April Recommended Reading


"This is not the story that says: women are victims and men are oppressive. It’s to say no, we actually have the power and the strength and the resiliency to craft a better generation when we raise our children by instilling within them empowerment and worth and better values." My Conversation with Etaf Rum | The Book Slut 

“After all, these were quirky stories, written by an unknown Chinese American author. And in those days, books that were non-mainstream were termed “ethnic,” enjoyed by special readers, largely those who were in ethnic studies programs.” Amy Tan Reflects on 30 Years Since The Joy Luck Club | Lit Hub

“I come from people who work and I worked. I'm not one of those writers that work in academia. These are the kinds of stories I wanted to tell because I find working-class lives to be the most interesting. It’s the world I come from. “ Kali Fajardo-Anstine: On Her Matriarchal Colorado Roots, Working-Class Women and Her Short Story Collection, "Sabrina & Corina" | Write or Die Tribe

Writing Advice

“A novel is not a scratch card or a buried archeological treasure; it has no prior existence waiting to be uncovered” On Taking Time by Elizabeth Cook | Granta

“I cannot say exactly how nature exerts its calming and organizing effects on our brains, but I have seen in my patients the restorative and healing powers of nature and gardens, even for those who are deeply disabled neurologically.” Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens | The New Yorker

Short Stories

“How to Win” by Daisy Johnson

“Pussy Hounds” by Sarah Gerard

“Stella Maris, Star of the Sea” by Michael Carroll


“And What Now of Dreaming?” by Deborah Landau

Shadow of the Colossus” by Michael Marberry

Under the Volcano by Diane Mehta


“No matter how hard a time I had in any of those places, there was always something about them I missed when I left” 7 Books About Women Searching For Home | Electric Literature

“Where are the books, plays, poems, and other works of art about climate change? And to the extent that they already exist, what are they saying about the issue?” Five Writers on Climate Change and Popular Culture | Guernica Magazine

“Women everywhere wrote to Friedan expressing their gratitude that, at last, someone was aware of their plight.” Germaine Greer and the Cusp of the Feminist Revolution | Lit Hub

Julia Alvarez on paving the way for a new generation of Latinx writers: After 25 Years, “In the Time of the Butterflies” Is More Relevant Than Ever | Electric Literature

“There could be an opening of a mental space for novelists to explore this future, not in terms of travelling at 10 times the speed of light in anti-gravity boots, but in actually looking at the human dilemmas.”
'It drives writers mad': why are authors still sniffy about sci-fi? | The Guardian

Dave Cullen, author of "Parkland," on why we need gun reform: 20 Years After Columbine, America Is Still Letting Its Kids Die | Electric Literature

March Recommended Reading

Writing Advice

"Art is a superpower that allows creator and consumer to be in dialogue regardless of circumstance or logistics or miles, a shared experience, a third plane found when two people meet by seeing one another through the page" Against Catharsis: Writing is Not Therapy by T Kira Madden | Lit Hub 

"The writing community needs to start talking openly about financial insecurity" What If You Can’t Afford “A Room of One’s Own”? by Sandra Newman | Electric Lit 

Short Stories

Midnight Zone by Lauren Groff 

Deaf and Blind by Lara Vapnyer 


In the back of my mind I’m on a slave ship, yet I’m also here just telling you how it is.” Interview with Morgan Parker | Guernica Magazine 

"The Moroccan-born author talks about finding her voice, who gets control of the narrative and how it feels to be a Muslim in America today" Interview with Laila Lalami | The Guardian 

"I never intended to become an essayists" Interview with James Baldwin | Lit Hub 

"I write in a non-fiction vein, exploring phenomenon around me and in my own life. So when I do have the experience of meeting fiction that takes me to a totally different place, I find that really inspiring just because it's so different from what I do as a writer" Interview with Leah Dieterich | Girls at Library 


The Idea of Others: A Poem by Brenda Shaughnessy | Lit Hub 

The Proof: A Poem by Toi Derricotte 


"Women artists on what gets them through" On the Daily Rituals of Joan Didion, Patti Smith, and More | Lit Hub 

How Classic Gothic Fiction Led to Today's Psychological Thrillers | Crime Reads

"This movie will now proceed on Kat’s terms. Kat, who doesn’t fit in. Kat, who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. Kat, who does not wear lip gloss, or bop. On the rug, I sit up straight." The Life-Changing Magic of 10 Things I Hate About You | Lit Hub