Books Acquired Recently: All Queer Edition

Browne, Kath, Jason Lim, and Gavin Brown, eds. Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practices and Politics. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2007.

I am thinking about a project on queer space in fiction and am thus looking for theory on queer geography. This collection looks like it will be a good start. I purchased it from Thriftbooks via amazon.com.

Chen, Ching-In. recombinant. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey Street Press, 2017.

I read Chen’s first book, a novel in poems, last week and loved it, so decided to buy their most recent book. I believe I’ve read a few poems from it in anthologies. I purchased it and Greenwell’s book from amazon.com.

Greenwell, Garth. What Belongs to You. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

I recently read Greenwell’s novella Mitko and loved it, so decided to buy this novel.

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Jones, Feminista. Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets. Boston: Beacon Press, 2019.

I received an email about this book from the publisher and ordered an exam copy because it looks like it might be appropriate for several of my courses.

Snow, Cassandra. Queering the Tarot. Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2019.

I heard about this book several months ago when I was beginning my tarot explorations and pre-ordered it immediately on amazon.com. It came out this week.

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Books Acquired Recently: Metonymy Press Edition

Nixon, Lindsay. nîtisânak. Montreal: Metonymy Press, 2018.

I recently read a review of this hybrid memoir and it sounded fascinating so I decided to buy it. I ordered it directly from Metonymy Press, and while I was on their website I discovered several other intriguing items (well, more than several–they are an explicitly queer press, after all–but I try to keep my book-buying addiction to somewhat reasonable limits), hence the other two books in this post.

Pickle, Oliver. She is Sitting in the Night: Re-visioning Thea’s Tarot. Illustrated by Ruth West. Montreal: Metonymy Press, 2015.

I have been exploring tarot over the past five months after a friend gave me a t-shirt with a tarot card (the Devil) on it. I am especially interested in queer explorations of it, and thus was intrigued to find this book, which re-interprets a classic feminist deck (the reprint of which is also available from Metonymy, and which I bought) from the 1980s in queer ways.

Salah, Trish. Lyric Sexology Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Montreal: Metonymy Press, 2017.

I saw Salah give a talk at MLA in January and have encountered her work in several anthologies. I decided it was finally time for me to delve deeper into her writing.

 

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Delany, Samuel R. Voyage, Orestes! [A Surviving Novel Fragment]. Whitmore Lake, MI: Bamberger Books, 2019.

This fragment of  Delany’s legendary long-lost novel just came out. As I’ve written here a number of times before, I am obsessed with his work, so I purchased it immediately from amazon.com.

Gatchalian, C.E. Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019.

I have been reading lots of queer memoirs lately as research for my own writing. This book looks to be similar to my own project, a mix of memoir and scholarship, thus I am hopeful that it will be a helpful model. I purchased it directly from the publisher.

Green, Karen. Bough Down. Los Angeles: Siglio Press, 2013.

I bought this book because it is by David Foster Wallace’s widow. It is another hybrid memoir with lots of illustrations. The book itself is beautiful. I purchased it and Greenwell’s book online from Powell’s because I am trying to shop less at amazon. I didn’t realize until writing this entry that both authors’ names begin with Green, an interesting synchronicity.

Greenwell, Garth. Mitko. Oxford, OH: Miami University Press, 2011.

I saw Greenwell speak at AWP last month. I had not heard of him before but was enthralled by his speech and decided to seek out his work.

Rivers, Karen. A Possibility of Whales. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Young Readers, 2018.

I got this book as a reward for being one of Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian‘s Patreon supporters. I have not encountered Rivers’s work before but look forward to reading it.

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Camp Deerpark. Forever God is Faithful: The Story of Camp Deerpark. Westbrookville, NY: Camp Deerpark/Morgantown, PA: Masthof Press, 2019.

