MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics

Recommended Reading

Faculty Picks

Several of the MFA faculty members have chosen five books which they believe are important to read and also indicate their own literary and arts directions. In getting acquainted with the MFA faculty, do check out their own publications and works as listed on their individual faculty pages, linked via name below. Note: listed dates are when the work was first published. 

Amaranth Borsuk

Hong, Cathy Park. Dance Dance Revolution. New York: W.W. Northon, 2007. Print.

Kearney, Douglas. Patter. Los Angeles: Red Hen Press, 2014. Print.

Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1962. Print.

Stein, Gertrude. Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms. New York: Claire Marie, 1914. Print.

Strickland, Stephanie. V: WaveTercets / Losing L'una. Denver: SpringGun Press, 2014. Print and iOS app.

Rebecca Brown

Wright, Richard. Black Boy. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945. Print.

Kafka, Franz. Collected Stories. New York: Knopf, 1993. Print.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1818. Print.

Beckett, Samuel. Waiting For Godot. Paris: Grove Press, Inc., 1954. Print.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 1927. Print.

Ching-In Chen

Lai, Larissa. Salt Fish Girl. Markham, ON: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2002. Print.

Long Soldier, Layli. Whereas. Minneapolis: Greywolf Press, 2017. Print.

Miranda, Deborah. Berkeley, CA: Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir. Heyday, 2012. Print.

Phillip, M. NourbeSe. Zong! Wesleyan, CT: Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2011. Print.

Salah, Trish. Wanting in Arabic. Toronto: Mawenzi House/TSAR Publications, 2013. Print.

Sarah Dowling

Cavendish, Margaret. Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World. London: Pickering and Chatto, 1992. Print.

Toomer, Jean. Cane. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1923. Print.

O’Hara, Frank. Meditations in an Emergency. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1957. Print.

Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung. DICTEE. San Francisco: Tanam Press, 1982. Print.

Kapil, Bhanu. The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers. Berkley: Kelsey St. Press, 2001. Print.

Jeanne Heuving

Barthes, Roland. The Pleasure of the Text. New York: Hill and Wang, 1975. Print.

Dickinson, Emily. Ed. Cristanne Miller.  Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them.  Cambridge: Harvard U Press, 2016. [This is the best edition so far. Many different editions, beginning in the 19th century.]

Lispector, Clarice, and Giovanni Pontiero. Near to the Wild Heart. New York: New  Directions, 1990. Print.

Mackey, Nathaniel. Bedouin Hornbook. Lexington: U of Kentucky, 1986. Print. [You can find this book in his collection, From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate.]

Williams Carlos William. Spring and All. New York: Contact Publishing Co. 1923. Print [A new edition of this is out from New Directions.  You can also find it in his Collected Vol. I.]

Ted Hiebert

Baudrillard, Jean. The Intelligence of Evil, or the Lucidity Pact, Chris Turner, trans., London: Berg, 2005. Print.

Golding, Sue. The Eight Technologies of Otherness, London: Routledge, 1997. Print.

Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics, Chicago: University Chicago Press, 1999. Print.

Jarry, Alfred. Exploits & Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, ‘Pataphysician, Simon Watson Taylor, trans., Boston: Exact Change, 1996. Print.

Kroker, Arthur. Exits to the Posthuman Future, Cambridge: Polity, 2014. Print.