Resistance Bookshelf is a new series for the MFA in Creative Writing Program, in which faculty and students share their reading lists and advice for being aware of and learning to fight fascism and forms of political oppression. Inspired by the political climate and decisions of the Trump administration, it will be a collective, specialized reading list of works by novelists, poets, short story writers, essayists, non-fiction writers, and others, of whatever period, all of whom made the choice to address political oppression by imaginative, literary means. It will be ongoing, and it will be open to contributions by both students and faculty.

This is the second post in the series, and is written by Honor Moore, Creative Writing faculty and Non-fiction Coordinator. You can view the first and others by clicking here.

When tasked at creating a bookshelf, Honor Moore could build an expert one (on most any subject) from memory in minutes. For her Resistance Bookshelf, she turned to specifics authors rather than individual books—four influential, dynamic female writers whose work crossed genres, spanned decades, and continues to resonate with generations of readers and writers of all genders.



Adrienne Rich
Poems and essays by the groundbreaking feminist whose writings are a remarkable and inspiring record of an artist becoming a conscious force for change.

What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics
Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose, 1979–1985 (Includes the noted essay: "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence")

The Will to Change Poems 1968-1970
Diving Into the Wreck
Snapshots of a Daughter in Law: Poems, 1954-1962
Collected Poems, with an introduction by Claudia Rankine



Muriel Rukeyser
Poems and prose by the pioneer poet whose visionary activism spanned the 20th century from the Spanish Civil War to the war in Vietnam to Second Wave Feminism and early LGBT consciousness.

The Life of Poetry (essays and speeches)

The Gates
The Speed of Darkness
Complete Poems



June Jordan
African American feminist, anti-racist and LGBT activist poet and essayist—although she had the vision, brilliance and grace to defy any category!

Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems



Carol Gilligan
Feminist, revolutionary, ethicist, and author of “the little book that started a revolution”, In A Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development (1982)—expert on female-male relations.

Joining The Resistance


on tyranny

Timothy Snyder

Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The book, short, urgent, written in a white heat by the historian Timothy Snyder and quickly published, is a response to our moment by a writer whose fearless thinking about the atrocities of the last century  "makes bold connections between the past and the present" (NY Times). Snyder will be appearing at The New School on April 14th, too.
On Tyranny

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.