We asked MFA alumni publishing books this season what they’re reading, and what they'd recommend. Here's what's on Jaime Forsythe's bookshelf:
"While I was finishing the edits on my manuscript, I found myself turning to fiction and poetry (and work that hovers somewhere between fiction/ poetry/ nonfiction) that gave me courage in one way or another. Some highlights from this period included: My Private Property by Mary Ruefle, 300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker, Hard Child by Natalie Shapero, Pockets by Stuart Ross, Silvija by Sandra Ridley, Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe, I Love Dick by Chris Kraus, and Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. I’ve also found the podcast Commonplace, hosted by poet Rachel Zucker (commonpodcast.com) to be very good company, and often listen to it while walking to work.
Since letting go of my book, I’ve been in the mood for memoir and nonfiction that will get me out of my own head. I’m currently going back and forth between The Recovering by Leslie Jamison and Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel, and have Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown on hold at the library."
Jaime's new collection of poetry, I Heard Something, is published by Anvil Press' A Feed Dog Book imprint. The Toronto launch event will be held at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St E) on Monday, June 25 at 7pm, with Tom Cull and Heather Birrell.
Information on future events will be found at: jaimeforsythe.com