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Creative Writing: Amazing Contemporary Writing

Resources for Creative Writing students or prospective Creative Writing students. Includes library resources, information about literary magazines, and information about the Creative Writing department.

Contemporary Writing

This portion of the LibGuide is meant to act as a "recommended reading" section because, as you know, writers need to read. We need to stay current in our writing style; this is not to say that nothing can be learned from the classic literary cannon, but the past isn't the present or future. Learn from these recommended readings; as a design flaw, the readings are organized by genre, but you are encouraged to read something you consider to be "out of your genre."

Be open to the experience of the text, the way it feels against the grain of your mind. You never know what you might absorb from reading other author's writing.


Texts Not Available at Milne

  • Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
  • Stephan King, Bag of Bones

Poetry Collections

Texts Not Available in Milne

  • Ilya Kaminsky: Dancing in Odessa Deaf Republic
  • Linda Gregerson: ProdigalMagnetic NorthWaterborne,The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep
  • Galway Kinnell: The Book of NightmaresStrong Is Your Hold, & Mortal Acts, Mortal Wounds
  • Carol Snow: For
  • Carrie Fountain: Instant Winner & Burn Lake
  • Natasha Tretheway: Bellocq's OpheliaThrall, & Native Guard
  • Alice Fulton: FeltBarely Composed, & Sensual Math
  • Tracy K. Smith: Wade in the Water
  • Li-Young Lee: The Undressing
  • Ruth Stone: Simplicity In the Next Galaxy
  • Edward Hirsch: Lay Back the Darkness Special Orders
  • C.K. Williams: The VigilFlesh and Blood
  • Franz Wright: Walking to Martha’s VineyardGod’s Silence, & Wheeling Motel
  • Ocean Vuong: Night Sky with Exit Wounds
  • Eamon Grennan: Still Life with WaterfallOut of Sight, & Matter of Fact
  • Czeslaw Milosz: Second Space
  • Linda Russ Spaar: Blue Venus
  • Nikki Giovanni: Chasing Utopia Love Poems
  • Ralph Black: Turning Over the Earth Bloom & Laceration
  • Mark Doty: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
  • Campbell McGrath: Florida Poems Shannon

Creative Nonfiction/Memoir

Texts Not Available in Milne

  • Anne Panning: Dragonfly Notes
  • Cheryl Strayed: Torch Wild
  • Gregory Orr: The Blessing
  • Mary Karr: Cherry, Lit
  • Meredeth Hall: Without a Map

Cross Genre

Texts Not Available in Milne

Information Delivery Service (IDS) is a resource available to you through Milne. Through this service, you can request and receive books free of charge; they will be delivered to Milne within at least a week of ordering. If you'd like to get a small taste of the novel, poetry collection or memoir/essays, Google Books is a resource that allows you to read the beginning of a text.

Simply-E is an app developed by the New York Public Library. It allows you access to more than 300,000 e-books and are available to anyone with a library card. An easy way to access all of these books is to sign up for a library card with Wadsworth Library (24 Center Street). Some of the books recommended on this list might be available at Wadsworth, too!