Monthly Archives: March 2018

Books Acquired Recently

Jernigan, Amanda. Years, Months, and Days: Poems. Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2018.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. According to the blurb, Jernigan takes a bunch of old Mennonite hymns and makes poems out of them. According to the interview that came with the book, she is not a Mennonite, but found the hymns intriguing nonetheless. It will be interesting to see what she does with them.

Lowrey, Sassafras. Lost Boi. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.

I received a desk copy of this fantastic novel from the publisher because I am teaching it in a course on Sexual Outlaws next semester. I already have a copy, but it’s signed by the author so I don’t want to get it grubby by using it in the classroom.

Also, for some reason WordPress’s blogging software has not been letting me add tags to my posts lately, which is why there are none with this post. It’s not that I’ve simply grown lazy and haven’t added them 😉


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Aciman, André. Call Me By Your Name. 2007. New York: Picador, 2017.

I received Aciman’s novel as a birthday gift earlier this week. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it looks intriguing.

Cassells, Cyrus. The Gospel According to Wild Indigo. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2018.

I received this book as a gift from a friend as a thank-you for watching their cats while they were on a trip. Like Aciman’s, I haven’t encountered Cassells work before, but it looks interesting.

Hunter, Gregory S. Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003.

I purchased this book from’s network of independent booksellers because, while I have been reading a lot about archives as a concept over the past year, I have little knowledge about the practical aspects of actually archiving materials. I hope that the book will remedy this lack.

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Cameron, Melanie. Holding the Dark. Winnipeg: The Muses’ Company, 1999.

I first encountered Cameron’s poetry in a 1999 issue of Rhubarb, the journal of the Mennonite Literary Society. The poem there is about two women who are lovers. Queer Mennonite literature is, of course, one of my academic specialties, so I decided to buy the collection from which the poem came.

I purchased this book from’s network of independent booksellers.

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women. 1993. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995.

I received this mixed-genre book, Sharif’s collection of poems, and Sherman’s book as early birthday gifts yesterday. I’ve already finished Sharif’s, which was fantastic.

Rich, Adrienne. Adrienne Rich: Poetry and Prose. 2nd ed. Edited by Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, Albert Gelpi, and Brett Millier. New York: W.W. Norton, 2018.

I just received an exam copy of this revised edition from the publisher in the mail. The first edition from 1993 is excellent. This new edition includes a robust selection of Rich’s work from the last two decades of her life.

Sharif, Solmaz. Look. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.

Sherman, Erik. Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball with the ’86 Mets. New York: Berkley Books, 2016.

Tinsley, Omise’eke Natasha. Ezili’s Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Genders. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018.

The queer/people of color intersection is another one of my research interests, as is religion and literature, so I bought this book that examines all three of these areas directly from the publisher as soon as I heard about it.

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