Our Ashland MFA faculty were asked to recommend books for developing writers. We're including instructional guides, anthologies, and classics of the craft, all meant to be helpful tools for your writing. Listed below are this month’s recommendations.
Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Recommended by Steve Harvey
The Resistance to Poetry by James Longenbach
Recommended by Angela Estes
This book is one of the best I know of about what poems are, why we write them, and why people read them. It also includes most of Longenbach's very useful THE ART OF THE POETIC LINE.
Let the Bead Bury their Dead by Randall Kenan
Recommended by our fiction instructors, Erika Krouse, E.J. Levy, and William Haywood Henderson
This is a good example of the linked-story cycle, illustrating a range of literary modes from magical realism to meta-narration, as it builds across races and centuries.
* Photo at top of page is "Book and Glass" by Pasi Mämmelä, used courtesy of Creative Commons license via Flickr