About

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, Jeff Gundy, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, 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…).

For more on some of my reading interests, check out this interview of me at the awesome Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian website!

My blog at this point has developed into being mostly a log of the books I acquire, though occasionally I will post about other topics.

 

4 responses to “About

  1. Hi

    I have nominated you for both the Sunshine Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. I very much hope that you will accept these along with my congratulations.

    For the rules see my post: http://julianfroment.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/sunshine-and-versatile-blogger-awards/

    Julian

  2. Hi Daniel,
    Good to know about your interests and work. I am an aspiring/emerging writer and postgraduate student from New Zealand. I’ve published my short fiction “Luck of the Irish” in an Australian magazine in 2011. You can read its description, an odd review and comments here:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIYH0OK

    If you may want to read it, I am happy to send you pdf. Just send me your email through this contact form:
    http://rajivthind.weebly.com/contact.html

    And… I wish you all the best in your new position at Utica!
    Rajiv.

  3. Oh… by the way, I had no intention of putting the whole widget in your comment section. It just showed up when I enetered the link to the book! Sorry about hogging the space!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s