Photograph by M.L. DeLaFleur
A passion for social justice motivates my writing and teaching, which is why my work is deeply influenced by other 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).
Although I mostly write prose, I am also a devotee 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.” The Selected Publications page includes links to some of my poems as well as some of my prose.
As part of my interest in archiving, I maintain the three Mennonite/s Writing bibliographies that Ervin Beck first compiled in the 1990s.
To get in touch with me, contact @shankcruz on Twitter.