What Would Juan Morales Read?

When we constructed the Ink & Letters Summer Reading List, we asked several of our contributors and friends to recommend books they think everyone should read. We also asked several of them to share what books they were looking forward to reading themselves.

Poet Juan Morales, whose poem "For the Tiled Floor" appeared in I&L issue 3, included seven books on his list of books to read this summer. Here they are:

  • Don't Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine
  • The Yearning Feed by Manuel Paul López
  • Roll Deep by Major Jackson
  • Sorrow of the Warrior Class by Raza Ali Hasan
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Between Hurricanes by Jennifer Rane Hancock
  • Mortal Trash by Kim Addonizio

Juan Morales is the author of the new collection of poetry, The Siren World (Lithic Press) and Friday and the Year That Followed (Bedbug Press). His poems have recently appeared in Poet Lore, Huizache, Origins, Ostrich Review, and are forthcoming from Hayden's Ferry Review, Mas Tequila Review, Pank, and Duende. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series.