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    Boundary Waters Retreat with Jeff Gundy and Julia Spicher Kasdorf

    April 15, 2010

    Jeff Gundy and Julia Spicher Kasdorf will be the resource persons at the "Stirring the Waters" Writer's Retreat at Wilderness Wind, near Ely, Minnesota, June 24-27, 2010. Join them by the lakeside for a refreshing time of reflection and writing in an unspoiled natural setting.

    Read more about Wilderness Wind and download a brochure of the Writer's Retreat at

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    Rhubarb Magazine solicits work for Food Issue

    April 10, 2010

    Rhubarb Magaine is looking for submissions on the theme of food,
    especially fiction and short prose, deadline May 15.

    Send submissions in a word document to

    For further details, visit

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    Memoir by Lee Snyder just published by Cascadia

    April 1, 2010

    At Powerline and Diamond Hill: Unexpected Intersections of Life and Work by Lee Snyder has just been published by Cascadia publishing company.

    This is a readable and engaging reflection on the elements of a life that led to leadership and service in surprising ways. Snyder was the first woman president of Bluffton College, and has held a number of significant leadership roles in the Mennonite Church. Yet her book is as intimate and personable as a chat over tea, sharing reflections of works of art and literature that inspire her, challenges faced in finishing her education as an adult or …

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    A Mennonite Woman: Exploring Spiritual Life and Identity

    April 1, 2010

    Dawn Ruth Nelson is a Mennonite Pastor and Spiritual Director who has written a reflection on her spiritual journey as it intersects with the legacy of her Mennonite grandmother, her experience as a peace worker in Ireland, and her own everyday life.

    "Nelson’s search leads from her grandmother’s life in Mennonite community, through peace work in Ireland and engagement with the Roman Catholic tradition, and finally to the essential inner/outer balance of the Anabaptist spiritual tradition—a response of discipleship made possible by the spiritual connection to the living vine, Jesus Christ." —C. Arnold Snyder, Professor of History, Conrad Grebel University …

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    New York Times reviews Vern Thiessen's play "The Embalmers"

    March 16, 2010

    The Saturday, March 13 issue of the New York Times gave a positive review to Vern Thiessen's new play, "Lenin's Embalmers," which will continue through March 28 at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City. Neil Genzlinger, the reviewer, calls the play "a spunky dark comedy . . . drawn from real history" and says the playwright and director "serve it all up with wit and verve."

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    Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets

    March 1, 2010

    New from SUNY Press, Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets, edited by Todd David and Erin Murphy is full of wonderful poems and insights about the writing process.

    In addition, among the 40 poets are 8 who qualify as Mennonite--or Mennonite-connected--authors:

    Todd Davis, J. L. Conrad, Jeff Gundy, Ann Hostetler, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Mary Linton. Keith Ratzlaff, and G. C. Waldrep.

    For a full table of contents with contributors and titles, as well as a description of the book, see:

    Endorsements for Making Poems:

    “A valuable addition to one’s personal library for all writers and readers …

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    "Lenin's Embalmers"--Vern Tiessen's play opens in New York

    March 1, 2010

    Three Russians are in the gulag. The first one says, “What are you in for?”

    The second one replies, “I called Zbarsky a revolutionary.”

    “That’s funny,” the first one says. “I called Zbarsky a counterrevolutionary.”

    “That’s funny,” the third one says. “I’m Zbarsky.”

    Vern Thiessen’s new play, “Lenin’s Embalmers,” which starts on Wednesday at the Ensemble Studio Theater in Clinton, opens with the ghost of Lenin telling this joke as a parable of the mordant doom pervading the Communist state he created.

    Read the rest of the article in The New York Times at:

    Vern Tiessen's parents emigrated to …

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    The Writing of Place - Black Forest Writing Seminars, July 26-Aug. 6, 2010

    February 23, 2010

    This summer come to the Black Forest region of Germany--home of Michael Sattler and other Anabaptists--and immerse yourself in two weeks of creative writing, accredited by the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany's leading university for literary and language study.

    Among the many enticing offerings for summer 2010, is CMW Website editor Ann Hostetler's course in creative non-fiction entitled "The Writing of Place and the Place of Writing." This course, which has no prerequisites, will be taught in English and is equivalent to a 3-hour semester course for American transfer credit.

    For more information, visit the website at

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    Call for Submissions--Mothers on Peace & More

    January 26, 2010

    Call for Submissions

    The Cheese Gun and Other Misfires:

    Mothers on Peace, Justice, Simplicity and More

    We are seeking submissions for a new anthology tentatively titled The Cheese Gun and Other Misfires: Mothers on Peace, Justice, Simplicity and More. This collection will feature stories by women who long to teach their children traditional peace church values, but who often fall short because of their own imperfections; or because such values can sometimes be hard to impart; or because sometimes the world’s values can be so much more fun.

    Submissions for this collection should be narrative-driven rather than how-to: we …

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    Call for Submissions--Martyrs Mirror Anthology--deadline extended

    January 22, 2010

    Call for submissions: Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for an anthology of work inspired by the Martyrs Mirror. Wanted: surprising pieces that elicit laughter, weeping, tooth-gnashing, and/or wonder.

    Contact: Kirsten Beachy at or 7327 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, Virginia, 22821. Deadline: March 15, 2010.