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Fall 2015 New Pages

An annotated list of publications by English faculty and alums
September 9, 2015

Cover detail from book Red Love by Paula Rabinowitz

Cover detail from book Red Love by Paula Rabinowitz
Detail from Professor Paula Rabinowitz's co-edited volume Red Love Across the Pacific
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Jennine Capó Crucet (MFA 2006)
Make Your Home Among Strangers [fiction]
St. Martin's Press
From Curtis Sittenfeld in Vanity Fair: "Jennine Capó Crucet's smart, scathing, and hilarious depiction of a Cuban-American girl at a fancy northeastern university is set in 1999—and involves an Elián González-inspired subplot—but its incisive take on race and class makes it both urgently of-the-moment and destined to be a classic."

Carolyn Crane (BA 1991)
Behind the Mask: Undercover Assassins, Volume 4 [fiction]
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
From Maria Rose Reviews: "Zelda is a partner in the shadowy Association group that deals behind the scenes in places even the CIA won’t go. . . . From the very first page this story was a nail biter, twisting and turning, going one place then careening off to the next, completely absorbing."

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Carolyn Crane (BA 1991)
Into the Shadows: Undercover Assassins, Volume 3 [fiction]
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014
From USA Today Book Blog: "If you like gritty, dark, violent romantic suspense, this is the book for you. I'm not sure I breathed through several scenes in this one."

Sierra DeMulder (BA 2014)
We Slept Here [poetry chapbook]
Button Poetry
From Lewis Mundt in The Poetry Question: "An author well-known for her deft, eloquent exploration of the emotional world, here she is also working as an affected, breathing human who made it to today. . . . But this is not a book of suffering. It’s one of looking at reality and asking the hard questions—Why do we end up where we do? What does it mean if we stay? How do we forgive people—and should we?"

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Lauren Fox (MFA 1998)
Days of Awe [fiction]
From Ron Charles in The Washington Post: “Fox is a master of emotional misdirection, and what she presents here tastes like carbonated grief, an elixir of sorrow gassed up with her nervous humor. . . . With Days of Awe, Fox has created a winding internal monologue as Isabel tries to catch her bearings in a world that suddenly seems out of kilter. . . . There are veins of Anne Lamott running through these pages, a sweet blend of sentimentality and wit.”

Professor Ray Gonzalez
Beautiful Wall: Poems
BOA Editions
From NBC News: "'The desert is sick of being written about,' declares the speaker in Gonzalez's 15th collection of poems, yet ultimately what Gonzalez does is allow the reader to experience this expansive American terrain through his image-driven verse. The U.S.-Mexico border is where histories and stories converge, not always pleasant but not always tragic, and certainly worth considering. Magic awaits the keen observer, the careful listener. Each poem encourages the visitor: 'Look.// Put your hands here./ This is a beautiful wall.'"

Katherine L. Holmes (MA 1985)
Claude: A Dog of the Sixties [middle grade fiction]
Couchgrass Books
From the publisher: "Perry has his own misadventures when the standard poodle Claude comes to his house. . . . The spring before the moonwalk, Perry plans a group project about UFOs, space travel, and the Dog Star. During this, Claude makes escapes like a canine Houdini. Perry’s father has enough to worry about with the anti-war protesters in his history classes. Can Perry turn Claude’s exploring into training?"


Patrick Hueller (MFA 2010), as Paul Hoblin
Rock Crawling: Tearing It Up (Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone) [young readers]
Lerner Publishing, 2014
From School Library Journal: "There's a surprising amount of detail in the simply written text, supplemented by excellent graphics and photos. Readers will learn about rules and strategy, races and venues, as well as the origins of the sport. Anecdotes and quotes enliven the text."

Patrick Hueller (MFA 2010), as Paul Hoblin
Tractor Pulling: Tearing It Up (Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone) [young readers]
Lerner Publishing, 2014
From School Library Journal: "With scenes of soaring, crashing, speeding vehicles, these books' covers will easily convince young readers to give them a try. The readable prose has plenty to offer as well, with straightforward introductions to each sport."

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Jayashree Kamble (PhD 2008)
Making Meaning in Popular Romance Fiction: An Epistemology
Palgrave, 2014
From Pamela Regis, author of A Natural History of the Romance Novel: "Kamble elucidates both 'romance' and 'novel' to offer a theory that unlocks the genre's depiction of ideological struggles involving post-industrial capitalism, patriotic warfare, heteronormativity, and racial anxiety. In her analysis, the romance novel emerges as a record of the most pressing public debates of the last century. . . . [A] must-read."


Penelope Kelsey (PhD 2002)
Reading the Wampum: Essays on Hodinöhsö:ni' Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors)
Syracuse University Press, 2014
From Robert Warrior (Osage), author of The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction: "Penelope Kelsey's approach to wampum is a welcome and much-needed addition to scholarship on these instruments of Haudenosaunee diplomacy and broader questions of literacy and textuality in the Indigenous Americas. Those who, like me, are impressed by her first book will be delighted to find even more depth and erudition here."

