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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Conceived in loss, The Book Eaters examines shifts in identity due to Partition, immigration, illness, and birth. It is also a study in belonging—to our bodies, memories, stories, ourselves, families & cultures.
From the bayou, to Belgium, to Barbados, American Sycamore examines the Black diaspora, ancestral reparation, and the sacred feminine, inviting the reader into a deep conversation of seeking and recovery.
An inventive collage of geography, history, myth, translation, lineage, erasure, journalism, and photography, Through a Red Place builds a map between distances and lost stories to unearth and honor the past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Allen Ortiz
Inspired by displays at a small natural history museum, these poems are about what we set aside to examine and remember. How does the stillness of an exhibit encourage us toward love and joy?
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing.
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.
Displaying remarkable wit and irony, this collection explores how we can live our lives in a full and open-hearted way knowing everything we love will be taken away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An elegy to what’s come before us and a celebration of the living, The Disappearing Letters is an instruction manual on how to pay very close attention while daydreaming.
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.
The peninsular shoreline setting of Provincetown, Massachusetts informs these poems about the search for love and security in the face of grief and within the queer community.
This poet is a witness to North American injustice through the lives of immigrants, children, people of color, the poor, and the disadvantaged.
In the voices of lover, mother, daughter, granddaughter, and sister, these poems showcase deep caring and observation of the natural and political world.