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Covers of books by Nicole Hernandez, Rafael Moscatel and Andromeda Romano-Lax

Happy ‘pub’ days: Sun Devil student books


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

The innovative work of three ASU Department of English students is now in book form! New and forthcoming Sun Devil titles include a poetry chapbook centered on Puerto Rico, a how-to business manual for the future, and a novel of Annie Oakley.

I Have No Ocean (Sundress Publications, 2021)

Nicole Arocho Hernández announces the release of her chapbook of poems available for free download. From the publisher:

Nicole Arocho Hernández's I Have No Ocean conveys a vivid Puerto Rico set against the backdrop of Hurricane María and the resulting devastation and displacement. How do we make sense of the senseless when home lives in a land that "swallows birth's/ breath"? And how do we reckon with violence, with death caused by both colonial and natural destruction?

Arocho Hernández is a student in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing program at ASU.


Tomorrow’s Jobs Today: Wisdom and Career Advice from Thought Leaders in AI, Big Data, Blockchain, The Internet of Things, Privacy, and More (John Hunt Publishing / Business Books, 2021)

Rafael Moscatel, writing with Abby Moscatel, shares his business manual for imagining technology and the future. From the publisher:

This collection of in-depth profiles featuring Smart City CIOs, Data Protection Officers, Blockchain CEO’s, Informatics Doctors and other diverse, skilled professionals gives readers first-hand insight into what tomorrow’s jobs look like today. The hands-on experiences, subject matter expertise and measured job advice shared within these pages demonstrate how identifying opportunities, setting the right cadence and building strong relationships are the essential ingredients to unlocking your future’s potential. Tomorrow's Jobs Today is for the new graduate, the professional between jobs and the doting parents desperate to get their “brilliant” but lazy kid out of the basement. It’s also for senior corporate leaders seeking an intimate understanding of the changes abounding in their organizations. It’s for the manager who wants to inspire and encourage professional development. And it’s for every knowledge worker out there who wants to leverage technology and information governance to reduce risk, generate revenue, and improve customer experiences.

Rafael Moscatel is a student in the online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English program at ASU.


Annie and the Wolves: A Novel (Soho Press, 2021)

Andromeda Romano-Lax presents her fifth novel, a historical fiction meets sci-fi thriller. From the publisher:

A modern-day historian finds her life intertwined with Annie Oakley's in an electrifying novel that explores female revenge and the allure of changing one's past.

Ruth McClintock is obsessed with Annie Oakley. For nearly a decade, she has been studying the legendary sharpshooter, convinced that a scarring childhood event was the impetus for her crusade to arm every woman in America. This search has cost Ruth her doctorate, a book deal, and her fiancé — but finally it has borne fruit. She has managed to hunt down what may be a journal of Oakley’s midlife struggles, including secret visits to a psychoanalyst and the desire for vengeance against the “Wolves,” or those who have wronged her.

With the help of Reece, a tech-savvy senior at the local high school, Ruth attempts to establish the journal’s provenance, but she’s begun to have jarring out-of-body episodes parallel to Annie’s own lived experiences. As she solves Annie’s mysteries, Ruth confronts her own truths, including the link between her teenage sister’s suicide and an impending tragedy in her Minnesota town that Ruth can still prevent.

Romano-Lax is a student in the online Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) program at ASU.