BCP reading Simon OrtizWinter Reading List 2014

By Jorge Antonio Vallejos

It’s a new season, which means  it’s time for a new reading list.  I’m a bit late putting this up but there’s still close to two months left of this cold winter: fifty-two days to be exact.

Some of these books have already been read since December 21st, the start of winter. Some that I’ve read I forgot to put on here; sorry.  Some are being read at the moment. Some are re-reads such as After and Before The Lightning by Simon J. Ortiz and Mind Gym.

This list has two new sections: “Anthologies” and “Literature Journals”.  I’ve had such books included in previous lists but lumped them in with other sections.  Now they have their own home.


Winter Poems Along The Rio Grande by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Evidence of Red: Poems and Prose by LeAnne Howe

Rosa Rose and Other Poems by Robert Priest

Argument With the Lake by Tanis Rideout

The Civic Mindedness of Trees by Ken Howe

Music Garden by Jim Nason

A Night For The Lady by Joanne Arnott

After and Before the Lightning by Simon J. Ortiz

Whirr and Click by Michelle Maylor

A Bitter Mood of Clouds by Vivian Hansen

Winter 2014 Reading List Poetry


Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson

Winter 2014 Reading List Fiction

Literature Journals

Rampike: Sur-Teksts Vol. 22/No. 2

Exile The Literary Quarterly Vol. 36/No. 3

Winter 2014 Reading List Literature Journals


Best Sex Writing 2008 Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Inventing The Truth: The Art And Craft of Memoir edited by William Zinsser

Sovereign Bones: New Native American Writing Edited by Eric Gansworth

Zhush Redux: An Outwrites Anthology 

Winter 2014 Reading List Anthologies

Spiritual and Self Improvement

Mind Gym by Gary Mack and David Castevens

Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey

Winter 2014 Reading List Spirtual and Motivational

Writing Reference

Advice To Writers by Jon Winkour

Winter 2014 Reading List Writing Reference

I have 52 days left to read these books.  I plan on reading them all!

I’m a reader and a writer.  I’m re-reader and a re-writer.  I’m a word lover.

These books and this list, along with my faith, family, friends, and my physical and spiritual art (The Gentle Way) are the most important things to me.  I see no better way to spending my time this winter.

If you’d like to join me in reading some of these books email me:

You can also friend me on Face Book, follow me on Twitter, and subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel; all three are under the name Black Coffee Poet.

Happy winter reading.  Stay warm and inspired.

Peace, Prayers, Poetry,

Jorge Antonio Vallejos

Black Coffee Poet


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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  1. Ms. Paulette says:

    Hey BCP,

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    Our school just might check out Sovereign Bones: New Native American Writing Edited by Eric Gansworth, and maybe a few others on your list.

    FYI I have been perusing The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron.


    Sista Teacha

    P.S. I plan on reading Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day.

    • Paulette,

      Great to read a comment from you!

      I’m happy that my list has inspired new reading.

      Do check out the poetry book After and Before the Lightning by Simon J. Ortiz. It would be good for your class to read it.

      Let me know what you think of the books on my list that you read.

      Please SHARE and Tweet this list, and be sure to view the companion video going up on the site tomorrow!

      Peace, Prayer, Poetry,

      Jorge Antonio Vallejos
      Black Coffee Poet

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