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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Recommended in 2010: Recommend Books by authors we interviewed

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.

Carlos Morton 

M. Padilla 
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).  

Dagoberto Gilb 

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

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 

Work of such writers as Cherríe Moraga, Adelina Anthony, Sharon Bridgforth and Dr. Jackie Cuevas.

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.

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