During my final MFA residency last month, one of our visiting artists — poet, teacher and activist Carolyn Forché — recommended reading by season. She was focusing on poetry but she had suggestions for fiction and nonfiction as well. Her advice was to select a few authors and dive deep for a season. Get commentaries and critical texts to supplement the work and make an intentional study of the writing.
Because I just spent two years writing nothing but nonfiction, I decided that Fall will be a season to study fiction. Specifically characterization and character development to fuel some fiction writing of my own. I also selected a poet to sink into and a few other supplemental texts. Here’s what I came up with.
Also currently reading:
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Wearing God by Lauren Winner
On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia & What it Means to Disappear by Lynn Casteel Harper
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes