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SETH ABRAMSON: “Been reading the NewerYork, Entropy, Triple Canopy, Hyperallergic,

BOAAT, out of nothing, Troll Thread, The YOLO Pages, Clickhole, back issues of The

Claudius App, io9, Stereogum, and Weird Twitter.”

ANDREA ACTIS recently published her “Notes on ‘Seriousness’” in World Picture Journal and

will assume editorship of The Capilano Review this summer. She recommends, as usual,

reading everything that Laura (Riding) Jackson ever wrote (especially her early essay “In Defence of Anger”), and then recommends a year’s walk to cool off.

JOHN ASHBERY: “Todd Colby’s Splash State (Song Cave); Nicholas Moore’s Selected Poems (Shoestring [UK]); Geoffrey Nutter’s The Rose of January (Wave); and Emily Skillings’ Backchannel (Poor Claudia).” A. BALKANO: T. Lindsay Baker & Julie P. Baker, editors, Till Freedom Cried Out: Memories of the Texas Slave Trade. Sample sentence: “Before I was born, my mother was tucken away

from her playmates and kept in the attic hid.” Leonard Susskind, The Cosmic Landscape:

String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design. A sample sentence: “The velocity of the galaxy in which the supernova is embedded can also be easily determined using the Doppler method.” Mo Willems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Sample sentence: “Hey, can I drive the bus?” ANTHONY BARNETT: “Takashi Hiraide: The Guest Cat (New Directions, 2014); For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut (New Directions, 2008); Postcards to Donald Evans (Tibor

de Nagy, 2003); Cees Nooteboom: Letters to Poseidon (Maclehose, 2014); Valeria Luiselli:

Sidewalks (Granta, 2010; Coffee House, 2014); Faces in the Crowd (Granta, 2012; Coffee House, 2014); The Story of My Teeth (Granta, 2015; Coffee House, forthcoming, 2015);

Kajii Motojiro & Stephen Dodd: The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii ¯ Motojiro (University of Hawai’i, 2014).

¯ MOLLY BRODAK: Nonfiction: The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist. Poetry: Cats and Dogs by Andrew James Weatherhead. Fiction: 300,000,000 by Blake Butler.

JULIE CARR is reading various books by Tomaž Šalamun, Solitary Confinement: Social

Death and its Afterlives by Lisa Guenther, Neverhome by Laird Hunt, More Than Freedom:

Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 by Stephen Kantrowitz, Red White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms by Frank B. Wilderson III, Flesh of my Flesh by Kaja Silverman, The Emancipated Spectator by Jacques Ranciere, and The Volta Book of Poets, edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

C.S. CARRIER: “Much of my reading lately has been in the service of my dissertation: New Directions in Digital Poetry by C.T. Funkhouser, Digital Modernism by Jessica Pressman, and Reading Moving Letters by Roberto Simanowski, Jörgen Schäfer, and Peter Gendolla (eds.). Also, both issues of the Electronic Literature Collection. The recent passing of Tomaž Šalamun has sent me back to his poems, particularly Poker and The Four Questions of Melancholy. Though I’ve read these books numerous times, it always feels like I haven’t, and that’s just magical to me.” TINA BROWN CELONA: “Fathers and Children (Turgenev), A Personal Matter (Oe), Villette (Charlotte Bronte), I Was Not Born (Julia Cohen), War and Peace (Tolstoi), and New Organism (Andrea Rexilius).” J’LYN CHAPMAN lives in Boulder Colorado, and with Michelle Naka Pierce she edits the online poetics journal Something on Paper. She’s reading Lauren Berlant’s Cruel Optimism and Blanchot’s The Writing of the Disaster. She exchanges hopeful letters with the poet Amy Wright so as not to feel too blue about things.

LAYLAGE COURIE: “I just finished Their Eyes Were Watching God, am finishing Minima Moralia by Theodor Adorno, and just began re-reading Remembrance of Things Past. The

stack on my floor that must be read this year or released back into the universe includes:

Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, The Golden Bough, a collection of Georgia folklore, and a pamphlet I ‘borrowed’ from a tower rehearsal room at Riverside Church: Obstacles to Mystical Experience. Oh, the obstacles.” BEN DOLLER: “Fred Moten’s The Little Edges, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Edward W. Soja’s Postmodern Geographies, Chris Nealon’s Heteronymy and Sandra Doller’s Leave Your Body Behind are on rotation in Ben Doller’s house, alongside The Coconut Oil Miracle and every novel by James M. Cain.” ALEX DUNBAR is currently reading The King in Yellow, Wolf in White Van, The Papered Wall, Wallpaper and the Artist, The Wallpaper Book, and Wikipedia articles about Outer Space.

