Books Acquired Recently

Plett, Casey. A Dream of a Woman: Stories. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021.

Plett is an award-winning queer Mennonite writer and also a good friend. I pre-ordered her new book (which has already been nominated for this year’s Giller Prize!) as soon as it was possible to do so, and my copy arrived yesterday.

Quilter, Jenni, ed. New York School Painters & Poets. New York: Rizzoli International, 2014.

I bought this book after one of my professors mentioned it in class. It is a huge collection of artwork and ephemera by members of the two New York schools. I can’t wait to dive into it!

Wetmore, Sara. The Golden Girl. N.p.: Sara Wetmore, 2021.

This is a queer piece of speculative fiction about Zelda Fitzgerald by a former student of mine. I began reading it last night and it is a delight thus far.

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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