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 😉

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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