My friends Jonathan Penton and Vincent Cellucci invited me to read with the Louisiana crew at AWP Portland. I read from my manuscript-in-submissions-hell China Mary as well as a selection from Islanders.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It is an idiosyncratic collection of contemporary volumes that continue to influence and inspire me.
Natasha Trethewey, Domestic Work.
Natasha Trethewey, Bellocq’s Ophelia.
Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard.
Natasha Trethewey, Beyond Katrina.
Natasha Trethewey, Thrall.
Jake Adam York, Murder Ballads.
Jake Adam York, A Murmuration of Starlings.
Jake Adam York, Persons Unknown.
Jake Adam York, Abide.
Martha Collins, Blue Front.
Martha Collins, White Papers.
Martha Collins, Admit One: An American Scrapbook.
Carolyn Forché, The Country Between Us.
Carolyn Forché, The Angel of History.
Carolyn Forché, Blue Hour.
Muriel Rukeyser, The Book of the Dead.
Muriel Rukeyser, Elegies.
David Mason, Ludlow.
David Mason, This Country I Remember.
Tess Taylor, The Forage House.
Solmaz Sharif, Look.
Brian Komei Dempster, Topaz.
Diane Gilliam Fisher, Kettle Bottom.
Mark Nowak, Coal Mountain Elementary.
Simon Ortiz, From Sand Creek.
Joseph Hutchison, Marked Men.
Chris Llewellyn, Fragments from the Fire.
Ellen Bryant Voigt, Kyrie.
Kierstin Bridger, Demimonde.