Books Acquired Recently

Gurba, Myriam. Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Short Stories. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2015.

I saw a presentation on the title story of this collection at MLA two weeks ago and decided to check it out because of its speculative nature.

Loveless, Natalie, ed. Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-creation. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2020.

I read Loveless’s book on research-creation, How to Make Art at the End of the World, about six months ago and loved it, so I pre-ordered this edited collection on the subject. It arrived last week.

Wald, Sarah D., David J. Vázquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray, eds. Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019.

I heard Priscilla Solis Ybarra speak at MLA and she mentioned that this collection had just come out. It is especially timely considering the crises at the U.S.-Mexico border and in Puerto Rico that have been exacerbated by the Orange One’s administration.

 

 

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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