Books Acquired Recently

Chametzky, Jules, John Felstiner, Hilene Flanzbaum, Kathryn Hellerstein, ed. Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.

I recently came across a citation of this anthology and decided to order an exam copy because religion and literature is one of my areas of scholarship. It looks like an interesting collection, and the volume itself is quite handsome.

Shraya, Vivek. She of the Mountains. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014.

I recently read about this book in an interview posted on Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian and it sounded amazing, so I decided to buy it. I have fallen in love with Arsenal Pulp Press since buying several books of theirs at AWP this past February. They publish some fantastic queer authors!

I acquired Shraya’s book from amazon.com’s network of independent booksellers.

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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