Books Acquired Recently

Miller, Walter M. A Canticle for Leibowitz. 1959. New York: Bantam, 2007.

I have been slowly working to expand my knowledge of the field of science fiction, and read about this book in the chapter on SF from The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1945 (edited by John N. Duvall). The description of it sounded fascinating, so I decided to buy it from one of the independent sellers on amazon.com. I hope to read it soon, perhaps during Spring Break.

Sajé, Natasha. Bend. Dorset: Tupelo, 2004.

—. Red Under the Skin. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 1994.

Sajé is one of my colleagues, and she recently gave me these poetry collections as gifts. I look forward to reading them (also during Spring Break), not only because I know the author, but also because we tend to have similar tastes in fiction (we’ve never really talked about poetry, which strikes me as odd now that I mention it), and so I am excited to see whether these commonalities translate to our poetics. I’m not sure that I’ve read any books published by Tupelo Press before, but the University of Pittsburgh Press’s poetry series is fantastic.

Published by danielshankcruz

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-German 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 focuses on the literature of oppressed groups, especially LGBT persons and people of color. While I primarily read and write about fiction, 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, Kathy Acker, Di Brandt, Ana Castillo, Samuel R. Delany, Percival Everett, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, 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 Dueck/D’anna, and Casey Plett. In my free time I’m either reading, writing the occasional poem, playing board games (especially Scrabble, backgammon, and chess), watching sports (Let’s Go, Mets!), or cooking (curries, stews, roasts…).

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