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