I’m an artist, poet, fiction writer, essayist, and philosopher who publishes independently.
I publish on blogs, as well as in print and digitally (eBooks). I’ve been publishing in print since the late 1980s, when I did underground guerilla publishing using the typewriter and photocopier at my office manager job.
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Dear Kay, if I may,
Greetings! My name is Daniel Shank Cruz (you can read more about me here if you’d like: https://danielshankcruz.com/about/), and I am an Associate Professor of English at Utica College in upstate New York. I am writing because I have been a fan of your 1994 Mennonot essay “How the Peace Church Made a Lesbian Out of Me” since I first encountered it online several years ago (I don’t know whether you are aware that Mennonot has been digitized; your article is here: http://www.keybridgeltd.com/mennonot/Issue3.pdf). It has been very helpful for my own journey as a queer Mennonite, a journey that has led me to write about queer Mennonite literature in my scholarship.
As part of this work, I am editing a special issue of the Journal of Mennonite Writing (here’s their homepage: https://mennonitewriting.org/journal/) on queer Mennonite writing slated for publication in July 2018 (volume 10, issue 3), and I would love to include some new work by you in it if you have interest. You are a pioneer in this recently emergent field, and it would be cool to have some of your work alongside that of writers who have just recently begun their careers.
I am happy to consider work fitting into the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, personal essay/life writing, literary criticism/theory, or visual artwork that lends itself to reproduction in digital format. The work does not have to be explicitly queer or explicitly Mennonite, and it could even question whether either of these identities are helpful or not. There is not a specific word limit for submissions due to the Journal’s digital format. In the past, the Journal has published pieces as short as a small poem and as large as a 30-page piece of prose, but even these outer limits are guidelines rather than hard limits. Copyright remains with the author, so it would be fine to submit an excerpt of a longer work that you hope to eventually have published elsewhere.
As my introduction to the issue will show, over the past decade, the field of queer Mennonite literature has been growing in leaps and bounds, and I think that the issue will help to make this trend even more apparent. It is a great chance to help make queer Mennonite work (and queer Mennonites in general) visible, and I hope that you will participate in it. Please submit work to me at dscruz at utica dot edu no later than 30 April 2018 (but if you are thinking of submitting it would be helpful for planning purposes if you could let me know that earlier than the deadline).
Daniel Shank Cruz
Thanks very much for getting in touch. I did not know Mennonot was digitized, so thanks for the heads-up! It’s funny, I was just thinking about it, the other day… Maybe something in the ethers.
Your project sounds great, and I’d be honored to take part in it. I’ll check out the links you provided and contact you directly via email.
Thanks again for getting in touch! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Excellent! I look forward to hearing from you further!