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Winter Reading Bingo: Poetry & Short Stories

This week we’re tackling poetry and short stories for our Winter Reading Bingo recommendations. These categories can be a little intimidating if you’re not used to reading them, but we’ve got lots of great options for you.


  • If you’re willing to read a poem, but don’t want to commit to a whole book try The Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day
  • If you want to see gorgeous art alongside the poetry try Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge or One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
  • If you want to read a collection by a Minnesota poet try Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee, Tula by Chris Santiago, or any of the books on our new Minnesota Poetry shelf
  • If you want to read a novel-length narrative in verse try The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo or Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • If you want to explore poetry by a variety of authors collected in one place try The Best Poems of the English Language or another poetry anthology

Short Stories

Here are some of the newer short story collections we have at the library.

  • His Hideous Hears: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler
  • What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
  • Dark Side of the Loon: Where History Meets Mystery edited by Sheyna Galyan, Christina Glendenning, and Timya Own
  • St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

We also have collections with short stories by classic authors like Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, and Flannery O’Connor as well as a bunch of mystery anthologies.



Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.