What Kwame Alexander, Maurene Goo, and Kaveh Akbar Are Reading Now

What Kwame Alexander, Maurene Goo, and Kaveh Akbar Are Reading Now


In order to be a good author, you’ve got to be a good reader, right? That’s what we’ve always thought anyway. To keep our shelves stocked with must-read recommendations, we scoured social media to discover the books that our favorite writers recommend. Looking for more recommendations? Check out our staff reads.

Kwame Alexander celebrated National Poetry Month with Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X.

Mark Oshiro couldn’t get enough of Justina Ireland’s latest book.

Kaveh Akbar shared an excerpt from Chase Berggrun’s Red.

Chase Berggrun

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Aisha Saeed was astonished by Emily X.R. Pan’s book and swag.

Maurene Goo wished Amy Spalding a happy book birthday for The Summer of Jordi Perez.

John Cusick offered five reasons why readers should pick up Puddin’.

Nell Scovell’s Just the Funny Parts saved Kate White from the tedium of a long flight.

Mary Karr shared a sonnet by Terrance Hayes.

Myfanwy Collins
Myfanwy Collins is a Massachusetts-based mother, writer, and reader. She has an MA in English Literature and has published two novels and a collection of short stories. As a young writer, her mentor told her that in order to be the best writer, she needed to first be the best reader. She continues to pursue her best-reader merit badge.


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