrienne rich*

  • the carrying, ada limón

  • ghost of, diana khoi nguyen

  • a wild patience has taken me this far, adrienne rich*

  • the dream of a common language, adrienne rich

  • julián is a mermaid, jessica love*

  • when women were birds: fifty four variations on voice, terry tempest williams*

  • tap out, edgar kunz

  • the low passions, anders carlson-wee

  • less, andrew sean greer

  • sharks in the rivers, ada limón

  • we the animals, justin torres

  • the tiny journalist, naomi shihab nye

  • refuse, julian randall

  • lima :: limón, natalie scenters-zapico

april 2019:

  • play dead, francine j. harris

  • paper girls (1), brian k. vaughan & cliff chiang

  • good bones, maggie smith

  • normal people, sally rooney

  • little labors, rivka galchen

  • magical negro, morgan parker*

  • the tradition, jericho brown

may 2019:

  • cenzontle, marcelo hernandez castillo

  • paper girls (2) (3) & (4), brian k. vaughan & cliff chiang

  • the wild iris, louise glück

  • imagine wanting only this, kristen radtke

  • the incendiaries, r.o. kwon

  • the country between us, carolyn forché

  • severance, ling ma*

june 2019:

  • america is not the heart, elaine castillo

  • you know you want this, kristen roupenian

  • deep work, cal newport

  • blackacre, monica youn

  • blue horses, mary oliver

  • autobiography of red, anne carson

  • the mother of all questions, rebecca solnit

  • on lies, secrets, and silence, adrienne rich*

  • the writing life, annie dillard

  • geography iii, elizabeth bishop

  • birds of america, lorrie moore*

july 2019

  • how to do nothing, resisting the attention economy, jenny odell*

  • all you can ever know, nicole chung

  • heavy, kiese laymon

  • oceanic, aimee nezhukumatathil

  • thrall, natasha trethewey

  • lessons on expulsion, erika sánchez

  • the simple truth, phil levine

  • odes to common things, pablo neruda

  • mostly dead things, kristen arnett

august 2019

  • a fortune for your disaster, hanif abdurraqib

  • things we didn’t talk about when i was a girl, jeannie vanasco

  • slouching towards bethlehem, joan didion

  • idiophone, amy fusselman

  • the magical language of others, EJ koh*

  • on earth we’re briefly gorgeous, ocean vuong

* wow(!)