There’s a movement to buy two books by Black writers this week (6/14-6/20), so I’m posting recommendations of authors/books.
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric is an amazing book of poetry. She includes some fascinating essays about the Williams sisters in tennis (who I grew up watching in the Pilot Penn tennis tournament in New Haven) too. It deservedly won or was nominated for nearly every big prize in writing. Buy it here.
Magic City Books sent me Rudy Franciso’s Helium as part of their poetry care packages to get people through social distancing. He’s a slam poet, and there’s a great musicality in his work because of it. He also verbalizes what it’s like to have anxiety in a way that few authors do. Support him here.
Brionne Janae went to Emerson with me. She’s an awesome person, and her collection After Jubilee is spectacular. Without a doubt, she’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. If you’re not reading her, you’re missing out. Fix your life here.
Tomorrow and Thursday: Speculative Fiction.