I grew up in New York City and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah, before coming to Utica, New York. My mother’s family is Swiss Mennonite (i.e., it’s an ethnicity, not necessarily a theological persuasion), and my father’s family is Puerto Rican. I have a Ph.D. in English and currently teach at Utica College. I have also taught at Northern Illinois University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

My teaching and scholarship are motivated by a passion for social justice, which is why my research is deeply influenced by queer writers of color and resides at the intersection of queer theory, affect theory, and disability studies. All of these fields play a role in my book Queering Mennonite Literature: Archives, Activism, and the Search for Community (Penn State University Press, 2019).


As part of my interest in archiving, I maintain the three Mennonite/s Writing bibliographies that were initially compiled by Ervin Beck in the 1990s. They are housed at https://mennonitebibs.wordpress.com/. I also serve on the board of the Sexual Minorities Archives.

While I primarily read and write about prose, I am also a devoted reader of poetry because, as William Carlos Williams writes, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet [people] die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Thinkers who influence me include Marina Abramovic, Di Brandt, Ana Castillo, Ann Cvetkovich, Samuel R. Delany, Jeff Gundy, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Audre Lorde, Carmen Maria Machado, Sofia Samatar, Walt Whitman, and the New York School of poets. I am also fond of queer Mennonite writers such as Stephen Beachy, Jan Guenther Braun, Lynnette D’anna, and Casey Plett.

In my free time I’m either reading, writing the occasional poem, playing board games, watching sports (Let’s Go, Mets!), or cooking (curries, stews, roasts…).

For more on some of my reading interests, check out this interview of me at the awesome Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian website.

My blog at this point is mostly a log of the books I acquire, though occasionally I will post about other topics.

To get in touch with me, use the email address listed here or

5 responses to “About

  1. Hi

    I have nominated you for both the Sunshine Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. I very much hope that you will accept these along with my congratulations.

    For the rules see my post: http://julianfroment.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/sunshine-and-versatile-blogger-awards/


  2. Hi Daniel,
    Good to know about your interests and work. I am an aspiring/emerging writer and postgraduate student from New Zealand. I’ve published my short fiction “Luck of the Irish” in an Australian magazine in 2011. You can read its description, an odd review and comments here:


    If you may want to read it, I am happy to send you pdf. Just send me your email through this contact form:

    And… I wish you all the best in your new position at Utica!

  3. Oh… by the way, I had no intention of putting the whole widget in your comment section. It just showed up when I enetered the link to the book! Sorry about hogging the space!

  4. Samantha Seawolf

    Hi Daniel.
    I’m a little in shock right now. I didn’t know there were two of us. If you would, please shoot me an email, or look me up on social media. I would love to introduce myself to you.

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