Mixed Media: UB Bookshelf

What We’re Writing

Cover of "My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry".

Noah Falck and Justin Karcher, editors

In this imaginative and thought-provoking anthology, a diverse collection of Buffalo’s bright young voices showcase their creative talents. Of the 54 poets featured, nearly half are representatives of the thriving artistic community found at UB, whether alumni or current students. Together they offer up a wide variety of poetic styles and themes that provide insight into the city they’ve come to know and love. (BlazeVOX, 2017)

American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women’s Conference, 1977.

Shelah Gilbert Leader (PhD ’71, MA ’68) and Patricia Rusch Hyatt

The 1977 National Women’s Conference—described by Gloria Steinem as “the most important event nobody knows about”—is brought to life by scholars Leader and Hyatt in their newest book. Based on private and archival papers, this text is both a history and a memoir, detailing the inside story of the women and organizations that made the conference possible, and providing readers a chance to truly understand the national women’s movement, then and now. (Lexington Books, 2016)

In the Name of the Mother: Italian Americans, African Americans, & Modernity from Booker T. Washington to Bruce Springsteen.

Samuele F.S. Pardini (PhD ’05, MA ’01)

Don’t let the fact that this is an academic book scare you. Samuele Pardini, an associate professor of Italian Studies at Elon University, provides readers a number of avenues through which to access racial theory. He explores the blurry and constantly shifting lines that define whiteness and blackness in the U.S. through the portrayal of Italian- and African-Americans in film, literature and popular culture. Without discounting profound differences, his nuanced approach finds meaningful similarities in the historical experiences of the two groups. (Dartmouth College Press, 2017)

The Madhouse Effect.

Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles (BA ’73)

Maybe do let this book scare you. The collaboration between Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles and Michael Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, provides a no-holds-barred assessment of the climate change debate. Toles and Mann call out doubters, dispute spurious claims and double down on the importance of trusting scientists. Recommended for the already converted, in the hopes of moving them from outrage to action. (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Calling alumni authors

Send us your latest nonfiction or creative work! Last two years only, please. Mail to At Buffalo, 330 Crofts Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. 14260. Please note: Submissions are for consideration only. We do not guarantee publication and are unable to return copies.