This semester I was enrolled in a poetry workshop, a literature class focusing on Native America/First Nations work, and a Women and Gender Studies class. I spent a small fortune on books, but the majority of them were worth it. So here’s a list of the ones I liked best, organized by genre and then listed by personal preference, if you’re looking for recommendations!
When My Brother Was an Aztec – Natalie Diaz
The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart – Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Up Jump the Boogie – John Murillo
Forest Primeval – Vievee Francis
Sáanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing – Luci Tapahonso
It’s Day Being Gone – Rose McLarney
The Grass Dancer – Susan Power
Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend – Erika T. Wurth
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
Redefining Realness – Janet Mock
Feminist Queer Crip – Alison Kafer
Queer Indigenous Studies – Ed. by Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, and Scott Lauria Morgensen
I’d also recommend Captive Genders edited by Eric A. Stanley & Nat Smith, and Terrorist Assemblages by Jasbir Puar – even though they’re the densest books of theory I’ve ever read. The work they’re doing is important and worth reading about.