Aimee Nezhukumatathil's picks

From the Stacks is a regular series on the Poetry Center Blog in which we solicit authors to wander our library and choose books that have been important to them and/or that they recommend.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014). She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence and named the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar. In 2016-17, Nezhukumatathil will be the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in creative writing.

Aimee's selections From the Stacks are:

The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich

The Book of Light by Lucille Clifton

Imago by Joseph O. Legaspi

Field Guide to Autobiography by Melissa Eleftherion

Hugging the Jukebox by Naomi Shihab Nye

Broken Symmetry by David Citino

The Poet's World by Rita Dove

Terminal Human Velocity by Christina Olson

Mother Love by Rita Dove

Combing the Snakes from His Hair by James Thomas Stevens

The Gold Cell by Sharon Olds

Bashō's Narrow Road by Matsuo Bashō

The Country Without A Post Office by Agha Shahid Ali

A Crash of Rhinos by Paisley Rekdal