Before they arrive in Aspen this weekend, we wanted to get to know our Emerging Writer Fellows a little bit better. In this Q+A, they shared the books that are currently on their nightstands, the writers they’d invite to a literary dinner party, and their excitement for Summer Words. The Fellows will read some of their work at our closing reception celebration on June 23, open to all workshop participants, faculty, agents, and editors.
1. What book(s) are you currently reading?
Stephen Narain: The paradigm-shifting debut novel Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi.
Angela (A.K.) Small: House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III.
Sarah Eisner: I am reading H is for Hawk (wonderful, but the whole world already knows that) and just finished reading an amazing soon to be released story collection called Heartbreaker, by Maryse Meijer.
A.L. Major: A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara, Get in Trouble, by Kelly Link, and Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Esther Amini: I’ll Give You The Sun, by Jandy Nelson.
Amanda Rusher Foushee: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi and Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton.
Jessica Lynn Souchon: Vow, by Rebecca Hazleton, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, by Lindy West, and The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution, by Jonathan Eig.
2. Which three authors (dead or alive) would you invite to a literary dinner party?
Stephen: Toni Morrison, Derek Walcott, and Zadie Smith
Angela (A.K.): Emile Zola, Jandy Nelson, and Sue Miller
Sarah: Leslie Jamison, Maggie Nelson, and Carson McCullers
A.L.: Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin
Esther: William Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde, and Eugene O’Neill
Amanda: Michelle Latiolais, Elizabeth Tallent, and Virginia Woolf
Jessica: Nora Ephron, Dorothy Parker, and Virginia Woolf
3. What are you most excited for about Summer Words?
Stephen: New friends! Mountains!
Angela (A.K.): Working with Antonya Nelson and meeting other amazing writers.
Sarah: I’m most excited about meeting all the amazing writers in my workshop, whose pieces I’ve just finished reading.
A.L.: I am so excited to engage with other writers and readers. Writing life can be so solitary at times, and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be present in such a dynamic and creative community.
Esther: I’m most excited about meeting fellow writers dedicated to honing their craft.
Amanda: To get some writing done! It is always so inspiring to be surrounded by a community of people so devoted to language and making good work and it reminds me to return to the page.
Jessica: I can’t wait to meet everyone and be exposed to new, unique voices!
We couldn’t agree more! See you next week for an inspiring Summer Words experience.Tags: books, reading recommendations, writing
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This post was written by Caroline Tory