Books Acquired Recently: Queer Writers with Last Names Beginning with “S” Edition

Sajé, Natasha. Terroir: Love, Out of Place. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2020.

Sajé was a colleague of mine when I did my post-doctoral fellowship at Westminster College. She was an important queer role model for me early in my career. I was very excited earlier this year when I heard that her memoir would be coming out, and pre-ordered it immediately. It came in the mail today.

Snow, Cassandra. Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft from the Margins. Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2020.

I love Snow’s book Queering the Tarot. It has put her into the “I will buy any book this person writes” category, so I ordered Queering Your Craft as soon as it was available for pre-order even though I don’t really practice witchcraft. It also came today.

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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