Teach Perugia Texts

Our books are rich in possibilities for group discussion and reflection. Many have already been used in dozens of classrooms across the country. Below, find free downloadable PDF reading companions for use in continuing education, undergraduate, and high school courses, as well as writing workshops and poetry discussion groups. Companions feature a sample poem, reading discussion questions, writing prompts, suggested courses for the book, and ideas for pairing Perugia books together.

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Now in Color

Jacqueline Balderrama

Through the poetics of witness, ekphrasis, portraiture, and family mythos, this book deepens our understanding of hybrid identities and calls attention to those impacted by tensions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

ISBN: 9780997807646

Hail and Farewell

Abby E. Murray

An expertly woven treatise on love, war, and politics, these poems reveal a pacifist’s perspective during her husband’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and grapple with facing issues of infertility between tours.

ISBN: 9780997807639

Girldom

Megan Peak

This collection chronicles coming of age as a woman: the violence of discovery, the evolution of sexuality, and the demanding yet necessary acts of self-preservation and resistance.

ISBN: 9780997807622

Starshine Road

L. I. Henley

Set in the isolated, shifting Mojave Desert terrain of Joshua Tree, CA, these poems witness the underside of a rural life. Part spirit quest, part inventory of what is loved and lost to the elements.

ISBN: 9780997807615

Sweet Husk

Corrie Williamson

Concerned with our human place in the narrative of the earth, these poems use archaeology and anthropology to move between the living and the dead and the past and the present.

ISBN: 9780979458279

The Wishing Tomb

Amanda Auchter

This book is a love letter to New Orleans, that quintessential city of jazz and yellow fever, of hurricanes and Creole cuisine, integral to America’s cultural, urban, and historical landscape.

ISBN: 9780979458255

Gloss

Ida Stewart

This book’s Appalachian setting and mountaintop-removal theme play out in language itself, giving voice to the mountain, and considering the delicate relationship between humans and nature.

ISBN: 9780979458248

Each Crumbling House

Melody S. Gee

How is inheritance influenced by immigration, language, and culture (such as family, food, history, and home)? This book explores the aftermath of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

ISBN: 9780979458231

How to Live on Bread and Music

Jennifer K. Sweeney

Beloved in classrooms, these poems broadly explore themes such as identity formation, nostalgia, and impermanence, passing through risk to find refuge in the sensory world.

ISBN: 9780979458224

Two Minutes of Light

Nancy K. Pearson

While describing a descent into addiction, suicide attempts, and self-mutilation, the poet is a foil to her own self-harm through the very act of writing. Creativity becomes an antidote to destructiveness.

ISBN: 9780979458217

Beg No Pardon

Lynne Thompson

This extroverted, declarative, jazzy, and vital book uses the music and language of the poet’s hybrid culture to describe a vivid world of Afro-Caribbean heritage and late 20th-century life.

ISBN: 9780979458200

Lamb

Frannie Lindsay

When love is uncertain, how does caretaking erode? How does it continue? Here is a deft, musical, painful portrait of girlhood and aging, and the duty that binds a family in pain.

ISBN: 9780966045994

Kettle Bottom

Diane Gilliam

Written in the voices of people living & working in the coal camps during the West Virginia mine wars of 1920–1921, these poems show how a community responded to a time of danger.

ISBN: 9780966045970

Red

Melanie Braverman

The peninsular shoreline setting of Provincetown, Massachusetts informs these poems that are unselfconsciously about the search for love and security in the face of grief and within the queer community.

ISBN: 9780966045956

The Work of Hands

Catherine Anderson

This poet is a witness to North American injustice through the lives of immigrants, children, people of color, the poor, and the disadvantaged.

ISBN: 9780966045932