Books Acquired Recently: AWP Edition

All of the books I ordered at the AWP virtual bookfair last month have finally arrived! They are books that are either by authors who I saw speak and enjoyed, or that various speakers recommended, or that I saw discussed or advertised on Twitter via the conference’s hashtag. All but Corral’s are somewhere along the memoir/creative nonfiction spectrum.

Ali, Kazim. Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2021.

Bossiere, Zoë, and Dinty W. Moore, eds. The Best of “Brevity”: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. Brookline, MA: Rose Metal Press, 2020.

Corral, Eduardo C. Guillotine: Poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2020.

Cronin, Eileen. Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience. 2014. New York: W.W. Norton, 2015.

Didion, Joan. Salvador. 1983. New York: Vintage International, 1994.

Febos, Melissa. Girlhood: Essays. New York: Bloomsbury, 2021.

Gonsalez, Marcos. Pedro’s Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2021.

Khakpour, Porochista. Sick: A Memoir. New York: Harper Perennial, 2018.

Lisicky, Paul. The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.

McClanahan, Rebecca. In the Key of New York City: A Memoir in Essays. Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press, 2020.

Miller, E. Ethelbert. The 5th Inning. Oakland: PM Press, 2009.

Mockett, Marie Mutsuki. American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming the Heartland. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2020.

van Eerden, Jessie. The Long Weeping: Portrait Essays. Asheville, NC: Orison Books, 2017.

Wang, Esmé Weijun. The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2019.

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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