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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 who drink and drive."

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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 in the first issue of …

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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 the Journey …

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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

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    The Least of These, Todd Davis's new book of poetry

    October 16, 2009

    Michigan State University Press will publish Todd Davis's most recent book of poetry in January 2010. Copies can be proe-ordered on Todd's work has been featured on The Writer's Almanac. This is his third book of poems.

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    The Book on Fire by Keith Miller

    September 23, 2009

    The Book on Fire is the newest novel by Keith Miller, author of The Book of Flying.

    Miller, who probed difference and desire in The Book of Flying--described by Ursula LeGuin as "original in concept, elegant in language"--now explores the relationship between creation and destruction in The Book on Fire.

    Just released by Immanion Press, the novel is available for purchase on Like The Book of Flying, The Book of Fire is accompanied by Miller's arresting artwork, this time in the form of original woodcuts.

    To learn more about Keith Miller's books, and to view his art work, visit …

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    The Illuminations, translated by Keith Miller

    September 23, 2009

    Rimbaud's Illuminations, freshly translated by Keith Miller, have just been published by Quinx Books and are available for purchase on

    One of these translations will appear in the November/December issue of the CMW Journal, dedicated to new poetry by writers from Mennonite contexts.

    To learn more about Miller's translations and his other work, visit his website at

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    Mennonite/s Writing in Manitoba

    September 17, 2009

    The 5th Mennonite/s Writing Conference, "Mennonite/s Writing in Manitoba," will be held at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, October 1-4, 2009. The conference will begin on Thursday evening, October 1, and will feature major readings on Thursday and Friday evenings, academic plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday during the day, and an all-day bus tour of major Mennonite literary sites/sights of southern Manitoba all day Sunday.

    Writers who have agreed to read from their work include Rudy Wiebe, Armin Wiebe, Sarah Klassen, Di Brandt, Patrick Friesen, David Bergen, David Elias, David Waltner-Toews, Sandra Birdsell, and others. We will …

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    Martyrdom and Memory

    September 17, 2009

    Is publishing a memoir, a story, or a poem an act of self-indulgence--or of self-sacrifice? Read the provocative new work in our journal issue on Martyrs and offer your opinion on this and other topics in our interactive blog! Click on the posting link to the left of the journal item you wish to discuss, or click on the question you'd like to discuss in our "community" section below.

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    Rhoda Janzen in the NYTimes

    September 14, 2009

    An excerpt from Rhoda Janzen's new memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, appears in this week's New York Times Magazine.

    For a hilarious but thought-provoking interview with Janzen, visit