WILL EDMISTON: “Will Alexander, Towards the Primeval Lightning Field; Jennifer Bartlett, Autobiography; Jim Brode, Heart of the Breath; Brené Brown, Daring Greatly; Ed Sanders, The Family; John Coletti, Deep Code; Arlo Quint, Death to Explosions; Erica Kaufman, Instant Classic.” MARY FLANAGAN is a game designer in New Hampshire, an artist in New York, and a writer in transit. She’s engrossed in her friend Gwen’s surprising book Trail of Stones, which embeds you deep into the minds of fairy tale characters. She’s also reading Unica Zürn and MacGregor Card and having some strange dreams.





RANDAL GENTRY: “Lately I’ve enjoyed Haruki Murakami’s short book on marathoning, What We Talk About When We Talk About Running, and Pevear and Volokhonsky’s vivid, funny rendition of Gogol’s Dead Souls. Next for me is the finale of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead trilogy, Lila.” MELISSA GINSBURG: “Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran; Tribute to Freud, H.D.; Kiss Me First, Lottie Moggach; The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems, Olena Kalytiak Davis; Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood; Peace, Gillian Conoley; Dora: A Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, Sigmund Freud” KRISTEN GLEASON was born in California. She is reading Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory by Marjorie Hope Nicolson (morning) and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (night). These days, she admires The Birds by Tarjei Vesaas and Michael Jackson’s Earth Song.

REGAN GOOD is currently reading The Founding of English Metre by John Thompson and The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake.

MICHAEL GRAY is reading Ivan Morris’s translation and edition of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, 55 Chants D’Amour Hmong Blanc compiled by Fr. Jean Mottin, Amplitude: New and Selected Poems of Tess Gallagher, Songs of Gold Mountain: Cantonese Rhymes from San Francisco Chinatown translated by Marlon K. Hom, Paisley Rekdal’s The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In, and Three Hmong Folktales in Hmong Language by Vangtou Xiong X. Toyed and illustrated by Gerri Graber-Wilson. He lives in a snuggly apartment in Tacoma, where he listens to KBIF 900 AM: The Central Valley’s Asian Voice, watches Fei Cheng Wu Rao, and enjoys Seahawks radio broadcasts.

AMY GROSHEK: “China Miéville (Railsea, Embassytown) is the most sophisticated, lyrical sci-fi/fantasy novelist since LeGuin. Calvino’s Cosmocomics (just, yes). Linda Gregerson’s Magnetic North. Ishac Bertran’s code {poems}, to see more code poems written by actual developers.” ALEN HAMZA: “I’m currently reading P-town Stories by Roger Skillings, volume 3 of Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and Ashbery’s Where Shall I Wander.” CARLA HARRYMAN: “The Disk poems, of which Disk Two is an example, are improvisations influenced by sampling, electronic music, and remix, particularly but not exclusively in the context of Detroit music scenes.” JEFF HILSON: These books have recently found their way into the house: Jackson Mac

Low’s Complete Light Poems (Chax: 2015); The Rough Guide to Brussels (Rough Guides:

2009); Rosemary Tonks’ Bedouin of the London Evening (Bloodaxe: 2014); Zyxt by Nancy Gaffield (Oystercatcher: 2015); Concrete & Open Skies: Architecture at the University of East Anglia 1962-2000 (Unicorn Press: 2001); Allen Fisher’s Sputtor (Veer: 2014); The Public Sculpture of South London by Terry Cavanagh (Liverpool University Press: 2007);

The Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus (Carcanet: 1986); Type Specimen: An Observant Guide to Linus Slug (Contraband: 2014): “hung like Christ thin young girl with slender arms speaking of I am fly brought crooked pins and first made her swallow and 2nd made her. then there came from her head a blistering – BRIGHT [ffly] cant & hypocrisy pale & crimson.” Nuff said.

ANNA MARIA HONG is reading The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon, Gloss by Ida Stewart, and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine and looks forward to the release of James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods this spring. She is the Visiting Creative Writer at Ursinus College, an Instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and her novella H & G, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

DREW KALBACH: “The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Deep Code by John Coletti, The Wire, Dead Youth or The Leaks by Joyelle McSweeney, heirophage.tumblr.com, Today In Tabs, Michael Robbin’s essay on Frederick Seidal in Post Road Magazine, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, The Peripheral by William Gibson, 5 Intriguing Things, MediaREDEF, Reply All, The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, Answer Me This!, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

DANIEL KHALASTCHI is currently reading the final draft of Marc Rahe’s second book of poems, On Hours, which is forthcoming from Rescue Press this spring. He is also enjoying Molly Antopol’s The UnAmericans, Jericho Brown’s The New Testament, and the latest issue of Little Village (an alt-mag based in Iowa City). If you haven’t done so already, he recommends that you read (as soon as possible) The Collected Stories by Leonard Michaels.

