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    Wider Boundaries of Daring

    December 12, 2009

    Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry, ed. Di Brandt and Barbara Godard, was published in August 2009 by Wilfred Laurier Press.

    Years in the making, this path-breaking book in Feminist Studies and Canadian Literary Criticism, was co-edited by Mennonite poet and essayist Di Brandt. To understand the broader context of Canadian Poetry, and the ways in which women have been leaders and innovators in this field, this new collection is indispensible.

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    Miracle Temple by Esther Yoder Stenson

    December 9, 2009

    Miracle Temple, a first book of poems by Esther Yoder Stenson, has just been published by Dreamseeker Books, Cascadia Publishing House, co-published with Herald Press. $12.95

    "These poems celebrate Spirit and gracefully yet completely explode all plain-woman stereotypes, then finally come to rest—if there is rest in such a lively collection—in celebration of our shared, sacred earth. I am so thankful for this rich and reckless honesty!"— Julia Spicher Kasdorf, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life

    The Author:The life journey of Esther Yoder Stenson, Harrisonburg, Virginia, extends from an Amish home in Virginia ...

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    Holt Finds Hit in 'Mennonite' Tale; Inks Author to Second Book

    December 7, 2009

    By Rachel Deahl -- Publishers Weekly, 12/7/2009 7:51:00 AM

    It's not often that you can count both the New York Times and the Mennonite Weekly Review among your press hits, but that's exactly the case with Henry Holt on its unexpected success, Mennonite In a Little Black Dress. Rhoda Janzen's memoir, about her middle age return to her family and Mennonite upbringing--a journey which coincides with her discovery of her husband's infidelity and a sudden car crash--started out as a small title for Holt. But, after ...

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    The Simple Life Comes with Complications

    December 6, 2009

    On December 2, 2009, The New York Times Fashion and Style section published an interview and story by Cathy Horyn on the many faces of the real Rhoda Janzen. Horyn engages Janzen in conversation about her life since writing the memoir, the response of her community, and a new forthcoming memoir. Read it here:

    "Everyone who reads this memoir is surprised at how good it it," Horyn writes. She also has some comments that would fit right into the discussion on the CMW:

    "Some Mennonite blogs have complained that her ...

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    Pictures of the Mennonite/s Writing Manitoba Writer's Tour

    November 22, 2009

    Pictures of the Mennonite/s Writing Manitoba Writer's Tour are available on CMW's Facebook site. Join us on facebook and take a look at the album! Eventually we'll figure out how to post it here. Meanwhile, you can also try this link:

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    "New" Voices in Mennonite Poetry

    November 16, 2009

    Meet ten Mennonite poets--some well-known and some newly published--in the current issue of our online journal. This special issue, guest edited by Ann Hostetler, opens with a reflection on the importance of listening to many stories, and closes with an informal report on the most recent "Mennonite/s Writing" conference at the University of Winnipeg on October 1-4, 2009.

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    Mennonite in a Little Black Dress in the NYTimes Book Review

    November 8, 2009

    Rhoda Janzen's Mennonite in a Little Black Dress was reviewed by Kate Christensen in today's New York Times Book Review. Read the review here:

    "In the end, she realizes both that you really can go home again and that her Mennonite upbringing has provided her with everything she needs to weather this crisis: a sense of humor; a strong predilection for stoicism, honesty, hard work and good cheer; an appreciation for community; and an unwillingness to blame other people for anything — even cruel ex-husbands and teenagers ...

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    Carl Haarer to Give Umble Master Class at Goshen College

    November 5, 2009

    Carl Haarer, radio reporter and poet, will present the annual Umble Master Class in Communication at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, on November 16 and 17, 2009. As reporter for radio station WBZ in Boston, Carl has won four Edward R. Murrow National Awards for Writing and one Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting. Among his six public presentations at Goshen College, he will discuss poetry at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 16 and give the keynote address on "Breathe on me, breath of God" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. Carl's radio poems were featured ...

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    Register Now for the Mennonite Arts Weekend!

    October 16, 2009

    The 2010 Mennonite Arts Weekend will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 5-7.The final presenter list for the 2010 Mennonite Arts Weekend includes 13 creative artists whose crafts use everything from silk and dyes to Photoshop to guitar and a squeezebox.

    2010 Artist-Presenters
    Ted Swartz is an actor/writer now touring in the dramas Excellent Trouble and Tattered & Worn.

    House of Doc is a four-person contemporary folk band from Canada. Their third CD is called East of West.

    Ken Nafziger is a conductor and hymn leader. He was a committee member for Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing ...

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    Rudy Wiebe to be a featured artist at Calvin College's "Festival of Faith and Writing"

    October 16, 2009

    Rudy Wiebe will be one of many presenters at the "Festival of Faith and Writing" at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 15-17, 2010. Other noted presenters include Parker Palmer, Richard Rodriguez, Lucy Shaw, Stephen Carter and John Edgar Wideman. 2010 is the festival's twentieth year of offering "inspiring lectures, thoughtful conversations, a welcoming community." For more information, call 616-526-6770 or e-mail