Books Acquired Recently: Kristin Garth and Word Books Edition

Garth, Kristin. Atheist Barbie. N.p.: Maverick Duck Press, 2021.

—. The Death of Alice in Wonderland and Additional Adult Adventures. N.p.: Alien Buddha Press, 2021.

—. Puritan U: A True Crime in Sonnets, Footnotes & Verse. Philadelphia: Rhythm & Bones Press, 2019.

I recently ordered one of Garth’s books directly from her website and there were some pandemic-related shipping delays, so she kindly (and totally unasked for) sent me copies of two of her other books as well once the delay was resolved. I enjoy her feminist kinky poetry and look forward to reading more of it!


I recently moved to Jersey City, and just had the chance to visit my neighborhood independent bookshop, Word Books, to pick up three books that I had ordered through their website.

Dancyger, Lilly. Negative Space: A Memoir. Santa Fe, NM: SFWP, 2021.

So, Anthony Veasna. Afterparties: Stories. New York: Ecco, 2021.

Washuta, Elissa. White Magic: Essays. Portland: Tin House, 2021.

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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