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    Special American Issue of Rhubarb Magazine just published

    January 22, 2010

    The current issue of Rhubarb Magazine is a special issue on American writing, edited by Ann Hostetler, with the theme of "Travel and Homecoming."

    To order this issue or to subscribe, visit

    The special issue contains an exciting array of new writing from award-winning writers and new voices. It features an interview with Keith Miller, author of The Book on Fire--excerpted in the current CMW Journal--and The Book of Flying. It also contains two translations by Miller from the Muallaqat, a pre-Islamic Arabic traditional poem. Other writers and artists published in this issue include Katharine Arnoldi, Nathan Bartel, Kirsten …

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    Gray Matter Graffitti--Poems by Sam W. Reimer

    January 19, 2010

    Sam W. Reimer's book of poems, Gray Matter Graffitti [sic], has been published by Circle Design, Inc. at a price of $16. ( The book consists of about 200 short poems from the author's lifetime of writing. "Some are autobiographical, some fictitious, some more serious, some angrier, some more sorrowful than others--ranging from the profane to the sacred, and en masse erring on the side of oddness." Reimer identifies himself as a "draft-dodger, Jesus-freak, 'conditional pacifist,' prolific writer, devoted father, 'tactical anarchist & strategic monarchist,' unwavering romantic, bohemian bard, 'ecstatic depressive,' gregarious hermit." Reimer was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, moved …

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    Todd Davis - New Poetry Collection Just Published

    December 12, 2009

    The Least of These, Todd Davis's third collection of poems, has just been published by Michigan State University Press.

    From the Publisher's Website:

    Over the course of this masterful and heartfelt book it becomes clear that Davis not only loves the life he's been given but also believes that the ravishing desire of this world can offer hope, and even joy, however it might be negotiated. Drawing upon a range of stories from the Christian, Transcendental, and Asian traditions, as well as from his own deep understanding of the natural world, Davis explores the connection between the visible and invisible …

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    Mennonite Literature makes a unique Christmas Gift!

    December 12, 2009

    Keep the conversation going! Consider giving the unique gift of Mennonite literature for Christmas! Whether it's a subscription to Rhubarb, the magazine of literary arts published by the Mennonite Literary Society of Canada, a novel, a memoir, or a volume of poetry, stories, or essays by a Mennonite writer, your gift is certain to be unique and valued.

    Start a book sharing circle by giving several friends a copy of a book you'd like to discuss, or recommend a work of Mennonite Literature to your book club!

    While most works mentioned on this site are available from, consider supporting …

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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.

    For further information, see:

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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 a series of strong reviews--the first of which ran in PW--and …

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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 tone is snarky, that she dwells in generalities, but …

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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.