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    In Our Next Issues . . .

    July 16, 2010

    November 2011 -- Playing at Peace. Memoir essays by Goshen College students on growing up Mennonite. Featured Poet: Vienna Wagner, Notre Dame student. Guest Editor: Sara Wakefield

    January 2012 -- Creative Nonfiction and Memoir. Open submissions. Deadline for consideration: November 1, 2011.

    March 2012 -- New Fiction. Deadline for consideration: February 1, 2012.

    Forthcoming issues on Documentary film, the "Inkslingers," creative work from Mennonite/s Writing, "Visitors," New Playwrights . . .

    Calls for Submissions:

    Our mission is to publish work about Mennonite literature or literature by writers who have a connetion with Mennonite (in the broad sense of the term) faith and culture. Electronic submission ...

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    Serial Fiction Issue, Jeff Gundy Poetry

    July 16, 2010

    Check out the creative and critical work in our biggest issue yet--on a best-selling, yet critically overlooked topic: serial fiction by and about Mennonites: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance . . .

    In the current issue of the Journal of CMW, edited by Ervin Beck, read excerpts of new work by mystery writer Judy Clemens and science fiction writer Karl Schoeder, as well as lively analyses of mystery and romance fiction by Beth Graybill, Kyle Schlabach and Michelle Thurlow. Also, a valuable guide to further reading is the first-ever bibliography of serial fiction by and about Amish and Mennonites by Ervin Beck published in ...

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    Former Goshen College President J. Lawrence Burkholder dies

    June 24, 2010

    In 1971 Burkholder left the Ivy League to lead the small college in Northern Indiana he knew intimately. He returned to Goshen College to serve as its 11th president with the conviction that "Mennonites had something to contribute to the world, and I wanted to be part of it," he said.

    Burkholder, who served as president until 1984, began his presidency with a simple religious service and the planting of 138 trees around campus. "I wanted to bring beauty to a campus that seemed somewhat barren," he said. "And I hoped to soften and humanize the image of the ...

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    Inspiration for Mennonite Writers

    June 24, 2010

    Old news for Mennonite writers from John Updike in 1951: "We do not need men like Proust and Joyce; men like this are a luxury, an aded fillip that an abundant culture can produce only after the more basic literary need has been filled. This age needs rather men like Shakespeare, or Milton, or Pope; men who are filled with the strength of their cultures and do not transcend the limits of their age, but, working within the times, bring what is peculiar to the moment to glory. We need great artists who are willing to accept restrictions, and who ...

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    Di Brandt wins Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in Canada

    June 21, 2010

    Wider Boundaries of Daring:
    The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry
    Di Brandt, editor, and Barbara Godard, editor

    Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press

    has won the

    2009 ACQL Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary
    Criticism in Canada


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    Literary Reviews in the April & July Issues of MQR

    June 15, 2010

    April 2010 Issue

    Some New Voices in Mennonite Poetry: A Review Essay by Ann Hostetler

    Keith Ratzlaff on Jean Janzen

    Ami Regier on Leonard Neufeldt

    Shirley Showalter on Connie Braun

    July 2010 Issue

    Di Brandt on Yorifumi Yaguchi

    Ervin Beck on Ken Reed

    Wilbur Birky on Judy Clemens

    See the Book Revew link on the MQR website

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    Mennonite Life Resurrected!

    June 11, 2010

    June 14, 2010


    Mennonite Life returns from the dead in online form

    NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Once again, Mennonite Life has risen from the dead.

    Since 1946, when Bethel College began publishing the journal, Mennonite Life has been devoted to exploring and developing Mennonite experience. Its intended audience is scholars and academics as well as a wider literate readership interested in Mennonite matters.

    From 1946-99, Mennonite Life was published in paper form. Starting with the March 2000 issue, it became a free, online-only journal. Over the decades of its existence, Mennonite Life has undergone many transitions in ...

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    Recent Reviews of Mennonite Literature - Connie Braun

    June 10, 2010

    Connie Braun, The Steppes are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2008.


    Jeff Gundy, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio


    Shirley Showalter, Vice President for Programs, Fetzer Institute

    The the review in context at Shirley Showalter's Blog, 100 Memoirs:

    and in

    Mennonite Quarterly Review

    Read Connie Braun's essay, “Silence, Memory and Imagination as Story: Canadian Mennonite Life Writing," in the Archives of the CMW Journal on this site.

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    Richard Kauffman on Memoirs and the Mystery of Life

    June 2, 2010

    See the blogpost in its original setting at

    May 12, 2010

    Memoirs and the mystery of life
    by Richard A. Kauffman

    Judging by my reading habits, the memoir is my favorite form of literature. I’ve read scores over the last 15 years.

    A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders is my favorite. I first encountered Sanders via his collections of essays. I was drawn to his sense of place and rootedness, his nature mysticism and Quaker sensibilities and his incredible powers of observation and description. His memoir is a love story ...
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    This Hidden Thing, novel by Dora Dueck, just published

    May 30, 2010

    Dora Dueck’s second novel This Hidden Thing was recently published by CMU [Canadian Mennonite University] Press in Winnipeg. “The young woman standing outside the prosperous Winnipeg house that day in 1927 knew she must have work. Her family depended on it. But Maria Klassen had no idea that her new life as a domestic would mark her for the rest of her days. This Hidden Thing reminds us how dangerous and powerful secrets can be. This lyrical and moving novel offers one woman’s compelling, ordinary, and surprising life.” The novel is grounded in Dora Dueck’s earlier research, including many ...