Daniel Shank Cruz grew up in New York City and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Goshen College (B.A.) and Northern Illinois University (M.A., Ph.D.). Cruz has published articles and reviews on a variety of contemporary American and Canadian authors in journals such as Crítica Hispánica, Short Story, Mennonite Quarterly Review, the Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing, and the Journal of Contemporary Thought, and has published poetry in various magazines such as Rhubarb and The Tenth Muse. His current research interests include the intersections between ethnic minority literatures (including Mennonite literature) and LGBT literatures as well as the role of geographical space in literature. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Utica College in New York.