Summer Slouch AKA I don’t want this blog to die…

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

I have been thinking about blogging a lot lately but thinking isn’t the same as doing. Still, here I am.

I want to talk about the past year in the EM-EFF-AY (OH-EM-GEE), my experience at the VONA Voices Workshop, the progress of the manuscript/s (plural maybe?), some projects/goals I am working towards (a YA book, an anthology on Asian American mythologies, fixing up a paper on Lynda Barry and J. Torres for the upcoming MLA Conference)…which I will write about soon.

For now, I leave you with this …

*An incredible manifesto by the fabulous Ching-In Chen on the Doveglion Press website (curated by the equally awesome Barbara Jane Reyes and Oscar Bermeo).  Read it!

And my ever-growing Summer 2011 Reading List:

*Names Above Houses by Oliver de la Paz  — I’m finally getting to Oliver’s first collection, and falling in love with Fidelito, a boy who longs to fly.

*Steady, My Gaze by Marie-Elizabeth Mali — who will be on The Blood-Jet next Tuesday!  I’m excited to talk with her about her first book.

*Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas and Ray Gonzalez — I just read the first story, “White Girl” by Luis Alberto Urrea; explosive, haunting, and I wish it were longer!

*Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor —  I love witches!  And I get so excited about writers of color who write “genre” fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi.  This YA books is by and about a young Nigerian girl with powers.  Check out this list by Adriel Luis who compiled “The Ultimate 21st Century Guide People of Color List” on Colorlines Magazine.

*and one more (a guilty read)…Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin — Because I loved the show on HBO so much, I needed to find out what happened next!  And then I found out there are 4-5 thickass, 1,000 page books that follow. I don’t know if I should keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

What are YOU reading this summer?

oh, and p.s. I have a poem, “Litany for Silence,” on the Splinter Generation website.  If you wish, please read.


Filed under currently reading, summer, YA

3 responses to “Summer Slouch AKA I don’t want this blog to die…

  1. David

    Game of thrones kicks ass.
    Suggested readings.
    “The Ice Worker Sings & Other Poems” Andres Montoya (American book award winner)
    “Born In The Cavity of Sunsets” Michael Luis Medrano
    “Skin Tax” Tim Z. Hernandez (American book award winner)
    “This Many Miles From Desire” Lee Herrick
    “The Selected Levis” Larry Levis (fucking brilliant)
    These are the books, you can say, I grew up in in poetry.

  2. racruzzo

    Hey David,

    Yes, love Andres Montoya, Lee Herrick and (of course) Larry Levis! Will search for Medrano’s book; SKIN TAX is still on my shelf… I hope to get to it soon!

    Any guilty summer reads on your list?

    • David

      guilty listens: (i worked as a delivery driver so I got a lot of audio books through the library)

      The Help by Kathryn Stockett (loved it)
      The Lonely Polygamist (funny)
      Under The Dome by Stephen King
      Chronic City: A Novel
      The Magicians (pure fantasy stuff, like harry potter for adults)

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