Camp Deerpark is a camp owned by the New York City Mennonite churches. I spent lots of time there as a kid because my parents have always been heavily involved with it (my mom was the director for a few years). This year is its fiftieth anniversary, so, in true Mennonite archival fever fashion, it has published a book to commemorate the occasion. My parents sent me a copy in the mail which I look forward to reading.

The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

I have shifted away from using MLA style in my scholarship since the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook came out because it is clearly geared toward students rather than scholars. I’ve been using Chicago style instead, and finally decided to break down and buy the seventeenth edition. I purchased it and Gundy’s book from amazon.com.

Gundy, Jeff. Without a Plea. Huron, OH: Bottom Dog Press, 2019.

I bought this book, Gundy’s latest poetry collection, as soon as it came out last month. I have already read it and it is a fascinating, thought-provoking work, definitely ranking in the top half of his poetry books.

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Books Acquired Recently: AWP Edition

This morning I got back from the 2019 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Portland. It was a fantastic time! I saw some authors that I love and encountered some new writers whose work I cannot wait to check out.

As usual when I go to conferences, the bookfair was a highlight of the trip. AWP’s gigantic bookfair is legendary. It is, frankly, overwhelming, even for a hardcore bibliophile/book-buying addict such as myself. I acquired 17 books. I was able to get Awkward-Rich’s, Berggrun’s, Chee’s, Chen’s, Davis’s, Dawn’s, Dentz’s, and Tedesco’s signed. Note that all of the books except Chee’s are published by small independent presses, which are more important to support than ever. I bought most of the books from the publishers themselves, but I got Awkward-Rich’s, Chee’s, Chen’s, and Smith’s from the Powell’s display at the center of the fair. Powell’s handed out free commemorative tote bags and pins with purchases from their booth, both neat souvenirs.

I also bought a Walt Whitman Brooklyn Poets t-shirt–I couldn’t resist. I also wanted to get the Audre Lorde shirt, but they were a bit pricey ($25.60 each) so I will have to get it another time.

Awkward-Rich, Cameron. Sympathetic Little Monster. Los Angeles: Ricochet Editions, 2016.

Berggrun, Chase. Red. Minneapolis: Birds, LLC, 2018.

This book is an erasure poem created from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.

Chee, Alexander. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays. Boston: Mariner Books, 2018.

Chen, Ching-In. The Heart’s Traffic: A Novel in Poems. Los Angeles: Arktoi Books, 2009.

Dangarembga, Tsitsi. This Mournable Body. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2018.

Davis, Todd. Some Heaven: Poems. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2007.

Dawn, Amber. How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013.

Dentz, Shira. the sun a blazing zero. New Orleans: Lavender Ink, 2018.

Hopkinson, Nalo. Report from Planet Midnight Plus…. Oakland: PM Press, 2012.

Jih, Tristan Allen, and Adam Vines. Day Kink: Poems. Greensboro, NC: Unicorn Press, 2018.

Le Guin, Ursula K. “The Wild Girls” Plus…. Oakland: PM Press, 2011.

Sato, Hiroaki. On Haiku. New York: New Directions, 2018.

Scenters-Zapico, Natalie. Lima:: Limón. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2019.

Smith, Danez. Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2017.

Soto, Christopher, ed. Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color. New York: Nightboat Books, 2018.

Tedesco, Adam. Mary Oliver. Fruita, CO: Lithic Press, 2019.

This is a book of poems about Oliver. Meta!

Tovar, Virgie. You Have the Right to Remain Fat. New York: Feminist Press, 2018.

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Books Acquired Recently: Birthday Edition

I turned 39 on Thursday and got two books as gifts.

Choi, Franny. Floating, Brilliant, Gone. Austin, TX: Write Bloody Publishing, 2014.

I tore through this collection over the past two days. It is excellent! Feminist and queer. One neat feature is that some of the poems are illustrated; it’s neo-Blakean.

Dunn, Mark. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters. 2001. New York: Anchor Books, 2002.

I have not heard of Mark Dunn but the title of this book is quite intriguing.

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