What would Laurie Jean Cannady read?

Back in June we created the Ink & Letters Summer Reading List, consisting of books several of our contributors and friends recommend that everyone read. We've also been sharing what books several of them were looking forward to reading themselves. If you need to catch up, here are links to the summer reading selections of poet Juan Morales, activist and essayist D.L. Mayfield, and poet John Poch. Today we're sharing the fourth post in this series.

Laurie Jean Cannady's memoir essay "Inflated Worth" was published in I&L issue 3. Cannady shared four titles from her summer to-read list:

  • The Telling by Zoe Zolbrod
  • God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer
  • Words or Water by Li Yun Alvarado
  • The Complete Artist's Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice by Julia Cameron

Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady has published articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women's issues. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root online magazine. Dr. Cannady currently resides in central Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. She teaches English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter here.

What Would John Poch 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. In case you missed it, we shared poet Juan Morales's summer reading picks here. Earlier this week we shared the books on activist and author D.L. Mayfield's summer reading list.Today we roll out the third post in this series.

John Poch, whose poems "Horses & Sawhorses" and "The Plaza of Good Success" appeared in I&L issue 3, shared three titles he's reading this summer. Here they are:

  • Dodgers by Bill Beverly

  • Hard Scrabble by John Graves
  • The Colossus and Other Poems by Sylvia Plath

John Poch's most recent book, Fix Quietwon the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.

What Would D.L. Mayfield 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. In case you missed it, we shared poet Juan Morales's summer reading picks here. Today we roll out the second post in this series.

D.L. Mayfield, author of the forthcoming book of essays Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith (which is already garnering rave reviews and is due out August 16 from HarperOne), included five books on her to-read list this summer. Here they are:

  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
  • The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri Nouwen
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • Amends: A Novel by Eve Tushnet

D.L. Mayfield lives and writes in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children. Mayfield likes to write about refugees, theology, and downward mobility, among other topics. She has written for places as varied as McSweeneysChristianity TodayImage Journal, and The Toast.

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.