When I asked her what she has read that has affected her work, she answered:
I studied literature in school. Photography came to me quite late.
I read lots of Southern literature: Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, etc.
A poet that I have worked with C.D. Wright. Her book Cooling Time is prose-ish.
A poet Frank Stanford. Frank wrote The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You is amazing.
I love W.G. Sebald. Anything.
Right now I'm reading Diane Arbus, A Chronology (Aperture). It's really interesting reading from her personal correspondence. She was so verbally articulate. (If you can see it and say it you just may be able to do it.) An important concept for working photographers, I believe.
Here is an excerpt from Stanford's 15,000 line poem The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You:
Here are some links for learning about Luster and her work: