Books Acquired Recently

Cuadros, Gil. City of God. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1994.

I recently read about this book dealing with the AIDS epidemic and decided to buy it because of its use of multiple genres.

Hancock, Ange-Marie. Intersectionality: An Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Intersectionality is an important concept in my current writing project so I am trying to read a lot of recent scholarship on it, and thus bought this book. I am about half way through it and thus far it has been helpful.

Hardy, Janet W., and Dossie Easton. The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love. 3rd ed. California: Ten Speed Press, 2017.

I know people who are poly and I have read several novels depicting poly relationships but I have read very little nonfiction about it. I have recently read several pieces of scholarship that reference poly manuals to explore the idea of being theoretically poly–that is, using ideas from different academic disciplines in one’s work–so I decided to buy one because such an approach is an emphasis in my current project.

Moore, Carley. 16 Pills: Essays. Red Wing, MN: Tinderbox Editions, 2018.

I recently read Moore’s new novel The Not Wives and loved it; it was possibly the best book I’ve read this year. Therefore, I decided to order her recent essay collection.

Pérez, Laura E. Eros Ideologies: Writings on Art, Spirituality, and the Decolonial. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I got a promotional email about this book from the publisher and ordered it right away because my current project focuses on the intersection between religion and writing, which is a kind of art.

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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