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    Safehold - Poems by Ann Hostetler - just published!

    December 10, 2018

    Ann Hostetler's new collection of poems, Safehold, has just been released by the Dreamseeker Poetry Series of Cascadia Publishing. The book is available through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets.

    From the back cover:

    Starting with the image of November thunderstorms worthy of July followed next day by snow flurries, in her title poem "Safehold," Ann Hostetler grieves that the weather's off, that racists rise, making her wonder "How long can we deny the signs?" Poignantly she concludes, "Like Noah, I build an ark, / gathering what I love inside-- / this frail coracle / of words." That coracle ...

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    New and Forthcoming in the Journal of Mennonite Writing

    October 28, 2018

    Our current issue, Fall 2018 (October), curated by guest editor Julia Spicher Kasdorf, explores Documentary Creative Writing. Click on "read more" below to find out about our forthcoming issues.

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    Mennonite/s Writing: Celebrating Thirty Years, Oct. 22-25, 2020

    October 28, 2018

    Save the dates for the next major Mennonite/s Writing conference will be held at Goshen College on October 22-25, 2020. It will celebrate the marvelous work that has emerged since the first conference was held at the University of Waterloo in 1990 and look toward the next thirty years.

    Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months, including the call for papers, which should be released later this fall.

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    Writing in the Information Age - Call for Submissions

    October 28, 2018

    The Journal of Mennonite Writing invites submissions for an issue dedicated to Writing in the Information Age, guest edited by Erin Renee Wahl and Hope Nisly.

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    New Poems from Di Brandt!

    October 14, 2018

    Glitter and Fall, Di. Brandt's newest book of poems, has just been published by Turnstone Press.

    Publisher's description: Inspired by the Dao de Jing, Brandt's responses explore the intersections of east and west, male and female, bringing her prairie sensibilities to the second most translated work in the world. The result is an ecstatic poetic experience that is deeply feminine, celebrating a rich culture filled with woman mystics and Divine beings.

Recent Journal Discussion

  • An Excerpt from "Don't Drive Too Fast, Don't Stay Too Late, and Be Good"

    On August 22, 2018 Jan Guenther Braun wrote:

    Adam, thanks for writing your comment! Whether you're posting a piece of writing to a blog or having it published in paper form, you never know if anyone's actually read it, so thanks for that!

    Yup, I think that PTSD can come in many forms and be the result of small 't' trauma over time. Is that the character's trauma, though? I don't even know yet. I guess we'll both find out eventually.

    All the best, Adam

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  • Introduction: Queer Mennonite Literature

    On August 19, 2018 Adam Hostetter wrote:

    Daniel--thank you for putting together this amazing compilation of queer writing. I'm so grateful to live in an era when Mennonites are bold and brave enough to be this open. It is what makes us radicals, still, today. I enjoyed every piece and I am thrilled and excited by the bibliography with so many names I did not know before. My reading list has expanded.

    Your work is greatly appreciated. All the best- -Adam Hostetter, aka Quantum Mennonite www.quantummennonite.com

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  • A Birth, a Flag, and My Introduction to Military Erotica

    On August 19, 2018 Adam Hostetter wrote:

    What a wonderful piece! Our histories, sensibilities, and awareness can be so fluid and difficult to comprehend. The story of the musical on slavery is so horrific, poinient and heart breaking - so true. I feel that pain of ignorance, and wondering if we’ll ever over come it.

    Thank you! All the best, Adam Hostetter

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