Recommended Reading 1/4/2017

As the new year is starting, I wanted to share some of the great stories, poems and essays that I’ve been reading lately.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

Darnell Arnoult’s essay, When I Started to Cry, is online at Blackbird:

Becky Bond, who is always hilarious, writes about the anxiety that comes with filling out forms:

Agatha French, the new staff writer in books at the Los Angeles Times, recently interviewed Stephanie Danler about her bestseller, Sweetbitter:  She also interviewed Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles about creativity, “queer art,” and the end of their relationship:

Megan Galbraith’s wonderful essay, Learning to Mother Myself, was published in The Manifest Station:

Keith Lesmeister’s forthcoming collection, We Could Have Been Happy Here, is included in Memorious’s list of most anticipated books of 2017:

Linda Michel-Cassidy interviewed Gonzalo Torne for The Rumpus:

Shawna Kay Rodenberg has written an important article about education, coal and poverty in Eastern Kentucky for Salon:

Susan Pagani’s story, The Fledgling, is in the new issue of The Rappahannock Review:

Cassie Pruyn wrote a brilliant essay for VIDA that you should read and share:

Corina Zappia is a frequent contributor to The Stranger’s Food & Drink section. Recently, she wrote “Mackerel, You Sexy Bastard: In Defense of Sardines, Herring, and other Maligned Fishy Fish,” and “Washington Is Getting so Cheesy,”






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