Books Acquired Recently: Mostly PM Press Edition

As I mentioned in a recent post, I subscribe to PM Press’s monthly book program. I just got my box for June in the mail today (it came a little late because they were waiting on a t-shirt for subscribers that was delayed at the printer due to the pandemic).

Brecher, Jeremy. Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action. Oakland: PM Press, 2020.

—. Strike! Rev. ed. Oakland: PM Press, 2020.

Elison, Meg. “Big Girl” Plus…. Oakland: PM Press, 2020.

I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent: A Facsimile Reprint of the Popular Nineteenth Edition, 1923. Oakland: PM Press, 2014.

Montell, Amanda. Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. 2019. New York: Harper Wave, 2020.

I received this book from a friend who is also a word nerd. I love books about etymology, and thus look forward to reading it.

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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