June Recommended Reading


“Brodesser-Akner discussed what she’s learned from writing profiles, how that has influenced her fiction writing, and what’s next” What Taffy Brodesser-Akner Has Learned From Writing All Those Stories | The New York Times

“Poetry feels like lightning to me — It’s this incredible jolt of feeling and emotion and power recognition” J.M. Farkas Talks Blackout Poetry and What It Means to Be Brave | Read Poetry


Tulsan Joy Harjo named U.S. poet laureate, making history with Wednesday's announcement | Tulsa World

Writing Advice

“As the years passed it was clear enough that the powers of fiction were, in the hands of more ordinary scribblers, quite dilute.” Annie Proulx on One of Her Favorite Short Stories | Lit Hub

How to make the leap to full-time poet | The Creative Independent

Am I Still a Real Writer If I Don’t Feel Compelled to Write? | Electric Lit

“Being laid off can be a financial nightmare, but what isn’t talked about enough is the psychic toll it takes, and the decisions we make around work in the aftermath.” How to survive being laid off | The Creative Independent


Rumi, Hawking + The Drugs - Two poems by Albert Goldbarth

Practice by Jane Hirshfield

Short Story

Polyptych by Ben Greenman

The World Holds What It Remembers Most by Tess Allard

A Choice of Heritage by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


“When critics on social media “cancel” a YA writer or book, it’s really about ongoing frustrations with an overwhelmingly white publishing industry” YA Twitter Can Be Toxic, But It Also Points Out Real Problems | Buzzfeed News

“Reciting poetry out loud can act as a type of meditation practice to keep the mind and body feeling centered.” Balancing Your Chakras Through Poetry | Read Poetry

“Perhaps frustrated by the lack of this kind of progress, three recent novels by women ask a very different question entirely: is the corporate ladder even relevant?” On Toxic Corporate Culture in Contemporary Fiction | Lit Hub

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019 (So Far) | Book Marks

“7 darkly humorous books that explore complex relationships, self-awareness, and grief” What to Read After Watching “Fleabag” | Electric Lit

“Reading Pangs of Love and Discovering Asian American Literary Voices” Viet Thanh Nguyen on What David Wong Louie Meant to Him at 20 | Lit Hub

“Envy is just a human thang, not a sin or a sickness.” On envy, jealousy, and what they add to our lives. | Lit Hub

“As Orson Welles famously noted, “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” 8 Incredible Films Inspired By Poetry | Read Poetry

May Recommended Reading


"I have a very bad memory: I’m not sitting around thinking about ten years ago. I’m wondering about how to make something: my life, a book... I’m wondering what the present is asking of me." Sheila Heti: 'All of Living is Thinking' | Guernica Magazine 

"Shame is a big part of Filipino culture because so much of our lives depend on maintaining good relationships with neighbors, in-laws, business associates etc. These are built over generations and reputations are as valuable as money in the Philippines." Q & A with Marivi Soliven | Reading Women Podcast 

Read a profile of Samanta Schweblin, “the warm, smiling woman who can write so hauntingly about, among other things, teen girls eating live birds.” | Vulture

Writing Advice

"Tips for publishing something new every day, and approaching your progression as a writer with kindness rather than judgment." How to establish a daily writing practice | The Creative Independent 

Short Stories

Lil Spin by Geovani Martins 

Drowning Boy by Adam Peterson 


We Can’t Hide if There’s No One Looking: Two Poems by Emma Törzs


"The first generation of refugees have the power of selective memory. Children like me learned early to tiptoe around our families and their traumas." Speak of the Dead: Seeking the Stories of My Refugee Family | Catapult 

The Vagina is Perpendicular to the Spine and Other Misconceptions of Female Anatomy | Excerpt from The Book for Every Woman | Electric Lit 

Scent and Sensibility: 5 Olfactory Novels | Lit Hub 

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