Recommended Reading

The Tip of the Iceberg 

Literary Journals & Magazines

*A personal favorite from FRiGG: “Summer’s Work” by Lydia Copeland Gwyn

*Anything written by Sy Montgomery, really. (Thank you, Orion!)

*A particular favorite from Threepenny, available for free: “The Herd” by Austin Smith

*Witch Craft‘s grimoires are also excellent.

*A particular favorite from decomP: “Climax or Cry” by xTx

*A particular favorite from Bat City Review: “Winifred, Not a Horse” by Nick Francis Potter

Some Books, Much Love

  • The Stand, Stephen King (novel)
  • Lisey’s Story, Stephen King (novel)
  • Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés (CNF)
  • The Dark Dark, Samantha Hunt (short stories)
  • Witches of America, Alex Mar (CNF)
  • Today I Am A Book, xTx (flash stories)
  • Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (novel)
  • All of Anton Chekhov’s short stories
  • The Complete Stories, Leonora Carrington (short stories)
  • Isaac Newton, James Gleick (biography)
  • Things We Lost in the Fire, Mariana Enriquez (short stories)
  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville (novel)
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi (short stories)
  • Merlin Trilogy, Mary Stewart (novels)
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Aimee Bender (short stories)
  • The Color Master, Aimee Bender (short stories)
  • Rachel in Love, Pat Murphy (novella)
  • Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole (novel series)
  • The Game Maker series, Kresley Cole (novel trilogy)
  • Inspector Gamache series, Louise Penny (novel series)
  • A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard (CNF)
  • Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link (short stories)
  • Amy Hempel’s short stories just generally 
  • Howl, Allen Ginsberg (poetry)
  • When My Brother Was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz (poetry)
  • Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay (essays)
  • Difficult Women, Roxane Gay (short stories)
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel)
  • The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill (novel)
  • The Terror, Dan Simmons (novel; the audio version kicks ass*)
  • Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff (novel)
  • Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (novel)
  • A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, Adrianne Harun (novel)
  • The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter (short stories)
  • Blessing the Boats, Lucille Clifton (poetry)

Resources for Writers (& Readers!)

The Review Review

NewPages.com

There is No Secret to Writing About People Who Do Not Look Like You,” Brandon Taylor, Lit Hub

Dialogue-writing tips from Bartleby Snopes

Carve Magazine’s editorial options

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg