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The CMW Community offers a space for readers, writers, students, and scholars to interact around the subject of Mennonite writing. It houses the CMW Journal Discussion as well as the CMW News.

Recent News Stories

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    Miriam Toews' new novel due out April 15, 2014

    March 18, 2014

    All My Puny Sorrows is the story of two sisters, both accomplished, one suicidal and the other struggling to keep her sister alive.

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    Sound in the Land 2014, June 5-8

    February 14, 2014

    Conrad Grebel University College/UWaterloo, CANADA

    Call for papers and performances deadline is March 15. Send proposals to

    We seek proposals that present new insights in ecological understandings ofmusic and sound. We are seeking contributions from as wide a range of contributors as possible, including creative writers, environmentalists, scientists, scholars, and musicians. We look forward to rich dialogue across a range of related disciplines, as we explore new ways for Mennonite people to relate to the environment.

    We will explore ways of hearing the earth and listening to the environment. In the early 20th century, Mennonites paved the way for conscientious objector status in North America. Possibly in the 21st century, Mennonites can pave new, creative, sustainable ways to relate to the overwhelming environmental issues of our day. Sound in the Land is one vital venue for this. By bringing together musicians, environmentalists, scientists, theologians, and all manner of writers in fields of ‘creation care’ and ecomusicology, we will study sound from an environmentally ethical basis, consistent with long-standing Mennonite values.

    Check our website for more information:

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    Mennonite/s Writing VII: Movement, Transformation, Place

    December 6, 2013

    Call for Proposals

    March 12-15, 2015

    Fresno Pacific University

    Co-sponsors: Fresno Pacific University and Hesston College

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    Nonfiction and Poetry Contest

    December 6, 2013

    Ruminate Magazine, a Christian-minded literary arts publication, has announced two contests for writers. The winner of each prize will recieve $1500 and publication in the magazine.

    For details about the nonfiction contest, click here.
    For details about the poetry contest, click here.

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    New essay collection by Jeff Gundy

    December 6, 2013

    Jeff Gundy's book of essays, Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace, was recently released by Cascadia Press.

    Almost ten years in the making, this book's topics include everything from martyrdom and heresay to poetry and "theopoetics." Author Jean Janzen says, "With his lively prose and inquiring spirit, Gundy woos us into his poetic exploration of theology, a fertile journey through the complications of belief, desire, and mystery, which leads to an open table of love, generosity, beauty, and hope. This book feeds the soul."

    For more information, read Shirley Showalter's great review of ...

Recent Journal Discussion

  • Bird Brain

    On January 25, 2014 Shirley Hershey Showalter wrote:

    Utterly delightful! I can only imagine how children would roar with laughter and groan with fear as Birdbrain proceeds to topple the old hierarchies. I think you pulled out all the bird images in pop culture, fairy tales, and even Shakespeare.

    My hat’s off to you, Vern.

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  • Interview with Stephen Shank

    On January 16, 2014 J.Daniel Hess wrote:

    Thank you Ervin. Your excellent essay could have been written only by a person engaged with the literate voice, knowledgeable of theatre, understanding of dramatists, and articulate. Amazing to me that Steve’s work in Europe has not registered with us — us being Mennonite academia. You have done us a favor.

    I remember Steve at Goshen as an artist in search of a people and place who could access and thus appreciate his extraordinary gifts.

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  • Humor: In This Issue

    On November 11, 2013 Robin Gingerich wrote:

    I just read the latest issue of the JCMW and I laughed and laughed!!! Hilarious!!! I really needed a good laugh and that we just it!! Thank you!!!

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