Rachel Louise Snyder Q & A
In Capital Letters: Are there any authors, poets, books, poems, stories, that you discovered or re-discovered over the last year that you would recommend to students or colleagues, and why?
Well, the most obvious example of this is my wonderful colleague, Danielle Evans. I had discovered her as a friend last year. This year, I discovered her as a writer, after her book came out. She has sentences that knock me out. I also discovered Kay Ryan’s poetry. I knew of her, of course, but I don’t read much poetry. One of my friends, though, challenged me to read a poem of hers a day and I’ve done that since October last year. The last thing I’ll say here (because I discover and re-discover writers all the time) is that I spend every single day of my life reading children’s literature to my two-year-old daughter and I am constantly blown away by the creativity and craft that goes into these books. Jon Muth is an incredible children’s book author (and artist) who rewrote Tolstoy’s Three Questions for children and anyone who thinks a children’s book can’t put a chink in our adult armor has to read that book.