Bronx Migrations

Michelle M. Tokarczyk‘s Bronx Migrations chronicles in poetry the story of a young white girl and her family moving from the Bronx in the 1960s and of the Bronx she never left behind. Her piercingly honest personal story is juxtaposed with the historical forces — planned neighborhood destruction, arson, the drug epidemic — that ravaged the borough. Yet the borough’s resilience, manifested in the birth of hip hop, spoken word poetry, and community acts of resistance — also makes its powerful presence known in this compelling collection. The many voices in this book are sometimes angry, sometimes frightened, sometimes determined; but they are always voices that demand our attention. – Cherry Castle Publishing

Coming in the summer of 2016 to CCP — where words grow mighty trees — –

Reissue of British female working-class novel

Pamela Fox, Professor of English at Georgetown University and author of Class Fictions: Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel, 1890-1945 (Duke U.P., 1994) and Natural Acts: Gender, Race, And Rusticity in Country Music (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009), has written the critical introduction to a reissue of a 1917 novel by British working-class novelist Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. For more information, see the promotional flyer.

Workplace Health

Alan Derickson’s article, “Inventing the Right to Know: Herbert Abrams’s Efforts to Democratize Access to Workplace Health Hazard Information in the 1950s,” was published in the February issue (vol. 106, no. 2) of the American Journal of Public Health.

Divided No Longer

Divided No Longer,” a blog run by Karen Gaffney, an English Professor at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ, confronts the subject of white supremacy in the hopes of advocating for racial and economic justice.  Be sure to check out the recommended resources page for useful links to books, films, and websites devoted to the study of systemic racism.