Our Most Anticipated Summer Reads

Jill Dehnert | Outgoing Editor in Chief

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I love Groff’s work and have been looking forward to this new book since I first heard it was coming.

Sarah Sheesley | Outgoing Managing Editor

Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean

What can I say? I’m a Graywolf Press fan girl.

Lucy Burns | Outgoing Associate Editor

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

After hearing Maggie Nelson speak at AWP15, I couldn’t wait to buy this book. It promises to be a challenging (and surprising) exploration of the ways in which we navigate gender.

Michael Noltemeyer | Outgoing Nonfiction Editor

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I have wanted to read this book for some time now because of the near-unanimously glowing reviews heaped upon it, but I’m especially looking forward to reading it after graduation because, after spending the last thee years in a community of artists, I can’t wait to find out how we would survive the apocalypse. This is a horror novel, right?

Brenna Gomez | Incoming Editor in Chief

Hollywood Notebook by Wendy C. Ortiz

The author of Excavation brings us a fragmented memoir on her twenties and thirties in L.A. Plus, she’s our first ever nonfiction judge for the BMR summer contest! If you haven’t read her work, you need to.


Melisa Garcia | Incoming Managing Editor

My Documents by Alejandro Zambra

I have been told this book is captivating because of its engaging storytelling and its compelling representation of contemporary Chilean lifestyle. I am interested in seeing how the short story collection works.

Cat Hubka | Incoming Nonfiction Editor 

The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald

After reading The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn catapulted to the top of my list. Everything else on my list is a “have to” – this one is a “want to.”

Diana Filar | Outgoing Editorial Assistant

The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak

I loved Waclawiak’s first novel, How to Get into the Twin Palms (which was a large part of my Master’s Portfolio) and cannot wait to see what’s next!

Aaron Reeder | Incoming Poetry Editor 


[insert] boy by Danez Smith

I’ve seen Danez read a couple times, and the poems are so damn captivating. [insert] boy is definitely first on my summer reading list.