Recommended in 2010: Recommend Books by authors we interviewed
We were able to interview many authors in 2010. Here is a list of books they recommended or are using for classes or currently reading.
Playwriting: Writing, Producing, and Selling Your Play by Louis Catron.
Irete Lazo’s The Accidental Santera and Michael Jaime-Becerra’s Every Night is Ladies Night ("Every Night is Ladies Night blew me away," said M. Padilla).
House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros "Mango Street still remains our one and only," says Gilb) and works by Diana López, Oscar Casares, Christine Granados, Michael Jaime Becerra, Alex Espinoza, and Yxta Maya Murrray.
Diego Vazquez, Jr.
Works by Pablo Neruda, Charles Bukowski, Ranier Maria Rilke, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. John Fante's Ask the Dust, Gabriel García Márquez' Love in the Time of Cholera and Cien años de Soledad and Haldor Laxness' Independent People, Jorge Luis Borges' Universal History of Infamy, and Joan Didion's early work. Works by poet Trinidad Sanchez, Jr.
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives. Read our interview with Guillermo Reyes.
J. Michael Martinez
Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. "The book soared in me. Something clicked and I began to experience my life as a poet, learning to see the world as language, to decipher this language and, impossibly, to write it, " says Martinez.
Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano
Michael Luis Medrano
Poetry of Marisol Baca; writing of Lee Herrick, Burlee Vang, Larry Levis, Ray Gonzalez, Dagoberto Gilb, and Luis Omar Salinas, and Andres Montoya; Ben Sáenz’s Dark and Perfect Angels (Cinco Puntos Press); writing of Luis H. Valadez and Juan Felipe Herrera.
Maceo Montoya’s The Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Press) and Carmen Gimenez Smith’s Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona Press).
Rene Saldaña, Jr.
Baldwin’s Go Tell It On The Mountain and “Sonny’s Blues” and Another Country; Magic of Blood by Dagoberto Gilb; works by raulrsalinas. Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (Saldaña says "I don’t think it’ll be as good a read as Kavalier and Clay); Gary Soto’s Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing and Walter Dean Myers’ Bad Boy: A Memoir.