BCP reading The PoetMy Summer 2013 Reading List

By Jorge Antonio Vallejos

It’s summer time!

A new season means a new reading list.

I don’t fall into reading the books that the newspapers promote during summer.  I have a ton of books at home I’ve not read, and I keep buying books at GOODWILL and used bookstores, and people give me books, and I find books.

So I make my own list.

Readers don’t have to write but a writer has to read.  Here’s my list!


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Hero of the Play by Richard Harrison

Living In Paradise by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Bulletin From The Low Light b J. Fisher

Dinner At Madonnas by Kevin Irie

Invisible Foreground by David Bateman

Land To Light by Dionne Brand

Rooms by Diane Glancy

Poems From France Edited by William Jay Smith

Execution Poems by George Elliott Clarke

Love Medicine and One Song by Gregory Scofield

Alabanza by Martin Espada

Summer 2013 Reading List Poetry books


The Poet by Michael Connelly

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

Nothing More Than Murder by Jim Thompson

The Road To Jewel Beach by Christopher Adamson

Summer 2013 Reading List Fiction


Pimp by Iceberg Slim

The Long Walk by Slamovir Ramicz

Assata by Assata Shakur

Summer 2013 Reading List Memoir Books


Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

A Way of Being Free by Ben Okri

Teaching A Stone To Talk by Annie Dillard

Summer 2013 Reading List Essays

Non Fiction

Far From Over by Dalton Higgins

Dirty Work by Jeffrey Cole and Sally Booth

Summer 2013 Reading List Nonfiction books


When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey

The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg

Summer 2013 Reading List Spiritual Books


You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader by Mark Sanborn

Mastery by George Leonard

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Summer Reading List 2013 Motivational books

I started reading some of these books on June 21st: solstice and the start of summer.  Mastery and You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader are done.  I’m halfway throught The Art of Learning.

I’m off to a good start!

And I’m excited to read The Poet (which I have been looking for at GOODWILL for a long time) and Pimp, a street classic that I have heard about since I was a teen.

Is this list big?  Yes!

Is there a lot to read? Yes.

But that’s what writers do: read, write, re-read, re-write…

If you are interested in reading one, or some, of these books with me email me at  If you are in my city we can meet for coffee.  If you are far off we can skype!

I hope you enjoy the sun, rain, breeze and books, lots of books, this summer!

Here are my previous reading lists:

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Winter 2013

Spring 2013


About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.
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3 Responses to MY SUMMER 2013 READING LIST

  1. This is a dope list man! I’m reading Assata this summer too and some Donald Miller as well but a newer book “Like Young” which is on Jazz Pop and Rock. They’re doing a documentary about Iceburg Slim that’s inspired by “Pimp”, you should check it out after you read the book. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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