And then tell your friends.

BECCA KLAVER: “Most of my reading time is taken up by my dissertation right now, which means that in addition to being immersed in primary texts by post-1945 U.S. women poets (Diane di Prima, Sonia Sanchez, Bernadette Mayer, Lyn Hejinian, Alice Notley), I’m also discovering some of the secrets of everyday life (Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life, Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life) and the too-soon-lost histories of second-wave feminism (Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Ann Snitow’s The Feminist Memoir Project, Toni Cade’s The Black Woman).” ISH KLEIN: “I am now reading Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: the Spiritual Dimensions of Music by Joscelyn Godwin, Morphology of the Folktale by Vladimir Propp, and Illustrated Games of Patience by Ben Estes. As a side note, my book, Consolation and Mirth will be out in April.” RICKEY LAURENTIIS: “Inger Christensen, Solmaz Sharif, Roger Reeves, Wallace Stevens, Ai, Malachi Black.” PAUL MALISZEWSKI is the author of Fakers and Prayer and Parable. He’s been reading James McCourt’s memoir Lasting City, Ed Skoog’s poems in Rough Day, and Floats Horse-Floats or Horse-Flows by Leslie Scalapino.

CHRIS MARTIN is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007), Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011), and a forthcoming volume, The Falling Down Dance, which should arrive courtesy of Coffee House in November of this year. “My reading habits have been hopelessly fractured of late, so here’s the array: a monograph on the artist Simon Evans, Spectral Landscapes by Sam Gould, Detailing Trauma by Arianne Zwartjes, Big Questions by Anders Nilsen, On Immunity by Eula Biss, Deep Code by John Coletti, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Sugar Break by Maged Zaher (plus a slew of other new chapbooks from UDP), and a biography of Zebulon Pike.” LARA MIMOSA MONTES: “I am reading Sleep it Off Lady by Jean Rhys and You Animal Machine by Eleni Sikelianos.” RICK MOODY: “Right now I am reading A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick for my class at NYU in the foundations of American experimental writing, and also The Canterbury Tales, bilingual edition, translated by Sheila Fisher (Norton). I am enjoying the Chaucer in the extreme. I had only dipped in before. I love all the sex and scatology as well as the postmodern form of the whole.” DUSTIN LUKE NELSON has been reading James Gleick’s The Information, Privacy Policy, and documents from the NSA and DOJ on technology and hacking. He’s had Ashleigh Lambert’s Ambivalent Amphibians, Brad Liening’s Death Salad sitting on his desk for a ridiculously long time, because they’re wonderful. His first full length collection, In the Office Hours of the Polar Vortex, is out in Fall 2015.

KARIN OLANDER is currently reading An Untamed State by Roxane Gay, Malign Velocities:

Accelerationism and Capitalism by Benjamin Noys, and the Sweet Tooth graphic novel series by Jeff Lemire. She co-curates Bushwick Sweethearts, a reading and art series in Brooklyn, New York.

ALICIA OSTRIKER: Recommended reading this month: C.D. Wright, One With Others;

Marilyn Hacker’s new and selected, A Stranger’s Mirror; Galway Kinnell’s Strong Is Your Hold; and Penelope Fitzgerald’s elegant and exquisite novel based on the doomed love of the German Romantic poet Novalis, The Blue Flower.

KEVIN PHAN is currently bookworming through On Love, Respect and Connectedness: An Analysis by Thomas F. Fogarty, Principles of Horticulture: 5th Edition edited by Adams, Bamford, & Early, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Rimbaud’s Collected Poems, Kindly Bent to Ease Us (Part One: Mind) by Longchenpa, Susan Sontag’s On Photography, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, & Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos.

GREG PURCELL: “I’ve been immersed in pulling the threads of music out of Ronald Johnson’s ARK—fascinated by what it sustained throughout the journey of the book, and the breadth of his fellowship—while remaining hardhearted to the book’s metaphysical

presence. Have been reading and teaching about forms of dissent in organizational life:

John Weeks’s Unpopular Culture is a good example. Ann Leckie’s gender-bending Ancillary Justice deserved its Hugo and a Nebula win last year. My first book, The Fundaments, will be released in Fall 2015 by Poor Claudia.”

BIN RAMKE: “These are books I am currently living with: Gillian White’s Lyric Shame:

the “Lyric” subject of Contemporary American Poetry; Hazel White’s Peril as Architectural Enrichment; Idiot Psalms, Scott Cairns; Transforming Matter: A History of Chemisty from



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