Books Acquired Recently: Mostly PM Press Edition

Dornaus, Margaret, ed. Behind the Mask: Haiku in the Time of COVID-19. Ozark, AR: Singing Moon Press, 2020.

I just heard about this timely anthology and ordered it right away. One of haiku’s strengths is that it is written quickly and thus can respond to current events almost immediately.

Khakpour, Porochista. Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity. New York: Vintage Books, 2020.

Khakpour did a virtual reading sponsored by Utica College last week. I was completely captivated by her work, so I ordered her new essay collection immediately.

My monthly subscription package from PM Press came today. One of the fun things about having this subscription is that I never know what might be in it! This month is a book about pirates, a book about teaching, and a book about music. All three look pretty fascinating, and I look forward to reading them when I get a chance.

Kuhn, Gabriel. Life Under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on Golden Age Piracy. 2nd ed. Oakland: PM Press, 2020.

Lakey, George. Facilitating Group Learning: Strategies for Success with Diverse Learners. 2nd ed. Oakland: PM Press, 2020.

Manning, Richard. If It Sounds Good, It is Good: Seeking Subversion, Transcendence, and Solace in America’s Music. Oakland: PM Press, 2020.

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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