About the Journal of CMW

The Journal of Mennonite Writing (JCMW), edited by Ann Hostetler (Goshen College) and Jeff Gundy (Bluffton University), is published quarterly. Each issue focuses on a particular theme, author, or genre within Mennonite Writing, and includes poetry, fiction, essays, and criticism. Please cite our title as the Journal of Mennonite Writing.

Submission Guidelines

Send inquiries address to Editor to the email address cmw@goshen.edu along with a bio that includes your connection to Mennonite faith, culture, heritage, or identity. Work should be submitted as a Word attachment. Our issues are thematic, but we also accept unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, and critical essays. We are also interested in featuring work from writers' groups. Please introduce yourself in your email. We do not read submissions that come without an introduction.

Editorial Staff

Ann Hostetler

Ann Hostetler

CMW Site Editor, Journal Co-Editor

Ann Hostetler is the author of Safehold: Poems (Cascadia Publishing, 2018) and Empty Room with Light (Pandora Press US, 2002),  and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry (Univ. of Iowa 2003). She is Professor Emerita at Goshen College where she taught Literature and Creative Writing for over 20 years.

Jeff Gundy, Journal Co-Editor

Jeff Gundy graduated from Goshen College in 1975, and did his masters and doctoral work at Indiana University. His 13th book, Wind Farm: Landscape with Stories and Towers, is new from Dos Madres Press; earlier books include Without a Plea (2019) and Abandoned Homeland (2016), both poems, and Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (essays, 2013). His awards and honors include a 2008 Fulbright lectureship at the University of Salzburg, six Ohio Arts Council Excellence Awards, and Bechtel, Yoder, and Menno Simons lectureships, as well as two C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureships, and he was named Ohio Poet of the Year in 2015 for Somewhere Near Defiance. His poems and essays appear in Georgia Review, The Sun, Kenyon Review, Forklift, Ohio, Christian Century, Image, Cincinnati Review, Terrain, and many other journals. After many years teaching at Bluffton University, he was named Distinguished Poet in Residence and Professor Emeritus of English in 2021.


Ervin Beck

Ervin Beck, ex-officio

Ervin Beck is the author of MennoFolk: Mennonite and Amish Folk Traditions (Herald Press 2004), editor of MennoFolk 2: A Sampler of Mennonite and Amish Folklore (Herald Press 2005) and, with John D. Roth, of Migrant Muses: Mennonite/s Writing in the U.S. (1998). From 1967 to 2003 he was a professor of English at Goshen College, where he organized two "Mennonite/s Writing" conferences in 1997 and 2002 (jointly with Hildi Froese Tiessen of Conrad Grebel University College). Beck has published numerous articles on Mennonite literature, as well as on folklore, drama and world literature. He was the editor of the two most complete bibliographies of Mennonite literature—one for U.S. authors, and one, with Hildi Froese Tiessen, for Canadian authors. Daniel Shank Cruz is carrying on this legacy.

Advisory Board

Beth Martin Birky, Jeff Gundy, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Bobby Meyer-Lee, Paul Meyer Reimer, Barbara Nickel, John D. Roth, Kyle Schlabach, Duane Stoltzfus, Hildi Froese Tiessen, Daniel Shank Cruz, Robert Zacharias