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Carrie Lorig (MFA 2014)
The Pulp Vs. the Throne [poetry]
Artifice Books
From John Rufo in Entropy: "The book teaches us how to read it, but Lorig also uses the work to teach us how to read as a mode of living, as living itself. . . . The Pulp Vs. the Throne is a tattered wilderness archive that ends by bringing us out of the written record, singing into un-lettered light, so that we may once again re-enter the world without losing the word."

Carol Mason (PhD 1996)
Oklahomo: Lessons in Unqueering America (Queer Politics and Cultures)
SUNY Press
From Scott Herring, author of Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism: “Oklahomo is a wonderful addition to recent queer studies of critical regionalism, rural life, and sexual norms. Via four spot-on case studies, Carol Mason traces a hypnotic history of the US Right that deepens our knowledge of how cultures of terror materialized alongside cultures of sexuality in the American Midwest. Overflowing with acuity, this book is mandatory reading for scholars invested in LGBTQ studies, rural/urban studies, and forgotten tales of modern conservatism.”

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Alison McGhee (MA in Writing, 1993)
Firefly Hollow [middle grade fiction]
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
From The New York Times Book Review: "In the witty and captivating Firefly Hollow, written by Alison McGhee, we enter an animal world inhabited by the tiniest of creatures—fireflies, crickets and wise Vole, a member of the river vole family who is 'the last of his kind, the keeper of memories.'"

Professor Paula Rabinowitz, co-editor with Cristina Giorcelli
Extravagances: Habits of Being 4
University of Minnesota Press
From the publisher: "Employing many different approaches, these essays explore how wearing an object—a crown, a flower, an earring, a corsage, a veil, even a length of material—can stray beyond the bounds of the body on which it is placed into the discrepant territory of flagrantly excessive public signs of love, status, honor, prestige, power, desire, and display. The varied contributions of scholars (historians, ethnographers, literary and film critics) and artists (photographers, sculptors, writers, weavers, and embroiderers) take up the threads of these forays into history, psyche, and aesthetics in surprising and useful ways."

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Professor Paula Rabinowitz, co-editor with with Ruth Barraclough and Heather Bowen-Struyk
Red Love Across the Pacific: Political and Sexual Revolutions in the Twentieth Century
Palgrave Macmillan
From Cheryl Higashida, University of Colorado at Boulder: "This incredibly timely collection maps the vogue for stories of eros and revolutionary politics that spread across the Asia Pacific through writing, art, and activism. Grappling with works that have been distorted by state repression and self-censorship, the authors demonstrate their compelling and often surprising implications and legacies."

William Reichard (PhD 1997)
As Breath in Winter [poetry chapbook]
MIEL Press
From Kathleen Jesme: "The poet confronts this paradox: 'You cannot translate an object, not even one as light as a feather, into language.' Throughout this collection, Reichard bravely struggles with what can and what, underneath that, cannot be named. Yet this volume is a triumph in that he ultimately succeeds in translating what he sees into language 'beautiful as the sun, whispers and roaring all at once, more complex than any other thing in this world.'"

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Jane St. Anthony (BA 1973)
Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart [middle grade fiction]
University of Minnesota Press
From Kirkus Reviews: "Gently depicted incidents of everyday life believably provide a balm for Isabelle’s aching soul. Stories for the middle grade audience that deal with the suicide of a parent are few, and this one, sensitive but never syrupy, stands out."

Robert Schuler (PhD 1989)
Grace: A Book of Days [poetry chapbook]
Wolfsong Press
From Ralph J. Mills, Jr.: "These new poems by Robert Schuler show the dense, evocative language so characteristic of his work. His midwestern landscapes, birds, flowers, trees, weather, fish and rivers are not so much described as reconstituted. They exist as thick brush strokes in painting or notes in music—arts alluded to again and again in the poems."

Joyce Sutphen (BA 1982, MA 1993, PhD 1996)
Modern Love & Other Myths [poetry]
Red Dragonfly Press
From Elizabeth Hoover in The Star Tribune: "Although the book focuses on a breakup, it isn’t bogged down by regret. Instead, it is punctuated by vibrant images and realizations. . . . Overall the book is a satisfying read as the author takes us through grief into acceptance: 'Go to the window/where the light has disappeared/behind the trees. Say good-bye.'"

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Professor John Watkins, co-editor with Kay Reyerson
Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era: Entrepôts, Islands, and Empires
Ashgate, 2014
From Medieval Review: "[T]he volume's essays emphasize the flexibility, contextualized nature, multiplicity, and performativity of premodern identity. . . . These 14 diverse essays speak to vital issues in the current study of the medieval Mediterranean, and those interested in either the premodern Mediterranean or in the concept of identity will want to consult this volume."

Ryo Yamaguchi (MFA 2008)
The Refusal of Suitors [poetry]
Noemi Press
From Publishers Weekly: "Searching for precision in a poetic landscape, Yamaguchi's debut collection displays a cerebral poetics steeped in a dualism of the urban ('I jumped your turnstiles// and married myself to your multiple darks') and the idyllic ('a garden soaked/ in yeses'). The poems alternate between short, taut blocks and spacious, long-lined reflections. Yamaguchi's principal preoccupation is naming and calculating. . . . He also shows flashes of stark, alluring imagery."