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Top 4 picks for your fall reading

Sep 30, 2014

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Keith Taylor joined Stateside today with his picks for our fall reading.

Taylor is a poet and writer who coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan.

Here's the full list of Taylor's recommended fall readings:

1. "Motor City Burning" – a novel by Bill Morris. 

"The book is morally complex, more thought-provoking than spine-tingling," says Taylor.

2. "Bad Feminist" – a collection of essays by Roxanne Gay.

I openly embrace the label of bad feminist. I do so because I am flawed and human. I am not terribly well versed in feminist history. I am not as well read in key feminist texts as I would like to be. I have certain ... interests and personality traits and opinions that may not fall in line with mainstream feminism, but I am still a feminist. I cannot tell you how freeing it has been to accept this about myself.

–"Bad feminism" defined by Gay.

3. "Quality Snacks" – a collection of short stories by Andy Mozina.

"Weird things happen at the most common moments. A little bit of the wonderful intersects with our lives in places we don't expect," says Taylor.

4. "Hum" – a collection of poems by Jamaal May.

"There's a group of young poets all between 30 and 40, all come out of Detroit. They are creating some of the best poems in the country and winning all the big awards. Jamaal May may be the best of the lot," says Taylor.

* Listen to the full interview above.