Suggested Reading

Fiction

Anthologies

Best American Short Stories (annually)
New Stories from the South (annually)
Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories
The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction

Writers

Sherman Alexie
Steve Almond
Margaret Atwood
Rick Bass
Charles Baxter
Ann Beattie
Madison Smartt Bell

Aimee Bender
Laura Van Den Berg
Amy Bloom
Jorge Louis Borges
T.C. Boyle
Ron Carlson
Raymond Carver
Dan Chaon
John Cheever
Sandra Cisneros
Julio Cortazar
Harry Crews
Lydia Davis
Junot Diaz
Andre Dubus
Stuart Dybek
Tony Earley
Louise Erdrich
Ernest Gaines

Mary Gaitskill
Tim Gautreaux
William Gay

Lauren Groff
Barry Hannah
Jim Harrison
Amy Hempel
Thom Jones
Denis Johnson
Jamaica Kincaid
Jhumpa Lahiri

Kelly Link
Ralph Lombreglia
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bobbie Ann Mason

William Maxwell
Jill McCorkle
Rick Moody
Lorrie Moore
Alice Munro
Haruki Murakami
Antonya Nelson
Joyce Carol Oates
Flannery OíConnor
Chris Offutt


 ZZ Packer
Grace Paley
Tom Perotta
Padgett Powell
Annie Proulx
Mark Richard
George Saunders

Jim Shepard
Mona Simpson
Lee Smith
Zadie Smith
Peter Taylor
Jean Thompson
Wells Tower
John Updike
Alice Walker
David Foster Wallace

Jess Walter
Eudora Welty
Joy Williams
Tobias Wolff
Richard Yates
Paul Yoon


Poetry

Anthologies

Best American Poetry (annually)
Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry (Paul Hoover)
Best New Poets (annually)
Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry
The Poetís Companion
(Addonizio and Laux)

Poets

Sherman Alexie
Maurice Manning
Elizabeth Bishop
Galway Kinnell
Robert Lowell
A Van Jordan
Yusef Komanyakaa
Gwendolyn Brooks
Adrienne Rich
Frank OíHara
Anne Carson
Pablo Neruda
Robert Creeley
James Wright
Sylvia Plath
Tess Gallagher
Jack Gilbert
Claudia Rankine
Allen Ginsberg
Martha Rhodes
Louise Gluck
Theodore Roethke
Jorie Graham        

 

Mary Ruefle
Ross Gay
Rita Dove
Edward Hirsch
C.K. Williams
Sharon Olds
Tony Hoagland
Larry Levis
William Stafford
Mary Oliver
Heather McHugh
Terrance Hayes
Ashley Capps
Rose McClarney
Matthew Zapruder
Michael McGriff
Matthea Harvey
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Thomas Lux
James Dickey
Robert Hass
Richard Hugo
Seamus Heaney


Charles Simic
Brenda Hillman
Frank Bidart
Kevin Young
Denis Johnson
Billy Collins
Ted Kooser
Donald Hall
W.S. Merwin
John Rybicki
Marie Howe
Mark Doty
Daisy Fried
Naomi Shihab Nye
Stephen Dobyns
Dorianne Laux
Garcia Lorca
Sandra Beasley
Matthew Dickman
Michael Dickman
Kim Addonzizio
Major Jackson

 

Creative Nonfiction

Anthologies

Best American Essays (annually)
In Short (Judith Kitchen, Mary Jones, eds.)

Best American Essays of the Century
Short Takes (Judith Kitchen, ed.)

Jane Alison
William Albert Allard
Steve Almond
Jonathan Ames
Roger Angell
James Baldwin
Rick Bass
Rick Bragg
Larry Brown
Truman Capote
Peter Ames Carlin
Michael Chabon
Bruce Chatwin
Frank Conroy
Sloane Crosley
Edwidge Danticat
Meghan Daum
Joan Didion
Annie Dillard

 

Brian Doyle
Dave Egger
Alexandra Fuller
Ian Frazier
Atul Gawande
Roxane Gay
Debra Gwartney
Donald Hall
Edward Hoagland
Mary Karr
Tracy Kidder
Chuck Klosterman
Sonja Livingston
Barry Lopez
Norman Mailer
Michael Martone
Rebecca McClanahan
Frank McCourt

John McPhee

Dinty Moore
Steven Naifeh/Gregory White Smith
Joyce Carol Oates
Chris Offutt
Susan Orlean
David Sedaris
Zadie Smith
Susan Sontag
Cheryl Strayed
John Jeremiah Sullivan
Abigail Thomas
Paul Theroux
John Edgar Wideman
Joy Williams
Terry Tempest Williams
Tom Wolfe
Tobias Wolff