Today is the day! Old English Ecotheology: the Exeter Book is officially out in the world. I don’t have the words to fully express what the release of this book means to me, but I’m going to try. I have loved writing and reading for as long as I can remember, so I’m incredibly proud to have this book published for (a very small sector of) the world to see. At the same time, the last decade of my life has been dedicated to learning more about Old English literature, language, and history: to be able to contribute to that body of knowledge is truly humbling.
For today’s post, I wanted to send some love to the people who supported me while I was writing this book. My first and biggest thanks have to go to my editorial team: Erica Gaffney, editor extraordinaire; Judith Allan, whose copy edits surely saved me a great deal of embarrassment; and the editorial board for AUP’s Environmental Humanities in Premodern Cultures series, especially Ilse van Donkelaar (who first acquired the book) and series editor Heide Estes (who first introduced us.) I could not have asked for a better team to shepherd this monograph to completion. If you’re looking for an academic publisher, I cannot recommend AUP enough.
This book is dedicated to my family, and they deserve it. My parents, John and Barbara Barajas, never doubted that I could write this book, even when I did. Their support means everything to me. I wrote and edited significant chunks of this book while staying with my sister and brother-in-law, Kelsey and Marshall Dworkin, in New York City: I’m grateful to them and their sweet dog Morty for the love, encouragement, and spicy margaritas they provided on those “writing retreats”. My brother Jack’s good humor and great music recommendations were a source of joy throughout the writing process. No one was more enthusiastic about this project than my grandparents, James and Dottie Cowan: your “autographed” copy is on the way at last. Finally, I want to honor the memory of my late grandparents, Medardo “Buck” and Amy Barajas: everything I have been able to do in my life is because of the opportunities you provided for us.
It’s a cliche to call your friends your family, but mine truly are. The love and support of my Spokane family—Allie, Andy, Daniel, Elise, Kari, and Smokey—has meant the world to me. Thank you for laughing, crying, quarantining, and karaoke-ing with me throughout this process. You will forever be my safe space. Brice and Lindsey Ezell kept me laughing all the way from Austin: sushi & champs are on me next time I’m in town. Finally, I have to thank my oldest and dearest friend, Macauley McGinnis, for her endless patience, empathy, and encouragement, from London to Houston and back again. Thank you for loving me all these years.
My last thank you goes to someone who showed up too late to make it into the official acknowledgements: my boyfriend Brian, who patiently waited for me to finish drafting this book so he could take me out. Thank you for celebrating me every day: your love & support pushed me across the finish line.
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