My summer reading list: Esmeralda Gamez


Esmeralda Gamez
Poetry, 1st year

I want to read as many books as I can from our amazing Fresno writers, but these are a few of the other books at the very top of my list.

Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez — I’ve wanted to read this book again and my Spanish is getting rusty, so I’m killing two birds with one stone.

Revival by Stephen King — I collect Stephen King books, though with all the books he publishes, it’s hard to keep up. I won’t let myself buy The Outsider until I finish some of the books I already have.

Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, edited by Christopher Soto; and The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave, edited by Michael Lassell and Elena Georgiou — These anthologies were both recommendations to me from Fresno State MFA alumnus Steven Sanchez. It took me way too long to read poetry from queer poets and from queer poets of color, and I’m going to make up for that lost time.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, edited by Saundra Mitchell — This anthology brings together stories with LGBTQ+ characters written by seventeen YA writers who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The summary mentioned fairy tales, Kurt Cobain, roller-disco and a sixteenth-century Spanish convent, so how could I NOT read this?

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