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    New and Forthcoming in the Journal of Mennonite Writing

    October 23, 2020

    Our current issue is a tribute to Nick Lindsay, poet, teacher, bard, craftsman, and collector of stories. For more, click "read more" below.

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    New Book of Poetry by Patrick Friesen

    October 2, 2020

    Patrick Friesen's latest book, Outlasting the Weather, is a collection of his poetry spanning from 1994-2020.

    “The poems in this volume represent the second half of an already auspicious literary career that began in Manitoba and has continued unabated to this day in Victoria B.C.Outlasting the Weather, a collection twenty-six years in the making, displays an astonishing range of achievement from a writer who has continued to change and evolve while pushing the limits in exploring the human journey. Friesen has found great depth and solace in collaboration in theatre, dance, translation and music. Whether touching upon ...

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    'The Tree of Life' by Sarah Klassen

    October 2, 2020

    Sarah Klassen's book of poetry, The Tree of Life, is available for preorder now!

    Advanced Praise:

    A call to compassion, The Tree of Life is oxygen for the weary, and Klassen a prophet at the crossroads of our moment and the eternal. She invites us on a pilgrimage from primeval myth to dreams of paradise—through prairie picnics, temple ruins, across deserts alongside the displaced—into a place where the soul, though troubled, knows all manner of thing shall be well.

    —Angeline Schellenberg, author of Fields of Light and Stone

    Tuned to time—ancient, apocalyptic, and current, these poems sing of pilgrimage ...

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    Maggie Redekop and 'Making Believe'

    September 25, 2020

    Maggie Redekop is a Professor Emerita of English at the University of Toronto. Her latest book is called Making Believe: Questions about Mennonites and Art. She describes the book as "part criticism, part memoir." It is currently available for purchase through the University of Manitoba press, linked here.

    Check out this interview with her by Andrew Unger, linkedhere.

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    Poetry of Jane Rohrer - Acquiring Land

    September 23, 2020

    Acquiring Land, Jane Rohrer's second published volume of poems, appears as #17 in the Dreamseeker Poetry series of Cascadia Press. Edited and with an introduction by poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf, these eighteen poems are culled from a life lived with an artist' sensibility in the company of artists. Pushing back against the hypocrisy that piety and provincialism often exact, the poems are reports from a keen and conscious sensibility steeped in both modernist poetics and the writer's love of land, place, and a rigorous honesty to inner landscapes.

    The book is available from major online outlets or your ...

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    Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer

    September 23, 2020

    A sumptuously illustrated catalog including poems, paintings, and essays by scholars and artists.

    Edited by Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Christiopher Reed, and Joyce Henri Robinson

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    Mennonite/s Writing IX - New Dates!

    August 27, 2020

    Mennonite/s Writing IX: Responding to the Past, Creating the Future

    7 - 10 October 2021, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, USA

    Save the dates!

    Our fall 2020 conference has been rescheduled due to Covid-19. We look forward to seeing you next fall.

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    Love and Surgery - poems by Victor Enns

    October 20, 2019

    Vicor Enns' new book of poems, Love and Surgery, was recently released. Check it out!

    "First comes love, then comes surgery; complications ensue. The poet describes life events in three acts: the magical courtship and marriage to a woman he met by chance, the subsequent devastation following his third divorce and below-the -knee amputation of his left leg to ease the pain of a congenital deformity. What remains is an elegy to love, loss and letting go. The poems exist in a kaleidoscopic landscape before concluding with a beautiful homage to Mary Oliver and an acceptance of the existence of ...

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    Esther Stenson's new chapbook available for pre-order

    October 20, 2019

    Esther Stenson's newest work of poetry, Showing Up, is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. It will be published in February, 2020.

    Read more about it here: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/showing-up-by-esther-stenson/

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    New Novel- All That Belongs by Dora Dueck

    October 20, 2019

    Dora Dueck's latest novel, All That Belongs, follows a archivist named Catherine who is searching for long-lost family history. K.D. Miller calls the book "a gentle but compelling meditation on love, aging, the nature of memory, and the need to acknowledge and forgive the pain of the past." Read more about the book and the author here.

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